Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Back online with some Red Devils

Right, new laptop purchased, backup restored as best I can, point me at the web!  Probably a few posts to come as I catch up with myself, I'll also be catching up on my reading and commenting on the great work my fellow bloggers have been getting up to during my time in Limbo.

First up, some test models for British Paras.  This initial four are from the Italeri Anti Tank Teams set and are really nicely sculpted, if at the larger end of 1/72.  For the Brit paras, the Denison smock is the iconic bit of kit, so I wanted to make sure that I could paint it successfully before embarking on any more, hence starting with these four as a test.  If successful, I have another set of Italeri paratroopers waiting in the wings (I'd love to add the Esci 'Red Devils' set to this list, but they seem to be as rare as hen's teeth).
I've tried out two variations on the camo, which you can see above.  On the left I started with a GW Foundation Paint Gretchin Green basecoat for the smock, the right started out as yellow ochre.  From what I understand, the early denison smock was quite yellow, but became a more olive colour later.  From that point of view I think the left hand version is more appropriate for Normandy onwards, but I'd be interested to hear what others think.  I'm quite please with how the brown and green patterns have turned out, it helps that the smock pattern was originally just brush strokes of thin paint!

 A couple more, this time the PIAT operator is in the yellow ochre base version, with the 'late war' pattern on the chap with the rather nicely done 2" mortar.


  1. Bloomin lovely work on these mate. Really top notch!

  2. Beautiful work, I don't have the right colours for their smock, and have been mixing and testing all kinds of combinations for a couple months now. I'll try again tonight. Great to see you've got it!

    Keep it up!

  3. This is excellent, I too prefer the green base to the ochre. Please give us a small tutorial on the painting and a very detailed one on the wash and final finish. This in my opinion rounds the figures off just nicely.

  4. Some great work Alan. Very inspiring. I have this set but, yet somehow I haven't painted these figs yet. I'll have to reconsider....
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  5. Oooh they look lovely- great brushwork Alan.

  6. Wow! What a paint job. I second the tutorial plea.

  7. Thanks everyone! I plan on doing a tutorial as soon as I can get some more models prepped and undercoated.