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Defending the Flank
The Union Army is holding their ground amidst the advancing Confederates.
About this creation

Hi all. Well, I've been working on a new Civil War battlefield the past three days, and this may not be the final result. I will be displaying it in the NMRA train show this summer and would like to work a little bit more on landscaping.



This MOC is titled "Defending the Flank" since, as you can see, the Union Army is working hard to keep the Confederates from flanking them. In layman's terms, flanking is when an army attacks from an unexpected direction, trying to get around the the end of enemy lines. Lee used such an attack at Gettysburg and failed.



There's a ton of action going on in the field, and I counted over 86 soldiers in the scene. The Union are holding their ground from behind the stone blockade. Men are fixing their bayonets, charging, firing, running, and dying. Two particular regiments of interest I have portrayed here are the 54th Massachusetts(African Americans), and the Union Zouaves(known for their flashy dress...see if you can figure out which ones they are.)



I think it turned out great. Only thing is though that this is going to be a big pain to set up at the NMRA, what with placing over 70 soldiers in an insane amount of positions!


To Scott Smeall: Yeah, it does take a long time to set up. I had to do it at a couple shows too, with even more detail and scratch-built trees!


To Alex/Tyler Fox/Hemmrik Féat/Kyle Godfrey/Jimmy: I bought the figures individually from sellers on Bricklink. And Hemmrik & Kyle, I don't plan on ever selling them.


To Isaac Volk: There was more involved in it than that. A variety of new tactics were employed during the Civil War. The Civil War was the beginning of the age of modern warfare. 1812 would be closer to the Napoleonic Wars.


Christopher C:He's an officer, but those aren't his glasses, but rather his mustache.


To rick: Sounds like a good idea. Maybe I'll be able to get to something like that.


gsahf: The Union didn't have 50 states during the Civil War, and that flag doesn't have 50 stars on it. I looked for a period flag on the net with the appropriate number of stars and printed that one out.

tions!




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   Here you can see the men fixing their bayonets. Also note the guy falling to his death in the upper righthand corner and the already deceased soldier slouched over the wall.



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   The artillery preparing to fire on the rebels.



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   There's my Chamberlain and Armistead...yeah, I know that Pickett's Charge took place after the second day of fighting at Gettysburg. This isn't a real battle!



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   The Zouaves sporting their purdy uniforms. And yes, that is a red cavalry cap. I got that rare piece from bricklink.



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   The 54th Massachusetts,which was one of the first official African American units in the United States army, first introduced in the Civil War. They were also depicted in the movie, "Glory."



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   The Union Standard Bearer, raising the red, white, and blue. And before anyone asks, yes that flag has the correct amount of stars on it to match the time period. Gotta love sticker paper.



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   A deserter. This poor guy decided that he couldn't handle the battle anymore. Too bad this is considered treason.



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   Here's a shot of the action from the left side.



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   Again, this is from the left side but gives you a better look at the advancing rebs.



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   Robert E. Lee and Longstreet discuss their next moves.



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   Confederate Cavalry. Three of the horses are articulated ones made from brick. I like them because they offer more variety in movement, and many action poses can be achieved with them. Check ou the one rearing in the back. I got the instructions here:(http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=62856).



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   Another shot of the Confederate Cavalry



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   Check out the center area of the photo. The one soldier that's wounded and falling back is being caught by one of his comrades behind him. Soldiers stick out for one another, and I wanted to capture that image.



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   Here's an overhead shot of the Union soldiers. Medics can be seen rushing out a wounded soldier on a stretcher. This poor guy's leg is white to look like he was bandaged up.



Comments

 I like it 
  October 22, 2011
I love it!I want to do something similar and call it Gettysburg.Yours,looks like gettysburg.because of the general,hat on sword,leading his troops like Lo armerstead.I would love to know where you got your confederates.
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  October 22, 2011
I love it!I want to do something similar and call it Gettysburg.Yours,looks like gettysburg.because of the general,hat on sword,leading his troops like Lo armistead.
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  December 28, 2010
Amazing job, and very nice detail!
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  April 11, 2010
The soldiers with he red hat look like a New York regiment because I believe they wore red uniforms.
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  February 20, 2010
Quoting perri cook you can build the coolest things!!!!! also were did you get the soldiers?!
Mainly from BrickLink.
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  January 27, 2010
we watch glory in class today, it was awesome, evrybody watch it. Last words of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw "Forward 54th forward!!!!!" you should put him in there two
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  May 29, 2009
you can build the coolest things!!!!! also were did you get the soldiers?!
  January 13, 2009
Great diorama. But I hate to correct you Jake. A civil war is defined as "a war between opposing groups of citizens of the same country," straight from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. In our case it was the citizens of the Northern states fighting against the citizens of the Southern states.
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  June 11, 2008
This is by far the best American Civil War scene I've ever laid eyes upon.
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  February 17, 2008
not to make u answer the same qustion how did u get so much grey caps?
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  September 5, 2007
Awsome job, Check out my Civil War decals they should help if you decide to make another.
Matty H
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  April 3, 2007
Cool you should make more dioramas. what did you by the confederates as on bricklink? cause i looked and there is nothing called confederate soldier or anything.
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  June 11, 2006
Excellent battle scene with good historical detail.
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  June 8, 2006
i like your horses in action! def another great job!
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  May 4, 2006
I love it I wish i had that many weapons though. Can u look at my homepage plz. is there anyway you could sell me some of these soldiers. My e-mail is kylem1garand@hotmail.com
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  May 4, 2006
The only knowlegde I posses of the American Civil War is of the game North & South, which I loved playing by the way. I do know a thing or two on Lego battle scenes. And this is amazing, great setup, allot of variation in heads, posses etc and a huge number of figs.
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  April 28, 2006
I've never studied American history, but I think this is an amasing display. One question, who's the Zouave wearing glasses (The one in the foreground with the sword)?
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  April 21, 2006
This is the most incredible thing i have ever seen! WHERE oh WHERE did you get all thse soldiers?! The 54th, nice. Have you seen the movie Glory?
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  March 29, 2006
All your Civil War stuff is just awesome! Great job!
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  March 10, 2006
Very detailed and interesting lay-out. I like it.
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  March 1, 2006
Thank you for your review. This civil war battlefield is great. (You should try to make Omaha beach.) But i say it again awesome battlefield.
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  February 28, 2006
COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL that is so awsome it must of taken a long time to set that up! good job!
 
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