More Perry previews of 54mm New Zealanders and Turks

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Alan and Michael Perry have sent this preview of the next batch of 54mm Gallipoli figures being sent to New Zealand for our Great War Exhibition project. Absolutely stunning!

By the Perrys’ reckoning, with this batch (and the one currently held in the POW camp of Customs) they’ve now sent us 2,695 Turks, 1,032 Kiwis and 140 British.

Read more about this Anzac commemorative project on the official blog, Mustering the Troops.

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Maori meeting house, and other buildings

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I had fun this morning painting these 3D print-outs from Printable Terrain.  This company produces computer files for printing these buildings on a 3D printer.

This impressive meeting house and its two accompanying huts will be perfect to populate a Maori pa for my colonial New Zealand Wars project.

I still have a lot more of Printable Terrain’s pa palisades to paint up (like the fencing in the background), and also a rather impressive gateway arch – so keep watching this space.

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Fifty shades of grey – and blue

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Having been distracted setting up and maintaining the Mustering The Lines blog for New Zealand’s massive 54mm Anzac diorama project, I thought it was about time I dragged myself away from the computer and did my bit towards painting figures for the diorama.So here they are, my Kiwis.

I found the whole process very enjoyable. The large 54mm size makes painting details so much easier, yet they are still sculpted in a style that suits my normal ink and dry-brush techniques that I use on my 28mm figures.

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I’ve taken Peter Jackson’s advice to heart, and painted the shirts various shades of grey (not 50, though!) and blue.

And I’ve also followed my own advice and taken a shot of me at work on these figures.

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Dramatic Perry 54mm Gallipoli figures

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The Perry twins just keep surppassing themselves with the figures they are churning out for the Anzac diorama at the forthcoming Great War Exhibition in Wellington, New Zealand.  Above are their sculpts for Batch 4 of this exciting project.

Four thousand 54mm figures spread out across a ten-metre long diorama – this is going to be quite something.

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A message from Sir Peter Jackson

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As readers will know, I’m involved in an exciting and ambitious project, along with over a hundred other Kiwi wargamers, to paint 4,000 specially made 54mm miniatures for a diorama at New Zealand’s forthcoming Great War Exhibition.

In a message on our project’s official Mustering The Troops blog, Sir Peter Jackson has hinted about the sheer scale of this spectacular diorama of the battle of Chunuk Bair:

In a museum, there are very few ways to depict the scale of the battle, with over 1000 New Zealand and British troops under attack by thousands of Turks, across a 400 yard long crest – but we thought a miniature was the perfect way.

The diorama itself will be huge – over 10m long – with the terrain accurately re-created from a digital scan of Chunuk Bair itself. High resolution scans of aerial photos taken in October 1915, reveal the remains of the New Zealand trenches, so those will be positioned exactly as they were in August.

Read the remainder of Peter Jackson’s message here.  Or read more about the actual Battle of Chunuk Bair here.

The atmosphere engendered amongst the hundred volunteer painters engaged in this project has been fantastic. Everyone is really enthusiastic, helping each other out, and producing some amazing results. A particular highlight are the cooperative group painting sessions that are taking place all over New Zealand.   And being able to paint these one-off specials made by the Perry Miniatures is a real treat in itself.

But most importantly, it feels very special to know wargamers are doing our bit to commemorate Gallipoli, joining thousands of other Kiwi artists, craftspeople, writers, actors etc, who’ve all volunteered to do their bit across hundreds of official or homespun commemorative WW100 events and projects.

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Amazing 54mm bespoke Perry figures

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The Perry twins are providing some amazing bespoke figures for the forthcoming Anzac commemoration project here in Wellington, New Zealand.  Just take a look at these pictures (and then go to the official Mustering the Troops blog for more).

These are 54mm figures, and have been specially commissioned for the official New Zealand WW100 commemorative ‘Great War Exhibition’.  They are not available commercially.

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3D files for Maori pa fencing now for sale

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The Maori pa fence 3D printing files are now available for sale on Printable Scenery.

You’ll need access to a 3D printer, or to a local 3D printing service, to print out these files.  But then you can churn them out to your heart’s content.  Imagine the size Maori pa (or pirate  stockade, or cannibal village, or orc fortress) you could make with unlimited pieces!

After a wee bit of cleaning up to remove some supporting sprues, and a quick paint job, they come out really well, as you can see in the pictures.

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