Friday, 25 April 2014
Talking Turkey - or taking the pith
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.