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Old 09-07-2021, 07:51 AM   #1
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Project - 'Deadly intent'

G'day all,

Firstly I do hope everyone is getting-by alright in the current COVID world and for those vets amongst us that have partaken in the 'Long War' in Afghanistan - never think that your service, regardless of the negativity that has stemmed from it and its tragic 'bug-out' finale, was in vain.

For me, it's definitely a time of reflection but that hasn't impacted on my current build which, unfortunately, is not the series I had planned concerning the Afrika Korps earlier this year (which is now on-hold 'til 2026 with next year dedicated to the Fallschirmjager, 2023 to the U.S.M.C in the Pacific and 2024 to the anniversary of D-Day - yes I'm planning years ahead). I'm still awaiting parts for the DAK and, as such, has meant that the year has gotten away from me in terms of the time required to do all the vignettes I had planned for this year's series...but that's not to say I haven't been working on something else...

Once I realised that I could not realise my DAK Plan, I switched to another rather rapidly that, given the time already spent on DAK this year, would not require too much time to assemble in its stead.

I won't give too much away save for this one pic given next month is when everything I've assembled can start being placed in the several vignettes prior to the November show (COVID pending of course) with the intent on posting completed vignettes rather than the build process. Suffice to say it's multi-national in "scope" and I've applied a "sharp eye" to the details of each and the stories behind them.

More to follow, Steve
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Old 09-08-2021, 05:23 AM   #2
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You have me intrigued with the teaser photo, nice, very nice. Cant wait to see what you have planned
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Old 09-13-2021, 08:38 PM   #3
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Great teaser photo, Steve!

Looking forward to seeing this come to fruition!

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Old 09-15-2021, 12:16 PM   #4
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G'day all,

For those that suspected something to do with snipers then you'd be correct...the aim of a short and sharp series of builds for this year's Canberra model show will cover snipers of The Second World War and will be more multi-national in scope than anything I've done prior. I've decided on 23 figures - smaller in number than previous efforts - to tell the story from British, American, German (featured), Russian, Japanese, Australian and one Finn (any guesses???).

Each will have suitable terrain and background scenery to enhance the environment and camouflage uniform worn and the first one is simply titled 'Sniper in the attic' and features a German Heer sniper circa Normandy '44. A stroke of good luck in an Ebay search recently found the perfect "lair" and was up for bid by its creator - Andrew Stuart (UK).

The attic is superbly made and I immediately began to repurpose from a scene where two 101st paratroopers were hiding into a sniper's hide. I gave the sniper the load carriage based on the works of two German sniper accounts and added odds and sods that would be found in such a place (the broken violin came to mind as I accidentally trod on it).

The sniper is posed in what is called 'sitting unsupported' position which allows the inner knees to act as bracing for the elbows providing a stable platform for the rifle, the shoulders leaning into the butt of the weapon slightly to absorb recoil. A watch on the helmet negates the need for the sniper to move his arm whilst a spare 5-round clip is close by for ease of grabbing as opposed to having to manipulate his pouches. A water bottle and chocolate are also within close reach.
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Old 09-15-2021, 12:25 PM   #5
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Re: Project - 'Deadly intent'

As of last week however the model show, due to COVID conditions, has been postponed 'til mid-Feb next year which means the opportunity for two performances - the snipers and, come November, the "Green Devils" (more on that one later). Next November will be the 50th Birthday of the Canberra model club so it's bound to be a big show and with that in-mind I thought I'd continue that which is close to my heart in terms of airborne - now that I've done British ('MARKET GARDEN') in 2014 and the "Screaming Eagles" in Normandy in 2019 I'm now gathering eagles of a different kind to tell the story of the German Fallschirmjager from its victories in Norway in 1940 to its inevitable defeat in Berlin in 1945...some 75 paras and a host of supporting gear will start bringing that story to bear once I get the snipers sorted. 'Til then, enjoy the snipers.

