This will be an epic project. Called "Mateship" this two figure statuette is a 1/6th scale cold cast bronze sculpt by Naked Army, based on an iconic image of two Australian soldiers wading through a jungle stream during the advance on Salamaua, July 1943, in New Guinea. The image depicts Sergeant Gordon Raymond Charles Ayre MM, a 58/59th Battalion bandsman from Shepparton, Victoria, in pouring rain assists a wounded mate, Private William Oswald Wallace Johnson, of the same unit, across Alan's Creek to an advanced regimental aid post. Johnson had been wounded by a Japanese grenade . Sergeant Ayre was awarded the military medal for his performance during this action. More so than any other image of WW2, this photo came to encapsulate the concept of Mateship that remains at the heart of the Australian Army. Looking after your mates and never letting them down, no matter how hard things are. The cold cast bronze patina covers a polyresin core, which means you can cut and resculpt these pieces if you want to. Only Alan Mackie is mad enough to do something like that. I had originally thought to cut the legs off, resculpt the lower legs and place the figures in clear resin to simulate the water, but I've decided to paint it Out Of Box. I've started by applying a Josonja Texturing paste to the cloth uniform to create some texture and roughness to the khaki drill uniform. I've also brushed on some Vallejo primer to the flesh areas, which I intend to paint first. Once the flesh areas are painted, I'll mask them and paint the uniform with my airbrush. I hope you like it, and please feel free to leave comments.