Sunday, 5 December 2010

Not a Coventry Armoured Car

This is a Matchbox Humber II that I'm using as a proxy for the Coventry armoured cars, that the French  used in Indo China.  I've painted it as a vehicle of the 5eme Cuirassiers "Royal Pologne"; I struggled with the heraldry on the doors, but the number plates (second photo) are bang on!

It's very nice change to be learning how to paint vehicles, again.  I've bought an excellent book by Steven Zaloga, which is proving invaluable.  I don't need to paint to masterclass standards, just tabletop, but it is great to see how an expert does it!  He has a whole chapter on Olive Drab.  Last time I was painting tanks, everyone just used dark green!

In 1952 the Cuirassiers changed over to US M8 armoured cars, and I will certainly be painting some of those, in due course.


DeanM said...

Wow, Matchbox, huh. Very, very nice conversion. It looks perfect. Regards, Dean

BigRedBat said...

Thanks Dean. I should say this is an old Matchbox plastic kit not a diecast.

There was a 20 year gap between me assembling this model, and painting it!

Doc Smith said...

Nice job - great detail and good weathering effect. A very neat little model.


BigRedBat said...

Thanks Doc, once I've waded through the infantry I want to do some very muddy and overloaded armour. And a battery of 105's.

Apa said...

Wow ! I found your link on the french Jeu d’Histoire forum and I’m very happy to see it!

I also have an Indo project that you can see here: and I’ve made another link to your blog with a picture of your minis (if you’re okay, of course!)
I really like your minis and table and I think I should have done round bases for mine too!
I also wrote an article and several scenarios about the battle of the RC4 in the new issue of french wargame magazine Vae Victis. Unfortunately, it’s written in french.

What rule do you play?