The Fighting Irish – Shermans

Hello All

I have had a busy weekend painting and have finished off the Shermans for my Irish Guards I previewed in my last post. I have had the models for a fair few months and bar a Typhoon they were the last models I needed to paint for my Irish Guards army.

Sorry if the pictures are great I had a few problems with my camera set up tonight…

I was trying to do this army to be a accurate as possible (thanks to the FOW article on the Irish Guards
this was quite easy). As a whole this wasn’t hard to do, that was until
I did the Squadron makings on the side of the tanks. From what I have
read the Guards had the middle blacked out but the only decals I could
find had clear centres. So not wanting to fail at the first hurdle I
decided to paint the area behind were the decal was to be applied. This
worked quite well and I only had to touch up a couple of the black
areas. I then decided to double the pain and add a really small number
decal over the top of the squadron decal. But I think the end result was
worth it.

A quick word on the decals, they are all from Dom’s Decals.
He has a great range of WW2 unit marking and you get lots for your
money. The only problem with them (and it’s not really a problem) is
that all the decals come as one big decal so you need to cut them quite
close to reduce silvering.

The army as a whole. In the end I don’t think the individual Shermans are the best models I have every painted but I think the army as a whole looks good.

I have just a few last touches to put onto my Cromwells as I hope to have them up in a few days, so keep an eye out for them.

As always thanks for looking Ben.

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8 comments

  1. Thanks Guys.

    @ Khairul – the weathering is a dry brush of Flat Brush, then a light dry brush of Green Brown followed by a really really light dry brush of Buff (all Vallejo Paints). I then water down some Flat Earth into a wash and with that cover any areas I'm not happy with or were there would be alot of mud.

    Ben

  2. Thanks Scott and Kiwi.

    The decals weren't that much of a pain to put on, the problem was finding the numbers if they cam off the backing in the water! Note to self don't use white decals in a while bowl! It did help that I had used Airfix kits when I was a kid so I have a fair bit of experience with them.

  3. Late comment is late.

    I've just started my Irish Guards, and your Blog has been a great inspiration. I just have one question, which decal sheet did you use from Dom's for the troop numbers inside the squadron markings?

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