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Soldiers and Dioramas: WWII Stalingrad, 1942–1943

Grades 6 to 9

3 sessions from June 27 to 29, 2023
Code: 3A0V04
This online program is presented on Zoom.
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Note: Registration for this Soldiers and Dioramas online camp will close two weeks (Monday, June 12, 2023) before the camp's start date to ensure the kits arrive to participants in time at home.

In the summer of 1942, German forces launched a campaign to siege the city of Stalingrad in the Soviet Union. A major turning point in the European Theater of World War II, this massive battle saw a monumental retreat of German and Axis powers after they could not hold the city through the harsh winter and Soviet military resistance. Campers enjoy using miniature soldiers, wargames, and documentaries to learn about World War II’s Eastern Front, with particular focus on Germany’s extended siege of Stalingrad. They investigate miniatures and terrain boards to learn about this important battle and stimulate ideas for building their own dioramas. Campers receive 1/72 scale plastic soldiers that they can trade with one another and paint, then make terrain boards for display or wargaming with their figures.

Participant-provided Supply List

Please have all these materials on hand before the first session.

  • Masking tape
  • Elmer’s liquid glue (no glue sticks)
  • Something to protect your workspace from glue, paint, and sand; at least 9 x 12 inches.You can use things like old placemats, newspaper, file folders, cardboard, etc.
  • Basic acrylic paints to last multiple weeks in black, white, red, yellow, browns, and tans, and light and dark green and blue. A full set available on Amazon contains all needed colors and more. For those with more painting experience and advanced brush control, consider the Army Painter acrylic paint set (available on Amazon) or Vallejo paint set (available on Amazon)
  • Nylon or synthetic paint brushes including fine round brushes for details and small flat brushes for larger areas. Suggested sets: Amazon nylon brush set; Michael's synthetic value pack. For participants in more than one session of Soldiers & Dioramas, multiple sets of brushes are recommended.