During the German invasion of France and Belgium in Fall Gelband Fall Rot the battlefields of the First World War would again be fought over by some of the same opposing forces.
In most of the major forces veterans of the Great War were also present- from Generals to NCO’s they were fighting only two decades later in much the same place.
One particular area around the town of Abbeville saw its fair share of bloodshed in the Great War, then again more fighting during the Battle for France in 1940 before being liberated from the Germans in 1944.
Abbeville was behind the lines of the Somme battlefields and a major hospital was located there throughout the war.
The situation around Abbeville in 1940.
This area is roughly where I’m setting my scene - just a cobblestone road backed by a small wall - a place that, as I intend to model, could have seen troops from both eras passing along it.
I’ve seen a fair few dioramas and vignettes with parts in two different eras and I’ve always admired them and wanted to take a crack at it. Plus seeing all the excellent projects underway on the new site has made me want to do a build log as it’s been a good while since my last one.
Anyway here’s a rough outline of the plan. (I do mean ‘rough’! I also mean ‘plan’ in the loosest possible way !)
I also painted up a spare fig and head in a quick test of black and white painting.
(Anyone else think the head looks like a certain ARP Warden ?)
I won’t actually be using this figure or head- it was really just to see what the colors were like on it. I used this picture of men from ‘Arkforce’ as a reference for the color.
The plastic figs I’ll be using are from these kits.
I think the Masterbox set is based on this photo.
Plus I have a resin fig to do as well but more on it later.
First up is one of the WW1 figs- I will be using the two British soldiers walking on either side of the box art. We’ll call him Basil.
Basil is quite well moulded and appears to have better detail than the last time I worked on an MB figure. Seam lines are obvious on torso and legs but are easily dealt with.
The various webbing and equipment straps on the torso are a little flat and so are the buckles- being heavy with primer and paint would nearly obscure some of these I reckon so care would be needed if you plan to get these straight into paint. I’ll be working to bring the detail out before painting and I will get some pics up shortly.
I’ll also be taking a close look at the gear in the Tamiya and Masterbox WW1 kits to see how they compare.
Comments, questions etc are very welcome.
Thanks for reading.