Seen several photos of soldiers of all nations, posing beside artillery shells with writings and greetings on them. Easy to imagine, little humour to counter all that horrid business. Sometimes mind just works that way.
So much machinery! I'm a coward about painting non-organic shapes. This is so well-done, especially that delicately-rendered wheel? valve? on the left, with the white highlights. The palette and style of the whole piece made me initially think it was in watercolor, until I clicked on the thumbnail. Or is it mixed media?
This picture made me think strongly of a poem I read yesterday: Ammunition Column, by Gilbert Frankau. The first line is "I am only a cog in a giant machine, a link of an endless chain," and it's definitely about that whole concept of being stuck in a neverending cycle of fighting.
So awesome! The picture is perfect, the colours are really perfect for a war-situation, all the details are just great and the message also includes some feelings of the soldiers (Für Otto t 1915 = For Otto t 1915) maybe his comrade or family-member, sounds so sad...
Thank you and thanks for adding it into your Group. Feel free to ask for more from my WW1-archives, many depicting the Germans in WW1. As for Otto... we will never know if he was a friend, brother or a pet.
I took you by the word and added as much pics, as I could identify as german ones^^ If I forgot one, feel free to add them in teh group. Adding pictures in groups makes them more famous, more people can find them.
Well, with a quick peek, these were left out [link][link][link][link] Also, there are some "civilian" and "war veteran" pieces, that don't depic a specific nation, might be British, French or German, just the same...
As always, good technical work and excellent attention to historical detail. Your figures have improved dramatically; this guy looks proportionately perfect given that he's in the process of loading a fieldpiece, hence having hips squared to the breech and shoulders turned slightly. And as always, and what has always caught my eye, the colour palette is nothing less than perfect.
I was just reading a paper on the evolution of German doctrine during WWI. 58 pages, PDF format if you're interested.
Of course I'm interested I did "fell off" for a bit, and migh "fall off" again for short period. Trying to get a legal name as tattooist, but the sight of the paper work included frustrates (never started up a company before).
Where to start? In my opinion, some aspects in drawing humans are developing, but the faces still resemble eachother too much. I need more variation in the faces. The colours are down-to-earth, the Bluse is too green, should be more grey. I could have done the early-war M1907/10 Feldrock, but then I couldn't have included those coloured shoulderstraps of the Imperial Fußartillerie. Also, not entirely happy with the Feldhaubitze (15cm. lg.s.F.H. 1913/02) either. Lot of techical drawing, and not even sure what each detail is. Scheiße! Only good thing is, that I have a good excuse to invigorate my text with italics.
You get a pass on the uniform colours because it's rather difficult to find a genuine item photographed in neutral lighting to mix your palette correctly.
I didn't mention the faces because yes, they still have a Clone Army thing happening. Perhaps its time you start doing facial study sketches in your off time to work up some variety in bone structures.
The 150 gun looks good. Technical detail is good; no hinge on the upper shield, simplified gunner station, and Otto will be remembered with a 15cm chlorine gas shell judging from the colour banding. I reckon the gun crew should be wearing masks, actually, but I suppose that by this point - 1915/early 1916 - the shells have become stable enough to be fired without chemical protection. I was interested to read about chemical warfare techniques on the Western Front and in particular the use of HE to erode mask discipline while laying down a chemical barrage; the concussion causes troopers to freak out and pull the mask off, as the mask amplifies the concussive force and makes it harder to breathe. You're already well aware of how hard it is to breathe in a mask, though granted, the designs we've tried were better than the period designs then. Is the following link contain the reference photograph? [link]
I'll e-mail you the study when I finish reading it. So far it's quite good save for a few typos you'll spot, nothing that should confuse too badly. Initial look at the evolution of defensive tactics, followed by the evolution of offensive tactics. I finally understand why the Germans took such heavy losses during the static years before the great offensives of 1918, because after 1915 you don't really hear about them putting in any major attacks at all; turns out their defence-in-depth system only came into being in 1917.
Yes, that's the original photo I based my sketch. Good site! And I got you there; although the German 15cm T-shell was the first actual gas shell used in action, the one depicted here is shrapnel (was hard to find a proper reference, and I think it should be more blueish in colour). The gas shell had bigger portion painted in yellow, but these are just details. You're correct about the mask-thing, and I would have depicted the artillerist with a gas mask, if he would have been dealing with chemicals. Fighting in gas masks must have been terrible experience.
The only actual German offensive in 1915 (in the West) was the Second Ypres, then it was once again time for the British and the French to keep banging their heads into the wall. Germans dug deeper and we know how well this bore fruit in 1916. However, during the 1916, the Germans realized that their defence tactics (including swift counter attacks by specially trained troops) were succesful, yet costly. Also, the Allied had perfected their "creeping barrage" tactics. In order to save their men, they would look to ever greater depth in their defence. 1917 was the peak: withdrawal to Hindenburg Line, huge network of positions, "empty battlefield", concrete strongpoints etc. . The next year, it became obvious how little the British understood this defence doctrine.
You'll like this paper I'm sending you, then. I never understood how the Germans had taken so many casualties in the early defence years, but it turns out their method for fighting defensively wasn't very good; hence the bloodletting on both sides. Amazingly, with all I've read on WWI, no historian has ever come out and said what the Germans were doing in 1914-1916 and how that differed from what they did defensively in 1917 and 1918. 1916 was very much the tipping point, as you'll see shortly.