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Old 09-15-2021, 12:26 PM   #6
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One more thing, the idea behind sitting the attic scene atop a speak stand is to give the illusion of applicable height given several other building ruins will be featured from a ground view and this is how it'll be displayed at the show. Steve
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Old 09-15-2021, 12:29 PM   #7
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And I almost forgot...the German sniper story will be illustrated by five figures (aside from the Hollywood rendition of Ed Harris' 'Major Konigs' (DiD)). From L-R, Fallschirmjager (Italy), the small scope pending 3d print. Waffen-SS (Holland '44), Heer (Russian marshlands '43), Heer (Normandy '44) and Heer Gebirgsjager (Russia '44).
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Old 09-16-2021, 06:14 AM   #8
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Holy cow! You have some really cool sniper figures. The attic sniper is very well laid out with many great details. Me like!
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Old 09-23-2021, 04:59 PM   #9
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Excellent work! Great figs and a great setup. One small question; did you post a view of the building end from the outside? I might have missed it. Fantastic!
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Excellent work, Steve!

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Awesome work, base and figures
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Old 10-04-2021, 07:15 AM   #12
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Cheers all, much appreciate the feedback as always and just for that...

A few updates added including a British sniper team circa. Germany 1945 where I've used an idea from an Osprey 'ELITE' title - 'The military sniper since 1914 as inspiration for the posing and repurposing a part-ruin that I bought for the 'Carentan' scene (2019 series on the 101st A/B Div in Normandy). The British snipers were the envy of the average 'Tommy' in that they were excused routine duties (such as piquet, digging and such) and could wear whatever they found most suitable for their role which I've illustrated in the scene. The sniper himself having moved some furniture around to provide a stable firing platform The second is a German sniper of the First World War - I know, I know - it ain't Second World War but in order to complete the narrative of the World War Two sniper I need to hark back to the origins of the professional sniper and the trenches of World War One was where that started. I utilised an old BBI figure (Ebay purchase) along with some add-ons as it was a Stormtrooper to start with. The recent-release DiD trench which I've additionally weathered. Enjoy, Steve
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Old 11-27-2021, 05:53 AM   #13
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G'day all,

Been awhile, hope everyone is travelling along nicely?, attached are some completed vignettes regarding the ongoing sniper series (almost there). Namely an upgrade to the British sniper duo (circa Germany '45) with the addition of damaged roof sections. Yes, I wasn't overly impressed with my original efforts given the building ruin just seemed a tad sparse and was missing that certain something...that something being bit of its roof. I also decided to repose the figures somewhat by taking the table furniture out and putting more rubble and some examples to illustrate the demise of Germany at the time.

Second series covers famed Ruskie Vasili Zaitsev now with fitting urban diorama base (courtesy Toys City) with some additional snow and window effect. I had thought to how best put the figure against a setting and low and behold this one came to hand and will save some time in creating. Diorama backdrops, normally a secondary consideration to my shows, have taken equal thought this year in order to enhance the snipers which seem to play a secondary role...don't know how exactly how it got to that but I suspect having the sniper figure in the right environment makes the sniper standout more-so which goes against the grain so-to-speak of the sniper role where he/she should blend in...perhaps I'm over-thinking it? but the vignette backdrops have been interesting aspect to this particular series and I'm enjoying it as much as the figure assembly....now where was I?...

The third vignette in the pics is one of two dedicated to the USMC snipers and the first of four American sniper scenes (the others just requiring some finessing before pic posting). The age-old trick of trying to the location of a sniper by sticking a helmet on a stick and holding it up in order to ascertain where the shot came from for a counter-snipe.

