Hello again all,
Here is the start of my Pax Brittanica Space Expeditionary Force.
Italaeri 1/72 Merkava, Rebel Minis Merkas & Antenocities M577 HQ Troop and last but not least Armies Army commonwealth troops.
I'll be adding Mechs next .
I decided to try out a variation of one of the camos in my other post - Grey base/ Vallejo Stone / Gw Graveyard Earth / Gw Catachan green & black I used one of those new GW shades - Atonian camoshade I think it's called plus also the ever present WN peat brown.
All decals are home made on a clear sheet & printed on a Laser printer ,except for the aerial recognition red/white/red flag.The up pointing arrow is a variation of the present day side pointing one used today.
- For those that might be interested to do this camo - Grey spray undercoat
- Liquid mask was applied in squiggly shapes & Vallejo stone was airbrushed.
- Squigglies in green & brown & black were done
- Green wash & peat brown applied to all nooks & crannies only .
- Washed wheels & tracks with watered down bleached bone & then lightly drybrushed with black
- Decals applied., names hand drawn except for junior.
- Light drybrush with bleached bone.
- Chips & scuff marks done with sponge + 00 brush & touched with Stone + white.
- Applied Matt spray varnish ...
One of the dilemmas I have is whether to apply brightly coloured
insignia to camouflaged vehicles.In my opinion it beats the purpose .I
remember reading once that when the Germans invaded Poland at the start
of the war ,they used all white crosses as identification on their
tanks.Polish anti tank gunners used them to aim at with good effect.This
forced the Germans to put a smaller black cross inside the white one to make it less visible,i.e.The Balkenkrueze we are so familiar with. On the other hand, with the
amount of electronics etc the future will have , what's the use of camo
if not for eye candy !!!!
And as usual may you be inspired.
Pax Brittanica Universalis et Vivat regina
|Slightly converted plastic kit - Antenocities mg's, smoke launcher, rear pointing point defense .Milliput crewman on hightened hatch ring|
|"Junior" aptly named super heavy tank, decal from a Heller kit|
|Pc connector aerials, cloth rolls, thread rope & wire tow rope|
|Smoke launcher made from plastic inner insulation of a coaxial aerial cable cut at an angle|
|RM Merkas, I read somewhere that JBR's going to redesign this|
|I drilled the command vehicle hatch with an 8 or 10mm twist drill to insert an AA's HQ officer.Perfect fit, I added the mustache to get that British officer look and he really looks the part.|
|"Jane & Roger"|
Tea's that way
|Changed the cannon to a nicer Old Crow's one.|
|One of the nicest wheel threads around|
|First batch of Brit Grunts.Great minis to paint I added paper barrel to LMG .The HMG is one of the best looking SAW's around.Nice poses also.|
|Paints are exactly the same I used for the vehicles|
|Red shoulder bits added on officer same as crewman.|
|Size comparison.This 1/72nd Merkava fits in perfectly.|
All of them!
I really need to do some Brit armor...
I've a light recon ready for print, however need some heavies !
That looks great.ReplyDelete
The merkava really is a cool tankReplyDelete
Indeed it is Keith.Delete
The one I used is the Mk1 . What I like about it is the ability to carry a squad of grunts for support.
Oh & thanks all for the comments.ReplyDelete
Very nice indeed! I thimk I found the heavy tank I need for my GZG NI force.ReplyDelete
Glad you like them & that they inspired you. Try to find a bargain one on ebay, that's where I got mine.
No kidding! The price of kits has skyrocketed to the resin and metal kits.ReplyDelete
absolutely fantastic ... inspiring work - thanks you for sharing !!ReplyDelete
With comments like yours I would share even more :):):). Glad you liked it enough to find it inspiring.