Tuesday, 18 July 2017

British Tank Colours of the First World War

When we worked in Bullecourt a few weeks ago, one of the major discoveries was a six foot length of tank track from a Mark II training tank that was rushed out to attack the German positions with the Australian Brigade in early 1917. On that tank track was some of the original paint, which was photographed by our photographer Harvey Mills, who then matched the colour that the Mark IIs were painted into the Pantone Matching System equivalent. As far as I am aware there is not a single example of original paint on any of the surviving First World War tanks in museums across the world. All have been repainted over time, so this is the first time in 100 years that we can see the exact colour. What is intriguing is that the tank tracks were also painted in this colour, so now, you will be able to paint your First War tanks in the correct scheme!

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Chasseurs of the Middle Guard

With just over a week to go until our wedding day, this really, really, really, is my last bit of painting for a while! I had a few free hours last Sunday so I hammered out the Chasseurs of the Middle Guard.

This is an understrength unit and as the French are pretty quick to actually paint (it's a lot of blue and white and not much else at this scale...), I was able to complete the unit in under about three hours. Although, that doesn't include the basing and waiting for drying times.

As I mentioned, it's classed as Understrength, but they still have an Elan of 8 and it is the last powerful French unit for the 100 Days Campaign.

I really am happy with the look of the French columns. This brings my total of painted 6mm figures to 3,098. There's no wonder I need spectacles...

There are only two brigades of infantry (Young Guard) and three Cavalry brigades to complete for the Guard Corps, so these are nearly a halfway point for the full unit now. As I said though, I get married in just over a week, so this blog will probably go quiet until after then and after the honeymoon. Never say never though and I may find time to paint some more tiny men!

Thanks for reading!