I have just received two photos of our version of the Borodino church from Julian. This is my first viewing of the completed, scratch-built model that he finished this week. I was so impressed with his handiwork that I had to post it immediately. I think/hope you'll agree with me that he has done a wonderful job and it is a fine feature of the battlefield. Would you believe that he had no confidence in his terrain making skills prior to this? Fortunately, for us, he is now 'fired up' to make some more pieces. Next project is the convent-church at Maloyaroslavets!
For comparison, below is a repeat posting of the photo of the taken by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorsky in 1911.
Julian decided, quite appropriately in my opinion, not to put the pagoda on the church as a) it dominates the battlefield already, b) his reading of the Kutuzov 'kneeling incident' suggests that there wasn't even a set of raised steps. He surmised that the architectural style of the pagoda looks more late 19thC compared with the rest of the church.
Thanks Julian! I look forward to seeing it in 'the flesh'. It makes a fine piece of real estate over which our little plastic friends will contest come the evening of the 7th!