Sunday, 12 September 2010

My first tank in 20 years


Last night I test painted a 15mm tank for the first time. It is the first tank I've painted in 20 years and the first 15mm tank I've painted, ever. I'm happy with the result.

The model is a FoW Crusader Mk 1. It has been painted as A squadron 2nd RG Hussars of 22nd Armoured Brigade, November 1941. It was painted in Humbrol enamel (mainly '63 sand' lightened with 'white 34') and Liquitex burnt umber acrylic ink (in two dilutions - 50% and neat).




The whole job took about an hour of painting time, but I think I can halve this by painting in batches (probably 10 vehicles at a time). This 'non-project' (see previous post) is gonna be a doddle!

11 comments:

Conrad Hawkwood said...

and a bloody nice job you have done..one down and a lot to go..

Chris said...

Very nice. Are you intending to use FoB: WW2 for this non-project? If so, how do intend to base the vehicles?

JAMES ROACH said...

Hi Chris,

FoB WW2 will be one rule set. However, my elements will be bigger than standard FoB.

I intend to base vehicles on 60mm wide bases. They will be 75mm deep.

Infantry will be on 60mm x 40mm with 5 men per stand.

Guns on 60mm x 60mm unless size dictates more depth.

MC will be on vehicle stands, 2 - 3 per.

Tank Btn command and Infantry brig command on 75mm circular stands.

Infantry Btn command on 60mm circular stands.

Tank Brig and Div command on 100mm circular stands.

JAMES ROACH said...

Hi Chris,

FoB WW2 will be one rule set. However, my elements will be bigger than standard FoB.

I intend to base vehicles on 60mm wide bases. They will be 75mm deep.

Infantry will be on 60mm x 40mm with 5 men per stand.

Guns on 60mm x 60mm unless size dictates more depth.

MC will be on vehicle stands, 2 - 3 per.

Tank Btn command and Infantry brig command on 75mm circular stands.

Infantry Btn command on 60mm circular stands.

Tank Brig and Div command on 100mm circular stands.

Chris said...

James,

Thanks for taking the time to respond. That's almost identical to the planned basing for my 15mm FoB WW2. Good luck!

michael said...

You have been taken by the dark side. Once my hero with a huge on-target Punic Wars project, you have fallen. The proud Jedi gamer; you are now Darth Chris-Vader.

Mike B

michael said...

James-Vader ... ooops; See what you have done. The power of the Dark Side is strong.

Mike B

michael said...

ooops ... James-Vader. See what the power of the Dark Side has done!

Mike B

JAMES ROACH said...

Hi Michael,

don't worry - the Punic Project lives and is my main priority. This is merely a diversionary filler to ease the monotony - like my naval stuff did, 'models' not 'men'.

Vinnie said...

Fantastic work for your first tank in Twenty years...wish I could say the same about myself.

JAMES ROACH said...

Hi Vinnie,

Thank you for your kind words.

Some think I add more detail than would be realistic. This is true. But I paint for the 'wargamer's horizon'. The 'added detail' stands out at a distance - I'm glad you approve.