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Old 04-25-2010, 07:00 PM   #1
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An Aussie for Anzac Day.

Australian Infantry : 2/16th Regiment in New Guinea.

Today is Anzac Day , kept to remember all the Australians and New Zealanders fallen in the service of their countries.


Based on the Paddy Ryan figure from BBI, with a few mods.

The record of the Australian Infantry in WW2 is unparalleled , as it was in the Great War. Out of all proportion to the size of its population of 7 million , Australia provided 400,000 men who served overseas , first in the Middle East , and then in the Papua /New Guinea campaigns.

They were sometimes regarded as the elite shock troops of the British Empire , and the Axis were rightly very wary of them wherever they appeared.
They did not always get on with British or US commanders , being completely resistant to bullshit or even discipline , but when serving under their own officers were truly formidable soldiers.



My figure is from the battle of Shaggy Ridge in New Guinea , 19-31st January 1944 , where the 2/16th Battalion of the 7th Division AIF distinguished themselves, leading the assault on a knife-edge mountain feature held in brigade strength by the Japanese.
It was incredibly steep , and just climbing and deploying on it was hard enough , with scarcely room for more than single file in many places, let alone doing that under fire. The battle at times became a close range grenade-tossing match between men in scrapes a few yards apart.




There’s this good pic of men from this battalion forming up before the event , looking surprisingly smart.
They are still in the trees below : the actual mountains were largely grass-covered .



Most of the time uniforms were in much worse condition than this, and it was reckoned that much of a man’s kit had to replaced after about three weeks , because of the ceaseless sun and rain , and the rot that destroyed everything. People who have visited both say that the climate and conditions in Papua/New Guinea are even worse than Burma , which is saying quite a lot.

The figure :~

DML body , extensively modified, with new plug-in Fimo arms.
To those who wonder how I repose these arms , I don’t .
I just have several sets , and swap them around as needed for the pics. I generally make a new set for each figure in what is going to be his main pose.
The head is very new , and I’ve managed to add real hair to 40s haircut .



The bush hat is felt. The pagri and badges were normally lost or discarded. Although helmets were often worn , the pics from this operation mostly show the hats : perhaps the discomfort was not thought worth the extra protection, since the Japanese were not oversupplied with mortars and artillery.

The uniform is the BBI one , stained using paint and varnish. The jungle green colour varied , since the uniforms were dyed in a rather chaotic and ad hoc manner , and although JG uniforms were manufactured, many items were redyed khaki drill.

Insignia was rarely worn , even badges of rank, though since he carries the SMG , this man is probably a Corporal.



The webbing is essentially the British ’37 pattern , but with a different waterbottle suspension including a strap round the middle with hooks so it could be worn on the belt , and the larger Australian-made universal pouches, which could fit the Owen magazines . The BBI ones are actually nearer scale for these than the normal ones.

I’ve made the webbing from JG coloured tape, but it also probably varied somewhat in colour .
He wears 36 grenades hooked on his belt , a practice highly frowned on in British units , and has a cut-down 1907 bayonet carried as a fighting knife, since he has no bayonet.

The gaiters are the BBI US ones : I’m waiting for some better ones from Soldier Story, but these do for the moment. I’ve used US boots as well, since the BBI Australian pattern boots broke up when I tried fitting real laces. When covered in mud the difference is negligible , though the original pattern had cleats fitted to the soles.
Aussie troops were part of MacArthur’s Pacific command , and were supplied with limited quantities of US items.



The Owen SMG is from 21st century. I’ve fitted it with a standard rifle sling. I might put the magazine in a mould to make some copies to fill his pouches.
The TUS model is pretty good. Apparently an excellent weapon , and still in use in Vietnam.



Once in trenches , they discarded their kit , as can be seen in this pic :




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Old 04-25-2010, 07:25 PM   #2
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Very nice, as always. The overall look of your figures, along with the poses really make the difference. Of cours the HS and its painting are standouts as well.
As I've said before, the scholarship and the history add so much to your posts. Bravo.
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Old 04-25-2010, 07:41 PM   #3
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Another superb figure Tony

