So, I took a break from the warhammer 40k modeling this December to make a Christmas Present for a friend. I've had this cannon kit for some time and decided it would make a great gift if I could make a diorama out of it.
This is a James Cannon from the pre-civil war era. These were the guns that were originally smooth bore, but were then rifled to extend their range (and useful life). I decided to make the diorama from the Shiloh battlefield. The kit was relatively easy to make, but needed a lot of cleanup. There was a lot of metal nubs to clip and general cleanup to do.
It is a finely detailed kit, and once it was painted up nicely, it really did look good. The diorama was inspired by some photos I found at the Shiloh museum site.
Here are some shots...