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#1 General Armendariz

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 08:15 AM

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Now we await the WWII BA Order...

Okay, this will be my biggest project i'll ever attempt.
This Project is SERIOUS.
I am going to build a diorama of Omaha Beach as it looked on June 6, 1944. Saying this it will be HUGE and take long to make and order all the parts.
So far, I've ordered only figs and such. Right now I have 12 US figs. I ordered 31 M1 helmets also.
I'm planning on it being 416 studs wide. here is a picture of how wide it will look.
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All of them are 32 x 32 Lego base plates. I'm sure it will be 7 baseplates long.
Heres how the American soldiers will look,
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This is a medic. With some Standard US Soldiers by him. Thats how they will look. Just replaced with the new BA M1's :D
I still havent thought of a good design for the LCVP Higgins boats. I'l be building about 12 to 14 of those.
The boats will hold 12 or 14 sldiers in each. Meaning I need up to 144 American soldiers.
Heres how the LCVP boats will be...
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find out more about the LCVP's here.
The Germans will use the BrickArms Stahlhelm's / AMAZINGARMORY WWII German Helmets... The torso I'll use will be the old dark bley dino 2010 sets tosos. Or Custom...
Heres a little peek at the Nazi's
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The Hill were the German have there Pillboxes will be made with BURP's.
And the beach will be made with a LOT of tan Baseplates. The water will only be a little. Using the 32 x 32 blue baseplates.


Project will probably take a year so keep an eye on this thread.
I'm making this to show what the horrors of WWII were like and a memorial for what they did.
When finished you may see it at a future Brickworld :blush:
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Posted 21 December 2009 - 08:22 AM

:cry_happy:  Good luck with the project! Have you got a planning?

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 10:02 AM

Wow, goodluck mate, I love seeing huge projects like this unfold. Certainly a big spectacle to pull off but I'm sure you'll manage if you have enough determination. I will be jealous of your tan baseplates.

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 10:51 AM

Sounds huge, and it'll take alot of dedication. but yeah, wow! also sounds like alot of money, but I can't wait to see the finished result. :cry_happy:

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 11:42 AM

I hope you will be able to pull it off to the end!
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Posted 21 December 2009 - 02:25 PM

Good luck from me on your recreation of 'The Longest Day'.
But one thing the GI's shouldn't their shirts be green, I thought tan was used in the desert - but I could be wrong.
Can't wait to see the landing craft.
Someone will have to do the beach (I think it was 'Sword') where the British landed with their weird tanks - in Lego they would be awesome.
Lest We Forget. :sadnew:

#7 General Armendariz

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 05:01 PM

Thanks guys, yes. I should make the shirts green. but tan is fine and a green army torso only comes inn  one set.

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 06:06 PM

Man how I'd love to help out! I've always wanted to do this! Just thought it would be too expensive.

I actually wanted to make Omaha first, then I thought about Sword Beach because its British like me, plus it was the only beach to face Panzer divisions on the 6th.

I then saw a few foreign war movies such as Der Untergang (Downfall) or Stalingrad (German Movie, really good) so I felt like doing a Soviet Russia Stalingrad MOC. Like a full size part of the city.  :thumbup:
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Posted 21 December 2009 - 06:12 PM

Actually green shirts would not really be appropriate for this. They would be great for Marines in the Pacific Theatre but this is what a US Infantryman would look like on Omaha Beach:

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Check out the Operation Bricklord discussion for more on US uniforms.
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Posted 21 December 2009 - 07:30 PM

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Man how I'd love to help out! I've always wanted to do this! Just thought it would be too expensive.
It would be great if you could help! sadly, were countries apart :sadnew:

I actually wanted to make Omaha first, then I thought about Sword Beach because its British like me, plus it was the only beach to face Panzer divisions on the 6th.

I then saw a few foreign war movies such as Der Untergang (Downfall) or Stalingrad (German Movie, really good) so I felt like doing a Soviet Russia Stalingrad MOC. Like a full size part of the city.

