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« on: 11 February 2015, 07:21:16 PM »

Thanks to Peter Jackson (the movie director) and Rhys Jones (wargamer and former Chief of Defense, New Zealand) I have been diverted from the one true scale  Shocked

As part the commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of WWI Peter has commissioned the Perrys to produce 4,000 Shocked 54mm figures Shocked Shocked that will be used to create a diorama of the fighting on Chunuk Bair.

Rhys suggested that NZ wargamers should paint the figures. I am one of the lucky 100 volunteers  Smiley Cheesy

More information on the project can be found here, http://anzacdiorama.blogspot.co.nz
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« Reply #1 on: 11 February 2015, 07:57:07 PM »

Sweet
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« Reply #2 on: 11 February 2015, 08:03:50 PM »

Nice one Wink

Look forward to Anzac Day every year. Meet up with some old boys and some serving chaps, remember, reminisce, swing a lamp or two and sup a fair quantity of ale along the way Cool
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« Reply #3 on: 11 February 2015, 08:29:37 PM »

Nice one, Paul !!
Cheers - Phil.
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« Reply #4 on: 11 February 2015, 08:32:10 PM »

I saw some of these on the Perry website a while ago, they were nice and these are even nicer. Lot of work gone into them.

I also read somewhere Peter Jackson is mad for WW I and even has his own air force made up of aircraft from various nationalities at full size. I think it said in the article that the planes were all airworthy and are flown.

Good luck to everybody involved in the project -4,000 54mm figures is a major undertaking. 

Hope we will get to see some pics when it's finished.
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« Reply #5 on: 11 February 2015, 08:35:56 PM »

How jealous is it possible to be with one head?  Smiley

Enjoy it Wink
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« Reply #6 on: 11 February 2015, 10:02:06 PM »

I always enjoyed the ANZAC day parade in Melbourne. Nice to walk along looking at all the unit banners while the wife marched

I noticed last night that a new series called Gallipoli started on channel 9 in Oz the other night. Any of our antipodean members see it? and if yes what was it like?
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« Reply #7 on: 12 February 2015, 12:12:18 AM »

I saw some of these on the Perry website a while ago, they were nice and these are even nicer. Lot of work gone into them.

I also read somewhere Peter Jackson is mad for WW I and even has his own air force made up of aircraft from various nationalities at full size. I think it said in the article that the planes were all airworthy and are flown.

Good luck to everybody involved in the project -4,000 54mm figures is a major undertaking. 

Hope we will get to see some pics when it's finished.

There are a large numbr of different poses all sculpted to fit on the diorama

Not only does he have an air force he has a number of vehicles including an operating replica tank  Shocked

I've visited the museum that houses about 30 of his non-flying replicas several in diorama settings, very impressive.  Not been lucky enough to see the tank in action yet.

He is also building a 1:1 scale trench complex at the Army Museum in Waiouru

The first of the figures were finished this week, batches of several hundred are arriving every week or less

I'll share some pictures of mine as they progress and will definitely be visiting the finished diorama as it is in Wellington, hopefully photography will be allowed

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« Reply #8 on: 12 February 2015, 07:00:23 AM »

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I also read somewhere Peter Jackson is mad for WW I and even has his own air force made up of aircraft from various nationalities at full size. I think it said in the article that the planes were all airworthy and are flown.

Yep he has his own extensive collection that featured in a great little programme on WWI planes a few years ago. He owns Wingnut Wings that produce stunning 1/32nd scale plane kits. The detail has to be seen to be believed.
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« Reply #9 on: 12 February 2015, 08:56:25 AM »

A quick grab shot on my phone

The sublime to the ridiculous...  Wink



Some of my now stalled 10mm Arabs and one of the 54mm Turks before I glued the arms on  Shocked

Arms all glued on tonight, hopefully filling tomorrow night
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« Reply #10 on: 12 February 2015, 09:16:22 AM »

You've got to hand it to the Jackson boy - he does think big. Mind you he'll probably find that the LotR trilogy was peanuts compared to getting 100 wargamers to cooperate.  Wink
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« Reply #11 on: 12 February 2015, 09:25:08 AM »

You've got to hand it to the Jackson boy - he does think big. Mind you he'll probably find that the LotR trilogy was peanuts compared to getting 100 wargamers to cooperate.  Wink

He and his second unit directors have had plenty of practise. A lot of NZ wargamers managed to get to be extras in one or more of the movies  Wink

I only got to be a sound extra Sad

They were having trouble getting the sound right for some of the big battle scenes Angry

So they turned up at a one day cricket match and between innings got the crowd to stamp, shout and growl. That gave the SFX guys enough to work with Wink
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« Reply #12 on: 12 February 2015, 10:39:15 AM »

Paul, you are a lucky man to be involved with such a great project! (incredibly jealous  Smiley)

Please keep us updated with progress
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« Reply #13 on: 12 February 2015, 01:15:35 PM »

He and his second unit directors have had plenty of practise. A lot of NZ wargamers managed to get to be extras in one or more of the movies  Wink


I imagine half the population got to be extras. NZ's not exactly over-populated.
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« Reply #14 on: 14 February 2015, 02:46:25 AM »

My first five Turks; glued, filled and base coated  Smiley



I've even had to make some special rods to hold the figures they are so much bigger than what I am used to  Shocked
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