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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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Re: Project - 'Deadly intent'

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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Re: Project - 'Deadly intent'

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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Old 10-04-2021, 01:01 AM   #11
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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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