Sunday, 24 April 2016

British Empire Platoon & Support.

Finished these guys off yesterday evening, a little later than projected but rather appropriate for St. Georges day given that they will be fighting the Vichy French in the land of his birth.

This will form the basic force for use with Too Fat Lardies Chain of Command rules which use the platoon as the basic unit with a number of additional supports depending on the type of scenario to be played.
I still have a few more add ons to complete including a portee'd 37mm Bofors anti tank gun & some Yeomanry:

Should have a game sorted soon, report to follow.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

More Carrier Madness.

Just a quick update on the Syria project, this week a caunter-less bren gun carrier:

I didn't want my carriers to look too uniform hence the decision to go with a simple desert yellow scheme, I did experiment with weathering powders though. Not sure if it comes out on the photos too well but in the flesh they do add a bit of depth.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Bren Gun Carriers in Caunter. A short tutorial.

I don't know where the time goes these days, it may be an age thing but more likely my customers start coming out of hibernation after the clocks go forward. This is one of the bonuses of working outdoors, you do get to appreciate the diversity of the British seasons.
Regardless, I have been busy progressing the WW2 Syria project in my rare moments of leisure& thought I might share my method of reproducing the sometimes controversial Caunter camouflage pattern. I don't pretend that this is by any means a definitive guide, but the colours do scale quite well to  the 1/56th that Perry miniatures produce their vehicles in:
The basic raw materials, MIG filters 400 & 405, Vallejo Panzer Aces Dark Rubber & Tracks Primer, Model Colour  Desert Yellow, Iraqi Sand & Medium Sea Grey.

Base coat of Desert Yellow (hull) & tracks primer over Halford's red oxide primer.

Running gear blocked in with Iraqi Sand.

Dark rubber applied, don't worry about getting the lines to straight, this camo was applied in the field with brushes  without the benefit of masking tape.

Now the Sea Grey has been applied, after allowing the whole to dry for 24 hours the first layers of filters have been applied, you can see it collecting in the cracks & crevasses of the vehicle doing a nice job of simulating dust.

The finished articles with crew & stowage, Perry's supply ample quantities of the latter.
Work is also progressing on the infantry platoon featured previously, only a few figures to go now; next up will be a Bofors 37mm AT gun porteed on a Morris truck & some members of the Cheshire Yeomanry. Interestingly the Cheshire Yeomanry were the last unit of the British Army to mount a cavalry action, routing a Vichy French infantry unit out of a village in Syria; it isn't counted as a charge because apparently they didn't raise their swords!