Friday, July 19, 2013

Recreated Grandpa's Warpicture...

Over at my home Wargaming forum, we had a "Recreate a Photo" competition which I participated in (and won  :-) )...

The objective was to pick a WWII picture of choice and try to recreate it as perfect as possible.
I went through the stash of my grandfathers wartime pictures and chose one that made him(and his comrades) particulary proud.
My grandfather was in Russia with the Heeresgruppe Nord, as a part of the schw.Art.Abt. (mot.) I./106 (Equipped with the 15cm schw. FH and 10,5cm le. FH), where he served as a radio operator first and then as a target calculator.

I don't know when or where exactly this picture was taken, but I recall my granpa telling me that they were requested to lay down supportive fire for advancing infantry which was held up by a KV-1. It was reported, that the first shot (across a considerable range) took the KV-1 out of action...

They were so proud of their accuracy that they went to the spot, marked the KV-1 with their units designation and took a series of five pictures, of which I picked this one:

It took me about 2 1/2 months of hard labour to get to this stage:

It was not allowed to edit the photo. We had to set the camera to black&white and needed to set up the correct lighting and angle without photoshop & co ;)
The KV-1 is a Trumpeter model, the figure is a modified one from the Lamercraft German Staff Officers set and the house was scratch built.

I hope you like it :)

Best regards,


  1. That is awesome. I wanted to do this for my Gpas pic with his Jeep.

  2. Very impressive. While the modelling looks terrific, you've also been able to nail the lighting, perspective & depth of field. Well done!

  3. This is beautiful work. Congratulations on the win-it is well deserved.

  4. This is extremely cool. Congrats.

    It would be a great fundraising idea to publish and sell a compilation of these kinds of pictures.

  5. Finally you finished it. Well done and congrats.

    I am still curious how that KV got into position ...

  6. Wow. That is very well done. You captured the photo very well.

  7. Fantastic picture, and recreation! Very well done.

  8. Great work ! Just read the WIP at BO-Forum. Impressive...


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