Author Topic: "Blindgänger?!!" (Blind shell?!!) -- 25cm Heavy Minenwerfer (CMK Resin, 1:35)  (Read 314 times)

Offline Borsos

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Some time ago I started this project and used the new CMK 25cm Minenwerfer which is wonderfully cast and full of pretty details. The Minenwerfers were rarely seen uncovered due to its short range which made it necessary to dig them in in the forward trenches and due to their smoke and flash when firing. So Minenwerfers received an overhead cover whenever possible - even when it only was some wooden sheets and some sandbags, as here. So the Minenwerfers were well within the radius of hostile counter shellfire and even smaller guns like the French 75mm gun or the British 18pdr were a dangerous threat for the Minenwerfer and their crews of about 5-6 pioneers. Such a scene I wanted to recreate. The hostile shell for now is replaced by a half mine and will soon be replaced by a French 75mm shell. Is it a blind shell? Does it have a retarded ignitor, or is it a gas shell?
The shells of the Minenwerfers had much thinner walls than those of normal artillery shells so much more explosives could be put in. The shell of a heavy 25cm Minenwerfer had almost the same destruction capacity like a huge and much more expensive 42cm "Dicke Berta". So they were much feared weapons...

Here are some pics of the first stages of planning. I used figures from several brands like Masterbox or ICM, which I heavily converted to look like a Minenwerfer crew under enemy fire.









I used Hornet heads and Magic sculpt, lead foil and a punch and die set for belta and buttons. The figures are painted with Vallejo acrylics. The first stages of the trench section is made of Polystyrene covered with air drying modelling clay. In the next step the earth will be done with my usual mixture of Pigments, sand, small stones and wall filler...
Best regards
Andreas
"Deux armées aux prises, c'est une grande armée qui se suicide."
Barbusse.
"Ein Berg in Deutschland kann doch einen Berg in Frankreich nicht beleidigen. Oder ein Fluß oder ein Wald oder ein Weizenfeld."
Remarque.

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Outstanding Andreas, looks like a couple of the crew members will need new undergarments (if they survive).

Offline Dave W

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Magnificent work Andreas! That is very impressive and the figure conversion work is outstanding.

Kind regards

Dave Wilson
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Australia
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Offline Manni

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Re: "Blindgänger?!!"
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2018, 06:47:50 PM »
Hammer, Andreas! So many details, action and movement, the faces really reflect the terror of the unexploded bomb.
Capeau,
Manni
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Offline NigelR

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Wow and double wow! Superb work. I really like the animation of the figures and the overall setting. I'm trying hard to get my dioramas to "tell a story" rather than just be a group of figures on a base, and seeing how you do something like this is great inspiration. Very much looking forward to seeing how you do the groundwork, and many thanks for sharing the in progress photos.

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simply amazing!
i am speachless...