Like the Sherman company commander and 2iC I recently painted, I started painting this platoon several months ago. At that time I airbrushed the green on 7 shermans, a platoon of Stuarts, and this Universal Carrier platoon. The idea was that they would then look the same when finished. Airbrushed layers are not fully opaque and I had used a white base coat to lighten up the overall look. Since April I have changed my painting quite a lot and wanted to add a few more highlights with the airbrush. Unfortunately I ended up with a model that look a lot different as the highlights desaturated the green colour. You can see the unsuccessful attempt below.
|The line highlights are too light.|
|A different colour than the Sherman. I tried using a lot of filters to correct the colour.|
This platoon was quite time consuming to paint. I painted all of the crew separately and so I essentially painted 10 infantry figures in addition to painting the carriers twice. I wanted to spend a lot of time on them as I thought the crew could really make them stand out. I added a model from a Lorried Rifle platoon and a tank commander from a Sherman blister to mix up the crew a bit.
I got some help from people on the Flames of War forum (leadgend, lap1964, 1stBn, Nigel Maddaford) to get the decals correct. The Universal Carriers were in the 8th Motor Battalion or in the Infantry Brigade and not actually a part of the 2nd Fife and Forfar Yeomanry. For this reason the models have the 61 on green arms of service decal showing they are from the 4th Battalion King's Shropshire Light Infantry (still a part of the 11th Armoured Division). The decals themselves are from Dom's Decals.
|I believe this image is from The WW2 Tommy by Martin Brawley, an excellent reference.|
I recently had the chance to use this platoon in a game. I've found some people who play a short ways away and so had my first game since moving. The carriers weren't too useful as I was playing an armoured Panzer company. They did have the chance to shoot the PIAT at an 8-rad on the objective at the end of the game. They should be useful as a cheap platoon for recce (as my Stuarts seem to get involved in a lot of fighting each game and not enough lifting Gone to Ground).
|Recce during Operation Market Garden.|
|Building in the background that will be the subject of another blog post in a few weeks.|
That's all for this post. Any comments and constructive criticism are greatly appreciated. Thanks for visiting!
Some more 11th Armoured Division posts that may be of interest:
Platoon of shermans