Having had the new airbrush at the weekend I decided to give it a try with some 6mm minis. I had models and bases ready for an armoured regiment for my 1985 French, 16 H&R AMX-30s plus 2 HQ stands, the regimental HQ with an AMX-30 and an AMX-10 command APC, and a subordinate HQ with a single AMX-30 (for now although I may add a jeep or similar later). This is enough for 4 armoured squadrons, although I still need to add a mechanised company to complete the unit.
This view shows one of the armoured squadrons in more detail.
The regimental HQ with command AMX-10PC.
One of the AMX-30 platoon stands.
Same again from the opposite side.
The subordinate HQ AMX-30 stand.
The AMX-30s are all by Heroics and Ros (FM01), while the AMX-10 SAO Command apc is from Scotia (FM00027). The paint scheme is a Tamiya NATO green base, Army Painter dark tone ink washed and oversprayed with neat NATO green, then with a couple of drops of white and finally yellow added. Tracks and exhaust are Vallejo flat brown and the models are dry brushed with Iraqi sand. Searchlights are oily steel, vision slits blue and weight marking lemon yellow. I still need to paint tools visible on the hull and tow cable visible on the front armour and find a fine enough black pen to mark the weight on the yellow spots. The models are really nicely detailed, although the hull front has prominent casting marks which need to be filed away, the rear of the turret had excess metal in c. 75% of the models and the little autocannon turret had a bulge in the fixing pin in most examples, which was particularly fiddly to hold and file at the same time. However, the end result was a really nice model.
These are going to form part of the French 7th Armoured Division (7e Division Blindee, 7e DB),
probably the 3rd Armoured Regiment (3e Regiment de Cuiriassiers), part of the French 1st Corps allocated to NATO's reserve and counter-penetration forces to reinforce CENTAG and prevent Soviet forces reaching French territory. Looking forward to see how the rest of the unit shapes up and performs on the tabletop.
Thanks for looking.