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Camp fire in the snowy Ardennes


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1stlooey

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 12:30 pm    Post subject: Camp fire in the snowy Ardennes Download Post Reply with quote

Some of you know I lived in Florida for years, and also that the period I'm interested is the Battle of the Bulge. I did a lot of outdoor shoots in Florida, but it never looked like the Ardennes! FINALLY I have a backdrop that really looks like NW Europe in the winter! (Except for the houses of course, but, just use your imaginary photoshop to make them go away!)

This could also come under the heading "platoon building," as I headed another post. I have been going through all the stuff I had hoarded over the years, and have been putting together all the figures I had always dreamed about.

These are all newly bashed figures, or else figures that have been in storage for a long time and that I have brought up to snuff. All except some of the tankers have undergone the body modification I submit my figures to, and the equipment has been upgraded as well. Upgrades include re-working the suspenders, adding lift-the-dot fasteners in lieu of the crappy little buttons, and many, many other things.

The scenario is of an American tank crew warming themselves around a camp fire, and a small group of GIs who have joined them to warm up as well.

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- It snowed lightly last night and all day today. I put the tank and the jeep outside at about 7:30 this morning, and let the snow and wind do their stuff.
- I got outside at about 1 pm and set the rest up.
- I posed the figures as much as possible before going outside. They have wires in their boots to keep them up.
- I used gloves with the fingers cut off, and chemical hand warmers.
- The camp fire and firewood are my favorite part. The firewood is from a crabapple branch that broke in the last snow storm, cut up and split just like the real thing. For the actual flame and smoke, I used one of those fire starters that are made out of sawdust and a flammable chemical.
- The total time it took outdoors was about 50 minutes.

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1stlooey

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 12:58 pm    Post subject:  Download Post Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 1:14 pm    Post subject:  Download Post Reply with quote

Aboslutely outstanding outdoor photosession.

I wait your troops not suffer trench foot

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 4:12 pm    Post subject:  Download Post Reply with quote

Briiiiiiiiiiiiilliant Exclamation

I had to look twice at the second photo as the rest of the figures around the fire looked real. Love the pose of the figure crouching down over the fire. Superb Cool

Thanks Antony

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 5:22 pm    Post subject:  Download Post Reply with quote

Great photos! The opening shots of those perfectly-scaled split logs really does look 1:1.
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Panzercommander HOH

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 5:34 pm    Post subject:  Download Post Reply with quote

Agreed - great photo shoot!

I love the scale chopped and split wood and the fire!

Your figures, vehicles, and posing look superb! Nicely done!

Glad you've finally had the weather to do a Battle of the Bulge shoot.

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Krieger

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 5:43 pm    Post subject:  Download Post Reply with quote

Wow that is just fantastic!!!

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 5:48 pm    Post subject:  Download Post Reply with quote

Uh, why don't they just go into that house in the background and get warm?!

Just kidding. I agree; it looks great and the scale of the wood and the fire is well done. Makes the whole thing come to life!

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 10:55 am    Post subject:  Download Post Reply with quote

Good job indeed.
Very convincing.
Nice figure bash.
You can have the snow shoots for yourself though. Exclamation
Don't want none here at all.
wonderful how snow could make a pile of rubbish look grand. Wink
Some of those dudes must be freezing there plastic bits off. wink
Jeff


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Peter the painter

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 10:57 am    Post subject:  Download Post Reply with quote

realy nice group setup, like the poses and out door photography,

thanks for posting.

peter

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