I said that the Devil is in the Details because I like creating or adding oddities that conform to my wants in a diorama. For example, I used pieces from both Lemax and Department 56. One was for the arch over George Washington and the other was for the piers that match the John Jenkins whale boat pier.
Militiludibriology (mil·i·til·u·di-bri·ol·o·gy) = the study of toy soldiers
The first is a scale model kit of the USS Independence (1:35) by Artesania Latina. Launched in 1775 as part of the first U.S. Navy, this model is 30 inches long. One reviewer says it is closer to 1:32 and that would be perfect.
This New York Harbor diorama is a good example of using a lot of different pieces. There is the rowboat mentioned above. Notice the soldier walking up the steps. I used a rather awkward William Britain piece (17581) that looks great on stairs. The cannons are metal and plastic Britains Ltd. pieces repainted. Also note the oxen and cart. The oxen are metal kits by Andrea Miniatures (AND-S2-A02 and AND-S2-A03). The pier wall and stantions are from the Italeria dock sets (Long Dock 5612 and Dock with Stairs 5615)
Speaking of rather awkward William Britain pieces. This one looks great climbing up the watch tower ladder (WB 17222) is from a minute man set. The tower spotter on the right is the "Swamp Fox" Francis Marion (WB 17227).
Speaking of another awkward William Britain piece. This one is General "Mad" Anthony Wayne (17444). The piece is ridiculous as is, but I found a better use for the madman as a cart driver for King & Country's Supply Wagon (BR054).
So... What's Next? I have two projects in mind, but space [read down] is problematic.
The second project is a completely scratch model of the Old North Bridge where the "shot heard round the world" happened. Again, size is a problem. This model would be over 3 feet long.
Space, the final frontier! I don't have a lot of it. Despite having a good sized home, I only have two rooms that are exclusively mine. So I have gotten inventive in where I put pieces.
The USS Independence was a 10 gun two-masted Schooner (at least one authority says that it was originally built as a sloop) built for the fledgling United States Navy in 1775 and it saw extensive service in Revolutionary War. Commanded by the famous captain Thomas Truxton, it was lost in Ocracoke Creek Inlet in North Carolina in 1778.
I bought some figures as damaged and rework them. This one is part of the Frontline Figures "IFW.6. The French and Indian Wars. Rousillian Royal Regiment, 2 Kneeling Firing 1 Loading" boxed set. This shows what the original looked liked online, bought and rebuilt. This also shows the complete diorama that I built using several sets and kits. The bayonet I took from at John Jenkins Designs set (BM-26. 44th Regiment of Foot, British Line Infantry, Casualties). the other pieces were intentionally modified to a better purpose -- given their original poses.
Work Bench #3 Backgrounds