Monday, 14 December 2009

Battle! On.

Having completed almost half of the Vulgarian Infantry and all but one of the original batch of Vulgarian AFV's, I have started to work on the paint schemes for the Moldovian forces now.

The Russian Green/Catachan Green idea did turn out to be a bit bland, especially on the cute litle Pegasus tanks. I finished the base coats on a Panther and Jaguar, but to be honest I wanted something with a bit more pizazz to it. I had no desire to copy the historical German three-colour scheme, so I cast my mind back further and decided to try something along the lines of an old WW1 tank "splinter camouflage" scheme that I recall seeing a while back, with three colours and thick black outlines around the colour demarcation points. I used GW paints for the scheme; Chaos Black, Catachan Green, Vermin Brown and Bubonic Brown (very close to dark yellow).

I gave it a go on the Pegasus Jaguar and although it is not yet finished, I like the effect. It sort of gives the impression of a "not quite up-to-date" army, and has also opened my mind to the possibility of using the HaT 1/72 WW2 Polish Infantry as the troops for this nation, rather than the Italeri US Infantry I had previously envisaged.

In the background can be seen the first Vulgarian Opel Truck getting its base coat. This is the old Airfx kit. It's handy for the project as it comes with a 75mm AT Gun and crew, but it has drawbacks as a wargames model.

It is, to be honest, a little too fragile for the wargames table. I deliberately left out lots of the smaller parts, such as the cab interior, drive shafts, front mudguard width indicators and driver's door mirrors, in an attempt to make it less vulnerable. But even so, the thinness of some parts has already caused breakages at the painting stage.

Now I am by no means ham-fisted, but I managed to weaken and then break off both front wheels simply by holding the model very gently by them, while applying a base coat. The spindles on the axle are so thin (less than 0.5mm thick) that they barely offer enough strength to hold the weight of the model itself. In the end I cut the axles down, and will have to superglue the wheels directly to the springs in order to get a strong enough joint. This will work; it's not perfect but I'm not worried. I have another one to make up, but I think for the rest of the wheeled transport I shall use the Pegasus quick-build Opel Trucks as far as the Vulgarians are concerned.


Maverick Collecting said...

Totally agree re. Airfix Opel. My axles are in fact-well hidden blobs of Araldite!

Can I suggest Fantasia for the 'other' side, back in history we were always 3rd Fantasian Motor Rifles when playing OpFor!

Poacher said...

Vulgarians vs Fantasians?

hmmmm.. It has a certain ring....

Stokes Schwartz said...

Hi Christine,

Your camouflage pattern on the tank looks great!

Best Regards,


Peter said...

hello again,

I like the camouflage scheme. Makes me think of early WW2 French tanks.
Also I have this link which might be of interest to you:

These are the ACW rules I was talking about.I bought the book via E-bay for just over 5 pound.
The link seems long, but it does work when you copy it into your browser.

Vulgarians? Fantasians? Sounds like my kind of war.


KatieL said...

Have you considered going with resin vehicles for the trucks? They tend to be a little more robust.

Frontline (for example) do an Opel in 20mm for 4 pounds, and it would reduce assembly time as well. I've bought 28mm products from them in the past and they've been good quality and nice to deal with.

They also have a rather nice "half-track lorry" from Belgium which might fit well with your "not quite modern" conceptualisation of the Vulgarians.

Poacher said...

Yes, I am certainly looking at going with resin for some of the trucks, and those quirky little half-track trucks look like fun.!! :-)

I've had a few bits from Frontline over the years, and think that one of the SdKFz 251 halftracks currently being painted in Vulgarian colours, is a Frontline model.