Friday, 25 April 2014

Talking Turkey - or taking the pith

I finished these chaps weeks ago but kept forgetting to take decent photos.  As you can see I still haven't taken any...
They are WW1-era Turks, and rather than go for the 'Tommy Cooper fan club' look by painting some of the Armies in Plastic Sudan war Egyptians, I decided to make life more difficult and try to reproduce the distinctive 'Kabalak' or 'Enveriye' headgear.  As my starting point I took the AIP British colonial infantry and carefully trimmed off the rim of their Wolseley pith helmets.  A rapid paint job (Dulux again!) was followed by drawing on the cloth strips of the Kabalak with a paint pen.
It's best not to look too closely but they sure look like Turks to me.

9 comments:

Stephen Thomas said...

AH !!! I can almost smell the olive oil.

Stephen Beat said...

Yep, definately Turks....I saw a minicab at the back I'm sure!

...Er, is all this banter politically incorrect? Meh!

;)

Tim Gow said...

Stephen Thomas
Only 'cos you're trying to run your car on it!

Tim Gow said...

Stephen Beat
Wargamers buying into national stereotypes? Whatever next?

tradgardmastare said...

Splendid figures and keeping Dulux's profits going upwards.
Pithy comments from you all I say.

Arthur said...

Tim

Splendid effort; with regardth to pith I mutht mention that hard work ith it'th own reward.

Now, one of those guys in the back row looks like the cousin of a bloke I know owns a tobacconist. Problem is, he's a Greek.

How can this be? How did you know? Why did you choose him? Have you met him? His name may be Spyros. It may be a small world.

I have to know, you see... I haven't shared this with Dog as he is confused enough, what with his goat based romance and all.

Regards

PS It's a slow day in Nairobi and I lost my mind in a day long boring Board meeting here where my mind wandered off I know not where...

Don M said...

They do look the part...)

The Dancing Cake Tin said...

Can I get chilli sauce with that?

Archduke Piccolo said...

Simple... and very effective!