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Actually green shirts would not really be appropriate for this. They would be great for Marines in the Pacific Theatre but this is what a US Infantryman would look like on Omaha Beach:



Check out the Operation Bricklord discussion for more on US uniforms.
I've read this before, I've read many on uniforms and I made sure that my uniforms were correct.

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 07:44 PM

This sounds amazing General! Sad is the thing you put your pirates in the shelves for a while. :tongue:
I can't describe how eager I am to see this project finished, since I have a huge interest in the second world war.
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Posted 21 December 2009 - 07:55 PM

That will be massive! Good luck on pulling it off.

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 08:02 PM

If you need ideas for how to build bunkers or ships I'd ask Baronsat. He makes terrific WWII stuff, shame its, well in my opinion, very overpriced!  :grin:

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 08:07 PM

View PostCaptain Blackmoor, on Dec 21 2009, 12:44 PM, said:

This sounds amazing General! Sad is the thing you put your pirates in the shelves for a while. :tongue:
I can't describe how eager I am to see this project finished, since I have a huge interest in the second world war.
If you need help, just ask me. :wink:
Yeah it sucks :tongue: But I will never sell my pirates.
Oh, and thanks for your interist in helping me :classic:

View PostRick, on Dec 21 2009, 12:55 PM, said:

That will be massive! Good luck on pulling it off.
Thanks!

View PostJoey Lock, on Dec 21 2009, 01:02 PM, said:

If you need ideas for how to build bunkers or ships I'd ask Baronsat. He makes terrific WWII stuff, shame its, well in my opinion, very overpriced!  :grin:

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Thanks Joey, I've seen his great WWII creations and I will probably build a tad smaller version of his
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Posted 21 December 2009 - 08:19 PM

What a gigantic project, but this could be great, I'm rooting for you.  Are those the new Toy Story helmets?  Those will be expensive being the sets are brand new.

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 08:28 PM

View PostBig Cam, on Dec 21 2009, 01:19 PM, said:

What a gigantic project, but this could be great, I'm rooting for you.  Are those the new Toy Story helmets?  Those will be expensive being the sets are brand new.
No Toys Story sets. These are Sluban/Oxford set Helmets. Its amazing how great the helmet quality is.And it fits Perfect!

Parts will start being ordered a couple days after christmas.

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 09:34 PM

It's a pitty you can't use these in your MEGA-MOC this soldier is from 'Brickarms'.
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WWII U.S. Paratrooper.
They were landing way inland (if my viewing of History Channel is true) so I dont think any of them got any sand in their boots.
I just also realised that you'll have to build up the German defences to, don't forget the engineers with the long pipe explosive charges, etc.,.
Now you have me thinking about doing a MOC in honor of ANZAC day next year.

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 10:55 PM

I don't get why that figure is grey...
The 101st Airborne didn't have grey uniforms... :sceptic:  
You should include that 1,000 British bombers drop 5,000 tons of bombs on German gun batteries on the Normandy coast before the invasion. So I'd make the beaches and Pillboxes look slightly damaged by the bombing raid.
I am a bit unsure of how your going to make craters in the tiled beach from the constant German 88's?

Thats if you want to make this accurate. Also, If you need helmets and stuff, buy some packs from Woody64's Molds.

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 11:05 PM

View PostJoey Lock, on Dec 21 2009, 03:55 PM, said:

I don't get why that figure is grey...
The 101st Airborne didn't have grey uniforms... :sceptic:  
You should include that 1,000 British bombers drop 5,000 tons of bombs on German gun batteries on the Normandy coast before the invasion. So I'd make the beaches and Pillboxes look slightly damaged by the bombing raid.
I am a bit unsure of how your going to make craters in the tiled beach from the constant German 88's?

