Friday 30 October 2009

Wasps & SCC15

British tanks and most other vehicles in 1944 were painted in an overall scheme of a colour designated SCC15. Most people have difficulty finding the “right” colour for, say, the ubiquitous German Dunkelgelb or US Olive Drab. Not me. SCC15 is my nemesis.

Battlefront, fount of wisdom they are, have long recommended straight 924 Russian Uniform as the correct colour. I always though it too light and mixed dozens of shade searching for something that looked better.

In a discussion of the Flames of War forum Mike Starmer, something of an expert on British paint colours and camouflage schemes of the Second World War, recommended a 50/50 mix of VMC 888 Olive Grey and 924 Russian Uniform. This produces quite an attractive darker green.

For 15mm  I used the mix 50/50 Olive Grey/Russian Uniform. This was applied over a shadow of Olive Grey and black and block-painted Olive Grey. Straight Russian Uniform was used for the highlights, mostly confined to raised details and prominent edges (However, I now much prefer the Vallejo Panzer Aces colour "327 Italian Tankcrew", avoiding the dull Russian Uniform altogether). The Wasps below were the “test piece”.

I'm pretty satisfied with the results and have commenced painting my Cromwell Armoured Squadron using the same colours. They received 50th Div decals (from Doms) because I had no others at the time, even though don't recall 50th Div using Wasps.


Wednesday 28 October 2009

Caucasian Flesh Recipes

Blackfly on the Steve Dean Forum had been working on these for a while, collecting "recipes" from contributors on the forum. The finished results can be found here:

Caucasian Flesh Recipes

I've been using #4 for a while, but I suppose I'l have to try out some of the others as well, #7 for instance. I should post some larger 28mm stuff......of course I'd actually have to finish some 28mm stuff too....


Monday 26 October 2009

Panzer Lehr Half-tracks

Panzer Lehr Sd Kfz 251/1 Half-tracks

Half-tracks are one-piece resin castings by Kerr and King, crew by Battlefront. First five of ten, the first platoon and the 2iC.

The camo scheme might raise a few eyebrows, but I do like it: simple, and suits my painting style, plus I'm aiming for aesthetically pleasing, not historical accuracy here. Based on a camo scheme of a Grossdeutchland Panther: brown might have been better than the pseudo Olive Drab, but honestly I don't care....bloody German vehicles....

(click full-sized versions)

The actual Panthers are a WiP right now.


Thursday 22 October 2009

Lehr Nebelwerfers

...for my Panzer Lehr Armoured Panzergrenadier force. Click for the full-sized versions.

Lots more to post, just no time right now.

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