When most people think of WW1 they will almost inevitably at some point think of The Somme. Understandably the magnitude of lost lives is not easily forgotten. As I continued with my WW1 timeline it became very clear to me that certain events could not be ignored. This was one such event.
WW1 – “The Somme” – 28mm Scale
Those of you kind enough to follow my blog will know that I have been trying to put together a WW1 Timeline for an exhibition to be held in June to mark the centenary of the ending of the Great War. The event itself will be held in Plymouth on Armed Forces Day.
When I first set about my contribution I drew up a list of key events with the aim of trying to produce a figure, vignette or diorama to mark each incident. Not surprisingly the battle of the Somme appeared on my list. For inspiration on how to depict this event I did a quick Google search for ideas. The only thing which came to mind was “death”.
On the first day of the battle which took place on the 1st July 1916 the British lost over 60,000 soldiers (killed or seriously injured). By the end of the campaign in November of the same year that figure had risen to 420,000. An almighty loss for a land gain of 25 miles! Incredible.
The model itself features figures by Great War Miniatures. The mud is real mud! A little earth together with some potting soil, paint and PVA was mixed together and allowed to dry before dry brushing some highlights.
My little vignette is dedicated to the 420,000 brave souls.