25 March 2015

Chunuk Bair: Progress with the ANZACs on my table

Painting Progress: WW100 and the ANZACs on my table

A quick progress report on the WW100 Projects and the ANZACs I'm Currently painting.
2 evenings of (interrupted) base painting done:

Blocked in base coats, 1st wash of Sepia, Silver Leafs (Not Kiwi's I'm told) 
now looking rather tanned from the Turkish sun.

Had to look for more reference material, and nicked a random collection of images of NZ and allied soldiers and uniforms. All rights belong to various owners. Happy to attribute or remove on request.

NZ ANZAC Uniform: The order was to attack in shirt-sleeves, so no tunic was worn during the attack and defense. Apparently the boots were black, not brown as illustrated. 
The painting above has correct colour for enlisted men

Typical gas mask and gear bag.

Full canvas webbing and kit (unfortunately a poor quality pic)

Turkish counter-attack and The Wellington Regiment's defense of the Summit. 
Difficult to see from painting, but some of these men appear to be (incorrectly) wearing tunics.

Propaganda leaflet from the time

Correct branch of forces puggary or hat band for NZ Infantry

More contemporary photographs of the time. A colourised Auckland Mounted Rifles Uniform at Right

Having taken a trench atop Chanuk Bair

Australian Uniforms of the time. Similar to that of NZ, but the Slouch Hat rather than Lemon Squeezer (Ps That term was only coined in WW2)

Wide use of peaked caps (with or without neck protection) for both enlisted and commissioned men. In WW2 only commissioned officers were allowed to wear peaked caps.

Indigenous (Maori) Pioneer Contingent arriving. Other "indigenous" contingents in Gallipoli included Indian and Gurka warriors.

French soldiers were also present at Gallipoli

Infantry Uniform


 Mounted Infantry/Cavalry Uniforms. Not the shoulder slung leather bandolier which was not issued to Infantry. These were not present on any of the models we painted.

Fast-forward look at my progress from basecoat

1st skin tone

Suntan wash applied

Canvas webbing added


  1. Nice, man. I have 33 to blast out by the end of the weekend (have base coated and part way through blocking out. Hopefully I'm not the only one with a bunch of work left to do!

    1. Thanks Tim. I still have a pile of loose weapons and helmets and battlefield debris to do too!

  2. Good pics Herman thanks for sharing ... I'll be getting grips with my kiwi casualties tonight / tomorrow night... hope to finish them over the weekend...

    1. Same here. And a stag party in-between tomorrow night.

  3. Nice bit of research Herman. Looks there's quite a lot of variables to the same "uniform"! Painting is looking good too :-)

  4. Orpans of the Empire - basic English military dress with some variations. I saw things like numbers of pleats and folds in tunic necks, etc. Variable colour due to variance in manufacturing process, standards and dyes, also fading due to environment. Shirts were anything from pure white to denim blue. As uniforms (particularly shirts) wore out they were supplemented with what could be scrounged,or sent from home. . Preserved uniforms have also faded after 100 years, so colours are estimates at best. Some mianitures out there on the net sport shirts that are quite a garish blue, which I would think is OTT for the British Millitary of the time.