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Campaigns: Up Front
This is the campaign group for Up Front
Hosted by Richard S.
Okay, everyone in Armorama please take a look
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Indiana, United States
Member Since: July 19, 2003
entire network: 1,055 Posts
KitMaker Network: 428 Posts
Posted: Monday, October 11, 2004 - 08:27 AM UTC
Now, I know that some people have been hesitant to join, so I want you to see why I proposed this campaign. Bill Mauldin made many memorable cartoons, starring US GIs Willie and Joe. These cartoons brought many soldiers bright moments while they were surrounded by death and destruction. These cartoons are still remembered, but only by the slowly deteriorating veterans of the World's most destructive war in history. I only found out about his cartoons when my mother told me about a new book that my local library was getting two World War II comical books. I checked them out, and loved Bill Mauldin's Up Front . It was a hilarious book that before I had read it, I had heard nothing about it. This is why I want to do a campaign about it. I'm hoping to bring these cartoons back into the light, and show the world that even one small person could do so much about something so horrible. When I heard about Mauldin's death, I wanted a way to honor him. I began thinking about it, forgot about it, and then remembered a few months ago, when I re-checked out his book. I saw a cartoon in it, and thought, "I wonder if I could make a diorama from that." and this campaign was born. Below are some cartoons that Mauldin made while in Italy and in France. I hope that at least one will make you laugh and possibly inspire you to do one in a diorama. Thanks for your time and sorry about the length.
(Caption: Able Fox Five to Able Fox. I've gotta target for ya but ya gotta be patient.)
(Caption: Nonsense. S2 reported that machine gun nest silenced hours ago. Now stop wiggling your fingers at me.)
There are plenty more here.
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Arizona, United States
Member Since: September 21, 2004
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Posted: Monday, October 11, 2004 - 08:46 AM UTC
lol darn, that first pic is the one im doin mine on. I tried to keep it a secret. I also baught his book about a year ago. Hilarious book. RIP BILL MAULDIN.
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Distrito Federal, Mexico
Member Since: February 22, 2004
entire network: 779 Posts
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Posted: Tuesday, October 12, 2004 - 04:12 AM UTC
I guess the lack of interest is not because the cartoons are not funny, but because there are too few that could be translated into a diorama, and if a potential participant does not like any of those, they he will not join. .
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North Carolina, United States
Member Since: February 22, 2002
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Posted: Tuesday, October 12, 2004 - 06:10 AM UTC
Ok - I agree with you, this campagin sparks the creative side of me and that is what prompted me to initially say I was interested. I spent about 30 minutes going over one of the sites that has a bunch of the cartoons on it this morning saying "Can I do that?" "Can I convert a figure for that?"

I'm just going to have to go with Nike "And Just Do It"

I think what may be keeping some away is the fact that the cartoons are black and white and there isn't an OOTB kit or kits that can be easily bashed into a dio or vignette. With that said I do think there is more here than meets the eye. Most of the cartoons would really be vignettes of two figures - Not that conversion or work there........ Come one - be honest - We streatch a Tiger at Normandy on D+1 or generalize an AVF to 'fit the scene'. I know there are creative people he that can take a couple of Tamiya's Gun and Mortar figures and come up with "Something"

So I'm going to get OFF my Soap Box, take off my glove, Enlist and join MEBM, Willie and Joe and challenge all of you diorama enthusists to enlist also!
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Indiana, United States
Member Since: October 16, 2002
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Posted: Tuesday, October 12, 2004 - 07:53 PM UTC
Count me in. As a decorated veteran of the first ever Armorama Diorama campy, I can't pass this up. I remember getting a copy of the Mauldin book at the library when I was about 10. Loved those cartoons ever since.

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Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Member Since: June 07, 2002
entire network: 8,797 Posts
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Posted: Tuesday, October 12, 2004 - 07:59 PM UTC

Well At the moment this campaign was proposed I knew I had to do this one and the pic I wanted to do was quickly chosen after that.
I got my Jeep and I have to convert a figure for it. but all will come just the way I want it. It will be a dio with a twist

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New York, United States
Member Since: September 25, 2004
entire network: 235 Posts
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Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2004 - 06:27 AM UTC
lol this is a great idea for a build. If I have time I will uncoubtedly join. Some of these pictures would be hilarious if portrayed through models. My only question is what the start and completion dates for it will be.
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North Carolina, United States
Member Since: March 06, 2004
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Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2004 - 06:41 AM UTC
OK, you twisted my arm !!!

I spent the day leafing thru my 40+ year old copy of Up Front, and have 3-4 "favorites". I need to research the parts bin & etc, to see which are doable.

As I see it, hacking the figures to be baggy, funky, and slouched will be the challenge, as well as some "exaggeration" to capture the feel of the sketches.
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Florida, United States
Member Since: October 17, 2003
entire network: 15,338 Posts
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Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2004 - 03:29 AM UTC
I'm breathing heavy, and getting the sweats in anticipation of this........ campaign.........
getting the goodies together.... pacing the floor for the start date........
as I finish up "Remember Korea"......hopefully in the the next week or two.