More scenes to follow, meanwhile enjoy, Steve
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Old 11-27-2021, 05:56 AM   #14
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And five more pics. I forgot to mention the Vasili Zaitsev headsculpt is courtesy 'Facepool'...they've pumped-out quite a few this year and the others I've purchased will be used for next November's big series covering the Fallschirmjager (more to follow on that one). Steve
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Old 11-27-2021, 05:57 AM   #15
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BTW, the other two American sniper scenes will cover the ETO...one U.S. Army and one U.S. Airborne. Til next post, take it easy if not easier. Steve
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Old 11-27-2021, 04:35 PM   #16
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Nice vignets Steve. Have you considered Simo HäyhÄ for a vignet?
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Old 11-27-2021, 09:03 PM   #17
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Why yes I have, can't have a diorama series on WW2 snipers without covering the 'White death' and whilst I was originally going to start the series (in order of display) with him I thought it'd be a nice way to end the display given he is renowned as the greatest of the WW2 snipers (well...of all time).

I purchased a smaller DiD body, hands and feet to suit his diminutive size and I've shortened a standard Mosin Nagant rifle into a Finnish M28/30 which he used. Clothing will come close to period pics however the headsculpt remains the main issue and I'm in two minds about whether just to apply a white face mask which he used on occasion which might just have to suffice if I can't find anything close to his facial features.

Other snipers which I've completed save for environment backdrop are two Russian female snipers (Pavlichenko and Shanini in period photo poses), three more German snipers (covering FJR, W-SS and Gebirgsjager), three Americans (one more covering the Pacific - Iwo Jima - which is complete but will post next batch, one U.S. Army and one U.S. Airborne - both ETO) and one Japanese.

Supporting information panels are also almost complete - one for each diorama (which will have a short descriptor of the scene, background to the action, weapon carried and uniform worn) and a larger series covering WW2 snipers in general (training, firing positions, camo and concealment methods etc etc) for the information board.

All coming along nicely. Whilst the delay in the show has provided more time to enjoy the build process, I'm still keen to finish up on this as soon as possible given there's another big show in November which will be a doozy in itself as I attempt to illustrate the German WW2 airborne story which is slowly taking shape as to how I'll be doing so whilst also thinking to 2023's series covering the U.S. Marine Corps, 2024's D-Day anniversary and 2025's revisit of the Afrika Korps....just never ends. Cheers again for the kind comments, Steve
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Old 11-28-2021, 03:31 AM   #18
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G'day all,

Just another quick update of the second in four scenes dedicated to German snipers. This one of a W-SS sniper circa Netherlands late '44. As we all know on this site, the Germans were very adept at camouflage uniforms so I've fitted the figure out accordingly in an M-42 Type 2 Plane Tree 3/4 pattern smock, helmet cover and face veil along with 'dot' pattern trousers. He wear minimum belt order in order to avoid rattle and has made his K98 rifle less obvious by wrapping hand-painted hessian sandbag material around the barrel, stock and sight. Enjoy, Steve
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Old 12-18-2021, 03:39 AM   #19
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G'day all,

Just another quick addition - Gebirgsjager sniper circa '43, Ostfront (the third of the five WW2 sniper scenes dedicated to the Wehrmacht as part of the series). The small 'trees' are actually small branches removed from a dead bush that I had removed several years back, I thought they make great scaled autumn or winter trees and with a 'dusting' of Testors' 'Snow Cap' spray have worked a treat along with a snowmat (which disguises their bases) which I picked up at a Christmas barn some years back.

The sniper is dressed in an M42 reversible winter parka suit and wears insulated felt boots. Whilst these items of dress went along way in providing the German soldier with a degree of warmth they were belatedly issued and never in the quantities required. The true mark of his specialist mountain troop role is indicated more-so by his head dress - the bergmutze - bearing the famous edelweiss insignia. He carries the K98 (wrapped in torn bed-sheeting to break-up the weapon's outline) with turret-mounted Zf 39 telescopic sight.

As with most of the scenes I'm doing for this series, I've added some battle debris to indicate and enhance the type of battlefield and enemy encountered. In this instance a winter-finish Russian PM1910 MMG w/Sokolov mount (ostensibly a Maxim derivative) with equally discarded helmet and ammo case.

