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Bob’s Black Bulls 11th Armoured Division.

Bob’s Black Bulls 11th Armoured Division.

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About the Project

I actually started this project numerous years ago, it got added too at the D-Day Bootcamp, and now with Bulge BriI can try and Finish it

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Been a bit since I updated, though been beavering away on this. I Actually have virtually all the armour painted, and I am currently working on Anti-tank units, but putting the Decals on is a slow process, as I have to do them in stages ,as my ability to put my finger or thumb on a newly applied decal is legendary.

Anyway I have made one Milestone, I have Completed my 1st Squadron of Shermans, only took me about 5 years.

So here is B Squadron 2nd Fife & Forfar Yeomanry.  When I began this project  the initial models came out quite dark , the Blue Squadron marking of the Regiment didn’t pop so I used Yellow, which should be for 3rd Tank Regiment.

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Here are the newer lighter models from recent paint.

2 Milestones Completed!
2 Milestones Completed!

And here are the earlier versions,  some of my 1st attempts at using undiluted washs

2 Milestones Completed!
And here they are all again.And here they are all again.

I also have finished not only the two Churchill Crocodiles,  I started post the D Day bootcamp but also the 3 from the Desert Box.

2 Milestones Completed!
2 Milestones Completed!

The Basics part deux

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It was after I had nearly finished a troop of Shermans and Churchills I thought there isn’t enough contrast in the base armour colour shading, so decided a light dry brush Dusting was required so I tried GW Layer Ogryn Camo.

The Basics part deux
The Basics part deux

Then it was the tedious task of painting Tracks and mg barrels tec  Metallics, and for no other reason than I actually had a bottle used Vallejo Army Painter Gun Metal. I  then started a bit if weathering the model by dry brushing with the same to pick out were paint may have worn off.

The Basics part deux

The basics painting

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My last spurt on the 11th was during the follow up to the D-day bootcamp, although new tanks were added I did finish the Infantry and some Kangaroo’s from various sources on ebay. AS previously said painting a company of British Infantry. an additional Company of Germans, the 2nd platoon of U.S. paras plus a U.S. mechanized platoon had killed my enthusiasm at the time.

The Bulge starter pushed me to try and finish some long forgotten models, I had completed in the day before BOW’s , basically when the original Tanks game came out, 3 troops of Sharman’s for the 11ths, so to begin with I dusted out the built and not painted and un built and painted up the rest of the troop . Problem was without our glorious project system I had only a vague idea how I had done them plus some of the ranges of paints particularly wash’s have changed since then, I know it involved wash’s/inks and dry brushing and…..

The final result didn;t come out bad but wanted a lot simpler method , that was similar to the method I used for the Americans I did, but would not make them identical to Americans.

 

The basics painting
  1. Now depending on sources above is probably accurate, but always looks a bit dark plus you get the grainy effect of dry brushing. To be honest if the new ones are a ligher shade of Olive green or the British Equivent it is liveable as the shade probably changed depending on batch of paint , its age time is sun etc, plus touch ups etc. Kevin probably summed it up that only a Wargamer’s army would have everything the same shade.

So this time I bagan with a spray can or Army Painters , Army Green . mainly as it was darker and a bit whiter green than GW’s Catachan Green .

Now to add insult to injury , GW have just changed the formula of the old Standard Nuln Oil, so was a bit wary, think originally put it on neat hence the dark nature, plus I heard reports that it was more patchy now than originally.

I intially tried mixing it with medium , but that seemd to grey it a bit, so went back to diluting it with water.

This seemed to work, and then I dry brushed for highlights off GW Steel Legion Drab.

Here are some Challengers at the above stage.

 

The basics painting
The paints used.The paints used.

Starting on my Backlog and Finishing a Sherman Squadron.

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Digging through my backlog of shame, I kept finding Shermans, mostly V’s but a splattering of M1A1’s (apologies previous conversion was on a M4A1).

So thought need to match the previous 2x troops colour. Now these were done when ‘Tanks were released and beefed up with some PSC’ models andthe original on the Beach which had British Shermans and Stugs rather than M4A1’s and Panzer IV’s. . It was the reason I actually had painted Infantry at the D Day bootcamp ( I didn’t believe I could get them finished in time so didn’t bother, hats of to Laughing Boy and those that did)

I think I had a Regiment in mind when I did the original two troops but will have to backtrack to figure which.

11th Armoured Division was equipped primarily with Shermans, apart from Recon Regiment which had Cronwells, the Shermans being replaced with Comets gradually by end of the war. So in some ways they are still the meat of this project.

It was before the project system and before contrasts so I have to remember how I did them. They were much darker than my Later Americans, with multiple dry brushing and washs.

