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Trench raid
Or it WAS, until they routed...
About this creation
I apologize for being unavailable for most of today, but the Powers That Be decided to shut off all power north of Auckland to buy time for power line repairs.

Not that much of interest happened while I was away, though...



Here's a nice minifig eye view- although all the brits are too busy running to look back, and any germans further ahead than these ones here are too busy pursuing said brits, so who's minifig eye it is that's doing the viewing is debatable.



A bit zoomed on what I think is the best part of all this.



A mortar; the germans were the ones who re-introduced them; oh, that's right.
This is mocpages. Most of you know less about history than the cockroaches in your kitchens.

Alright, plot summary regarding mortar weapons: a mortar was an early cannon utilizing black powder to propel a large, mostly round explosive shell in a high arc to land atop enemy forces. Initially, mortar shells had to be lit before firing, a dangerous process by any means. Later, however, it was discovered that the flames of firing were sufficient to ignite the shell, thus allowing mortar gunners everywhere a bit of leeway with regards to when to fire. And a great sigh of relief split the skies... nah, not to my knowledge. Anyhow, after a while, mortars were abandoned in place of the new breechloading cannon with their faster fire rate, and later their new-fangled brass shell casings.
The germans in World War one, requiring a weapon with a high angle of fire for the trench warfare then developing, adapted some old mortars for field use and sent them to the front.
The allies soon stole it, however, and mortars have played a part in every armed conflict since.

Not a bad service record for one of the earliest gunpowder weapons, you have to agree!



A satchelfull of grenades here, for texture.

and a nasty surprise for the next poor shmuck that treads on them...



Vat are you doink here? Get out of my trench, schwein englander!



YAAARRGGHH!!



As you can see, Verner might not be qvick viff ze brains, but he's just as vast viff a trench club as viff a knife.



Overview; don't forget, the Overwatch is watching you.



The minor shrapnel wound in his forehead did not impede Hans' performance of his task, but he knew it would cause him a real headache the morning after.
He also knew the trench rats would probably have a go at him in the night, in search of fresh food and attracted by the blood. The things were huge, and there were so many of them...

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Here y' go, the landscape without the figs. I quite like it myself, although you couldn't actually see the dugout in the main pics.

Actually, the 'dugouts' of the first world war, at least for the british, were often nothing more than holes scraped in the trench wall, usually fitting a single man.
German trenches were far more comfortable, but for the brits, only the officers got proper dugouts, sometimes far below the surface.
After the introduction of poison gas, dugouts on both sides were given 'gas curtains' intended to keep the vile stuff out.
Troops could, however, bring it in on their boots after a gas attack; occasionally troops would be gassed in their sleep in this manner.

There's no real story to this one; it's just another ordinary trench raid; run up, throw grenades and run was the standard procedure. Grenades were actually the favored weapon of the first world war, although the british had extremely limited supplies at the outbreak of hostilities.
British 'mills bomb' grenades would be shipped in crates, without their detonators; those were supposed to be placed into the grenades before sending them to the front trenches, but more than once troops would run for supplies, cracking open cases full of bombs only to find them detonatorless, totally useless except as distractions, at least until the enemy caught on; 'Look! Zere bomben haff no explosives!'



A lineup, here. You can also see the WWI figs I didn't get to use running about in the backgroung. Why's a starwars trooper there, you might ask? I'm not telling you anything except I have a rather funny plan in store for him.. funny for me, anyway.

From left to right: mortar operator/generic grunt, named Hans. Generic grunt, un-named as of yet. Britischer schweinhund, basic infantryman. Un-named. Verner, he of little bvains but much muscle. The officer in charge, no name, no exact rank. Brit grenadier, no name. And last, this guy; another generic nameless grunt, yay!



'Oh come on, it vos an accident! It vasn't supposed to be sharp, I tell you, it vos supposed to be a prop bayonet!'
'YAAAARRGGHH!!'
'Cut it out! Englanders...'
'I know, I know. I'm just practising for next time!'



Verner, having put his bayonet back on his rifle, has collected a trench club since the events of the last film and is eyeing up his prey, whom he unfortunately (or not, depending on your point of view) did not get to wallop on the head during the filming.



Meanwhile, the nameless commander, being generic and nameless, had very little to think of over the basic background noise of firing neurons, having no orders to carry out.
'-^---^---^^----^----^-------^^-^-----^-------------------^----------^^---------^' he thought.


That reminds me, I think I should do a dio on the methods used to dispose of trench rats; there were a lot of ways, you know. Far too many for my limited supply of german minifigs and even more restricted supply of rats will allow me to demonstrate in this small dio.



