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Operation Epsom,Normandy'44
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Posted: Friday, September 20, 2019 - 01:57 AM UTC
The first day of Epsom,the 2nd Glasgow Highlanders point platoon advances on the positions of 12SS PzDiv southeast of Le Mesnil Patry. They are following close behind a moving wall of steel created by hundreds of field pieces located around 2 kilometers to their rear. The Glaswegians are one of 6 battalions from the 15th Scottish Div tasked with leading the assault,meant to break the German lines and cross the Odon River south of Caen. Field Marshall Montgomery dearly wants that city,meant as a DDay objective.
Here is the calm before the storm. The only sound so far are the rapid detonations of 25 pounder rounds hitting on and around the thin line of German positions. The HJ boys are still behind cover,avoiding the storm of white hot shrapnel whizzing through the air,launched by point detonating fuzes that cause minimal cratering. The only other sounds are the wind bending the wheat,the rattle of metal against metal and the occasional shout from the leaders steering the Jocks on the compass bearing given each unit.
Today is the day many old friends will breath together the last time.
The squad leader,an old salt,carefully scans the middle distance while the Jocks slouch forward slightly and instinctively pull their heads down into their shoulders. A human response to upcoming danger.

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Posted: Friday, September 20, 2019 - 03:12 AM UTC
I can feel their tension; great job.
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Posted: Friday, September 20, 2019 - 03:49 AM UTC
What day was this? In mid-june? Excellent job, by the way.
MW, Victoria BC
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Posted: Friday, September 20, 2019 - 04:46 AM UTC

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I can feel their tension; great job.



Thanks buddy,glad you liked it,
J
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Posted: Friday, September 20, 2019 - 04:49 AM UTC

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What day was this? In mid-june? Excellent job, by the way.
MW, Victoria BC


Thanks man,the offensive started on June26 and Monty pulled the plug on 30 June after failing to hold Hill 112. But he did have his bridgehead over the Odon.
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Posted: Friday, September 20, 2019 - 05:47 AM UTC
Very nice figures. Are they made from parts from different makers ?
jrutman
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Posted: Friday, September 20, 2019 - 06:11 AM UTC

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Very nice figures. Are they made from parts from different makers ?



Thanks,
6 are made from heavily modified Tamiya figs. There are also a few Dragon ones,a Glencoe and a Resicast representative included.
J
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Posted: Friday, September 20, 2019 - 08:53 AM UTC
Looking good as always but please edit your post out of respect please, It should be Glaswegians instead of Glasgowigians. Keep up the great subjects and Thanks
Paul
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Posted: Friday, September 20, 2019 - 11:41 AM UTC
Hey Jerry, looks great so far. Getting tingly out here with the anti


cipation

Thanks!
Don’t be agitating the Scots. You don’t need that on your plate
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Posted: Friday, September 20, 2019 - 04:08 PM UTC
Nice groundwork! And that perspective angle looks really good.🍺🍺🍺

—mike
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Posted: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 12:11 AM UTC
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Posted: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 01:00 AM UTC
Great job Jerry, I cant wait to see more. As usual Jerry, you always pull off a showstopper. Best regards......Dale
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Posted: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 02:12 AM UTC

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Looking good as always but please edit your post out of respect please, It should be Glaswegians instead of Glasgowigians. Keep up the great subjects and Thanks
Paul



Ahhh yes,sorry Paul,The miss spelling was done with no animus,just poor spelling skills! LoL
I made the correction,
J
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Posted: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 02:13 AM UTC

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Hey Jerry, looks great so far. Getting tingly out here with the anti


cipation

Thanks!
Don’t be agitating the Scots. You don’t need that on your plate




I know right? I don't wanna mess with the members of the traditional Celtic strike force,at the forefront of all fights involving the Empire.
Additionally,I don't want to impair the free flow of whiskey by creating any issues either!
J
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Posted: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 02:14 AM UTC
Mike,Maarten and Dale,
Thanks Gents so much for the kind remarks,
J
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Posted: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 03:46 AM UTC
Churchill tanks from the 7 RTR where in support of the Glaswegians that day.



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Posted: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 10:36 PM UTC
Super cool figures, base & photos Jerry – is that a 1/72 Churchill?
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Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 12:37 AM UTC
Jerry, you've pulled it off again! Very nice figures. Where did the grass come from I want some! Operation Epsom led to the formation of the "Scottish Corridor". This pulled II SS Panzer Korps into the battle prematurely, the Germans had been hoping to keep these units in reserve for a major offensive of their own. Are you going to do a diorama of Hill 112? I'd really like to see your iteration of that. I love the way you are bringing in some of the forgotten battles of Normandy. Hill 112 was a real meat-grinder. I still can't understand why no one has ever made a film about it.
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Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 02:54 AM UTC

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Super cool figures, base & photos Jerry – is that a 1/72 Churchill?



