Here’s another fantastic piece of Raffaele Ruggeri’s art from the new Osprey book on the colonial New Zealand Wars that I introduced yesterday. This picture is from Osprey’s advent calendar on their blog.
This pic really shows the unusual ‘shawl’, which members of the New Zealand Armed Constabulary and militia often wore in imitation of their Maori foe (and allies).
The shawls were simply blankets wrapped around the waist, and were much more suitable for scrambling through the rugged New Zealand bush than wearing heavy trousers.
Ruggeri’s figures remind me of Don Troiani’s work in their realism, especially the faces and also the texture of the clothing.
This book is going to be fabulous even for just for the pictures alone!