Comments

 I like it 
  March 7, 2011
the mortar is my highlight as well, i was thinking of one for months, yours is interesting, as for your landscape, although it might not look 'classic' scorched earth like, some greenery and maybe rocks, would perfect this scene for me, good job!
 I like it 
  February 4, 2011
The terrain looks great in this creation, feel a bit sorry for the soldier with the bayonet up the rear, ouch!. The mortar is the best thing for me, possibly the best ive seen on moc pages. Great work 5/5. ps thanks for the comment on my dio its much appreciated
 I like it 
  October 1, 2009
yeah, I get you...but the hocky helmets look like...hocky helmets (or modern tac gear) but the pith helmets give off a stronger German vibe.
 I made it 
  September 29, 2009
Quoting Michael Rutherford your mastery of the German language is truely magnificent. The bayonett up old boys back side was an image ripe with symbolizm and captured all the terror and humanity of WWI. After viewing your MOC, I feel like I was actualy there. Get more gray pith helmets. they look better than the hocky helmets. Attack!
Thank you. I suppose the helmets are a matter of opinion, myself; I'm not actually that fond of the pith helmets, I only put it in because it's the closest lego component to the early war Pickelhaube hats.
 I like it 
  September 28, 2009
your mastery of the German language is truely magnificent. The bayonett up old boys back side was an image ripe with symbolizm and captured all the terror and humanity of WWI. After viewing your MOC, I feel like I was actualy there. Get more gray pith helmets. they look better than the hocky helmets. Attack!
 I like it 
  June 15, 2009
Yeah, that does look like a challenging effort without some clear balance pieces. Hey, could you check out some of my new stuff, just posted two new mocs.
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  June 15, 2009
Quoting Nolan C. Hey, don't insult my intelligence, I know a lot about (weapon) history! Oh, great dio, and yes, the british soldier getting speared it the best part.
Yeh, but the average mocpager doesn't know a thing about the origins of modern combat systems. You think? Well, 'best' from an outsider's perspective yes, but if you ever try to balance a minifig on a lego knife, you'll find out pretty quickly that there's a bit of effort involved. Especially when you start turning the landscape to get pics from a different angle...
 I like it 
  June 15, 2009
Hey, don't insult my intelligence, I know a lot about (weapon) history! Oh, great dio, and yes, the british soldier getting speared it the best part.
 I made it 
  June 14, 2009
Quoting Aidan A Hi Areetsa! I just want to say sorry about being mean and so here's my gift: http://www.youtube.com/watchrickroll Isn't it the best thing ever? From: Your sarcastic enemy.
Don't know anything about that. I DO, however, know what a 'rickroll' is; on the other hand, I now have an opportunity to mention the fact that you lost The Game.
 I like it 
  June 14, 2009
Hi Areetsa! I just want to say sorry about being mean and so here's my gift: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu_moia-oVI Isn't it the best thing ever? From: Your sarcastic enemy.
  April 9, 2009
ok, whateva then
 I made it 
  April 9, 2009
Quoting Brennen Wheatley u need to make an order on brickarms or brickforge. the german helmets u used could pass as an M1916. the brits are fine. but exactly why do u hate brickamks? ITS A FAMILY BUSINESS MAN!!
I don't care if its MY company, I don't like and never will like brickamks.
 I like it 
  April 9, 2009
u need to make an order on brickarms or brickforge. the german helmets u used could pass as an M1916. the brits are fine. but exactly why do u hate brickamks? ITS A FAMILY BUSINESS MAN!!
Areetsa C
brandon emmert
  April 6, 2009
pretty good. i like the bayonet idea. the thing is i know A LOT about history(including much about WW2) its still neat, but i think there are more than plenty of people on mocpages who know about WW2. anyway sweet moc
 I made it 
  April 6, 2009
Quoting John Kowalczyk were did you get the Rambo face???
'Rambo face'? If you mean the one with stubble and a bleeding scar, it's actually a bandanna and it came out of one of the old Dino Attack sets.
 I like it 
  April 6, 2009
were did you get the Rambo face???
 I like it 
  April 1, 2009
rofl
 I like it 
  April 1, 2009
lol
 I made it 
  March 31, 2009
Quoting Master Mac wow... i never thought you would use a clone on a ww1 vig... wierd...
He's not actually in it; he's in the background of the group shot, with my A- nobody, my Sturmtruppen and that extra soldier I didn't put in. Now YOU go walk on a telephone wire.
  March 31, 2009
hey areetsa... i have posted a comic... its episode 1... will u read it? here it is: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/107977
  March 30, 2009
Ok? well i tried to bring you to the good side but you saty on the darkside. oh well.
  March 30, 2009
wow... i never thought you would use a clone on a ww1 vig... wierd...
 I made it 
  March 30, 2009
Quoting Aaron Banuelos Ok this is good the set and the figs but you need more REALISTIC weapons in a pictures they are holding a star wars pistol :/ yeah um. the only problem is buy better guns but the bayonet idea is great overall 4/5 just TRY brickarms i could promise you will get better views.
Not brickarms. Not a hope. The starwars handgun is currently in use as a 9mm Parabellum handgun; oh, right. Mocpages. Sorry, the starwars handgun is in use in this dio as a 'luger'. Although it might be a Mauser C-96 'broomhandle'; can't tell at this distance.
 I like it 
  March 29, 2009
Ok this is good the set and the figs but you need more REALISTIC weapons in a pictures they are holding a star wars pistol :/ yeah um. the only problem is buy better guns but the bayonet idea is great overall 4/5 just TRY brickarms i could promise you will get better views.
 I like it 
  March 29, 2009
I think that it's a shame that great history MOCs aren't more popular! Like yours and mine! This is a fantastic MOC. Great job! It captures the rage of the battle quite nicely! Check out some of my WW2 stuff if you get a chance!
 I like it 
  March 29, 2009
wow really nice work on the trenches... and very good historical tidbits for the people of mocpages cuz "This is mocpages. Most of you know less about history than the cockroaches in your kitchens" lolz hahahaha!
 
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