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
Fast-forward look at my progress from basecoat
1st skin tone
Suntan wash applied
Canvas webbing added