Friday, 11 October 2019

Hougoumont - the bigger picture

Having worked on the Gardener's house, I've now opened the aperture to look at the broader estate.  This is very much a work in progress and, while the whole model is quite large in its present form, it is still missing the southern end of the wood, the covered way to the north, the kitchen garden to the west and most of the great orchard to the east.

Here are some photos:

My diorama shows the battlefield at 1800 - by this stage the Chateau had burnt.

It's been said my model doesn't show enough of the wood where much of the fight took place - well here it is.

I've created this diagram of the formal garden

And then marked it out on the diorama

The view through the north gate

You can see how large an area must be filled by the formal garden.

View of the balustrade, with diagram 

The killing zone

View down the west side

The track looking north

The killing zone from the west - the troops stop at the edge of the section.

The whole building complex

The chapel

The track leading to La Belle Alliance

Looking east
The burnt west barn

I've made some of my trees from dead bonsai trees from a local bonsai club

Wounded conversions

The formal garden from the west looking east.

The star at the east end of the formal garden.  This was planted with ornamental trees and hedged .

View down the killing zone.
I can't seem to reply to messages, so just to say thank you to everyone for their kind comments.

If you look carefully, there is a Classical statue at the centre of the star. based on this HYTTY figure.


  1. Fantastic model! Interesting seeing how large the wood is as of course this feature is not there today.

  2. Yes, a true museum piece. Really impressive work so far.

    Best Regards,


  3. Only one word to describe this MAGNIFICENT! Going to look incredible once finished and fully populated with troops.

  4. Impressive work, very good.
    Does your research show the trail leading back to La Belle Alliance as a 'sunken road'?

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