If the name Ashley Wood is not one that you recognise, then shame on you! The Australian artist has carved out his niche as one of the world's most sought-after creatives in the field of comic and concept art. He is perhaps most famous for his depictions of clunky-but-believable robots and their scantily-clad female companions in his trademark loose, impressionistic, impasto style.
Mr Wood teamed up with a Hong Kong production house in 2008 to launch threeA - a brand of luxury action figures. These creations are at the cutting edge of the trend of high-end toys for adult collectors. Many are very "Weird War II" in feel and have a wonderfully ragged look. My favourite is the threeA Barguest de Plume. And because I'm me I decided to put together an outfit based on the figure.
I bagged a French WWII gas mask, pouches and fatigues from a military fair and combined these with a tube and a sallet-style helmet I just happened to have hanging around (if you ever get to visit my abode you'll see how plausible this is). I also brought my newly repainted Mauser pistol with me. I joined forces with my esteemed photographer-friend Tom Medwell and took a trip to Epping Forest to brave the midges (and scare the locals) for a shoot one afternoon.
You can see the results below. Tom got some wonderful images and I love the slight vignetting and the desaturated tone. Thanks Tom!