We all, as both
collectors and historians, appreciate sculptures of men at war... fashioned
bronze certainly has a classical appearance and feel. One cannot really savour
statuettes unless your fingers touch the edges, feel the face or hold it in your
palm and rotate slowly to inspect the fine detail of
clothing, weapons and accoutrements. Our heritage is evident in bronze statue
in so many country town squares throughout Australia.
There are many pleasures
in owning and displaying such works of art, moments of military history
captured in metal.
* Pride in correct detail as firearms collectors know intimately each part and
fitting on particular marks and models.
* Edged weapons enthusiasts similarly appreciate correct detail of a naked blade
or worn scabbard locket.
* Webbing collectors know if a buckle or seam is out of place, the pattern or
webbing of the correct pattern.
* Uniform fans recognize the appropriate colour patches and insignia, boot
details and headgear technicalities.
* Historical buffs consider the rolled up sleeves or spattered mud on boots or
trousers, the frozen countenance.
* Artists and sculptors rarely
appreciate the infinite detail or niceties of the above, rarely does the
painter or model maker have the knowledge as we are all
specialists in our own trades.
* This is why the Naked Army figurines are so special, even in 1:6 scale or
* Scott, an Australian uniform collector and history specialist, is involved in
every aspect of the figures, his hobby
immortalized as cold metal, and now available to us all.
* Solid bronze is very expensive to work in, to ship, to store and to handle, so
their production in polymer
with bronze coating maintains the detail but reduces the cost and
* Each statuette is hand finished and individually numbered, a guarantee of
perfection and detail.
available statuettes that also feature rifles, MG's, etc., and in catalogue for 2009...
Andy - Lighthorse trooper, Galipolli 1915 with SMLE Mk III & Patt. 1907 hook
Billy - 1st AIF Infantryman, France 1916 with SMLE Mk III* & Patt. 1907 bayonet
Roy - Lewis gunner 1st AIF, France 1918 with Lewis MG
Bull - 2nd AIF Cpl. Leslie 'Bull' Allen MM, Mt. Tambu 1943, 2 soldiers figurine
Teddy - F/Lt. E.S. Hall, Spitfire Pilot, Darwin in 1943 with holstered M1911
Bardia - 2nd AIF Infantry Sergeant, 1941 in winter clothing with SMLE Mk III* &
Patt. 1907 bayonet
Tobruk - 9th Division Infantryman, 1941 in summer kit with SMLE Mk III* & Patt.
Vietnam - 1ATF RAR Infantryman, 1967-68 with early L1A1, wooden carry handle,
Vietnam - RAR Infantryman ca. 1969-70 with L1A1 later issue, plastic carry
SAS Operator - Iraq & Afghanistan 1007, with Colt M4 carbine & M205 launcher,
body armour, &c.
For uniform, kit and weapons detail, go to
www.naked-army.com site, click the products page, then select individual
soldiers to view 360 degree angles of detail and quality. Personally, I am
proud of the figures in my collection and they receive admirable comments
from house guests and visitors. Don't delay, as some are out of stock already.