Thats if you want to make this accurate. Also, If you need helmets and stuff, buy some packs from Woody64's Molds.
Helmets easily taken care of. Many people these days sell the m1 Pot Helmets.
I have an idea for the bomb shells from the 88's. Under the whole Diorama, There will be a skeleton with just radom colored bricks holding it up.
A few supports under every base plate. The skeleton under the beach will be 3 or 4 bricks deep. so in some spots there will be craters made out of brown and tan bricks.
I already have 12 M1 helmets and have 31 coming in the mail.

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 11:42 PM

This looks interesting, I'll certainly check the developments of this project  :classic:
Having started with a huge project myself, I know the time and costs it consumes  :laugh:

On a side note about Operation Bricklord, I find it curious that there was a thread posted on how the US figures should look, while I saw a Soviet T-76 on the pictures of the layout  :laugh:

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Posted 22 December 2009 - 12:00 AM

View PostGeneral Armendariz, on Dec 21 2009, 11:05 PM, said:

Helmets easily taken care of. Many people these days sell the m1 Pot Helmets.
I have an idea for the bomb shells from the 88's. Under the whole Diorama, There will be a skeleton with just radom colored bricks holding it up.
A few supports under every base plate. The skeleton under the beach will be 3 or 4 bricks deep. so in some spots there will be craters made out of brown and tan bricks.
I already have 12 M1 helmets and have 31 coming in the mail.
Pretty sure 43 Soldiers are gonna be able to storm that big beach successfully?  :grin:

Also, do you have Medic Helmet Decals? If so, Were do you get 'em from? I wouldn't mind buying some.

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Posted 22 December 2009 - 12:15 AM

View PostJoey Lock, on Dec 21 2009, 05:00 PM, said:

Pretty sure 43 Soldiers are gonna be able to storm that big beach successfully?  :grin:

Also, do you have Medic Helmet Decals? If so, Were do you get 'em from? I wouldn't mind buying some.
Dont worry, I'll ge more soldiers than that :tongue:

Actually the Medic in the first post is mine.
I made it by first resizing a picture off of google images.
Then I printed it out on a sticker paper cut it out and placed it on the helmet. Just look at my avatar. :classic:

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Posted 22 December 2009 - 12:17 AM

View PostJoey Lock, on Dec 21 2009, 06:55 PM, said:

I don't get why that figure is grey...
The 101st Airborne didn't have grey uniforms... :sceptic:  
You should include that 1,000 British bombers drop 5,000 tons of bombs on German gun batteries on the Normandy coast before the invasion. So I'd make the beaches and Pillboxes look slightly damaged by the bombing raid.
I am a bit unsure of how your going to make craters in the tiled beach from the constant German 88's?

Thats if you want to make this accurate. Also, If you need helmets and stuff, buy some packs from Woody64's Molds.
The British bombardment completely missed :sceptic: But the shelling from the ships had a large effect.
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Posted 22 December 2009 - 12:22 AM

View PostGeneral Armendariz, on Dec 22 2009, 12:15 AM, said:

Dont worry, I'll ge more soldiers than that :tongue:

Actually the Medic in the first post is mine.
I made it by first resizing a picture off of google images.
Then I printed it out on a sticker paper cut it out and placed it on the helmet. Just look at my avatar. :classic:
Enlighten Brick did a very nice Medic M1 Pot Helmet. I wanted to buy all the Enlighten Brick military and Pirate sets until Lego stupidly asked Ebay to ban them... :cry_sad:
They were cheap Tanks, M1 Pot helmets, guns e.t.c. And they worked perfectly with Lego!

View PostRatshot, on Dec 22 2009, 12:17 AM, said:

The British bombardment completely missed :sceptic: But the shelling from the ships had a large effect.
Good Luck General :thumbup:  :thumbup:  :thumbup:
Well it was at night, I'd like to see you try!  :laugh:

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Posted 22 December 2009 - 12:28 AM

View PostJoey Lock, on Dec 21 2009, 08:22 PM, said:

Well it was at night, I'd like to see you try!  :laugh:
I'm a Canadian! I can do anything better than my British brothers! :thumbup:

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