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Historical Miniatures: Early American History
This group covers early American events from 1750-1900.
One Mile to Deerfield
AJLaFleche
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Massachusetts, United States
Joined: May 05, 2002
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Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2006 - 10:11 PM UTC
Ini February 1704, some 250 French and Abenaki trekked past Lake Champlain and down the Connecticut River Valley to raid the frontier town of Deerfield Massachusetts. Just before dawn on 29 February, they attacked killing 50 and taking some 100 hostages on the long walk back to Canada. A good number never finished this journey. Those that did were taken in by French or Indian families and eventually offered for ransom or redemption. Not everyone who was given the chance to return took the offer. John Demos chronicles the life of one of these women, one Eunice Williams, in his book The Unredeemed Captive. Another woman whose family name was Stebbins was another who chose not to be redeemed. Eventually, some of her descendants having become for all practical purposes French Canadians, would migrate back to Massachusetts. One of these descendants is my oldest friend from my hometown.

The kit is Michael Roberts’ “The Scouts” sculpted by Alan Ball. The Indian’s head was replaced with the Indian head from the Toussait Charboneau figure from Der Bunte Rock. The guns were back dated by sanding off the cleaning kit covers. Since this depicts early mornig in winter, I used epoxy putty to give these guys moose hide mittens. The depth of the snow was increased with Celluclay then sprinkled with the “snow” that came with the kit. Where the Indian’s left hand is sliding on the rock, snow is being pushed off. This was represented with some Woodland Scenics “Water Effects” sprinkled with more “snow.”














1969
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Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2006 - 11:52 PM UTC
hello Al,
I really enjoy your indian figures,it has started me thinking that i would like to give it a go one day,i am drawn by the vast array of colours that can be used.Nice work on the vignette,i like the fact that the figures are on two levels,it works very well.
AJLaFleche
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Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2006 - 02:23 AM UTC

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,i like the fact that the figures are on two levels,it works very well.



Thanks for the kind words. The base comes as part of the kit, one big piece of resin.
gbyrnsie
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Canada
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Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2006 - 06:38 AM UTC
I like that you put the vignette into a historical context. It's like you've gone back in time taken a snapshot. Great stuff!

GB
Avus
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Joined: March 10, 2006
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Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2006 - 12:46 PM UTC
Jump to FSM, for my comment ...

Oh well can say it here too:
Great work on this. As Gary said it's nice to know the stroy behind the scene.
Hwa-Rang
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Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2006 - 01:16 PM UTC
Very nice work Al, very nice indeed. The historical background is much appreciated. It adds an extra dimension to a scenery.
redmark1055
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Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 02:17 PM UTC
I think this is one of your best works.Love the conversion of the top figure.
Mark