I’m pretty sure they started off with Army Painter Army Green base colour and luckily I had a can already so:

Starting on my Backlog and Finishing a Sherman Squadron.

6th Guards Tank Brigade

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6th Guards Tank Brigade

For the History Grognards reading this , the Churchills Shown above are not part of the 11th Armoured Division as Infantry tanks were put in the independant Tank Brigades or part of Infantry Divisions. So these will be painted up as ^th Guards Tank Brigade.

From wikipedia

The 6th Guards were originally equipped with the A13 Mk III Covenanter; but in early 1943 the Brigade was reequipped with the Churchill tank. The early Churchill tanks were deemed a dismal failure due to its rapid development and being hurried into production. It was so dreadful that it got mentioned several times in heated debates in the House of Commons. For example, early models would flood in heavy rain as it had no drainage channels. However, modifications were ongoing, and by the time the Brigade went into action over 71 alterations had been made. These along with its heavy armour made the tank an extremely good infantry tank.

Heavy losses suffered by the 6th Guards in Italy between June 1943 and January 1944 nearly caused the 6th Guards to be disbanded. Due to indecision regarding the Brigade’s fate, the entire Brigade had its Churchill VIs replaced by Churchill III and IVs.

Prior to the Normandy landings, all of the 6 pdr guns were replaced with 75mm guns at the Brigade’s workshops; oddly this prevented the Brigade’s deployment in Normandy. Montgomery had a preference for 6 pdr armed tanks. Finally the Brigade’s commanding officer, Brigadier Verney, complained to King George, who in turn took the complaint to Prime Minister Churchill. Montgomery was persuaded to deploy the 6th Guards. This was further aided by the fact that a third of the tanks had been converted back to 6 pdrs, to meet Montgomery’s requirements.  Finally on the 20 July 1944, the 6th Guards were landed at Gold and Juno beaches.

One of the things I didnt notice till beginning to build the 3 Churchills from the Desert war box , is they were different sprues, you didnt get the ones with the 75 mm and the Crocodile trailer but these had the 2pdr turret and 6pdrs of the earlier part of war. Plus for the real Grognards the side escape hatches are round on the MkVII Churchill as they were square on the earlier models (they were changed as it was found the blast and hit damage could deform swaure hatches making them hard  or impossible to open).

So I made on with a 6pdr (it fits orbit in the Bulge British FOW book) one with 95mm Howitzer and on with 75mm , both of which were supplied by extra bits in a FOW Cromwell box I brought some years back.

6th Guards Tank Brigade

And So it continues

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By the time  Battlefront brought out the D-Day British, I had moved on to other projects. I had  completed a fair amount of 15mm WW2, from previous spurts of Enthusiasm. The  original plan had been to use       ‘ I Ain’t Been Shot Mum,’  by the Two Fat Lardies, which we have done, but found it a bit slow in Big games, so plan to replay it with Base Flames of War mechanics but modified Bolt Action Initiative.

One of the 1st thing I have done is sort out the models I had built and not finished,  plus all the unbuilt models.

Anybody who remembers the Bootcamp will remember I brought the Fortress Europe British Starter set, Strangely the only thing I built and Finished was the Bren Carriers and the Infantry. I had built the Churchill’s but it had stalled as I had concentrated on my U.S. and German forces , see my Road to Falaise project.

So whilst waiting for my British Bulge starter to arrive from OTT store  I built all the Shermans/Firefly’s and the Achilles M10’s.

 

And So it continues

I started with the 1st couple of Shermans and M10 building them with stowage as I built them . But found a box of Battlefronts ‘Churchill King Force (a unexpected present from Kevin who had picked them up a a bargain Price when a book/games store in Birminghamhad closed down)’ Which also had Sherman I’s so thought , leave stowage till all finished and customise them all.

And So it continues

Anybody who has brought any of Battlefronts British Sherman V’s or M4A4’s knows you get a separate hull front and turret top for Firefly variant, so thought why not use some of the Sherman 1’s for Sherman 1C’s Fireflys, so did easy conversion of change turret parts and shave down hull gun. ( now for John , I’m its not totally correct as believe most of the non M4A4 Shermans had composite hulls consisting of Cast Sherman M4 fronts welded to M4A1 Sherman Welded hull backs,  and vaguely remember there were no recorded M4 Sherman conversions,  but its close enough.

And So it continues
And So it continues

11th Armoured Division

A long time ago I had decided to base my late War British Forces on the 11th Armoured Division, based on two points.

  1. I didnt want to 7th Armoured as everyone does them.
  2. They were the only War Time Division to be issued with Comets (I had a couple of the ‘Tanks’ models already.

As is my want I did quite a bit of research on Division and found out how successful the Division had been under its Commander ‘Pip’  Roberts.