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Old 04-25-2010, 07:45 PM   #4
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What a wonderful figure, and (as allways from you) a very informative and entertaining presentation.
When I saw your post, I know I had to make a pot of coffee (I ran down and had a smoke) then sat down with the freshly made coffee a freshly made Budapest cake and opend the post and got ready to start reading and to do further research in the topic at hand, because most of your stuff do that... yields the desire to know more.
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Old 04-25-2010, 08:01 PM   #5
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I really like this one Tony! I've always wanted to have more Aussie additions to the one BBI Paddy Ryan figure in my collection. The problem with Paddy at the moment is that he is far too clean!!! Looks like he's on parade rather than fighting in the jungle, LOL!
I saw that 21st Owen SMG at a Toy/Militaria fair a few weeks ago. it was only $3 but i didn't pick it up as i didn't have any immediate plans to do another aussie figure! Now i'm kicking myself! I think your figure has inspired me to do another one for myself!
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Old 04-25-2010, 08:29 PM   #6
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Very nice, as always. The overall look of your figures, along with the poses really make the difference. Of cours the HS and its painting are standouts as well.
As I've said before, the scholarship and the history add so much to your posts. Bravo.
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Old 04-25-2010, 09:03 PM   #7
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Great figure and presentation, Tony.
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Old 04-25-2010, 09:39 PM   #8
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Your figure displays some literal "thin-lipped" determination, and I believe is one of your very best paint jobs. Another great job on a very under-represented element of the allied cause.
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Old 04-25-2010, 09:42 PM   #9
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Superb figure Tony
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Old 04-25-2010, 09:54 PM   #10
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Very nice Tony! I like it a lot!
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Old 04-25-2010, 11:47 PM   #11
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Another museum piece and a fine tribute to Anzac Day,,,,,Hammer
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Old 04-25-2010, 11:59 PM   #12
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WOW!!! super figure looks so real.... Harold
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Old 04-26-2010, 01:35 AM   #13
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great detail,like how you filled in the back ground on the soilder and the gear you used!
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Old 04-26-2010, 05:35 AM   #14
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Really awesome!!

I think The nude body manufacturer should learn from Tony's figure concept of the realistic neck, arms which often exposed. At least provide the capability like some joint to put a static arm poses easily without homemade surgical process. Like the 1:1 fashion model we usually see in the department store or shopping mall, a well-made exposed arms or neck really extend the flexibility of posing figures and provide more lifelikeness.
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Old 04-26-2010, 10:28 AM   #15
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very nice work!
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Old 04-26-2010, 05:17 PM   #16
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Another prime example of what's possible in 1/6. As always, seeing Tony's work gives me a kick in the backside to get on with my own projects.

Tony: the Paddy uniform, is it usable for other countries in Burma? As you know my other Burma project blew up so looking for alternatives. At the moment I'm thinking for an Indian soldier.
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Old 04-26-2010, 06:17 PM   #17
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I'm thinking for an Indian soldier.
A funny thing really, my granfather used to talk about Indian soldiers he had met and fought, appearantly the german paras had high respect for them.
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Old 04-26-2010, 06:57 PM   #18
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Thanks everyone.
Sometimes you make the right head , and this time I think I got it .

Nik, the Indian and British troops wore Jungle Green battledress , which of course had the waistband like serge BD , and a similar layout of pockets.
I've done a couple of conversions from the BBI
" Harry Sinclair " uniform in the past. It's a relatively simple sewing job. , but you need a spare uniform ideally to cut the waistband from.
The overall effect is pretty similar , but if you want to be accurate about it, that's the uniform they should have .

Of course , back in 1942 both Australians and British & Indian troops were still wearing Khaki Drill . The first Australian victory ,the Kokoda Track , was fought entirely in KD. The JG uniforms came in shortly after.
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Old 04-26-2010, 10:10 PM   #19
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Tony: Will try to make something out of the BBi Harry uniform as per your tutorial you sent me if I can hold of another jacket.

As for the KD, it was redyed KD, wasn't it? Not the Norman pale stuff, right?
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Old 04-26-2010, 10:22 PM   #20
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Redyed into JG , not the Norman pale flimsy stuff .
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Old 04-26-2010, 10:29 PM   #21
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Yeah, there's the problem; the Norman stuff doesn't take to dye or paint... Will have to struggle on with the Harry jacket.

However... just thought of something. What about BBi's supposed "RAF Bush Jacket"? Drop that in some Dylon and it might do the trick? The BBi fabric's a bit sturdier than Dragon's so it might hold the paint better.
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Old 05-12-2010, 07:17 PM   #22
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Hats off Tony!

This is a cracking figure, love the detail right down to the salt residue on his uniform.

Cheers for sharing!
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