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    Default Doncaster 2023.

    Chris Lambert has just posted a poll here for choice of event dates for next year for Doncaster. If you are interested get your vote in ASAP as the sooner we get a date the earlier we can book our rooms at Doncaster East.

    https://www.wingsofwar.org/forums/sh...DONCASTER-2023

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    After a chat with Captains Duff and Patch at Hammerhead last week, I have made a start on the senics for our game Copenhagen, coming up at Doncaster this coming September.

    Here is my rendition for the backscene of the City inspired from paintings of the period by Nicholas Pocock, and C A Lorentzen, plus a couple of other unnamed prints.

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    First I made my master copy, and then deleted the unwanted foreground, before dividing up the scene into three sections ready for enlarging.
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    The next stage was to enlarge the sections of the print and add the countryside on either side. They then had to be trimmed to match.
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    I now positioned the four pictures on the backboard.
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    All in place, they were now ready for spray glue to afix them to the backboard.
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    Whilst waiting for my new spray can of glue to arrive as the one I had was nearly empty, I began work on the 3D elements of the scenics with a look at the Trekroner fort.
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    Next with the help of a plan of the fort glued on the templates for my base units.
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    Yesterday I managed to cut out the main parts of the fort base and then glue them onto the supporting template.
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    I then added the supporting outer and inner walls.
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    Now starting to build the upper works.
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    I have now begun to glue some of the upperworks in place.
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    The main building is now completed and I have pasted up the template for the final section of the outer works prior to roughing it out on the Abra saw.
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    I also completed the backscene of Copenhagen ready for September. Just the 3d side models with the costal batteries to add now.
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    Cutout now completed and ready to add to the fort.
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    And now the fort is completed and ready for the first undercoat tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bligh View Post
    And now the fort is completed and ready for the first undercoat tomorrow.
    Are you sure your eyesight is failing? That looks great!

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    Thanks Dobbs.
    One of the advantages of my good eye being really shortsighted. I can follow very small details as long as the lighting is very strong.

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    Undercoated and now ready for painting the details.

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    The fort is now painted and grassed, just awaiting the placement of its batteries and the raising of the Danish Standard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bligh View Post
    The fort is now painted and grassed, just awaiting the placement of its batteries and the raising of the Danish Standard.
    Outstanding! Is the white building entirely scratch-built?

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    The white building was scratch built save for the frontage which is based on this one from Langton's.I cut the top down and bent the two ends just after the windows to form the 30 degree angled wings to the building. Then added the rest of the works. It just had the right number of windows to match the original.

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    I have a model of the Trekronner fort but in 1/2400 scale. Hallmark made all the ships for the 1801 battle in that scale, which I have all painted and ready to go.

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    And here is the completed fort.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeRuyter View Post
    I have a model of the Trekronner fort but in 1/2400 scale. Hallmark made all the ships for the 1801 battle in that scale, which I have all painted and ready to go.
    I will be interested to see the pictures of your fort and ships Eric.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bligh View Post
    I will be interested to see the pictures of your fort and ships Eric.
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    I'll dig them out for a shot.

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    Thanks Eric.
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    Today I started work on embedding the coastal batteries.
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    Work slowly progresses whilst I await some much needed plasticard.
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    Sculpting to all three terrain pieces completed, and sealing glue layer applied.
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    Today's stage was spraying the bases Earth brown, re applying watered down PVA when the surface had dried, and then dusting with grass scatter.
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    Today I have been mainly making hedges!
    First paint some string brown.
    Coat with dilute PVA.
    Then dust with green scatter.
    Finally hang up to stretch and dry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bligh View Post
    Today I have been mainly making hedges!
    First paint some string brown.
    Coat with dilute PVA.
    Then dust with green scatter.
    Finally hang up to stretch and dry.
    Made from a simple length of string. Good idea!

    Many (at least in Germany) have dealt with model railways, mostly at 1:87 scale (HO). It is beyond belief what wealth of kit can be bought for building the landscape, houses, etc. But for SoG, the scale is much different and building landscape at the SoG scale is much rarer. Thus, one has to come up with some good ideas for some things just like you did.

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    The landscaping continues.
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    Beautiful work, Rob.

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    Thanks Jonas.
    I'm just waiting for my lime kilns in order to complete this part of the shoreline.

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    In the meantime I have cut up the supporting sheet of Plasticard and glued it to the bases of the shore.
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    The next phase is applying PVA to the beach and dusting with fine sand.Then when dried repeat process with a dusting of course sand in drifts and larger rocks.
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    All now tried and tested on the games table.
    See you all at Donny on Friday.
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    Now a few shots from Copenhagen.

    After the traditional glass of port and briefing from Admiral Neil Nelson. (Horry could not make it) so Neil stepped in the British squadron rounds the Middle Ground and begins its assult on the Danish line.
    The trophy in the foreground is on view to put a bit of steel into the assault.
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    Overview from the fort Trekoner end of the line.
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    Captain Manley's Gun Brig takes up its position ready to assail the fort before being joined by the three frigates in his squadron.
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    Nice looking set up. I like your use of the city back drop.

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    The first Danish ship surrenders to Captain Comben's frigate.
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    As the second ship surrenders, Captain Comben now directs his fire onto the vessel anchored between those two.
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    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    Other ships from Nelson's squadron are now moving further up the Danish line and the battle has become a general action. Note the three British ships aground on the Middle ground and the three frigates hastening past the British Bomb ketches in order to attack the forts.
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    With three Danish ships now lost the first British ship is lost.
    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    The oncoming British ships now advance to maul the Danish centre.
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    Captain Manleys Frigates now get into action against the Trekroner Battery which has already been set on fire by the Bomb vessel.
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    Meanwhile the Danish main body is taking a drubbing from several British ships at once.
    It was at this point that Hyde-Parker signaled that the action should be broken off to which Neil Nelson turned a blind eye.
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    The Frigate Squadron of Captain Manley now forced the surrender of Trakoner fort and the Union Flag was raised above the decimated fort.
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