Sunday, 22 July 2012

The Fighting Irish - Shermans

Hello All

I have had a busy weekend painting and have finished off the Shermans for my Irish Guards I previewed in my last post. I have had the models for a fair few months and bar a Typhoon they were the last models I needed to paint for my Irish Guards army.

Sorry if the pictures are great I had a few problems with my camera set up tonight...
I was trying to do this army to be a accurate as possible (thanks to the FOW article on the Irish Guards this was quite easy). As a whole this wasn't hard to do, that was until I did the Squadron makings on the side of the tanks. From what I have read the Guards had the middle blacked out but the only decals I could find had clear centres. So not wanting to fail at the first hurdle I decided to paint the area behind were the decal was to be applied. This worked quite well and I only had to touch up a couple of the black areas. I then decided to double the pain and add a really small number decal over the top of the squadron decal. But I think the end result was worth it.
A quick word on the decals, they are all from Dom's Decals. He has a great range of WW2 unit marking and you get lots for your money. The only problem with them (and it's not really a problem) is that all the decals come as one big decal so you need to cut them quite close to reduce silvering.

The army as a whole. In the end I don't think the individual Shermans are the best models I have every painted but I think the army as a whole looks good.

I have just a few last touches to put onto my Cromwells as I hope to have them up in a few days, so keep an eye out for them.

As always thanks for looking Ben.


  1. I like seeing complete armies. - looks great.

  2. Those look really nice. Well done on getting on Irish done.
    What did you use to weather your tracks?

  3. Thanks Guys.

    @ Khairul - the weathering is a dry brush of Flat Brush, then a light dry brush of Green Brown followed by a really really light dry brush of Buff (all Vallejo Paints). I then water down some Flat Earth into a wash and with that cover any areas I'm not happy with or were there would be alot of mud.


  4. Nice work Ben, especially on the decals - dang fiddly things they are sometimes!
    The force looks impressive. Good luck with them.

  5. Very good. They look excellent. Big extra effort with the decals.

  6. Thanks Scott and Kiwi.

    The decals weren't that much of a pain to put on, the problem was finding the numbers if they cam off the backing in the water! Note to self don't use white decals in a while bowl! It did help that I had used Airfix kits when I was a kid so I have a fair bit of experience with them.

  7. Late comment is late.

    I've just started my Irish Guards, and your Blog has been a great inspiration. I just have one question, which decal sheet did you use from Dom's for the troop numbers inside the squadron markings?

    1. Well firstly thank you for your kind comments.

      I think the decals were the set was this one

      the numbers in the bottom right were the ones I used.

      Thanks Ben