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WIP Return from Dunkirk

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Cannonball, Jun 21, 2020.

  1. Cannonball A Fixture

    Thanks Ken, really appreciated.

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  2. Grod A Fixture

    Great subject.
    Nice job Neal
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  3. Cannonball A Fixture

    Cheers Gordon.

  4. PLG Well-Known Member

    Hi Neil

    you're making a cracking job of thIs, and quicker than I am.

    i'm glad you are enjoying building and painting, and the fit of thd parts is ok - it was quite an 'engineering' task, hence why some are quite unusual shapes.

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  5. Cannonball A Fixture

    Many thanks Peter, really appreciate the comments. I can appreciate the effort and thought that you’ve put into this project and making the individual pieces work together in the way they do is great on such a concept. Hope you have continued success with this piece.

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  6. Chris Oldfield A Fixture

    Hi Neal,

    Great job you're doing with this vignette, & kudos to Peter for coming up with such an original idea.

    It's nice also to see you've included some photos from "The World War II Tommy in Colour Photographs" - I can remember some of the reenactment photos being taken at a certain establishment on the Kings Road in Chelsea in the 1990s, where I used to work for 13.5 years until it was sold off in 2002. I could tell you a few stories about that place......
    Martin Windrow also makes a guest appearance in some of the photos!

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  7. Cannonball A Fixture

    Thanks Chris. I’ve got the accompanying book to that one as well covering Tropical/Desert uniforms. Both are great sources of reference for WW2 British/Empire uniforms and thought the addition of the photos might be of help. There’s one or two other well known faces in the book-Andy Robertshaw and Taff Gillingham if I’m not mistaken.

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  8. Scott Sheltz Active Member

    Looks great! Excellent job on them
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  9. Cannonball A Fixture

    Many thanks Scott, really appreciated.

  10. Cannonball A Fixture

    A little bit more progress on this although it may not look like it at first glance. I’ve started detailing the trim on the carriage door and the second class sign which I’m hoping to try and reproduce in the same style as the earlier reference picture- sign written style with the black shade lines. I’ve given the door a couple of washes of dark umber/black oil and used some pigments on the bottom to try and replicate the used/dusty look. I’ve also tried to dirty up the figures and make them a bit more grimy. I’ve added a wound card to the right hand figure but not sure as to the colour of the card and what would have been on it so if anyone can help it would be really appreciated. I’ve put up another reference picture re returning troops with these cards attached. This is from Dunkirk-The real story in photographs by Tim Lynch. There is another picture from the same book which would make a cracking little scene, maybe with the addition of a dancing dog-what do you think?

    Thanks for looking,
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  11. Nap A Fixture

    Hi Neal

    Coming along nicely

    Found this repro one ..might be helpful


    Body evacuation tags were brown card but obviously not needed with these fellows thankfully


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  12. Cannonball A Fixture

    Thanks Nap, that’s really helpful.

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  13. PLG Well-Known Member

    The addition of the wound card is a great idea - I wish I had thought of it!!

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  14. Steve Brodie PlanetFigure Supporter

    looking very good
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  15. Cannonball A Fixture

    Many thanks Steve.

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  17. MCPWilk A Fixture

    Neat idea, beautifully executed.

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  18. Cannonball A Fixture

    Thanks Steve. I still need to finish off the wound tag but got a little side tracked. Hope to finish off the final bits shortly.

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  19. Cannonball A Fixture

    Many thanks Mike.

  20. NeilW A Fixture

    I see Nap contributed on this but from my quick research it seems that there were several forms/cards/labels involved (and most hadn't changed since WW1).

    The official story is:

    This site specifies a 'Ship's label' plus three items:


    So, chasing these down (couldn't find the 3118A envelope) finds lots from WW1:


    W 3083 W 3118

    Others- all WW1`:

    That the number remained the same (W 3118) but the form changed for WW2 is attested to here (Paras Med Kit):

    I think Nap's photo shows the W 3118a envelope plus the card opened up (ie the other side to the one above)?

    This must be what the guys in the B/W photo are wearing (much larger than just a label).

    But, still no 'Ship's label' or actual WW2 copies.

    But then I struck gold... a 'walking wounded' Dunkirk evacuee:
    The first is the Ship's label and the second a different version of W3118.

    So, you could use just the Ship's label, the W 3008a envelope... or both.

    PS: lots more online about the US and German and various Home Guard/ARP etc casualty cards/labels etc.
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