These are most kind comments coming from you gents who paint figures and and produce settings/dioramas/layouts so beautifully!
Should you be interested, there are a few more photos of the figures that I have done to date, including some tanks and guns, in a couple of posts on one of my blogs (https://soloslowwargaming.blogspot.com). One is a general one about finally finishing the painting the figures(!), the other is about my first game using "Westfront" rules.
The crater is something that I made as a marker for use with those rules. I had a heap of liquid latex left that I 'inherited' from a work use (making impressions of a soil profile, before your imaginations get away with you :joy: ). I used that to make (almost) circles to act as shell, gas and crater markers. The 'water' is done using some Tarzan's grip, a trick that I learned from someone at a wargame club back in the 90s. The crater has not been used 'in anger' yet as I limited myself simply to infantry for a first outing with the rules.
Thank you again for those most generous and kind comments,
I really enjoyed checking all the photos on your blog - all men and machines so nicely brought to life!
You know, when I was clicking thru the photos and scanning your trenches and landscape, one detail really jumped out at me - your trees - stripped of all greenery and skeletons of their former beauty; their height looming over all activity on the field, which to me really drives home the reality of the battlefield ... and the ultimate end result. Well done.