Thursday, March 15, 2018

Paint British Desert Rats: MASTER POST

Check out this little honey - perfect for home defense, getting rid of pests in your fields, or providing a base of fire for your maneuver element!

Deactivated Dunkirk era British Dovetail Bren gun MK1
Dunkirk Era British Dovetail Bren Gun Mk1: 
http://www.deactivated-guns.co.uk/deactivated-guns/allied-deactivated-guns/deactivated-dunkirk-era-british-dovetail-bren-gun-mk1/prod_3902.html

I've been playing with my Desert Rats for years now, and substituting Italian Infantry for them - shameful! Well, not shameful for only a few months, but several years?? In any event, I am finally committed to finishing off my North Africa opposed sides, a British Armour Company with full support, and Italian Bersaglieri / Carri companies with full support. 

The Italians are nearly done, and there's more than enough to play two sides of them with my fast-playing WWII rules, "Up the Blue!" [which are evolving so well it gives me warm fuzzies every time I think of it]. The Brits Crusader Squadron, aka "The Cruds" have their base paint and coating done, but still lack weathering, decals, stowage, etc. Immediately following on them, I've my prized Honey Stuarts which will be Robert Crisp's squadron from Operation Crusader, he having written a favorite memoir.

I will be using this post as a master post to which I will be continuously adding as I work out the painting details for various Units. Presently, the focus will be Operation Crusader Units, including 22nd AB Crusaders, 4th AB Honeys, Scots Guards Motor Company. Altho I've figs for Div Cav Recce, 11th Hussars Rolls Royce AC Company, and an Infantry Company [which should probably match the Div Cav and be Aussie or Kiwi.

This will be regularly updated, so check in any time, or make contributions!


PREVIOUS POSTS DISCUSSED:
Reference books: [CLICK]
Crusader I, II & III models [CLICK]
Early Cruiser and Light tank models [CLICK]

BRITISH UNIFORMS


HEAD / HAT / HELMETS
Helmets: thick chin straps, painted Unit badge, sackcloth cover, painted desert tan/yellow



RTR: black beret, silver badge


SHIRT


JACKET / COAT


TROUSERS / SHORTS


SOCKS / LEGGINGS



BOOTS: black



MEN
Tattoos! blue micron pen
Flesh: tans [or not] using Flesh, elf flesh, dwarf flesh, Vallejo Orange Brown, Lt. Brown


WEAPONS

Bren LMG, great pics here: https://www.tactical-life.com/firearms/blast-past-bren-light-machine-gun/
Bren Light Machine Gun SWMP Oct lead

PIAT, pics: https://modernfirearms.net/en/grenade-launchers/united-kingdom-grenade-launchers/piat-eng/
PIAT

Boys ATR, pics: http://www.alloutdoor.com/2017/10/12/watch-british-boys-anti-tank-rifle/
(Image: Rock Island Auction Company)

Thompson SMG, pics: https://modernfirearms.net/en/submachine-guns/u-s-a-submachine-guns/thompson-eng/
 Thompson M1A1 submachine gun with 30-round magazine.

M3 "Grease Gun", pics: https://gunsmagazine.com/small-arms-of-fury/
MM-0315-3

SMLE "Lee Enfield" pics: 

https://www.royalgunpowdermills.com/armoury_db.php?mode=2&cat=Bolt+Action+Rifles+of+the+20th+Century&item=82 Rifle, Short Magazine, Lee Enfield, MK III

Webley Revolver pics: http://oldbritishguns.com/439-war-finish-webley
http://www.warrelics.eu/forum/world-firearms/pair-wwii-british-revovers-26629/



22nd Armoured Brigade
Uniform badge: http://www.hillmilitarymedals.co.uk/product/tactical-recognition-flash-badge-22nd-armoured-brigade-trf-badge/
BRITISH ARMY 22ND ARMOURED BRIGADE FORMATION BADGE WW2




4th Armoured Brigade - Honey Stuarts





British Armour Decals - Positions, nice diagram: http://www.angelfire.com/pro/bison/72019.html




2 comments:

  1. That Bren is an L4, the 1950s conversion to NATO 7.62mm ammo (hence the straight magazine and straight flash hider).

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  2. I knew that. I was just testing you, Martin.
    ;)
    will look for 1941 pic...

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