I'm currently painting three Shermans (one of them a Firefly) and I think I'm pleased with the colour - a suitably dull Olive Drab. However, I'm finding it difficult to obtain decent information (suitable for an amateur who doesn't really know the terminology, etc) on markings. Ideally, I'd like to mark these as British tanks (obviously the Firefly would have to be) but the internet is strangely reluctant to give up its secrets on this one. In an even more ideal world, I'd be able to obtain suitable decals/transfers for 1/72 scale and a nice diagram on what to put where.
Hi Morgan, The easiest place to start is pick your self a period and a unit, you could do with an third Sherman to give you a troop. The simples things to add are the unit signs and numbers on the front and read guards and the allied stars. There are numerous sets of decals available but you could start with the Plastic Soldier company, they do sets for several units including the 7th and Guards Armoured divisions, Poles and Canadians, each set will do many vehicles.
That's great - thanks a lot! I thought I'd seen elsewhere that P.S.C. did decals but somehow failed to track them down. I'll check again as I probably just got distracted by pictures of kittens or something.
I posted a similar query on the Lead Adventure Forum and got pointed at a couple of useful pages which I'd not seen before so at least I have a better idea of what I'm looking to achieve now.
For the moment, I can do without the third Sherman as two plus a Firefly are all I can afford with my support points for my next Chain of Command game - I imagine that the third one in the troop is experiencing engine problems somewhere.
That same Flames of War page is where I have also been directed by someone else. Very handy, mostly because it actually shows a couple of diagrams of the "put this marking here" type. I have ended up hand-painting the 8th Armoured Brigade markings (A Squadron, Royal Dragoon Guards, to be specific) because they were in action around Rauray and it's Operation Martlet that we're currently playing.
I have a few books that show British formation and tac signs. The best is British tanks in Normandy by Ludovic Fortin which has a chapter on 8th Armd Brigade. Also I have the 4th & 8th Armd Brigade unit history by Patrick Delaforce (Black rat and red fox. Let us know when you are down next and I will bring them along.
Thank you, Pete, that's very kind of you. I will try to get along this Monday evening (perhaps only briefly, though). The tanks themselves receive their combat debut this Sunday. I expect great things of them. No ... scratch that ... I expect them to get blown off the face of the earth by a Pak 40 but hope springs eternal.