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Kampfgruppe Krause at the Falaise Gate
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Posted: Monday, February 19, 2018 - 03:44 AM GMT+7
Jerry, A birds' eye view would be most appreciated. ... And not to sound like a broken record, please submit your wonderful work as an Armorama Feature article — out front and foremost where it truly belongs.

Cheers!🍺
—mike
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Posted: Monday, February 19, 2018 - 03:16 AM GMT+7
Dale
Nick
Mike F
Mike T
Phil
Steve,
Thanks so much guys for the awesome encouragement. You may not realize it but it does a world of good for me every time.
I am specifically stoked over how you liked the written portion of this latest work. That discipline is yet another one I always wished I had pursued. But reality brought me back to earth quickly ! LoL
As for the next project ? It should be small so I can get something completed right away. I have learned it's good for my work ethic,otherwise the big projects make me feel like I never finish anything an that is not good.
I started on something Friday but already lost the motivation ! So we will see what happens,
Thanks again so much,
I forgot to add,would anyone enjoy seeing a birds' eye view of this dio so you can get an over-all view of its' size ?
J
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Posted: Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 01:44 AM GMT+7
Just brilliant Jerry. The narrative is the icing on the cake.
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 11:04 AM GMT+7
So much more wow than words, flipping thesaurus isn’t helping. Thanks J!
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 10:54 AM GMT+7
Jerry, what incredible work and what a brilliant accompanying narrative you've given!

I'm loving this build and am getting tons of inspiration from it!

Great work sir!
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 07:13 AM GMT+7
Brilliant execution and narrative! ... Sign me up for your history class! 📚📚📚📚📚

Cheers!🍺
—mike
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Posted: Friday, February 16, 2018 - 12:42 PM GMT+7
Hi Jerry - another great episode of The Jerry Files - wow. The narration is a great add - nice way to summarize the event. The fine detailing of the buildings and scenery is in balance with all the subtlety of the figures....how do you do it?? Every time!!??!

Already eager to see what you cook up next!

Cheers
Nick
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Posted: Friday, February 16, 2018 - 11:36 AM GMT+7
What an incredible piece of work Jerry. The story is fantastic even without a narrative. I have enjoyed this build so much that I almost hate to see it finished. What incredible project will grace the Rutman bench next. Thanks for sharing Jerry, its been a pleasure to follow.
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Posted: Friday, February 16, 2018 - 08:30 AM GMT+7

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I love this! I love the wounded gun commander in the doorway (Jerry's best ever figure?). I love the story telling with each image conveying a particular episode and I love the clever use of backdrop to give a grander sense of scale. They say imitation is the highest form of flattery so consider yourself flattered cos Im going to try and imitate the hell out of this.



Hey thanks Paul,
I do think that guy turned out very well. He may be my best so far ! Many are way better than me though,so the challenge continues !
Imitate away brother imitate away !
J
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Posted: Friday, February 16, 2018 - 06:34 AM GMT+7
I love this! I love the wounded gun commander in the doorway (Jerry's best ever figure?). I love the story telling with each image conveying a particular episode and I love the clever use of backdrop to give a grander sense of scale. They say imitation is the highest form of flattery so consider yourself flattered cos Im going to try and imitate the hell out of this.
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Posted: Friday, February 16, 2018 - 03:04 AM GMT+7
Thanks so much guys,for looking in and typing some great thoughts !
Let me see if I can keep this all straight now.
@Maarten-thanks buddy for staying with this project and for the continuing encouragement I know you feel the same pressures concerning long term projects !
@Greg-Thanks for the kind words buddy !
@Tim-High praise coming from the "dioman" himself ! You certainly have the filmakers' knack,that is for sure. I am liking this "graphic novel" thing. I hadn't thought of my stuff in that way,but then again,this concept is also new for me. I never combined the 2D paintings,dio and narrative all together before,I don't think?
@Dudley-thanks so much bubba,I appreciate the nice words
@Wayne-always nice to hear from a good Scot !!
@Cheyenne-thanks man,for checking in and commenting. I was going for a guy writhing in pain,just after getting the head shot from LTC Clift. A bad,but not fatal,wound. I know this pose is possible,as I learned the move while wrestling in High School !

This thing took quite a while to get done but there was a lot of down time involved. I tried new stuff and some worked,some....not so much. I am already thinking/planning new stuff. Time for a small thing so I can get something done and feel the sense of accomplishment !
J
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Posted: Friday, February 16, 2018 - 01:30 AM GMT+7
Beautifully brilliant work Jerry , cool as cool can be !!!
This gives one a fluid sense of motion captured in snapshots in time .
I don't know if you did the crew member balancing on his boot heel and head as he's in the midst of being shot and thrown backwards on purpose . At first it looked a little awkward to see him levitating on his heel and head but after looking at it awhile it really gives a sense of " in the moment " .

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Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 08:02 PM GMT+7
Amazing work as I said before every picture tells a story and now we also have the story in the written form. Another piece of history brought to life. An inspirational piece.
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Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 06:34 PM GMT+7
Simply fantastic Jerry. It was like reading an illustrated novel. Very well done and some superb modelling skills.
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Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 01:25 PM GMT+7
SUPERB!! Now that’s what I call a narrative, completely lost track of time going through it. Totally absorbing, beautifully photographed, excellent everything. So much work involved but so worth it, I really hope you’ll do this kind of recreation again…after you’ve had a well-deserved spell at Modellers’ Paradise Resort. Bravo Jerry
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Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 10:16 AM GMT+7
Here are a few more shots that I was too inept to figure out how to use in my narrative.















