Thursday 9 September 2021

Waterloo Remodelled

Dear Forum Members,

I've had several questions about when the Waterloo diorama will be on display.  For those who would like to buy tickets for the special lectures and private tours at the UK's National Army Museum (NAM) in London between 20-23 October, please go to the following link:

The NAM is also open for normal visitors.  The NAM's opening times are 10am-5.30pm and the diorama will be on display from Wednesday to Saturday. During this time anyone can purchase a ticket to view the exhibition and tour the whole of the museum.

This year, the exhibition will focus on Hougoumont, La Haie Sainte, Papelotte, Plancenoit and La Belle Alliance with about 20,000 figures on display.  Next year will focus on the French cavalry charges onto the Allied squares.  A series of annual exhibitions will follow joining up the whole battle to about the size of a tennis court.

This is a global effort with contributions from UK, Europe, USA, Canada and Australia and will be a fitting tribute to one of the great events in history.  

Monday 6 September 2021

Vorwärts meine Kinder, und wir werden den Sieg erringen!

 The weekend has been dominated by the need to get troops on the diorama.  This has been about getting them in position in a rough and ready way, and then later I shall return to disguise bases and make them sit better in their surroundings.  Here are some photos:

Landwehr by JH

25th by DL

Elbe Landwehr cavalry by LF

Staff by AD

Silesian Landwehr by various

Silesian Uhlans by LF.  A lot of stands need hiding.

And the Lasne brook needs some edging to conceal the curvature caused by the liquid when it dried.

More Landwehr by JH and AD

French prisoners come to the rear through Landwehr

More Lutzows by DL

Young Guard defend the back gardens and allotments of the villagers

Agan, the bases are too obvious

Landwehr - there's a lot of them - 10 battalions so far each of 500!


Hand-to-hand fighting between Prussians and Old Guard.  Mostly AD.

Blucher and his staff with an escort Squadron of 8th Hussars.  Staff by AD.  Hussars by LF.

Thursday 2 September 2021

The Bigger Picture

 The Plancenoit section of the diorama is now too big to fit in any of my rooms, and be able to walk around it.  So a visit by one of the team allowed me to set it up outside.  The trouble was that the ground is uneven, so the pieces don't fit together that well.  Secondly, a strong wind caused an early autumn, with leaves falling onto the scenery - annoying!

Here are the results:

Wednesday 1 September 2021

Der Feldmarschall

 Troops are going to come on a fast and furious basis if I am going to make my October deadline at the National Army Museum.

Here are two batteries of Prussian artillery, both lacking limbers and caissons yet, along with the 1st Uhlans.  In front is old Marshal Forwards himself along with his staff.

The figures (which are mostly Art Miniaturen) are by AD, LF and GG.

Foot artillery battery in the foreground

1st Uhlans - the Art Miniaturen figures are by LF.  The Strelets are by GG.  I have re-horsed many of the Strelets because I don't much like their pony-like features; once done, they blend well.

Marshal Blucher and his staff.  Their stands need to be hidden.  By AD.

The caisson is by LF

Horse artillery battery

In front of the main track leading north east from Plancenoit

Elements of the next regiment are forming up, awaiting reinforcements