Vincent Willem van Gogh
“If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”
Richard Hardy often comments that ‘I am mad’ as I have a habit of listing old armies on eBay and promptly buying that nation and period again. No, I am not mad I tell him, I am just a better painter now and I enjoy painting! Late War US was one of my first armies when I bought in just after the Battle of the Bulge for Version 3 was released. Since then I’ve learned new techniques and got a nice airbrush. Therefore in honour of Late War being released next year I thought I’d dust off some unopened boxed sets and get to work on a new army.
As with all projects I needed a plan. First off, I wanted to ensure everything I wanted for my armoured force was done at the same time. This would ensure that the paints are the same and the whole army ties together. Therefore I assembled everything first so that I could airbrush the base coats together. I also wanted to add some uniqueness to the army so purchased some stowage and spread that which comes on the sprues around the various units.
For me one of the most important things is getting a good base coat down and for this I used the MiG US Armour Modulation set. The rest of the paint is Vallejo. Please note some of the pictures of the various modulation have not come out that well due to light but I think but later on you can see the final effect okay. In retrospect I was too heavy with the final 2 highlight sprays but i’m happy with the final look.
I hope this was useful. The painting plan can work just as well for MW US Armour as well, just apply a heavy drybrush due to the sand and dust.