Waterloo 2015

Usually I’m not really interested in Napoleonic era battles. The uniformity of the, well, uniforms, is a bit of a turn off for me. Everything and everyone looks the same. (Napoleonic geeks might disagree on that 😀 ). So when I got asked to help out with the setup of a rather large Waterloo diorama in the Bomann Museum in Celle, Germany, I was not really excited. Oh boy, could I go back in time and revert my decision…

Luckily I got asked to come along for the opening ceremony anyway and I was literally blown away by the sheer size of the thing! The diorama is divided into 2 sections, each 30m² in size and contains an overall number of 15.000 models. 15.000 painted (Perry Miniatures) models in 28mm, I should add. Frickin’ unbelievable!

Part of the opening was a speech on the visualization of the battle of Waterloo over the last 200 years. Quite interesting, to be honest, and it even had an ABBA reference. To make the long story short: If you can go to Celle, you have until October to visit the exhibition. If you can’t go, here are loads of photos. Enjoy!

The famous Celle Castle (it even has its own Wikipedia article!)
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Opposite Celle Castle is the Bomann Museum
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The 2 parts of the diorama show the morning of the battle…
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…and the afternoon
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The visitors had access to binoculars hanging on the handrails around the diorama
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Napoleon in his grey coat, supervising the troop movements
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A NCO blogging about the battle progress 🙂
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2 responses to “Waterloo 2015

    • Good question 🙂 Not in the very near future, but who knows, maybe a couple for a “Sharpe’s Rifles” like skirmish… I don’t see myself painting a whole army.

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