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A Point of View

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Mark Wells shares with us some images of his diorama titled ‘A Point of View’. This diorama depicts a scene of the restive Caucasus region after a terrorist has been killed in action. Below are the thoughts supplied by Mark on his diorama.

This is a diorama depicting Russian forces somewhere in the restive Caucasus region. Since the end of the cold war Muslim insurgency has been a major problem for Russia, which persists to this day. Here we have a mixed group of Russian troops looking on as a dead insurgent is checked for any potential intelligence. Weapons such as the ZSU-23 are popular with various terrorist groups as they combine ease of transport with awesome firepower. In this scene I used Xtramodels T80U and trumpeters ZSU-23-2 as the two kits of choice. Both were built straight out the box as the levels of detail are really impressive. Figures were a mix of Legend, Tank and Masterclub.
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About Mark Wells (mwells)


A very interesting and well laid out scene Mark. There is certainly plenty to see in it. The figures and equipment, vehicles etc are positioned really well- they are also painted brilliantly. I guess, like the other guys have mentioned, some more weeds and perhaps unruly areas of foliage would help makes things look a bit more natural in terms of the groundwork.
AUG 20, 2014 - 10:18 PM
Mark; outstanding work! Print this on a glossy trifold, slip it into a model box, one might think Shep Paine is supplying diorama inserts again.
AUG 21, 2014 - 12:36 AM
AUG 23, 2014 - 01:56 AM
Beautiful diorama and great paintjob, but...T-80U didn't used in Chechen wars.
AUG 23, 2014 - 02:06 AM
T-80B and -BV variants used by Russian army at Chechen wars.
AUG 23, 2014 - 02:12 AM
Disregarding any recent historical inaccuracy, I really love your work, especially the background and ground base! Keep up the good work mate ^^
AUG 23, 2014 - 07:03 PM
Tnx for all the comments guys. Point taken on the trees. Still on a learning curve with that one. Time dictated that I used what I had on hand at the time. Mammock perfectly correct about the B and BV variants in chechen wars, but I found a reference to the T80U in a French military mag called Raids. They printed a special edition on the Russian army in chechen wars. On page 30 they have a pic of a T80U, although it may well be wrong... maybe I can claim a bit of artistic licence. Apologies, should be Xtrakit.
AUG 23, 2014 - 08:10 PM
Let's say Xact Scale
AUG 23, 2014 - 11:08 PM
nice work. Keep going at it and you will have things like trees mastered in no time. As for the Pic in Raids, there were 4 T-80U sent to the Chechan area, but non saw combat before they were removed and things like T-62BDD took over the tank role.
AUG 24, 2014 - 02:44 AM
Tnx for the info. Not to far off at least. Very difficult to find any really reliable information regarding exact details of what the Russians deployed during these wars.
AUG 24, 2014 - 07:49 AM