Those of you kind enough to follow my blog will be aware of my WW1 Timeline project. After a good few months of work and several periods where I hit the wall in terms of inspiration the project is now complete. I say complete, to be fair this historical period has been one which I have really enjoyed and as such I cannot see myself not adding to it in the future. For now though, and in particular for the Armed Forces Day event to celebrate 100 years of the ending of the Great War which inspired this work, the job is done.
I thought I would share with you the sequence of these 28mm figures, vignettes and dioramas as they accord with the timeline. Full details and better photos on each model can be found under the menu header “WW1” if your interest extends beyond this post. For now I’ve just been lazy with regard to the photos I’ve pulled together. I didn’t have my Light Box when I started the project but when I get a moment I’ll retake all the photos and update this post.
Looking ahead I’m very much open to suggestions for expanding this project with further figures/vignettes/dioramas and any ideas you might have will be gratefully received.
Model 1 – “Read All About It” – Britain declares war on Germany – 4th August 1914
Believe it or not this little guy was key to my project. I wanted to kick the thing off with the announcement of war but couldn’t work out how to do it until I found this little chap.
Model 2 – “It’ll Be Over By Christmas” – Enlisting 1914
Enlistment was a major event and took place all over the country with lengthy queues of young men signing up. Little did they know what was in store for them.
Model 3 – “Passchendale” – July 1917
One of the major conflicts. Nothing like a slow walk towards machine guns!
Model 4 – “James Newton Langley” – Middlesex Regiment, June 1915 to November 1918
This is my Great Grandfather. He went through the war unscathed. When I found this figure which had an uncanny resemblance to his photograph I just had to do it and include it in the project.
Model 5 – “Scottish Highlander” – 1914 – 1918
This started life as a spare figure. I didn’t want to do a big thing on the Scots but neither did I want to leave them out. I then had the idea of turning the figure into a bust.
Model 6 – “Field Marshall Douglas Haig” – Commander British Expeditionary Force, Western Front 1915 – 1918
Love him or hate him a key figure who divided opinion. Impossible to leave out.
Model 7 – “Ypes” – April 1915
This was the first model I completed before it grew into a project. Painted entirely with oils. There were several battles at Ypes, all bloody conflicts.
Model 8 – “The Somme” – July 1916
Possibly the most famous incident of the war with an incredible loss of life on day one. Hard to associate it with anything other than death.
Model 9 – “Vickers Gun Crew” – Amiens August 1918
The machine gun of its day and a must for inclusion.
Model 10 – “British Command” – 1914 – 1918
Lions led by Lambs. Not all the officers were incompetent!
Model 11 – “British Casualties” – The Somme, July to November 1916
A sad reality of war. Not everyone survives or gets killed. Some get to live with devastating injuries for the rest of their lives.
Model 12 – “British Signallers” – 1914 – 1918
Communication in all walks of life are key but not very Hollywood! Underrated heroes.
Model 13 – “British 18 Pounder Gun Crew” – 1914 – 1918
The volume of shells fired during the war was incredible. No wonder the landscape was so devastated. An artillery piece was another must.
Model 14 – “British Troops French/Belgium Border” – 1915
I felt I needed a centre piece and fancied another building project. I settled for a scene depicting troops making their way through a French/Belgium farm
Model 15 – “Gone But Not Forgotten” – British Cemetary 1917
Not everyone died on the battle field, some died from their injuries after they returned home.
Model 16 – “Daddy’s Home” – November 1918
The last piece (for now). I needed an ending and decided a soldier returning to his family would no nicely.