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Soldiers and Dioramas: The Mongol Invasion of Japan, 1281

Grades 6 to 9

3 sessions from July 11 to July 13, 2023
Code: 3A0V07
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 26, 2023) before the camp's start date to ensure the kits arrive to participants in time at home.

In 1281, Kublai Khan (son of Genghis Khan) launched a Mongol naval attack on Japan, only to have his ships—and hopes of conquest—dashed by massive typhoons. Campers enjoy using miniature soldiers, wargames, and film to learn about the invasion. A detailed representation of an attacking Mongol fleet and Samurai defenders offers them insights into the battle and stimulates ideas for building their own dioramas. Campers receive 1/72-scale plastic soldiers that they can trade with one another and paint, then make a terrain board for display or wargaming with their soldiers.

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.