Operation Overlord – A 28mm WW2 Diorama (Part 6 – The Completed Diorama)

The Road To Carentan – US 101st Airbourne (02:00 D-Day 6th June 1944)

The various bits I needed to finish don’t really require an explanation.  They were either paint jobs or basic ground work, nothing I haven’t covered before in the previous posts on this diorama.  With this in mind and before I share with you the photo’s I have taken I thought I ought to give you the background to the diorama to set the scene so to speak.

The original interest in doing this period piece was driven by the Plymouth Model Club, of which I am a member, and their 2019 show which will have a D-Day display.  I fancied a diorama with a couple of buildings and decided in the end to go with what you have seen unfold during the previous 5 posts.

The 101st Airborne parachuted into Normandy France in the very early hours of D-Day, the 6th June 1944.  Their mission was to secure the eastern half of a town called Carentan from German reinforcements.  Doubtless they had other objectives along the way.  I figured their journey would have taken them through outlying villages en-route and this is essentially what this diorama sets out to portray.

The way I see the diorama is this.  France, although occupied was running as business as usual.  Street lights might or might not have been on in the small hours of the morning but a business such as a Baker would quite possibly have been baking at that time.  Noise and explosions would get people to put their bedroom lights on and of course some destruction would be inevitable.

An accurate portrayal?  Probably not, it’s a representation and intended to be nothing more.

Various images appear below, with and without lights on.  I hope you like the end result.

I wan’t able to submit anything mechanical for the November challenge, to committed to this project.  However, the December challenge set by Azazel lends itself to this model so with Christmas coming up and various time constraints with it this will be my submission.



40 thoughts on “Operation Overlord – A 28mm WW2 Diorama (Part 6 – The Completed Diorama)

  1. Dave, that is just brilliant! I can’t believe it’s done already! But, I’ve worked it out . . . The German at the corner is just holding up his hand to halt the two Panthers that are back down the adjacent lane and you’re going to put them on another diorama with some more buildings that butts up flush against this one to make a really big display! Clever!

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  2. A true work of art mate! I love every inch of this piece. From the blue paint work on the bakery to the creeper climbing up the wall. The troops are painted and positioned well and you can almost feel the chill in the night air. Great work with the lighting too. Simply stunning work all round mate. You should be proud.

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    1. Cheers IRO. Towards the end it’s been a slog. I don’t know about you but I usually hit the wall a few times on larger projects and this was no exception. It will do for next year’s show. Put it another way, I’m not doing another one if it isn’t! Now looking forward to spending a good few weeks just painting figures. 😊

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  3. Dave, as an American and as a US Army veteran I am in awe of this beautiful tribute to the Screaming Eagles. I went to the 101st’s Air Assault School back in the day, and always had an affinity for that unit.

    It really looks period – very early June in Carentan. The details are as said above, and I’m so in love with the buildings, the figures, the fountain, everything. Big kudos!

    I’m hoping that you find a great home for it – it needs to be seen by many for a long time. Thanks for sharing and congrats on your achievement here.

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  4. That is really impressive. The attention to detail is outstanding and really brings the whole piece to life. Must confess I’ve come back several times to look over the pictures since you posted it – great work!

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    1. Thanks mate. I felt the German in many ways was quite key to the story and did um and ah a bit about having a few more of them in the scene.
      I struggled a to find the right figures but in the end felt it was better to leave it to the viewer imagination (which is another way of saying I gave up!). As you say it provides a hint, a learning point for future diorama I think.

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      1. I think for reasons of both practicality and general diorama composition the “hint” is the better option (unless you are doing a full on battle scene). So I think it works very well.

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  5. Absolutely love this, it is brilliant. The first photo makes me think of dawn on 6th June. The sun is just coming over the hills and bathing the square in light. The German on the corner is inspired 👏👏👏👏

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      1. Looking accurate enough to me and most people I would imagine. I did my undergrad dissertation on the Normandy landings using oral testimony…so although not an expert, I would reckon anyone with a bit of knowledge about France in WW2 would know what it shows.

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  6. Here I was worried when I read that you entering this piece for the December challenge….but then I saw that you had painted the Wizard’s robe the wrong color! No way you will outshine my December submission now, haha!

    Kidding aside, excellent work! Pretty much what we’ve come to expect from you, yet I feel you keep pushing the throttle on your work and definitely on this one. It was one thing to see the buildings, very impressive. But once the figures were added, it becomes another thing entirely. Alive. A story starts to unfold. So odd, because the figures are just static little toy men. But it becomes something like a 3D painting.

    While I like the lights, and realize you put a lot of work into them, I have to say that I feel the scene works better with them off. Some of the figures are crouched and trying to be stealthy, which doesn’t work as well in a brightly lit plaza. Too bad, as I really like the lights too.

    Lastly, *IF* I ever did get around to doing dioramas…I think I would be coming back to this page many, many times to get an idea of how they’re done. Thanks for sharing, and glad you managed to push through. A lot of work, but turned out amazing!

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    1. Glad you like it but I get where you are coming from with the lighting. It was an experiment which I’m happy with overall but lighting opens up a whole new area to explore and I think it’s a discipline in its own right which needs a proper study. Will I do more lighting? Yes is the simple answer, in fact the next diorama will feature some essential illumination but won’t be visible like a street light. Will just have to see how that one goes!

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      1. In some of the pics, the street lights look pretty dim, or maybe your background lighting is darker, and in those pics, the scene does work really well. So the lighting certainly isn’t a total failure. Plus, as you mentioned, experimentation ends up adding more tools to the kit.

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      2. In actual fact many of the photos were taken with the lights off and some with them on. An experiment with flash on and off the camera too. The problem is I didn’t make a note of what I did for each picture so I really need to take new photos to see what provides the better effect. A job for another day and a post update if I get it right!

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  7. Well ! what can I say after all that has been said by the other lads but totally agree ! ,I don’t normally say this mate, but I got a bit emotional seeing this one, really well done . I won’t rabbit on ,sometimes the less said the better eh ! .I must say though I thought the fountain is really well done ,Cheers mate, I feel you have earned a break ! .But no you are like us all and it’s on to the next exciting adventure in model world! .

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  8. As so many of the others have expressed, this is just an outstanding piece. It was obvious enough that it was going to be pretty special from the WIP posts, but the finished article really does take that and bring it to a new level. Once again as the others have mentioned, the sole German motioning to his unseen comrades behind him adds a whole lot of interesting narrative questions for the viewer to ponder, which really does add to the strength of the piece. Kudos, my friend. Amazing work.

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  9. This is incredible! I can only imagine the amount of work and time you put into this project. It shows the action and tension so well. I dream of taking on a project like this one day and you should be proud to have seen this one through 🙂

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    1. Thank you. It was a lot of effort and one day I may well do something of equal size. Space is the biggest problem as is creativity. What ever I am working on I have at least 30 or so ideas of what to do next floating around in my head. Months on one model is therefore very hard when you can’t wait to start the next project!

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