The scenes are being packed as I complete them and I'm getting the impression the figures are taking second-stage this time around as efforts go more-so into the terrain they are blending into. 7 more 'little' scenes to go.

Enjoy, Steve
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Old 12-18-2021, 03:41 AM   #20
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Forgot to add that in order to not break the outline of his clothing, the sniper has white-washed his combat equipment.
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Old 12-28-2021, 05:44 AM   #21
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G'day all,

I hope all those on the SAG (and their families) had a grand festive season and that despite the ongoing COVID strains all is positive in your desired intentions for the year ahead.

Two additional scenes just completed. First, U.S. Army sniper (41st Armoured Infantry Battalion/2nd Armoured Division) circa France July 1944. This is DML's "Hap Daley" figure and save for some additionally weathering, addition of helmet foliage and change to his combat load it is essentially 'out of the box'. The all-metal (and largely remodelled) German field kitchen is roadside debris to signify the German retreat (where many snipers were left behind to take-out service troops. The polyfoam two-section wall courtesy of Sideshow Collectables.

The 41st were one of the few units to be issued the HBT camouflage uniform for ETO wear (in limited quantity) and was ideal for sniper use though the uniform being an anomaly against the standard OD green fatigues caused the odd 'blue-on-blue' for the wearer being mistaken for a German who predominantly wore camouflage clothing by this stage of the war (W-SS in-particular).

He carries the trusty (though antiquated) Springfield M1903A4 bolt-action rifle (the M1 Garand was at this stage of the war about to be produced in a sniper variant - more on that weapon in a future scene covering U.S.M.C sniper, Iwo Jima which is so-equipped). The American Army utilised stocks of British helmet netting prior to D-Day and many (particularly the U.S. Airborne divisions) utilised it in the same manner as their British cousins. Other forms of netting just as vehicle netting was also cut and used.

Enjoy, Steve
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Old 12-28-2021, 05:55 AM   #22
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Second scene completed today is of a British sniper NWE (aka as ETO in American parlance) circa Belgium, September '44. The British took camouflage and concealment to the next level with their Ghillie suits (something learned from their sniper school training in Scotland) and is a form of sniper clothing worn universally today.

The figure also wears the hooded 'paintbrush' pattern two-piece windproof suit and face veil in an effort to blend in better with his environment. Knitted gloves cover his hands with fingers cut to allow uninterrupted functioning of his rifle - The .303in Enfield No.4 Mk I (T) which surprisingly performed well when rebuilt as a sniper rifle (fitted with 3x pwr No.32 Mk I telescopic sight.

This is the last covering British snipers.

Enjoy, Steve
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Old 01-05-2022, 12:11 AM   #23
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G'day all,

Four more completions to the mix:

- The third of four dedicated to American snipers - a Marine sniper, Iwo Jima, Feb '45. A per a lot of the scenes for this Feb's model show, I've relied on good-old fish tank accessories in order to recreate the volcanic environment of Mt. Suribachi. The Marine is armed with the Garand M1C, a rifle that took sometime to get into production and only really saw action at war's end in Italy and the Pacific.

Second diorama, closer to home, the story of the Australian Army sniper - many of whom were kangaroo shooters in civilian life before their sharpshooter skills became more honed keeping the enemy at bay in the Pacific campaigns of New Guinea, Timor, Bougainville etc etc. A 'clean shot' was a measure most appreciated by these ex-roo shooters as a clean pelt fetched more than a blood-stained one. I had a P'14 rifle 3d-printed especially for this scene by a mate of mine (who is also currently working on some of the more unusual scopes required of the sniper series). The spotter is armed with the Australian designed/produced 9mm Owen machine carbine.
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Old 01-05-2022, 12:22 AM   #24
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The German FJR sniper, circa Third battle of Cassino, mid-Mar, Italy '44. With the town of Cassino in ruins from constant Allied bombardment, it provided ideal cover for the 100 or so German paratroopers that initially had to hold the town (until reinforcement arrived preventing the New Zealanders from a quick capture.

