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Omaha ´44 Ambush!

Omaha ´44 Ambush!

Figures: Italeri ´44 Normandy Rangers 1/35, straight from the box,
Tamiya acrylics, watercolour

Just for Fun
As this was my first attempt ever to put up a decent diorama, my goal was to experiment  materials, paints and working itself. The figures were not too detailed, but they would do. After buying the figures, I did some 5 minutes sketching, and the situation was obvious to me. A guy shot down, one guy consulting the sergeant, yelling because of the grenade explosions, another guy sneaking behind the corner, ready to blow away the MG.

Concrete Wall
I used Das Pronto for the walls. The wall is not supposed to be exploded, but I couldn't come up with a better way to cut the wall as it should go all the way up. Some diorama sand and real sand from the backyard were added. The first colouring attempt left the contrast wrong, with a very visible line between the wall and ground. It seemed the right time to start working with  the figures.

The Final Set
I toned the wall lighter, the amount of sand yellow increasing down the wall. The same acrylic colour was used for very light washes on figures. The barb wire construction is not correct as I didn't want it to mask the action. Some straps and details, all made of paper, were added to  figures: BAR guy even has an ace of hearts on  his helmet. The pantyhose-helmet-camonet is seen on the guy at the corner.

I ended up using watercolour washes over acrylic on faces and flesh. With the right lighting, I was quite happy with the result.

There are lots of details that could have been made better, but for me it's the most important thing that the whole thing generally works. And it's my first one. Thanks for the help with the barb wire! I appreciate all comments and suggestions.

©2002 All pictures and text by Toni Kysenius

About the Author

About Toni Kysenius (Envar)


Thanks! There is another thread with a link to some very nice black&white photos of this dio. If you liked the article, check this out: D-DAY GALLERY Azizmaz, I sent you a PM about the paints. My problem is that I can´t remember what colours I used as I mixed watercolour to acrylics and so on... Cheers, Toni
NOV 30, 2002 - 02:59 AM
Toni, 1) this is another stunning "Envar" dio ! No further comments needed, you're going for fame here! 2) when the ¨¨¨¨¨ do you do all this ? You keep building one dio after another, and I know you have a day time job ! Mega cool dio !
NOV 30, 2002 - 12:12 PM
Hey Tony!... :-) I just loked at your black and white pics!..."AWSOME!"...really it is!...they look really close to the realy pics!...
NOV 30, 2002 - 01:36 PM
Once again, talent overcomes the price of a good dio. Using simple Italeri figures and a bit of imagination, a great dio can be achieved. Great work Envar. I remember this dio from a while back. Funny to see it surfacing again. I didnt know it was yours! You will need to get a website to display your work!
DEC 01, 2002 - 01:12 PM
Yeah, I wondered the same thing myself...Of course, now it feels that I would have done everything differently as it was my first one but a few inaccuracies and mistakes don´t show when right kind of pictures are taken of it! I´ve also had several PMs about this dio, more than any other one so far. Must be the popular subject or something! Thanks, Toni
DEC 01, 2002 - 06:42 PM
I think that the Diorama looks great! Actually I like the rough sketch. Nice job Toni!
DEC 03, 2002 - 08:06 AM
awsome but it does look like a scene from saving privet ryan really good
OCT 28, 2003 - 10:41 AM
Toni, It's a fantastic job! Lots of action, you look at the pictures, and you are drawn right into the situation! The details (or lack of them) adds to the moment you captured here! Wonderful work, sir! Hats off to you!
OCT 28, 2003 - 11:37 AM
Toni, excellent dio. The wall is worthy of more praise than you have given it. What may appear simple in construction speaks volumes in it's story. Good job
OCT 28, 2003 - 12:01 PM
very nice! CongratS ~Chip :-)
OCT 28, 2003 - 03:38 PM