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4th Cuirassier20 Aug 2014 4:54 a.m. PST

Can anyone point me to a good link or two that describe the uniform and accoutrements of WW1 Australians?

It could be Western Front, Gallipoli, anywhere.

The rationale for the request is that I have a mate in Australia whom I've never met who scratchbuilds lovely 1/32 models for me. By way of reply, I'd like to paint him up some WW1 Aussies because I know he likes this era.

I'd envisage hacking a few WW2 Airfix about to get there, unless someone makes suitable figures already. Eg, I am guessing that Airfix WW2 British with longer bayonets and puttees, plus Airfix WW2 Australian slouch hats, would be about right.

Suggestions welcomed! TiA!

ITALWARS Inactive Member20 Aug 2014 5:19 a.m. PST

Have a look at Hat miniatures in 1:72

Personal logo Dal Gavan Supporting Member of TMP20 Aug 2014 5:59 a.m. PST

Here you go, mate:




and link



Wargamer Blue20 Aug 2014 7:57 a.m. PST

Have a look at King and Country's The Lighthorseman range in 1/32 scale. And John Jenkins Figures are bringing out an Aussie Western Front range in 1/32 scale. The first figure is General Monash .

4th Cuirassier20 Aug 2014 9:30 a.m. PST

Thanks. I'm afraid $40 USD a figure is a bit steep for me.

Thinking about it more, the WW2 British would be in battledress whereas the WW1 guys had skirted tunics. It might actually be simpler to start with the Japanese and add slouch hats to those. You'd then have a figure in puttees and slouch hat.

lclapp20 Aug 2014 1:34 p.m. PST

If you're looking for a 28mm range, try Woodbine Designs / Gripping Beast. Very nice figgies.

bsrlee21 Aug 2014 4:30 a.m. PST

The Australian War Memorial (AWM) has been running a series of blogs on the various Australian uniforms of WW1.

For instance:

4th Cuirassier21 Aug 2014 9:42 a.m. PST

I'd be looking at 1/32 or at a pinch 1/35.

Bindon Blood22 Aug 2014 4:36 a.m. PST

On the Western Front they wore the Brodie in combat, so any Late First World War British figure would do.

huevans01122 Aug 2014 6:05 a.m. PST

On the Western Front they wore the Brodie in combat, so any Late First World War British figure would do.

Depends how fussy you are. The Aussie tunic was distinctive, especially around the cuffs, which buttoned closed.

4th Cuirassier26 Aug 2014 2:59 p.m. PST

Do people depict them caked in mud or reasonably spruce? – what's the convention?

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