Distraction: Greta's Revenge


Finally here’s the long awaited article of “DISTRACTION” that I made for the winter diorama campaign on Armorama.com.

I’ve been asked several times by fellow modelers as I updated it daily in the forums if I could put all together and make an article out of it. So for all these people and newcomers and all the other people interested, here it is.

First I want to start with saying that I’m not a pro and that this was my first dio in about 1.5 years. This dio is actually one great experiment with techniques that I have never tried before for example: sculpting my own figure. Making my own buildings and it was my first dio with snow. So also for me there were some great learning experiences and I hope it will be for more people.

The Contest

I started thinking immediately about the concept. What will I show? What is the story and I went to the drawing board. The story is I described it earlier in the forum threads:

In the desolated ruins of Stalingrad is a Russian sniper walking around. Step by step he walks between the debris of the devastated inner city of what once was the precious city now only ruins are left. Meticulously scanning every detail, every single inch of the surrounding area. Looking for that one German soldier that is with its mind in the mess where his comrades are drinking nice warm coffee and smoking cigarettes without freezing their hands off.

Suddenly the Russian sniper stops and looks again. Yep he’s not mistaken just in his firing range he spots the silhouette of a German soldier that is posting in an old ruined house. The Russian Sniper stops, raises his scope to eyesight, aims, holds his breath and shoots. The guns give a dry bang and the silhouette tumbles over. Just as the Russian sniper wants to look what he had shot another dry bang echoes through the ruins and the Russian sniper falls to the ground… shot in the head…. never to know who shot him.

From under a blanket on the sidewalk next to the building a German sniper stands up walks to the building where his comrade just had been shot. He walks up the place and looks in a happy smiling face. He puts the mannequin back on her “feet” strokes the snow off. Hangs the blanket where the laughing face was drawn on right and put the helmet full of bullet holes on it’s place again.

Without saying anything he walks back to the sidewalk lays down grabs the blanket and waits for his next victim that gets DISTRACTED.


About the Author

About Robert Blokker (FAUST)

Started modelling when I was about 7 or 8 years old had a little break in between (school, girls partying) and eventually returned when finding this site in 2002. Main interest WW2 German army, wheeled vehicles and radio and communication troops or every other thing that manages to catch my interest...


Nice article Robert, thanks a lot for taking the time to put it together. Lots of good techiques in one place. Roger
FEB 12, 2003 - 09:12 PM
FEB 13, 2003 - 08:09 AM
Very nice! Thanks for sharing.
FEB 13, 2003 - 04:12 PM
Jim Thanks for adding the article to the site and guys thanks for the replies. on the article. I hope more of the contestants will do the same thing
FEB 14, 2003 - 12:27 AM
Robert, Great coverage of the assembly of an even great diorama !!! Compliments all the way. Eagle says : Goed gedaan Jochie..... #:-)
FEB 14, 2003 - 04:45 AM
One of the best winter dioramas i have seen in along time .
FEB 15, 2003 - 03:29 AM
Robert, Very nice dio indeed !!! It was nice to read the tips and tricks !!! Now for the dutchies.... Robert zou je of heb je dit artikel ook in het Nederlands ?? Veel van de tips wil ik graaggebruiken op mijn site voor beginnende bouwers in ons eigen kikker landje . stuur even een ractie naar mij via het e-mail adres op mijn site . mvg Eric
FEB 16, 2003 - 02:49 AM
Amazing. Glad this popped up in Past Features nearly ten years later.
NOV 09, 2012 - 10:43 PM
A nice walk down memory lane. I remember this group build like it was last week. It was cool to read the last paragraph on how it was "the best 2 months on the internet" ... have to agree ... modelling was such a buzz at that time, for me as well. Nice one Robert.
NOV 10, 2012 - 03:08 AM