The German Panzer Museum in Munster has a staggering array of WW2 vehicles and visiting places like this helps to get a wider visual impression of the models we paint as well as offering inspiration to paint more realistic camouflage patterns. A quick scan of say painted 15mm WW2 German tanks on eBay shows a wide impression of what many believe camo on late war tanks looked like, but actual examples in museums can be very different to these models.
This Jagdpanzer IV is a good example showing a common pattern of camouflage used. This was applied often by a tired tank crew and done with large, often dirty and grubby brushes, so there is room for interpretation: nothing was done to a template. The aim was to break up the uniform appearance of the tank and made it blend more with its surroundings, which is always worth bearing in mind when painting the models.
The rear of the tank was often just in dunkelgelb as seen below.
As part of my work life I get to visit a lot of Second World War museums, and always use these visits as a chance to build up an image archive showing uniforms, equipment and camouflage patterns, all very useful when painting figures. It struck me that a potentially useful part of this blog could be some photos from these trips showing the sort of things that could be useful to wargamers. So starting this weekend, I will begin some posts that should be useful to not only those who paint 15mm figures and tanks like me, but the larger scales too.
As a long term fan of Battlefront Miniatures’ Flames of War franchise – largely because it’s ‘easy’ to buy into for a lazy, real-life occupied old gamer like me – I was interested at Salute 2015 to pick up the new Colours Of War painting guide, one of the new sprays and a pack of the new paints.
It was announced over the winter that Battlefront were bringing in a new paint range and this was the first phase of it. I have yet to test the actual paints and when I do a review will follow here, but the book is in some respects a work of art in its own right. It follows the usual high production values of Battlefront and tackles some basic aspects of wargaming and painting miniatures and then goes into a country by country guide offering types on painting uniforms as well as tank camouflage. For an average miniature painter like me it is not too intimidating in the way some similar Games Workshop products are, and there are some really useful tips which I will be trying out.
The book cost me £15 at Salute and I have no idea of what it will retail at, but there is a page for it on the FoW website.
Inspired by the recent articles in Henry Hyde’s excellent Miniature Wargames magazine I decided to follow his advice and become a wargamer who embraced Twitter and the Blogosphere.
While the Blog is really just for me in the first instance, it is here to give some structure to my often sporadic interest in wargaming and let me put down a few ideas as I make models, paint figures and build some tabletops to recreate the battlefields of the Second World War.
I largely play Flames of War (but with no points system) and build 15mm scale WW2 models, but am looking to expand a bit this summer into 28mm.
See you on the tabletop and enjoy the Blog.