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Retreat From Tskhinvali

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Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossettia, was the focus of the only major battle of the Georgian/Russian war which lasted from 07 to 16 August 2008. Georgian troops attacked Tskhinvali on 08 august, but determined resistance from the defending South Ossettian army prevented the complete fall of the city. Advancing Russian forces from the South Caucasus based 58th Army joined up with the city's defenders and launched a counter-attack, which after 2 days of heavy fighting forced the Georgian troops out the city. The war finally ended on the 16th of august with the end result that Georgia lost South Ossettia and parts of Abkhazia.

This diorama depicts a Russian 9k33 (NATO SA8 Gecko) with some escorting infantry inspecting a hurriedly abandoned Georgian army D30 howitzer on the rural outskirts of the city. One of the Russian troops questions a local farmer for any useful information about any Georgian forces in the area.

Both Trumpeter's SA8 and D30 were built OTB, with figures from Master Box, MasterClub and Djiti.
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About the Author

About Mark wells (mwells63)
FROM: GAUTENG, SOUTH AFRICA

I live in the city of gold otherwise known as johannesburg. I have been building models for more or less 45 years and still learning. Soviet and Germany armour are my main area of interest although I build just about any other kit that takes my interest. I simply cannot limit myself to only one subj...


Comments

Very nice. Great composition and details.
NOV 28, 2018 - 12:50 AM
Agreed - that‘s another winner, Mark, from idea to execution, as well as the individual elements. Excellent. Jerry
NOV 28, 2018 - 07:00 AM
Thanks for the comments. It's just unfortunate that somewhere along the line that the tonal hue of the images took on a distinctly orange/burned look which distorts the origional colours significantly. The only accurate colour reproduction is image 7. Perhaps some digital guru can explain what could have happened between sending and publication?
NOV 28, 2018 - 06:12 PM