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American heavy metal

25 Jul
American heavy metal

Apologies for the silence in recent weeks. I have been working on a bit project recently and it is current not at a stage where it is worth sharing. Anyway it recently dawned on me, that there is something I had forgotten while catching up.

But let me tell you the story behind it first. I started wargaming WWII around 15+ years ago. While I basically made my best efforts to get everything right, a lot of it was a case of “close is good enough”. And with many things, it actually was. My first two nations were Germans and Americans. With the infantry for either side things went pretty well. Same for most of the German vehicles. Now the American vehicles were a completely different story.

I ended up with a black green colour and to be fair… it was not even close to the darker colours some vehicles were painted in stateside before the US entered the war. Over the years this annoyed me ever more. Even to the point, where I hard not plan any games using Americans for our monthly Battlegroup games. Which was a shame, since it essentially was an army that could be fieled to regulation. When I to have a game of Operation Cobra for Crisis last year it was clear that this had to change. So in addition to painting a few new vehicles (two 76mm Sherman’s and Motor gun carriage) all of the old stuff that I had painted in the wrong colour were repainted. I did not want to go through all the hassle to repaint the stowage and markings, so I carefully airbrushes to the very edge of them, only touching things up afterwards. This actually worked quite well, except for the ID stars which all had to be repainted by hand. But enough about that… here are the (mostly) tanks:

I am really happy with these now and they will see action far more often now.

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8 responses to “American heavy metal

  1. redcaer1690

    July 25, 2019 at 18:42

    Spot on- those models are fantastic !

     
    • Burkhard

      July 27, 2019 at 15:00

      Thank you. Now that they look this way, I actually like to play games with Americans again.

       
      • redcaer1690

        July 28, 2019 at 08:33

        I’m afraid if I could buy 1/48th ready painted armour I would

         
        • Burkhard

          July 28, 2019 at 10:51

          Some of the Corgi Shermans (actually a lot of these are even Corgi) are quite good and they are 1:50th scale. But as always with Corgi, you need those where the dirt was not applied with the widest possible brush.

           
          • redcaer1690

            July 28, 2019 at 14:04

            Got one of those bad boys and a half track. It’s in 1/72 that I can’t believe the choice ( and cheap too)

             
  2. Jim Duncan

    July 25, 2019 at 19:33

    They look pretty good to me.

    Jim

    Sent from Mail for Windows 10

     
  3. Azazel

    July 26, 2019 at 22:12

    That’s some collection of American armour! Very impressive, and the weathering and dust added give them a really authentic look.

     

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