Thanks Tim-meister,
Yep,1/72 scale beastie lurks in the background.
J
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Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 02:59 AM UTC

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Jerry, you've pulled it off again! Very nice figures. Where did the grass come from I want some! Operation Epsom led to the formation of the "Scottish Corridor". This pulled II SS Panzer Korps into the battle prematurely, the Germans had been hoping to keep these units in reserve for a major offensive of their own. Are you going to do a diorama of Hill 112? I'd really like to see your iteration of that. I love the way you are bringing in some of the forgotten battles of Normandy. Hill 112 was a real meat-grinder. I still can't understand why no one has ever made a film about it.



Hey man,thanks for the very nice comments and interest.
All this is for an upcoming book,hopefully in a series,about Normandy. This first one concerns Epsom and goes till Monty called it off on 30July. If this one is successful,I am torn between making the next about the fighting up till Epsom,IE Bretteville and Putot,Op Martlet etc,or after Epsom,covering the Hill 112 meatgrinder.
The grass in the foreground is painted fake fur,while the middle background are a few hobby mats,blending into a painted backdrop showing the exact terrain looking from the German lines on to Le Mesnil Patry.
A movie would be super cool. Maybe hard to get the green light over here for one that only concerns Commonwealth troops. It would have to be epic and rely primarily on CGI. Rest assured though,no matter how much emphasis the director put into authenticity,some dweeb would pan it because of an important issue like"they used the wrong color on his throat mike electric cord".
Fingers crossed and prayers said,
J
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Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 03:21 PM UTC
Just excellence again, me likes this! Always love the backstory.

Jerry, I've long wondered about adding smaller scale subjects into the background of dios.
ex: A 1/16 figure in the foreground followed by 1/35 figures or vehicles to the rear, or a 1/32 aircraft followed by 1/72 in the distance etc. I suppose a conflict could be in bringing everything into the correct, believable focus as one image.

This is awesome, I'll be following along whenever time permits some serious lurking.

Cheers
Dave
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Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 08:20 PM UTC
Hi Jerry,
The painting of the figures and the atmosphere you create with it, is really top notch!
The painted fur, just looks like that, I'm affraid. In my opinion, it is too uniform, looking very artificial. Also, if they are advancing close behind a wall of artillery fire, wouldn't the terrain they advance through be churned by the impact of the shells
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Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 03:22 AM UTC

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Just excellence again, me likes this! Always love the backstory.

Jerry, I've long wondered about adding smaller scale subjects into the background of dios.
ex: A 1/16 figure in the foreground followed by 1/35 figures or vehicles to the rear, or a 1/32 aircraft followed by 1/72 in the distance etc. I suppose a conflict could be in bringing everything into the correct, believable focus as one image.

This is awesome, I'll be following along whenever time permits some serious lurking.

Cheers
Dave



Thanks for your very nice words Dave! Always appreciated.
Yeah,this idea here was brewing a long time and I have several dios underway with it in mind,like the Cromwell one. It can be tricky and I'm still ironing out the issues. But the potential is there.
J
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Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 03:29 AM UTC

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Hi Jerry,
The painting of the figures and the atmosphere you create with it, is really top notch!
The painted fur, just looks like that, I'm affraid. In my opinion, it is too uniform, looking very artificial. Also, if they are advancing close behind a wall of artillery fire, wouldn't the terrain they advance through be churned by the impact of the shells



These are farmers' fields,wheat and the like. That crop does grow kind of uniform or at least,the wheat fields near me do. The craters here very very minimal,according to testimony from a member of the 12SS,who endured this battle. The fuses were set on point detonation,for maximum schrapnel effects on Infantry. I have been on ranges in Germany that were just used and the craters were non-existent. There were,in Normandy,other times that involved large craters from Naval guns and from aerial carpet bombing,etc.,but not here.
Thanks for your comments,
J
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Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 04:00 PM UTC
Grass is always greener eh? I guess a few longer stalks in the foreground would break it up a bit. My agricultural knowledge is below minimal but given normal farming schedules were somewhat disrupted on June 6th perhaps there’s an argument the fields wouldn’t have been as uniform as usual in the ensuing months? But Epsom started June 26th so the fields would have been nowhere near ready for harvesting anyway right?