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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11 responses to “Fifty shades of grey – and blue

  1. Excellent progress and lovely to see the maestro at work too.

  2. Blimey! I like to glue my figures to a lollipop stick for painting but that is something else, you must have biceps like Popeye.
    Very nice figures, this is a very exciting project, best of luck.

    PS. Impressive cricket team BTW, congratulations.

  3. Giles Allison

    They look terrific, Roly – excellent stuff.

  4. Vince Cholewa

    Looking good Roly, the toy soldiers too! Top effort.

    Vince

    Sent from my iPhone

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  5. Great painting, Roly, and a selfie to boot!

  6. Nick Papadopoulos

    Wonderful work.
    I am trying to do the same in 1/72nd scale . Have been commissioned
    by the Papatoetoe Historical society to make two dioramas .
    One a Gallipoli scene and the other a generic Western front Trench scene .
    If there is anyone out there living in South Auckland [or greater Auckland]
    who wishes to take part in this smaller project email me on …
    papafam@xtra.co.nz
    Nick Papadopoulos.

  7. I think I saw this on a blog somewhere, Nick … do you know the link?

    • Nick Papadopoulos

      Hi Roly,
      It is on John Moher ‘s blog. He did a really nice job of advertising for me .
      I am at work at the moment – at night but when i go home i will give you the link to John’s blog.

      My main problem will be terrain forming.
      I found a factory in Wiri [South Auckland ] that produces polystyrene and gives off cuts away .
      I am including Australian & Indian soldiers coming from Papatoetoe -we have a large Sikh population ] .
      Mostly Hat Industry figures plus Airfix etc .

      Will be doing a Generic western Front trench scene as well .

      If you go on John Moher’s blog you will see my previous WW 2 Battle of Crete Scenario . There i converted 1/72nd Hat ACW Zouaves in to Cretan civilians by using some mendent to fill out the trousers in to full -blown ‘Crap -catcher ‘ Turkish -style pants .

      I think i have bitten off more than i can chew this time around -my wife not only wants to put me in the dog -box but to bury me six foot in it !!!

      I only heard of Sir Peter’s project through John Moher .

      wish i had heard of it sooner – then It would have saved a lot of angst .

      Never mind . My son and i went to Gallipoli – as a pilgrimage . My son’s
      Great Grandfather was an ANZAC and my Greek Grandfather was a volunteer in the British Royal Navy and also did a stint there .

      Strength to your painting hand Roly …
      may all your dice come up as sixes.
      If any body has a hot wire cutter or 10x 0 brushes and wants to help me they are welcome .

      Nick Papadopoulos
      papafam@xtra.co.nz
      [09]2799239

    • Nick Papadopoulos

      Hi again – Arteis / Roly…
      It is now 0800 -back from work… as promised the web -site /blog administered by John Moher is :-
      http://wargaming.info/
      wargaming.info
      He posted my request for help under :-
      Urgently Wanted : 1/72 HaT WW1…[and lots of other posies on his site ]
      I no longer need any more figures but still need assistance with painting and terrain sculpturing.
      —————
      Keep painting the 54mm dudes for Sir Peter , guys … this project of his will bring the sacrifice of New Zealanders to the forefront of the Kiwi public .
      Our ANZAC’s held Chunuk Bair for a time until the Royal Navy …did what they did … part of the ‘general’ […please excuse the pun…] muddle of the Poms … !!!
      —————-
      Most authorities state that the ANZACs were dropped on the wrong beach…
      Ari Burnu [renamed …ANZAC Cove ].
      But consider what would have happened had they been dropped on the right beach just north of Gaba Tepe [later to be known as Brighton Beach ] … the Turks were heavily entrenched on the ‘correct’ beach …dug in with fortifications ,artillery and a wired in HQ.

      According to Edward J. Erickson PhD [page 49,GALLIPOLI/THE OTTOMAN CAMPAIGN :-
      ” In fact , it was here at Brighton Beach that the Australians intended to storm ashore , but a misjudged landing cast them ashore instead in the narrow shelf – like cove at Ari Burnu (ANZAC Cove) . from the British view , this has long been seen as a serious error that upset the landings .
      However , had the ANZACs landed in the designated site , they would have found themselves immediately under the guns of the Gaba Tepe strong point …/ ” .
      Had they landed on the …so -called right beach it would have been a complete massacre … there would have been few troops left to have been withdrawn early .

      ——————-

      If you live in South Auckland [or the greater Auckland Metropolis] and can spare time on Saturday 28th March , send me an email or a phone call .
      Bring along your 10 x 0 miniature brushes or a hot -wire tool – I will supply greazies and L & P for lunch … !!!!

      ———————

      Keep painting the 54mm’s … I’ll race you with the 25mm’s [1/72nd scale ]…
      Strength to your painting fingers guys…
      …and may your dices always …strike sixes… !!!1

      God bless you Roly… Thank you for moderating such a fine site for gamers and collectors of little – menschen -men … !!!!!

      Regards,

      Nick Papadopoulos
      PAPATOETOE,
      papafam@xtra.co.nz
      (09)2799239[Answerphone available ].

      • Nick Papadopoulos

        p.s.

        Roly /Arteis …
        If you would like to have my photos that were posted on John Mothers blog
        [ http://wargaming.info/ ] please email me … I will forward them to you.
        I can also forward progress photos of the new dioramas if you wish .

        regards,

        Nick Papadopoulos.
        papafam@xtra.co.nz

        • Nick Papadopoulos

          p.s. 2 …

          also as a thank you for letting me post on your site … here is the address for the polystyrene factory … for those who live in Auckland or are passing through …Auckland …they have plenty of off-cuts in all sorts of shapes and sizes …. including long solid tubes good for making towers for castles… !!!!

          STYROBECK PLASTICS
          139 Roscommon Road,
          Wiri,
          MANUKAU CITY.
          AUCKLAND .
          [On the back [Mangere ] motorway ]
          Phone :- Fiona Frost [admin] (09)2787175.

          Thank you.

          Nick P.
          papafam@xtra.co.nz

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