This really should say "2 Troop, C Squadron 13/18 Hussars heads off the painting table." I now have 7 of the 13 Shermans that I started a month ago completed. These turned out pretty well. They are Sherman IIIs vice the Vs that I did earlier for 4 Troop ("Ignorance is bliss" I suppose. . . ). I used a black pen to outline some of the tools, hatches and equipment as I had done this for 4 Troop. I think it looks nice but it is a pain to do, especially when your steady hand slips. On the other hand a quick dab of paint and its easily corrected. I used a back wash on the road wheels to help bring out the shadows. Next up is the HQ troop as since it is only 2 Sherman IIIs it should be relatively easy to finish. On the other hand the road wheels are still annoying. The hull numbers are still very neat so that is my motivation.
|The troop led by its Confident Trained Platoon Commander.|
|The Platoon Commander and mighty Sherman Firefly.|
|The Firefly deserves its own tank commander figure looking out of the turret for pesky Hun anti-tank gunners who will invariably shoot at him first.|
|A top view of the rest of the troop. I haven't put any spare barrels, tarps and sandbags on this troop as 4 Troop is pretty bare as well. This is not historically accurate.|
|The platoon commander again.|
|A rear view.|
|The aft end of the Firefly. The hull numbers on the turret equipment box is neat.|
|You can see some of the road wheel shading on the Troop leader here.|
|The entire troop poses.|
|The other Sherman IIIs. They are the spares if the Jerries hit the Troop Leader.|
|Off to action!|
|Fewer Shermans populate the painting table.|
Well, I am making progress, little by little. On the other hand I built 4 M-10s and a Sherman ARV to support the next attack on Caen. The ARVs didn't show up until very late in Normandy but it looks neat so it made the cut.