This is an attempt  to create a realistic model environment to picture my figures in.

The problem with structures like this in 1/6th is their sheer size , and possible weight. I've got round that to a degree by making it all from insulation foam , surfaced with filler ,  and building it in a series of sections which can be moved around to create different perspectives.
I have displayed this on the forums as a Work in Progress, which it is true : but I never intended to finish it in a fixed form , because that makes storage difficult : it's more of a moveable stage set to which items can be added at need.

Trenches on the Western Front varied considerably. This model is based on a collection of  photographs taken ( illicitly ) by Lt. Harry Colver, of the York and Lancasters  in Flanders in 1915.
 The watertable is so high in this area that they had to raise the trenches into sandbag walls , rather than digging down into the morass. As a result in the summer weather they are very dry , unlike the popular notion of the average trench.

Millions of sandbags were used , and the revetting included planks, brushwood hurdling ,  corrugated iron and chicken wire : anything that could be scrounged by the soldiers, who spent a great deal of their time building and maintaining them in a quiet sector.

The figures are notionally from my local battalion , the 5th W.Yorks , but I confess I have not badged them perfectly, but used figures from other Regiments in the scenes to make up numbers.
There are lots of things I should like to change and add : but making WW1 figures is not easy , because of the lack of available commercial items , so for the moment I have to be content with the figures I have.
I just hope it creates some of the atmosphere of the original photos.



The sandbags I sew up from unbleached linen , and fill with... sand.The brushwood was gathered in the autumn locally ; it's actually the stalks of  local plants, dried.
The potatos and peelings are made from polymer clay , a wonderfully versatile material : after 20 years of using it , I begin to believe you can make absolutely anything you fancy from it.










The Rum Ration , the high point of the soldier's day : brought forward and carefully issued by the Sergeant-Major.
                 The SRD on the jar ( Supply Reserve Depot )  was commonly thought to mean " Seldom Reaches Destination " .

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