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Old 01-09-2018, 01:10 AM   #1
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Dio- "Staghound Running Down Its Quarry"; Normandy, 1944

Dio - “Staghound Running Down Its Quarry” Normandy, 1944



This is my Staghound from last year, in various spots of my yard. It is the first main photoshoot after the devastation of Hurricane Maria in September 20. About a dozen of the small trees were downed by the nearly Cat5 winds. The following day, with the ground still saturated, I propped them up with heavy rope and metal stakes. Added dirt to fill in the voids and hoped for the best. Last Friday, January 5, I unstrapped all the trees. So far they look ok. Over those three months I spent countless hours working the yard. Added more features, including a new road and extended and raised the plywood background pieces in the fences. Before the plywood would go up 4 feet, not the pieces are placed on edge, making them 8 feet high. Added an additional 12 pieces of 4x8 plywood to cover most of the viewable fence area. It makes it much easier to have flexibility in taking images from different angles. Still the best light is with the sun is covered by clouds, as strong light and shadows on the backdrop, does not look good.
Having all the yard ready, makes it simple to move the vehicle around and makes the images have for the most part, a natural backdrop.

In one of the scenes, the Staghound’s commander is talking with some local French civilians. It is the first time I have used civilians in my photoshoots, and I like the results. These two figures are dressed in BGT civilian pieces. The bearded civilian is a mountain on a man, and the HS is also huge, not sure from what figure, but I believe it is from a super hero series. The old short bald man has a Ben Kingsley HS.

Here some initial shots in the old covered road, now extended all the way to the old initial main dirt road.













Here you can see the extension to the old main dirt road I put in late last summer.







Commander talking with some local Frenchmen













Here is the new road, still working on it and did not get the best light for all the variations at the spot…



























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Old 01-09-2018, 11:15 AM   #2
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Re: Dio- "Staghound Running Down Its Quarry"; Normandy, 1944

Brilliant, just brilliant
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Old 01-09-2018, 11:57 PM   #3
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Re: Dio- "Staghound Running Down Its Quarry"; Normandy, 1944

Outstanding!
Should have put a German infantryman with a panzerfaust behind one of the bushes
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Old 01-10-2018, 07:07 AM   #4
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Re: Dio- "Staghound Running Down Its Quarry"; Normandy, 1944

That is awesome in both model and scenery...how exacting is that scale as it's just superb and keen to see if they run upon their quarry...hopefully not armed with a Panzerfaust. Thanks for sharing and a great way to start the year. Cheers, Steve
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Old 01-11-2018, 01:57 AM   #5
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Re: Dio- "Staghound Running Down Its Quarry"; Normandy, 1944

The vehicle and crew look great and very natural in the outdoor setting. Glad you are recovering from the hurricane, tho I know there is a long way to go.

Is the Staghound a Mardon creation or by someone else?

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Old 01-11-2018, 01:59 AM   #6
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Re: Dio- "Staghound Running Down Its Quarry"; Normandy, 1944

Absolutely beautiful work!
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Old 01-11-2018, 03:12 AM   #7
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Re: Dio- "Staghound Running Down Its Quarry"; Normandy, 1944

Great looking scenery! The Staghound looks outstanding! Hope to see more adventures with this vehicle and crew.
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Old 01-11-2018, 06:41 AM   #8
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Re: Dio- "Staghound Running Down Its Quarry"; Normandy, 1944

Thanks, for all the comments!

The vehicle is a Mardon Callanta model. Bought maybe 8-10 years, painted and weathered last year. You can check the "First Images" post here is SAG. The crew was done last summer and shared with ither Inns of Court vehicles and figures, late las summer. The other vehicles are a White Scout Car and a Jeep.Have a total of 11 IOC figures for these vehicles. I need to put together some infantrymen to expand the possibilities. Have a couple of single figures from over 10 years ago, but need a proper group...
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Old 01-11-2018, 02:48 PM   #9
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Re: Dio- "Staghound Running Down Its Quarry"; Normandy, 1944

Your yard looks great! Glad to see you made it through all of the storms down there. Hope the trees survive.

Oh, and the Staghound and crew are excellent, as per your usual work.
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Old 01-14-2018, 12:11 AM   #10
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Re: Dio- "Staghound Running Down Its Quarry"; Normandy, 1944

I'm in envy of your yard, Eduardo! The trees, shrubs, and other foliage look scale - not an easy feat in the hobby for sure! Your road has banks as well - NICE!

The Staghound and crew look great - as do the French civilians.

I like the Staghound crew in shirtsleeves. It's a good look - especially with their goggles and berets. The headsculpts look great as well! Well chosen!

Great job all-around!

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Old 01-15-2018, 12:03 AM   #11
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Re: Dio- "Staghound Running Down Its Quarry"; Normandy, 1944

Beautiful model and backdrop. I'm so envious of your back yard - looks like it survived the hurricanes ok? Very nice details.


I would not want to go Panther hunting in a dinky armored car though! LOL!


Nice set up Eduardo!
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Great job!
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