I purchased a TYS 1:Sixth Toys ruin specifically for this scene. Lightweight and perfect for either 1:6th or 1:12th I reckon I can get a couple of future scenes out of this one.

Finally, It'd be hard to tell the story of the World War Two sniper without having a scene covering Russian female snipers - some of whom exceeded famed Vasili Zaitsev in kill count. I've used headsculpts that closely resemble two of the best known: Lyudila Pavlichenko (309 kills) and former school teacher Roza Shanina (54 kills) and posed in accordance with some old Russian propaganda pics of them.

Oh, I've also fashioned a signpost for the opening intro information panel which sort of speaks for itself and was often placed by Allied units advancing into Europe as a warning to others, some adorned with helmets in order to get the point across. Enjoy, Steve
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Old 01-05-2022, 12:26 AM   #25
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Oh, forgot to add, the FJR sniper will have a Zf 41 scope added to his 98K once 3d printed. Steve
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Old 01-05-2022, 05:12 AM   #26
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Like the Aussie jungle sniper 🇦🇺😊🇦🇺

Are all/some of these set ups ‘permanent’ for your display area (I did notice on one you mentioned the ruin may be reused in another setting)?
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Old 01-05-2022, 11:52 PM   #27
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No, the scenes are built for the model show and then dis-assembled and shelved after the show. Where possible, I do re-use for future diorama plans and particularly the ruins on this one which I'll re-purpose for the November series covering the German Fallschirmjager (Normandy '44).

Noting you're from Adelaide I can appreciate you'd like the Australians. I made a section-strength fighting patrol of Aussies for a 2018 diorama covering the Kokoda Campaign (pics of which are on the SAG if you search back far enough) so was happy to get a couple of them out of their storage tub for re-use.

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Old 01-10-2022, 02:00 AM   #28
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G'day all,

Just another couple to add to the series - the first is of a Japanese soldier in the Pacific circa '43. Armed with a Type 97 (note this is a stand-in rifle as the one to be used is currently being fitted-out with a 3d printed scope), the 'sniper' (noting most Japanese soldiers employed in sniping were not snipers by trade but just ordinary infantrymen utilising the most of their camouflage skills and cunning) wears a netting over his body and on his helmet for foliage attachment...last one covering the jungle scenes and no doubt my local pet store suppliers will be glad not to see me again too soon ('what sort of fish tank do you have?...none, they are for my 1/6th scale dioramas).
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Old 01-10-2022, 02:14 AM   #29
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Second, a sniper of the U.S. 101st A/B Div (2/506th) in St. Come-du-Mont - a tactical objective of the Division on D-Day. It was here that American paratroopers met their German equivalents of the 1/FJR6. I had previously used this figure on the 2019 diorama series covering the 101st in Normandy (in a different pose). This marksman has broken up the brightness of his uniform with hand-painted green stripping and utilised (as was the norm for the Division) British helmet netting and burlap strips. The Springfield 1903A4 with Weaver scope was still in wide-use despite its obsolescence (the M1C Garand sniper variant still far from production and general-issue).

I've since taken the pigeon off the lamp pole (seriously, I doubt a bird such as the flighty pigeon would hang-around in such a place full of noise) and will be placed atop the roof of the German Normandy sniper scene instead. More brick dust and debris will be added to the scene on showday.

Cheers and enjoy, Steve
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Old 01-10-2022, 01:40 PM   #30
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Great work and figures.
Enjoy seeing you're work, keep posting those picture.
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Old 02-14-2022, 08:02 AM   #31
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G'day all,

Well the weekend just gone finally went ahead in terms of the annual Scale ACT model show where I got to tell the story of the World War Two sniper. For those that have perused the build process to this - my 7th diorama series for Scale ACT - then there's no surprise in that this was the first done on a multi-national scale. All told, 19 scenes entailing the use of 27 snipers/spotters and such and though it was probably the smallest I've done in terms of figures used it was definitely the most elaborate with regards to diorama back drops.

