Saturday, 14 February 2015

PTS 67 + Painting Turks for Anzac Day 2015 + Gallipoli WW100

Answering the Call.
Painting Table Saturday number 67 is an exciting one as painters all over New Zealand are working on Anzacs and Turks for a diorama that depicts 4000 troops at the battle of Chunuk Bair, Gallipoli. This huge undertaking is part of the official New Zealand WW100 project.

This week Sir Peter Jackson sent us all a message via the Mustering the Troops blog:

I want to thank all the wargamers who have volunteered to help with this massive diorama project. You've answered your country’s call for sure! Your work and skill is very much appreciated by all involved in the WW1 exhibition we're putting together.

Chunuk Bair is a battle more and more New Zealanders are becoming aware of, but few really understand what it was, and fewer still can visualise it. 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. Thanks to your efforts, we'll be able to create an accurate and lasting impression of the struggle Kiwi soldiers found themselves in, mid-morning on August 8th, 1915.

The Scarecrow Army.
I've been looking at your work as it’s been posted on this blog, and it’s terrific! My only suggestion would be to vary the colours of the New Zealand shirts a little more. There are no photographs of the Wellington Battalion on Chunuk Bair, but we know the attack orders from General Godley specified “shirt-sleeves only”.

In Gallipoli by August, most sense of military correctness had been thrown out the window. Far from stepping off the parade ground, by August the Anzacs were known as “The Scarecrow Army”. Soldiers were receiving parcels from home, and new shirts from Mum were often included. So despite the painting guide instructions, I would encourage future New Zealand figure painters to give yourselves permission to mix it up a bit. Grubby white shirts, olive green, dark blue, light grey - all would be fine, and it will give the diorama an accurate look.

The photos below will give you a sense of the wide variety of shirt colours.
Thanks for supporting this project!

Peter Jackson 

Following the guide, I've purchased some suggested Games Workshop paints and started on the Turkish soldiers that arrived during the week. 


Peg holes drilled for spray undercoats.

First coat complete.

BluTak to hold arms in place while Epoxy glue drys.

Some green stuff required.

Second spray coat applied.

I've used a mix of both techniques. Spraying an undercoat with the Tamiya Dark Earth and Dark Yellow first, then applying the GW paints as per the guide. I'm going for an "in the trenches" look, keeping it rough and dirty.

Brush painting has begun.

Seeing the photos shared by other painters is truly inspirational.

God bless you and have a great week!


  1. Replies
    1. Yes indeed. The Perry twins strike gold again!

  2. Nice production line painting going on.

    1. Thanks Dean. Although I don't prefer to paint like this, a production line approach will have these finished (hopefully) within the week.