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Strafexpedition 1916 by tuomaskoivurinne Strafexpedition 1916 by tuomaskoivurinne
acrylics 2012,
in May 1916 Austro-Hungarian forces attacked from an unexpected direction towards the Asiago Plateau in the Italian front.
Polish lieutnant Miezislaus (Mieczysław) Skulski received Order of Maria Theresa for his actions on Monte Mosciagh.
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015
Conrad asked help to Falkenhayn, but he did't agree.
Maybe history would be different...........
thedoraemons7 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Where is Skulski?
Fusyke Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I suggest you to eat something.
YautjaVasquez Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Finally some Austro-Hungarians. I like this picture sehr much
xero-spectre Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Outstanding work. :+fav:
jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist
this looks great! I really like the background but the troopers are what I love.
Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Aaah, the long wait made me kinda unprepared for this deviation, but here it is! and it's brilliant! particularly the trees (broken mixed with the ones that so far were spared by war) and not-so-distant mountains make a really melancholic impression on me.

The uniforms look cool, but for the colours. I haven't returned to the ww1 austro-hungarian uniforms in a longer while, but i always had a feeling that somewhere in 1915 the hechtgrau was being slowly replaced by feldgrün-ish garments with a falling collar, which together with a rather messy situation with uniform approvisation led to a rather mosaic-like appearance of the Emperor's troops. On the other hand - as i said i read it quite a long time ago while I do believe you've done a lot of research before the final strokes in this picture. Anyways, apart of the historical correctness - I prefer the blueish shade of the old hechtgrau, so in my very own biased reality this choice is another nice surprise ! :D
tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you like it. The environment is based on photos (from the WW1 and nowadays) and as for uniforms; I was struggling with the correct choice and searched through several books like The Austro-Hungarian Forces in World War I from Osprey and Des Kaisers Rock [link] (excellent reference book, btw) There was a transition taking place, but later in 1916. Same thing with helmets that started to appear in A-H troops in late 1916. So instead of painting uniforms that are too new to this particular event, I chose to stick with uniforms that I know were still around. I actually tried to "wear down" them a bit, so they wouldn't look too blueish.
Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
haha, to say that i like it is just a weak euphemism I guess,same as saying that I really really enjoy it. I love staring at the tiniest details of this work of yours. Maybe sometime in the future there'll be an italian view from the front? ;) or maybe something different. I know your ww2 themed pics with the Finnish army, but I guess there was a large bunch of Finnish troops in the tsar's army as well - and there's probably loads of heroic/touching stories too ;)

Ah, so just as I expected, it's just my weak memory, but somehow it was predictable lol :D Thanks for clearing things up a bit!
tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There were naturally Finns in the Tsar army, but what we remember the best are the ones in the German army. These troops, the Jägers, formed the core for the "White Army" after independence and the Finnish Defence Forces.
Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
I googled it up and i admit it's one of a good story. We've got a bit similar stance here with our Polish Legions in Austrian service. Although we didn't have a civil war at the end of ww1, but a situation where one nation serves within three different armies and slaughters the Poles on the opposite side has some tragic similarity in it...
PavelKirilovich Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Looking good here, but the mouth/tache is not in line on Lt. Skulski, and the posture of the guy throwing a grenade seems rather strange. Your use of colour and texture is still awesome for the subject matter.
maziwapp Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Sommittelu on sitten upea!
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