Gern's D-day

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Cool mate :smiling3:

If your anything like me it will expand into a full scene from the longest day

I'm looking forward to this :smiling3:
 

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Go mad with it Gern. You got the whole of 2014 to play with.

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I've thought about scratching some of the beach defenses - not the fortifications. Does anyone have any pics of these 'cos the ones I've found tend to focus on the people so details of the defences are unclear.

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Dave, when I did my Normandy G.B. diorama, I had a good look at Google Images before I had a bash at these obstacles for my model.

Plenty of beach defence pictures to look at.

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I'll have to have another look then Ron. As I said, the only ones I've found so far don't show enough detail.

I've checked out the figures here:

http:tongue-out3:/www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=937

There are some rather good looking set pieces here. Hope I can do them justice.

I've got some budgie grit which I've used on dios, but the particles are much too big to represent sand in 1/72 scale. Could I use something like baking powder as an additive to emulsion paint to get a sandy texture? (I know you can buy textured paint but pennies are very tight so I'd like to find a cheaper alternative).

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Dave in the us sectors Utah and Omaha most of the beach defenses were the cross iron gurder type and huge concrete block type I would say about five feet tall.

The cross gurder type reached a fair bit outto sea so at high tide they could damage landing craft
 

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I was thinking of making some of the girder type from plastic strip but I could do with a picture. Am I right in thinking they were called hedgehogs?

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Yep, hedgehog barriers, also slightly off shore Belgium gates-tetrahedron concrete structures topped with mines. On the beach don't forget to add shell holes from the rockets that landed to clear the obstacles, most fell short and many soldiers walked into them while getting off the landing craft and drowned. You also could add a few wooden posts, sticking at an angle pointing towards the land-like an angled letter A.

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You also could add a few wooden posts, sticking at an angle pointing towards the land-like an angled letter A.Si:smiling3:
Yes, I saw some of those in some of the images I found. Why were they pointing inland instead of seawards?

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Thanks a lot for the pics Alan. It looks like just three I-beams welded together with a triangular reinforcement. Now I know what they looked like I may be able to scratch some.

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Knowing they were called hedgehogs, I managed to find this. Could be useful to anyone else doing the D-day build.

 

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Yes, I saw some of those in some of the images I found. Why were they pointing inland instead of seawards?Gern
The idea is that a tank or some other vehicle rolls up onto the obstacle and gets stuck there. If it pointed towards the sea it would not work. They are called Czech Hedgehogs.
 

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I'll have to have another look then Ron. As I said, the only ones I've found so far don't show enough detail.I've checked out the figures here:

http:tongue-out3:/www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=937

There are some rather good looking set pieces here. Hope I can do them justice.

I've got some budgie grit which I've used on dios, but the particles are much too big to represent sand in 1/72 scale. Could I use something like baking powder as an additive to emulsion paint to get a sandy texture? (I know you can buy textured paint but pennies are very tight so I'd like to find a cheaper alternative).

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Dave for the sand just use any emulsion paint and some flour. Just paint the base with the emulsion then while still wet sieve some flour over the top then when dry just paint it the sand colour you want.
 

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Yes, I saw some of those in some of the images I found. Why were they pointing inland instead of seawards?Gern
As Joe has said designed to cause problems, especially high-tide, to tanks, landing craft, to slow down vehicles or get them hung up so that two things happen: chaos from having vehicles and support fire trapped and struggling, landing craft with damaged drop-doors etc, also it means that a slow vehicle or stuck vehicle is an easier kill than one that can strole right up to your front door lol.

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The idea is that a tank or some other vehicle rolls up onto the obstacle and gets stuck there. If it pointed towards the sea it would not work. They are called Czech Hedgehogs.
Thanks Joe. That makes sense. I found this picture which may also be useful for a D-day build.

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Nice picture, notice the mine on top to blow the bottom out of landing craft.

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Thanks for the flour tip Ian. Col (CDW) has also offered to send some of his reptile sand for me to try so I got no excuses for getting it wrong now.

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