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120mm WW1 British Soldier by The Imperial Gallery

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Andrew Belsey 205/01/2018 10:14:54
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Rest assured that your research is correct by my knowledge. My only comment would be to add a little more green to the grass tufts. The battlefields of WW1 were full of greenery. Weeds grow everywhere and anywhere, quickly. Only in extreem circumstances, like the worst of Passchendaele, did the vegitation disappear. Because we only have sepia photos from the time, the idea of pure mud, mud, mud continues. The diggings of the trenches were mostly soil, but inbeween was grassland.

This is a photo of my Somme diorama which I converted to sepia. We imagine mud everywhere but that was not the case. Look at old photos closely and you find vegitation. Somme accounts tell of walking through tall grass.



Great figure by the way! Lack of green does not spoil him in any way.

Andy B

Edited By Andrew Belsey 2 on 05/01/2018 10:22:27

jimbo05/01/2018 10:34:27
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Hi Peter

Beautifully done. A very interesting, detailed figure.


Peter Day 105/01/2018 10:40:44
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Andy - Many thanks for that. I did reference your work actually, as I knew you'd done some chalky bases. The grass tufts actually have more colour in them, it's just that the camera has bleached them out amongst all that white.

Jim - Very many thanks.


Gregory Mortara05/01/2018 12:54:28
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Hi Peter thank you for your reply and explenation...

first of all i just want to say that your painting skills are stunning... but since you are making a soldier that has been in the trench for a while.... why you don't make it dirtier...

by this i mean putting more pigments and washes on the uniform ant the equipment and paybe a little dirt on his face...

Just my 2 cents

Peter Day 105/01/2018 14:30:35
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Hi Greg

Just don't like too much dirt - enough to suggest context and that's all. Personal preference I suppose......


Gregory Mortara05/01/2018 15:26:59
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OK Peter... that was just a suggestion...

John Race05/01/2018 15:28:51
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Helpful photo from Andy, passing muster from him is only good.

John .

Peter Day 106/01/2018 19:10:50
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Sorry chaps - wrong thread!!!!! Senior moment.

John Race06/01/2018 20:49:27
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surprise,well that confused me yet again teeth 2 .Peter

Is that using the Adobie ? Could you please pm me the website you used .

Thanks .


Dave S 414/01/2018 00:19:55
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Looks damned good so far.


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