This show was a carry-over from the postponed November show of 2021 and the show itself still came under the banner of 2021 which means there'll be another show (the biggest in-fact to celebrate the model club's 50th birthday) this coming November (more on that under my Project - Fallschirmjager series).

I went for a U-Shaped configuration akin the U.S. 101st display back in 2019 which worked well in terms of traffic flow (even with COVID spacing in-mind). The entrance had an over-arching information board on the right which was flanked by two period uniforms illustrating camouflage (a core aspect of the theme) with two German torso mannequins and a British Denison smock on the reverse side of the board.
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Old 02-14-2022, 08:43 AM   #32
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In order to give you a visitor perspective, I've arranged the following series of pics to match that of how the dioramas were placed out in order to enhance the narrative flow.

From the opening diorama (my first non-WW2) covering the British 95th Rifles (DiD's early release) along with a figure from the famed TV series 'Sharpe' (a composite figure made up of Cotswalds and scratch-built parts). Then the second diorama (my second non-WW2 type) telling the story of the World War One advent of the professional sniper.

The third/fourth covers Hollywood's versions of WW2 snipers with 'straight-out-of-the-box' figures - Facepool's rendition of Pte Jackson ('Saving Private Ryan') to DiD's great renditions of Maj Konigs and Vasilli Zaitsev 'Enemy at the Gates'). I considered this first four as my 'Intro' or lead-in vignettes.
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Old 02-14-2022, 08:52 AM   #33
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It was at this point that the WW2 sniper story begins with an apt warning sign. I then went straight into telling the real Vasilli Zaitsev story with a great 'Facepool' headsculpt of the most famous (thanks to the movie) WW2 sniper despite the fact his kill rate was rather low on the listing but a great story regardless.

Russia's female snipers - the main reason behind my theme choosing for 2021 having read the story of Lyudmila Pavlichenko and then Roza Shanina. Both figures are composites with headsculpts chosen to match as close as possible. Alert Line uniform sets helped make these figures possible and it would've been hard to tell the story of the World War Two sniper without them (and was one of the most interesting according to - surprisingly - female visitors).

This leads on to the Germans who had little choice but to ramp-up quick in terms of the number of snipers and sniper school they required in order to match the large number of Russians; many of whom were actually just above-average shots than professional marksmen...most coming from hunting backgrounds.
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Old 02-14-2022, 09:04 AM   #34
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I kicked-off the German aspect with the winter war and highest-scoring soldaten - Mathias Hetzenauer - of the 3rd Gebirgsjager Division. Like most of the figures which has a story behind them, I've tried to base headsculpts as close as possible though this was not always necessary (the American snipers for example which I could find little in terms of high-scoring or individual stories - apologies there) and therefore are a little more just representational.

The next vignette covers German airborne snipers in action at Cassino in '44. Note the small Zf 41 scope; another key feature of each scene is the main tool of the trade that each sniper carried and given the multi-national aspect, I was able to cover just as many in terms of rifles and scopes and some, like this one, had to be 3d printed in order to provide that aspect of the story.

My favourite is next with 'Sniper in the attic' (Normandy '44) and a late addition (3d printed) being the Hub 23 surpressor which was encountered in Normandy in small numbers.
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Old 02-14-2022, 09:09 AM   #35
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Two subsequent German scenes illustrate not only the later war fronts but improvements in camouflage clothing (another key aspect of the series); particularly that of the Waffen-SS (which utilised many patterns) and the blurred 'marsh' or 'swamp' pattern that superseded the classic 'Splinter A' pattern.

