I went back through my pictures and found one where I had prepared a whole bunch of models for this company to be painted. I airbrushed them all together. The photo date is February 27th of this year. Eight months later I have finally finished painting the command Shermans. Very sad. I airbrushed the base coats in February. In April I added decals and did the line highlights and main washes. In November I finally painted the commanders themselves and weathered the poor tanks. It may have been for the best though, as I have learned a lot about painting 15mm humans and I think the tank commanders look much better on these two models than my older platoon commanders. Embarrassingly though, I probably played 15 or so games with my company commanders unpainted. I have no shame.
|February. Airbrushed shortly after. I still have not finished all of these. Still have 1 Stuart commander, 3 universal carriers, and 4 shermans to complete.|
I painted these models in a pretty similar fashion to most of my other recent models. I used oil paints to add streaks to the hull and turret. AK Interactive mud enamel wash to make the tracks dusty. Did the chipping with a sponge and brush. There is a little bit of panel highlighting, but it is not as pronounced as on my more recent German models. I am most pleased with the dirty streaks as I think they look more realistic and interesting than the streaks I used to do with acrylic paint.
Battlefront vs. Plastic Soldier Company models in an interesting dilemma for me. I really find the PSC models to be much more precise. The detail on the Battlefront resin models are always a little fuzzy due to bubbles and imperfections and the panels are not smooth. The biggest frustration has to be the huge amount of flash in the tracks of the Battlefront model. They are totally filled in with excess metal.
|Both tank commanders have eyes and badges on the sleeves.|
Battlefront has recently announced a move to more plastic tanks for their high volume models. I am looking forward to seeing how they are considering the cost, weight, and quality concerns with many of their resin models. I want to purchase Battlefront models as they do a good job (in my opinion) of producing enjoyable rules, supplements, tournaments, and forum discussions. I would like to have primarily Battlefront models so my armies are good for Battlefront tournaments (even though 100% BF is not needed). I want to support my local stores (not local anymore) that carry Battlefront products as only 1 store in my province carries Plastic Soldier Company models (and I do not ever play there and they rarely have much PSC stock). So I am hoping that the new Battlefront plastics are precise, wonderful models that assemble nicely.
|Easy assemble resin model? I had to file the tracks and clean up a ton of flash and the track detail is still quite poor and has flash between all of the road wheels.|
Up next I have the last two stands of American paratroopers. They are all painted and based. I just need to wait for the white glue to dry so I can get some pictures of them. Then I am hoping to get some nice pictures of the full company as it currently stands.
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Some more 11th Armoured Division posts that may be of interest:
Platoon of shermans