This is the first of many Support options for my Late War Australian Platoon in the Pacific theater.
The model is a 28mm, Warlord games resin model.
I used my previous posted tutorial for painting British vehicle as a guide to paint this model, using Vallejo Model colour 'Russian Uniform' for the overall colour of the vehicle.
|Matilda crossing a clearing in the jungle.|
VMC 'Russian Uniform' was used for the base colour of the vehicle.
I was not sure what colour to paint the tankers' beret, so I just made it black as the British tankers beret.
|The water line marker was painted using Vallejo Game Color 'Carme Marron Tan' with a touch of brown added to darken it slightly .|
|The light colour pipping from the engine bay to the exhaust was painted using VMC white grey and coated with a wash of Nulin oil.|
|VMC Flat Earth was used for the mud effect.|
|Spare tracks where painted with VMC Black Grey and washed with VMC Cavalry Brown.|
In order to field any version of the Matilda, (2 pounder,Close support or Flamethrower)
I deepen the hole in the gun turret using a hand drill. and milled metal rods using my hand motor in the desired shapes to simulate the different gun barrels.
|Thanks to John 'Truscott Trotter' for pointing out the colour of the beret was brown and TasminP for pointing out my mistake with the insignia number.|
|This is the brush I used to apply the highlighting coats on the panels of the tank after the initial base coat was applied, its just a cheap brush but does the job.|
Nicely done John. I was curious about the mat in the first photo. It does not look like the jungle terrain mat you did earlier in the year. Is it a shorn down teddy bear mat?ReplyDelete
Thanks John, The mat is actually a 12" x 12" clearing made from Teddy bear fur. I liked what you did with your jungle terrain, mounting them on square tiles, I did the same but on square pieces of fur. I like Len Tracey idea of portraying the jungle.Delete
Nicely done. I wish I had a mill (and the knowledge/skill to use one) - it would have saved me having to buy 3 Matildas to get one of each type.ReplyDelete
Just a quickie about the unit markings - 4 troop would be in A squadron which was a triangle rather than a square. I'm guessing from the yellow that you intend this for 2/4th Armoured Regiment - for the Bougainville campaign, perhaps?
Another rivet-counter* note - all the Frog variants were in the 2/1st Armoured Brigade Reconnaissance Squadron (inverted white triangle).
*kill me now - I've become one of those! ;)
Beautiful John. Glad to see you posting again, now I can stop making water towers 8>DDelete
Thanks Dick, Ha ha...yes, glad to hear that, you must be up to 50 my now. :-)Delete
Thanks TamsinP, You know your stuff, as you have worked out I was not too sure what signage to place on the vehicle, I just looked up a couple of photos on the web, liked the square shape and 4 seemed a easy number to paint. Thanks for pointing that out to me , cheers John , out of curiosity, if I left the square what number should be in the box?Delete
If you are leaving it as a yellow square, the troop numbers for B Sqn would be 6-10, plus the HQ which would be blank. For B Sqn, if you want to add names and hull numbers, 7 Troop had Beauvite II hull 72754 which should be easy to paint; 9 troop had Brassiere hull 19021.Delete
I actually made a boo-boo myself when painting my Frog and had to redo the unit markings on that (I'd originally done it as HQ Sqn of 1st Australian Tank Battalion, based on a misreading of a reference for the Borneo campaign).
Thanks for the advice TamsinP, will make the modification.Delete
Superb painting yet again John. What a lovely tank :o)ReplyDelete
Thank you MattDelete
Quite a beauty I‘d say!ReplyDelete
Thank you NickDelete
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