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Retreat diorama (moved from wrong forum)

May 12 2017 at 11:05 PM
Rato Marczak  (Login Rato_Marczak)
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Hi gang,

Finally finished, here is my 'Retreat' diorama in 1/72 scale.
The scene depicts troops gathering in a farm on the Eastern front, late summer 1943. It includes the Trumpeter Famo, Revell Kanone 18 and a conversion of the Italeri Sd.Kfz.253.
After two years+ working on and off, I kind lost interest, and to be honest there are things that I didn't liked. Probably it is more related to the figures I had in hand than balance of the scene itself. Finding good, convincing injected (hard plastic) figures in 1/72 scale is no easy task. Hope the 3D printing trend will help with that.

I hope you like it...

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Rato Marczak
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paul bishop
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brilliant work

May 13 2017, 2:44 AM 

really nice scene and full of live, just needs clouds of dust now and oppressive heat wink.gif

 
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Rato Marczak
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Thanks, Paul!

May 13 2017, 11:12 AM 

I'll try better photos when the plaque is finished, maybe with some background photos...

Take care
Rato Marczak
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Dan Taylor
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Re: Retreat diorama (moved from wrong forum)

May 13 2017, 5:12 AM 

Hello Rato
That's a fascinating little scene with lots of great detail. The chickens add a little colour and life - the tread on the tyres is nicely picked out on the Famo and the figures look very natural. Are they Prieser?

Long term projects can be hard work, so well done for getting it finished. I have found it helps a lot posting in-progress work on here as I've had some great encouragement to help get past the dull bits.

All the best and thanks for posting.

Dan

 
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Rato Marczak
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You're absolutely right, Dan...

May 13 2017, 11:15 AM 

...posting wip here is an extra engouragement, no doubt. I usually keep the wip photos to my website because I have more freedom to change things, text and all.

Yes, the figures are mostly Preiser (Wehrmacht), but I've also used Orion, Pegasus, Ceasar and one stolen from a Dragon Panther for the Panzer crews...

Thanks for your kind words.
Rato Marczak
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Philippe Bonnet
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Nicely done !

May 13 2017, 5:45 AM 

Like the chiken, I guess they will soon enough ends in a pot

 
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Rato Marczak
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Eh, eh... Food chain, Philippe, food chain... (nm)

May 13 2017, 11:16 AM 

Rato Marczak
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Tim Treadway
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Dio

May 13 2017, 8:12 AM 

Hello Rato;

We're a long way from MUG, eh? Beautiful dio. They can be a lot of work. Tim Treadway

 
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Rato Marczak
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Hey Tim...

May 13 2017, 11:18 AM 

It's been a while. Where are you guys gathering these days? I confess I miss that MUG atmosphere...

Thank you for your kind words.
Rato Marczak
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Tim Treadway
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MUG Alumni

May 13 2017, 3:31 PM 

Hey Rato;

The MUG folks are spread all over. A few are here. Some over at 1/72 scale Aircraft.com, Several places on Facebook. Armorama. They are everywhere. I run into familiar names every once and a while. I even see a few of them at the Nats. A few have passed away.

I too really miss the Days of MUG. I would love to see another site like that. It was truly unique.

Take care and keep in touch. Tim Treadway

 
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Brian J. Brown
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Very nice, but...

May 13 2017, 8:35 AM 

...soldiers being soldiers the world over I can't imagine any of them walking once they see that Famo rolling by with all those empty seats. I think they'd climb all over it for the ride. Great looking piece.

Brian

 
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Rato Marczak
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Good point, Brian. But...

May 13 2017, 11:19 AM 

...the Famo is maneuvering. Sort of...

Thank you.
Rato Marczak
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Kevin Tong
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impressive!

May 13 2017, 9:22 AM 

The time spent on this project has paid off! What did you use for the grass and tree leaves?

 
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Rato Marczak
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Hello Kevin.

May 13 2017, 11:23 AM 

Glad that you liked it.
The grass is a mix of static grass. Mostly 2-3mm applied in layers and airbrushed between. The tall grass on the high ground is Woodland Scenics Field Grass:

http://woodlandscenics.woodlandscenics.com/show/category/FieldGrass

I chopped it a little, and rolled it as a cigar. Trimmed one end flat and 'dabbed' it on a layer of sticky glue.

Take care
Rato Marczak
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Neil Craig
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Beautifull diorama!

May 13 2017, 12:55 PM 

Well done in all respects Rato....the grass looks very realistic and the painting is extremely good.

Cheers,

Neil

 
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Rato Marczak
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Glad you liked, Neil. Thank you! (nm)

May 13 2017, 8:16 PM 

Rato Marczak
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Arnaud Garnache
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Re: Retreat diorama (moved from wrong forum)

May 13 2017, 1:38 PM 

Really beutiful diorama ! Great job.

 
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Rato Marczak
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Thanks Arnaud. Your site's always been an inspiration... (nm)

May 13 2017, 8:17 PM 

Rato Marczak
www.ratomodeling.com

 
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Arnaud Garnache
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Re: Thanks Arnaud. Your site's always been an inspiration... (nm)

May 15 2017, 5:16 AM 


 
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Paul Giles
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Amazing amount of work...

May 14 2017, 6:31 AM 

Hello Rato,

Yes, this is the forum for this excellent diorama, I think from the responses that you have had you made the right decision. This is a superb piece of work, each element beautifully detailed and realised. The Famo is very nicely done and I like the damage you have incorporated into the mudguards. I like the 253 and how you have the front wheels turning, this little tweak adds so much more interest in the vehicle. All the figures are very nicely done and this really adds to the realistic effect of the diorama. All in all a brilliant piece that you can be rightly proud of, well done.

All the best,

Paul

 
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