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Breaking through the Siegfried Line

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Breaking through the Siegfried Line

Post by PhiMa on Thu Jul 01, 2010 3:20 pm



My Largest project to date (65x65 studs), depicting my favourite battle in World War Two: The Ardennes Offensive, better known as the battle of the Bulge. For some odd reason, I've always liked this one. What we basically have here is patton's Third Army breaking through the Siegfried line and slowly but surely relieving the surrounded 101st Airborne Division. Rolling through the snow with there E8 Shermans (Alright, they weren't in production back then Razz), the americans slowly advance, not being aware of a small german ambush on the other side. Not that they stand a chance.

Excuse the bad photography, this thing was terribly hard to get the light angled correctly and have all sides covered Razz Thank god for picnik editing pictures...

On a more historical note - The Battle of the Bulge last from 16 December 1944 to 25 January 1945. The germans launched one final counteroffensive in the Belgian ardennes, to hold off the allied advance. With about 19000 deaths on the american side, it was the largest battle during WWII for them. By the 21st of December, the 101st Airborne was surrounded in a village known as Bastogne by various Panzer divisions, and held out six days until Patton's third army broke the german encirclement and relieved the 101st. No member of the 101st Airborne has to this day admitted they needed rescuing.

The American tank offensive:


Bird's eye view:


Part of the German line of defense:


And the folder/gallery.

Enjoy!
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Re: Breaking through the Siegfried Line

Post by LazerBlade on Thu Jul 01, 2010 3:29 pm

Awesome!!! I like this.

I think you could and some more detail to the ground. Wink
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Re: Breaking through the Siegfried Line

Post by Troopa Daisy on Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:23 pm

PhiMa wrote:No member of the 101st Airborne has to this day admitted they needed rescuing.

You mean some of those veterans from that division are still alive today? Weren't there only a few survivors? Shocked

Anyways, the MOC is nice, but the rock in the background looks somewhat odd since the rest of the MOC is only trees and plain ground. Not sure if the rock was there in the actual WW2.

The german ambush line is pretty good, I like how some are hiding under stuff but perhaps you could give them a bit more cover such as some green foliage or something like that.

Also, the ground is somewhat lacking, even if it is plain, it could have more plates stacked here and there.

But overall, a good MOC, it didn't have to be a 65 x 65 IMO, could have been shrunk (a tiny bit there's a lot of empty space).

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Re: Breaking through the Siegfried Line

Post by Darman on Thu Jul 01, 2010 6:19 pm

Overall it looks quite amazing but the ground is extremely in need of even the smallest of details.
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Re: Breaking through the Siegfried Line

Post by Guest on Thu Jul 01, 2010 6:54 pm

Yeah, there definitely needs to be a bit more detail on the ground. And as Troopa Daisy said, It should be a bit smaller.

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Re: Breaking through the Siegfried Line

Post by Alpha Beta on Thu Jul 01, 2010 11:48 pm

Looks like the Germans could use more men.
Also in your main pic, bottom right hand corner, you have some plates coming up. Wink
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Re: Breaking through the Siegfried Line

Post by PizzaMovies on Fri Jul 02, 2010 1:44 am

Troopa Daisy wrote:
PhiMa wrote:No member of the 101st Airborne has to this day admitted they needed rescuing.

You mean some of those veterans from that division are still alive today? Weren't there only a few survivors? Shocked

Anyways, the MOC is nice, but the rock in the background looks somewhat odd since the rest of the MOC is only trees and plain ground. Not sure if the rock was there in the actual WW2.

The german ambush line is pretty good, I like how some are hiding under stuff but perhaps you could give them a bit more cover such as some green foliage or something like that.

Also, the ground is somewhat lacking, even if it is plain, it could have more plates stacked here and there.

But overall, a good MOC, it didn't have to be a 65 x 65 IMO, could have been shrunk (a tiny bit there's a lot of empty space).

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No... There were many survivors. The division wasn't decimated, it was just surrounded, and Patton "came to the rescue". And there are WW2 veterans still alive, ya know...

/facepalm

It's an OK MOC, but I really don't see anything special about it. Just flat white with trees and a rock, IMO. The Shermans are nice, but the MOC itself? Meh.
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Re: Breaking through the Siegfried Line

Post by bl*c on Fri Jul 02, 2010 2:18 am

^Kind of agree sadly. Sad

I really only find the tanks and the German defense line interesting.
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Re: Breaking through the Siegfried Line

Post by PhiMa on Fri Jul 02, 2010 12:53 pm

Thanks for the reaallllly descriptive criticism guys. You all keep on suggesting I 'add more details' to the ground, yet..what am I supposed to add? It was snow, snow, snow, and, yep, you guessed it, snow. Wink

@Pizza: Never said it was special. Razz But making the base, trees, shermans, trenches, and 'rock' (They're called mountains you blithering idiots. Razz ) was quite hard itself anywho.

I feel like we should have that Sherman Poll again sometime Razz
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Re: Breaking through the Siegfried Line

Post by legorevolution on Fri Jul 02, 2010 9:28 pm

Ooh nice moc Phima! I'm really liking the trees and the landscape in general. However I still feel the snow is a little bland and flat for my liking. Next time you should spice it up a little more Wink
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