Let's take a look at the 28th first as he would have appeared in the Meuse-Argonne. What really appeals to me about the AEF is the insignia that was painted on their helmets as 1918 and the eventual armistice moved forward.
The 28th is from my home state of Pennsylvania, and the keystone is a big part not only of our military history but of our regional iconography. First photo is a reference photo.
Collar insignia will be added, as well as hopefully replacing those cheap shiny buttons. I believe I used a Soldier Story helmet for this version and attached a BattleGear strap.
Profile to show strap and gasmask work.
Next up is my most recent project: The 59th Pioneer Infantry, Company I, Meuse-Argonne 1918. These Delaware boys were employed in a number of projects from concrete block to reservoir work and repair.
Attached to the 1st and then 2nd Army, they would have been in combat (and gassed/shelled at the very least) during the Meuse-Argonne campaign. Their distinct helmet insignia was changed for obvious reasons
in the 1930s. Let's start with a reference photo of the helmet insignia.
I apologize for the blurry pics. I will increase the quality with the final display.
These gasmasks aren't cheap loose! They're enough of a reason to slow down on W.W.1 for me.
Hope you guys enjoy. I'm excited to show you the finished project in the next month of so.