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Not the last of my Anzac Diorama figures

I got two more figures to paint yesterday. Two one-off Turkish Standard Bearers. Flags not attached in these pics.

Really lovely resin figures.






Last of my contribution for the Anzac Diorama

My last ten figures completed. Ten Turkish officers charging. What a mission. You guys wont believe this diorama. We have spent all day working on it at one of Weta Workshop’s warehouses and it is massive. Beyond massive. Good to see the Perry Brothers back in New Zealand too.  I am not sure I can say anything more at this stage due to confidentiality agreements and so forth – other than prepare to be blown away. reduc_IMG_2215 reduc_IMG_2217 reduc_IMG_2218

Ten Anzacs finished.

I have finally got these guys finished and they should be winging their way to The Armchair General tomorrow. My last lot are ten Turkish officers who are almost done as well. A wee bit more on them to do. Probably be the last person to get their models done and in but I have been having a hard time getting painting in recently. My personal circumstances have changed and I have a lot less time to paint now when I am away from the Woolshed and I can only take a small selection of my modelling paints/equipment away with me due to lack of room in my new accommodations.

Saying that these figures were really nice to paint. All the same pose but that is OK – meant I didn’t have to think too hard.  I tried to vary the shirts a bit, with khaki through to dark denim colour. Hopefully they wont look out of place in the diorama.






Johnny Turk he was ready, he primed himself well…

..He rained us with bullets, He rained us with shells

And in five minutes flat he’d blown us all to hell

Then he blew us right back to Australia

(from the song “The Band Played Waltzing Matilda”)

Here are the finished batch of Turkish infantry. The last time I painted any miniature this scale was back when I was a kid and painting 1/32nd WWII Airfix plastics using Humbrol enamels. I was quite daunted by them at first but listened to the sage advice at the top of the painting guides we were furnished with – “Don’t Panic”

My first twenty Turks were in four poses.  Four figures in a crouched charging pose.


Ten figures charging with rifles at high porte.


Four figures clambering up a hill or out of a trench.


Two figures running with rifles in their right hands.


First batch completed. Second batch will be done this week. All undercoated and ready to go.


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ANZAC Diorama – Progress on my first figures

I have finally got started on my first batch of figures. Twenty Turkish infantry.  Quite enjoyable to paint these but I have discovered two things – I am going to need some new brushes once this lot is done and I am crap at painting belts in any scale. I guess my infantry will hide amongst all the others and no-one will notice.   Still to do on Batch One – Belts, ammo pouches, canteens and rifles.  Hopefully all done on these by tomorrow evening.

Another use for insulation foam
Progress is being made.
Rifle and pouches to go.
A lot of charging Turks
A shot of my new work desk.

My second batch arrived yesterday – Ten New Zealanders and ten Turkish officers armed with pistols and canes. Looking forward to knocking that lot off in the next two weeks.

For more information on the project and to see how others are faring – check the dedicated Anzac Diorama Blog.

My first Turks for the Anzac Diorama have arrived.

Posting this link so you can pop over to the Anzac Diorama Blog to see the latest message from Peter Jackson.

There are now 100 painters recruited. My first 20 figures arrived yesterday. 20 Turks. Preparation has started and I hope to get first paint on them next week.

reduc_IMG_1918Johnny Turk is currently ‘armless enough.


Mustering the Troops (NZ WWI ANZAC Diorama)

The blog site for the painting project for the Anzac Diorama for the World War One Exhibition has been created. I urge you to have a look,especially at the FAQ and About pages to learn more about the project.  There has already been media publicity about the project and several people I know who are not war-gamers have already asked if I was going to be involved.

My painting schedule has been cleared and I am awaiting the arrival of my first contingent of troops.

Click on this link to get to the Project Blog.

Mustering the Troops

Sir Peter Jackson needs Kiwi wargamers

This is a great project for all New Zealand wargamers to get involved in. Please head over to Dressing the Lines and register your interest. We have a lot of figures to paint and not that much time to get them done. If we can get a hundred people to each paint forty figures we can knock this one off. Full details at Dressing the Lines.


poster wargamers-needed

Here’s the chance for New Zealand wargamers to volunteer for a massive modelling project to commemorate Gallipoli, led by Sir Peter Jackson and using never-seen-before figures by the Perry twins!

Below is an open letter to New Zealand wargaming clubs from Rhys Jones, a fellow wargamer and also the former Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force:

“I am asking your help in organising wargamers around New Zealand to paint 4000 x 54mm figures for a Gallipoli diorama in Peter Jackson’s Great War Exhibition.

One of my adventures in life is to be involved with Peter Jackson in creating the ‘New Zealand Great War Exhibition’, which will open on Anzac Day this year and run through to Armistice Day 2018. It will be housed in the former Dominion Museum building in Wellington, behind the Carillon and the new Memorial Park. With both Peter Jackson and Richard Taylor doing the exhibits, and…

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