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Completed Last Stand at Watling Street

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by DioramaArt, Jan 3, 2022.

  1. DioramaArt A Fixture

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    New project that I’ve been thinking about for a while on the back of the Roman Scene depicting the last stand of the IX legion at Camulodonum, 1st century Roman Britain.

    After the Iceni routed the Roman army and sacked several cities including London, they were emboldened in teaching the hated Roman invaders a lesson. The Iceni chased fleeing Romans beyond their East of England homeland, gathering warriors in an attempt to finally defeat the Romans and to kick them out of Britain.

    The culmination of that 1st century Britain conflict, ended in defeat for the Iceni led by Boudicca at the battle of Watling Street. On paper the Britain’s should have easily defeated the Roman legions, they outnumbered their foe 10:1. However the Iceni warriors were untrained in military strategy used so effectively that day by the Roman army. Little is known of the location of the battle, some speculate it to be near Mancetter Warwickshire, others nearer London or even nearer to modern Nottingham. Various sites fit the geography of the large battle as described by Tacitus and other writers of Roman 1st century history.

    The Roman description of what happened to Queen Boudicca at Watling Street describe her as having fled the battle in defeat, to either die of wounds or by poison. A one sided and classical Roman way of describing a feeble female leader verses a male dominated Roman Army. I’ve read various accounts and looked into Celtic and Iceni culture from what little exists. I can’t see that a Queen who amassed thousands of warriors of various British peoples, enraged by what the Romans did to her and the daughters being a timid character. As Queen she defeated several large Roman armies and cities; would an enraged strong female leader run from battle in disgrace or take poison as the easy way out?

    With the above in mind, I’m depicting Boudicca and her daughters in a final last stand. Atop their wrecked chariot having plowed into the Roman lines, trying to break out from the encircled Iceni at the battle of Watling Street. The scene showing defiant and heroic leadership. That’s how I see Boudicca.

    Using items from the spares box left over from the Miniart 1/16 Roman legionary figures incorporated into the scene. I will also be sculpting three female figures (my first, gulp.) and heavily reconfiguring the body of a dead Roman legionary from the MiniArt kit. With many scratch built items including the chariot, weapons etc. A bit of a challenge, but as they say nothing ventured nothing gained.

    The scene is at a very early stage of development, having only worked on it over this last weekend.

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  2. Henk A Fixture

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    Oh, excellent idea. Pulling up a chair as we speak, I'll be following this with great interest.
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  3. Nap A Fixture

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    Hi Marcus

    Great idea here ...Following with interest after pulling up a settee

    Fine work on the chariot

    If I might suggest she holds the shield aloft in left hand ...would IMO make her even more impressive

    Look forward to more from your bench

    Happy modelling

    Nap
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  4. Scotty Well-Known Member

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    This is already looking impressive, it should make a colourful display with the Celtic clothing and all the claret! I look forward to seeing more.
    Scotty.
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  5. clrsgt A Fixture

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    A most interesting and challenging diorama. I will be following your progress.
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  6. Airkid PlanetFigure Supporter

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    I can see you have got the bit between your teeth now, after the Camulodunum diorama. I'm on this one for sure!
    Phil
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  7. Redcap A Fixture

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    Your work and skills are amazing and I loved your last big scale LEG. IX piece. Look forward to seeing this next project come to fruition. Great work and subject choice too mate!

    Gary
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  8. MCPWilk A Fixture

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    This promises to be another superb example of your modelling skill set.

    Mike
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  9. 1969 A Fixture

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    Promising start from the composition, will make for a powerful scene, will be following Marcus (y)
    Cheers
    Steve
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  10. DioramaArt A Fixture

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    Thanks mate, hopefully will do the scene justice.
  11. valiant A Fixture

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    From the title, I was expecting to see a model of a bloke waiting at a bus stop in the rain...... This is much better!!(y)
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  12. DioramaArt A Fixture

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    Thanks mate, agree Re the shield so changing to that position. It turns the shield into a halo and I like that idea of the Queen becoming a deity at the moment of her demise. I like symbolism and that for me makes for a great addition so thanks for that idea.
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  13. DioramaArt A Fixture

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    Thanks Scotty,

    Boudicca apparently was a tall lady, who wore a tunic of many colours with her shock of Tawny hair and harsh voice formidable in person. Hope I can do her and the daughters justice.
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  14. DioramaArt A Fixture

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    Thank you very much. :)
  15. DioramaArt A Fixture

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    Thank you. I thought this would be a nice contrast to the Roman scene with similar parallels.
  16. DioramaArt A Fixture

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    Thank you Gary, very kind of you. I really enjoyed the IX Legion diorama and hope it comes close to being as good as that.
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  17. DioramaArt A Fixture

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    Thank you Mike, very kind of you to say.
  18. DioramaArt A Fixture

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    Thank you mate. Loved making the Previous scene and your replacement heads and helmets transformed the work. Will always be grateful for your help and support. :)
  19. DioramaArt A Fixture

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    The battle name is an odd one, not famous even though one of the most bloody in English history and probably the biggest loss of life in a single event on British shores.
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  20. Zim PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Will be watching this with interest
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