Looks good, is that a mustash I see or is a shadow? You are portraying a foregin SS unit correct? Which one? Are you sure about the jack boots or would low boots be more "correct" I think it looks fine either way. Do you have a breadbag, gas mask can, zelt, canteen, messtin, A-frame?
Unionman - On the subject of Jackboots, since you have an M43 uniform, Marschstiefel were no longer issued by the time your uniform was. It's still ok to have them since you may have had them from a previous issue, your brother from another post gave them to you, etc...it did happen as they were never "banned" so-to-speak. But that is up to the persona you have created or are creating for yourself.
Your M43 looks a bit baggy to me tho'...tunic a bit too long/big maybe? Pants seem larger than you need, maybe by a few sizes or too long where you provide a kind of officer's flair? Although, that was not uncommon either since a new Soldat lost weight in the field...sometimes a lot of weight. So then he had some options: have it tailored or wear it anyways, since exchanging it was rarely an option as no one wants to share another man's lice before he gets to the field. As always pictures can be misleading.
No, not a stache, just a shadow plus a day of not shaving I too this pic on a break while redoing my kitchen.
I'm well versed on the whole low boot versus high boot history. Truth be told, I did lowboots and gemaschen with Great War reenacting and hated them. Jackboots are easier, plus I think they look spiffy, so I've knowingly "gone against the grain."
The fit of the jacket is one area of concern I have as well. I think it's okay for now, but I'd like to get a better fitting M40 from Janke or something like that in the future. Grant it, we shouldn't all think that every Soldat had a tailor made jacket, but it would create a good overall look. In this shot the fit is a bit baggier looking than normal as I am shirtless. The service shirt was ordered this week.
The pants I think are okay. They are the late war m43 pants which are quite baggy, and well, I'm 6 foot 2 inches tall with long legs, so those are some pretty big ass pants While I am far too Anglo and in no way represent an SS man in terms of facial features (American mutts unite), I do meet the height/size requirement without issue:)
My field gear has some holes in it but I will do another post once it's where I want it to be.
As far as persona goes, I am going to go by the name Udo Schaaf, a Kriegsmarine replacement transfered into the 9th SS. My overall desire is to portray a late war, non-voluntary replacement in the SS that doesn't meet the standards of younger-early war volunteers.
ViiCii, Lookn good you Heer hun. Also I like how you are not wearing a lot of camo.
A couple things. Your web is on the wrong side. Also with the A Frame you can put the gasmask can inside it. See my above pictures of the Waffen SS unit, all their bread bags are on the right side and gas mask can on the left. Canteen goes off the right side D-ring. Mess tin off the left, on the breadbag.
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Post by CharleyNovember on Sept 9, 2007 15:51:51 GMT -5
Valtteri Looks great man I wouldn't worry about the facial hair. He looks like he has been in the field for a few days and has a worn look. Not like a full beard or anything. There are pics of Germans with Goatees(I've only seen one) and that guy seems far from that. If you aged the photo and made it black and white the plastic bags may blend in. Looks great at any rate man!
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You should do something to those Schürschuhe, no German would be seen in the field using brand new, untreated shoes. If nothing else, use brown shoe polish.
The tunic model doesn't really matter. If I remember correctly, the "M40" had the highest production numbers of all the German tunics and would possibly be quite widely seen even in 1944, although an "M36" would probably be more common in 1941.
But you do have a nice basic set, some wear and rough crawling in the mud and sand would make your impression even better. The helmet looks cool!
Last Edit: Sept 24, 2007 12:57:56 GMT -5 by ukkolzi
Yes, Im going to get some leather laces and put brown polish on my boots.
The tunic is an LB and the rear belt hooks are places rediculously high on the back so I left them out.
The camo pattern on my helmet is called "Marsh Pattern". It is one of the patterns my unit for reenacting actually used in Normandy; although I added a little more brown than usual to suit the terrain of southern california. Helmet done by our professional helmet "guy".
Post by binarypunisher on Oct 3, 2007 16:08:44 GMT -5
You have a nice looking early war impression there slick!
Something you can do right now to make the impression look better is to either take some spare wood (maybe from your mosin project hmm?) or wadded newspaper and stick them in your MP40 pouches to make them look filled out.
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