Today’s second post.
No excuses, I’d simply fallen behind on my WW1 timeline project and needed to get back on track, thus establishing the aim of completing an outstanding item for this week and the next.
Although June is still some time away I can’t believe just how quickly January and February have passed by. As a consequence I did a review of just where I was with this project and my audit indicated that several vignettes and dioramas were complete, some were being worked upon but some had not yet been started. It also struck me that I hadn’t given any further thought to a model which would act as the “end” piece in the sequence.
Obviously the war ending is the stand out incident but was it really the end? In my imagination I envisaged marching troops through London in front of crowds of cheering people but bringing that to life was difficult to get my head around, not least of all because I struggled to find anywhere near the type or number of figures I would have required. I also thought of something very sobering such as a graveyard scene – Gone But Not Forgotten – but whilst I did do one (see an earlier post) I decided that although relevant if was not how I wanted to end the sequence.
In the end I decided on the idea of daddy coming home from the war and being greeted by his wife and child. For many this was the real end of the war, seeing a loved one returning home. More up beat and more personal. So here you have the returning soldier coming down the garden path. Would he have had his rifle? Possibly. Would he have had a fixed bayonet? Almost certainly not! I did think to remove it but on closer inspection I thought I would almost certainly cock it up so felt it was better left alone! It’s the story that’s relevant not the accuracy. That’s my excuse any way!
So now I have a beginning and an end to my timeline and but need of a few more for inbetween. No time for slacking as the clock continues to tick.