Peter Jackson’s Gallipoli 1915 Exhibit

Over the past months over 100 New Zealand wargamers have been painting 5,000 miniature soldiers for a huge diorama of the Battle of Chunuk Bair for the forthcoming The Great War Exhibition in Wellington. This is part of an ANZAC commemorative project put together by Sir Peter Jackson who has over the past years commissioned the Perry Brothers to sculpt and cast the 54mm scale figures for this. In 2015 a large posse of New Zealand Wargamers were then recruited to paint this huge mountain of lead in time for the ANZAC Day 2015 (25 April) commemorations.

Part of Sir Peter Jackson's Chunuk Bair Diorama

Part of Sir Peter Jackson’s Chunuk Bair 2015 Diorama displayed at The Great War Exhibit (photo courtesy of “Mustering The Troops“).

There is a fantastic account of this along with lots of great photos by one of the leading painters, Roly Hermans, on his blog ‘Mustering The Troops‘ dedicated to the project. In fact Roly has ended up writing an article on this diorama for Wargames Illustrated, which you can read about at his gaming blog ‘Dressing The Lines‘. In fact Roly achieved such fame in this project that they ended up adding an extra figure to the diorama depicting him as a Kiwi Sapper on Chunuk Bair! Check out Roly’s blogs linked to above for even more great photos…

Sir Peter Jackson’s “The Great War” Exhibit looks to be something pretty special and well worth visiting if you can! And there is also the Gallipoli: The Scale Of Our War exhibit at Te Papa (again Roly Hermans’ provides a brief review).

Part of Sir Peter Jackson's Chunuk Bair 2015 Diorama being set up at The Great War Exhibit.

Part of Sir Peter Jackson’s Chunuk Bair 2015 Diorama being set up at The Great War Exhibit (photo courtesy of “Mustering The Troops“).

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