This is the progress so far. For all intents and purposes the head, inc kepi, or is it a forage cap? is finished. The jacket.... finished, until I see something I want to change anything else is very much work in progress.
My understanding, Roger, is that what he is wearing is a kepi. The "forage cap" is similarly shaped, but taller and floppier. Supposedly,the forage cap served as a bucket when foraging, with the band serving as the bail. It could carry a lot of eggs or potatoes and such.
I was thinking along those lines ole. The kepi being more of a "dress" cap and the forage cap worn in "undress" or for "fatigues".
Like all things in wartime I imagine availability and comfort decided what was worn and when.
Ed, no the the reddy brown colour on the bino case is paint.
The figure comes in a creamy coloured resin. You can see it on the gauntlet on the left hand where I scraped off some paint to remove a mould line. I should have removed that first before priming but somehow missed it. After the figure is cleaned up it's sprayed with automtive primer and then I start slapping the paint on.