We then move on to two British scenes, the first I enjoyed despite the frustration in trying to replicate a ghillie suit to which British snipers tended to use (and every sniper in the world) has used since. SGT Harry Furness is the main focal point of the next British scene and even though I have him with a spotter (just to illustrate the sniper/spotter team aspects), Furness was renown for not only being 16 years old when he joined the British Army but often worked alone.
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Old 02-14-2022, 09:15 AM   #36
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Where possible, I tend to re-use or re-purpose parts and figures from previous displays and I was happy to re-use the U.S. 'Screaming Eagle' sniper from my 2019 series (101st in Normandy) to cover the story of snipers in those first heady days of the Allied liberation of Europe (sort of a counter to the earlier German sniper in the attic scene).

Next provided an opportunity to put in a heavily modified all-metal German 'Gulaschkanone' Hf 13 which I do intend to put with horse and limber one day but thought a nice 'battlefield debris' piece as the Americans broke-out during Operation 'COBRA'. This scene also giving me the chance to tell the story of infamous HBT 42 camo uniforms which were used in the ETO for a short time.
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Old 02-14-2022, 09:25 AM   #37
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Entering the Pacific theatre against the Japanese sniper (most of whom were actually just above-average shots who were very adept with camouflage and concealment in an environment they seemed to have no fear of) kicks of with a sniper built around one of the excellent IQO figures. The 2.5 Tokia scope on his Type 97 was 3d printed.

Temporarily curbing my interest in the USMC during the Pacific War (the theme of my 2023 series under Project - 'Devil Dog'), I was able to put in two scenes covering marine snipers - the first illustrating a way (hopefully) in drawing fire so that the marine sniper can get a bead on the unseen enemy marksmen who benefits from firing a round with little to no muzzle flash or smoke.

I couldn't resist covering Australian Army snipers of course and I was able to utilise my favourite 'Paddy' (the old classic BBI release) and another from my section of Aussies acting as spotter. The P'14 was 3d printed especially for this scene.
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Old 02-14-2022, 09:34 AM   #38
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Bringing to a conclusion (a the war draws to its conclusion), a marine sniper on Iwo Jima (most of the diorama features were from purchases from pet stores with copious amounts of fish tank accessories which, when painted, fitted the part nicely.

Bringing to a close is a sniper that actually garnered his kills before the war actually started (the Russo-Finish 'winter war' of 1939-40). Simo Hayha has the top-scoring kill ratio at 500+ so it was vital I tell his story (saving the best 'til last). The figure is a 'short' DiD body with an aptly sized DML head. I based it off a popular propaganda photo (minus bayonet as what exacting sniper would shoot with a bayonet fitted?). Given he was dressed in all white it was not hard to assemble this one.

I completed the series with a short text panel covering post-war snipers to today and a dedication to a good mate of mine who had helped set-up my previous shows but unfortunately passed-on late last year.

All-in-all...it was a well received show where I again told another World War Two story. With November's show now on the cards...it's time to press-on with the story of the German airborne forces; the mighty 'Green devils'.

I hope you enjoyed this story (sorry about its length) and the build processes required. It was fun to put together and it was really nice to see them all set-up side-by-side on display. Cheers, Steve
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What a massive and excellent array of displays Steve! Something to be very proud of!
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Very well done. No apologies needed for its length.
Did you see that Alert Line is coming out with a Finnish soldier (Sniper).
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Fantastic display. Tells the stories of some of the unsung heroes (or villains, depending on which side you are on).) Thanks for sharing.
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Brilliant presentation, outstanding job!!! Very Cool!!!
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Old 02-20-2022, 05:56 AM   #43
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Thankyou all most kindly for your comments, I hope you got as much out of viewing as I did in putting it all together and as with all previous years, it is enjoyable to put together each scene individually but a real hoot to see them all in series.

Typical though regarding the release of a figure I could've used earlier (the Finnish sniper) but that isn't the first time (perhaps the old adage 'if you build it, they will come' rings true?).

With everything now packed-away, it's time to get right into the next lot...

Cheers, Steve
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