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Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 10:11 AM GMT+7
The thread Turned into a non fiction graphic novel,
TOP STUFF !!
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Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 10:07 AM GMT+7
Around this point in time LTC Clift,the commander of the Canadian Sask. Infantry Bn ,angry over the delay of the advance,grabs a rifle from one of his grunts and starts to pick off the gun crew of the 12SS Belgleit Kmp PAK40.







Gun commander Mahraun decides discretion is the better part of valor.


And gives orders for the remaining crew to retreat. The testimony of the survivors reads that the gun was blown up but surviving pics show the gun in pretty good order,though inconclusive,as the breech may have been blown.




The crew puts another round down range and leaves in a hurry. The Grenadiers from the 26 SSPzGrenRegt follow up with a delaying action back through the town,taking pot shots and using well placed bursts of MG42 fire to slow down the Canadians until well after dark.A common mistake repeated by the vets that were in these later fights in Normandy called almost every shot that hit someone fired by a"sniper". The truth was,the Germans were so thin on the ground that the "snipers" were actually the very very sparse Infantry,putting in defensive fire. A bunch holes up in the Catholic school and puts up a determined defense until they too,are overwhelmed. The remnants slip out at night to join the remains of Krauses' group and continue the delaying action all the way to Trun and the final escape from the cauldron.
Hope you enjoyed the show. This was the most well documented episode I have had the honor of trying to replicate in scale,having testimonies from both sides and also on the spot before and after pics to use for exact location !
Thanks to all who helped me with this research here.
J

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Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 09:37 AM GMT+7
Rottenfuhrer Mahraun,gun cmdr of the PAK,places a MG42 gunner in support. After a few bursts he is wounded.



Sturmann Bassenhauer replaces him but he too is soon wounded by the fragments from the Carpenter shop getting hit by an AP round in the gable.



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Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 09:30 AM GMT+7
The Saskatchewans from the Canadian 9th Bde have started their attack much later than planned due to a traffic jam. They and their supporting tanks push south down the road from Caen on the Rue National 158. At around 1600 hours the first Sherman turns the corner and gets ready to cross the causeway over the creek.
The PAK opens fire and knocks out one,maybe 2 or 3 tanks.





Round after round goes down range. AP mixed with HE to go after the infantry on the ground.




With each high concussion blast dust shakes from the ancient roof tops and up from the dusty cobblestones,echoing down the rubble filled blasted streets of Falaise.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 03:30 PM GMT+7
Nice shot thru the trees....the story is coming together.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:56 PM GMT+7
16 August 1944. Kampfgruppe Krause takes up positions along the old city walls of Falaise,the town of William the Conquerer.
Attached to the unit are the 12SS Belgleit Kompanie remnants,which Sturmbahnfuhrer Krause assigns to the northeast corner of the city.



The Kompanie still has a PAK40 75mm anti tank gun and it is placed to cover the road from Caen,in a hasty position covering the causeway across a creek leading into town. Scouts inform the teenage gunners that the Englander are close. The waiting begins.


About 80% of Williams old town is now in ruins because of an Allied air strike in the days previous to the ground troops advance. The much depleted combat elements of the 26th SSPzGren Regt and the Belgleit Kompanie are told to "hold at all costs". It will be machine guns and rifles against tanks and artillery,but hopefully the PAK will give some support and do some damage,at least this is what the young grenadiers tell themselves.

And so.....they wait.
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Posted: Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 03:14 AM GMT+7

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Great stuff again, Jerry.

This is going to be fantastic once it's done. As Tim said, one can almost sense them breathing...

Maybe put some paint on the edges/back of the foremost backdrop to hide the little white marks.

Really looking forward to the next post(s).

Cheers

Sean

No worries re PM. Thanks




Thanks Sean,
I already addressed those white marks. I took the whole thing apart and did more color work,etc. Although I left the white in a few spots because it accented the edge more.
Trial and error. I am now working on the Northwest facing backdrop. Much bigger and so....much more challenging as well.
J
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Posted: Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 12:29 AM GMT+7
Great stuff again, Jerry.

This is going to be fantastic once it's done. As Tim said, one can almost sense them breathing...

Maybe put some paint on the edges/back of the foremost backdrop to hide the little white marks.

Really looking forward to the next post(s).

Cheers

Sean

No worries re PM. Thanks

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Posted: Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 09:46 AM GMT+7

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Hi Jerry - lots of good work and discussion going on here.

I like your readjustment of the backdrop - it looks like you slightly raised the right side - which in turn, slightly adjusted your vanishing point, making the painted building's back wall more in keeping with the perceived vanishing point of the built structure - whew!! A lot of words there! Haha - it looks spot on.

As to the conversation, less is more, keep it simple....for me those are more than simply valid points, and a lot easier said than done! Sort of like the apparent ease in making something look random - it's a lot easier to slip into some pattern or other...which you can't really see while doing it, but becomes immediately obvious when done. I think these challenges make this so interesting to try to do. Like knowing, or more honestly figuring out, when to add lots of detail and when not to - all part of the fun.

Ok - no more coffee for me! Nice work

Cheers
Nick









Yep,correct as usual with your powers of observation. I raised the right side and it still needs a bit more raising I think. I will work on that before I take more pics and after I fiddle with the color values a bit more as well.
The backdrop is actually 3 backdrops,giving away a secret here.
J