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"Churchills Saw Widespread Action In Normandy."

Updated: Jun 26, 2023


"It is sometimes called the "Heavy Churchill" and was given the specification number "A42" in 1945."

These two 10mm metal British infantry tanks are sold by “Pendraken Miniatures” as Code BRV41 - Churchill VII, 75mm, and were found amongst a number of the Middlesbrough-based manufacturer's other armoured vehicles in a recent recce of my lead mountain. Initially, I had planned to use them as the start of an early World War Two (non-winter) Allied force, having previously pigmented both a Soviet and German snow-flocked force for an old version of the rule-set "Blitzkrieg Commander".


However, having done a bit of research I found that the tank was actually present during the "Battle Of The Bulge" and beautifully captured in the picture Churchills Advance by Nicolas Trudgian, so decided to simply add them to my Allied contingent for that campaign instead. I also got myself into a little bit of a quandary surrounding the vehicles' hue as the excellent "Colours Of War" painting guide by "Battlefront Miniatures" and "Vallejo" recommended a combination of Bronze Green and Black Wash - which frankly sounded a little dark for my liking.

"It was one of the heaviest Allied tanks of the war."

Fortunately, I saw that the book also subsequently suggested a "layering" of Russian Uniform WW2, so went with that particular (somewhat) lighted green colour as my prime and then later sploshed the Churchills with "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade to act as a simple shade. One highlight with (more) "Vallejo" Russian Uniform WW2 later and I had the basis of a palette which stood out from both the much darker "Vallejo" USA Olive Drab of my American armoured vehicles, and, perhaps more importantly, the sorely missed "Citadel" Knarloc Green Russian tanks. Furthermore, I always find a lighter tone of pigmentation always better suits smaller scale miniatures.


I finished the armoured vehicles by 'picking out' their predominantly covered tank tracks using a combination of "Vallejo" Gunmetal and "Citadel" Abaddon Black, before deciding upon which decals to apply to them. Originally, I was going to just use some triangular squadron markings on their turrets, with perhaps the odd tank recognition flash on the hull. This would certainly be more historically accurate. But in the end I felt I wanted them to stand out as being British (with the possibility of painting more to represent other Commonwealth countries), so inaccurately slapped a couple of Union Jacks on the turrets instead.

"Pendraken Miniatures" WIPs - An M5 Stuart tank layered in "Vallejo" US Olive Drab and shaded

With the latest finds from my 'pinnacle of potential' painted, I have perhaps unsurprisingly started wading into the goodies produced by "Pendraken Miniatures" I recently purchased at Salute 50, and resultantly got cracking on a trio of 10mm M5 Stuart tanks I want to field as part of the American Battle Of The Bulge forces. These lovely little models have so far been primed with "Vallejo" Earth, layered using "Vallejo" USA Olive Drab, and partially-drowned in "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade.

"Battlefront Miniatures" WIPs - A Panzer II tank layered in "Vallejo" German Grey and shaded

Lastly, I have made some slight progress on one of the five "Flames Of War" Panzer II tanks by "Battlefront Miniatures" I also picked up whilst at Salute 50. Quite understandably, this 15mm 'test piece' contains quite a bit more detail than its smaller scaled brethren, so has only been primed in "Citadel" Abaddon Black, base-coated with "Vallejo" German Grey and shaded using "Citadel" Nuln Oil...

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undercoat2670
May 07, 2023

Well it is certainly tankfest 2023 on your blog! That is a good thing by the way as I love these small scale fighting vehicles you are churning out. Great stuff. I do enjoy your painting guides, with sploshing the wash on your tanks making me laugh!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
May 07, 2023
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Thanks Undercoat. It probably will remain a tankfest for much of May tbh, I've loads of WW2 armoured vehicles currently getting based ready for some painting - I'm just waiting on a frustratingly slow eBayer to send me some Vallejo colours I need for the Germans - as the old Citadel colour I used on my Winter War ones is now long OOP.


Lots of sploshing on the 10mm tanks, as a base-layer, shade & dry-brush gets most of the work done. 😁

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Dai Dead
Dai Dead
May 01, 2023

Churchill's are my fav tanks of all that featured in WW2. Russian Uniform green is pretty much my go-to for all my Commonwealth NWE armour as well - good choice.


If you are still intending on adding some more Churchills to your collection for "earlier war" games, may I offer that their first outing was in the 1942 Dieppe raid where marks 1-3 featured and they failed miserably on the shale beaches, then in North Africa Mrk3's with cool desert camo and dust skirts made up "King Force" around the time of the 1st or 2nd battle of El Alamein. No Churchills featured before 1942 though, they weren't developed during the blitzkrieg era.


(By the time Monty heads into Tunisia,…

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
May 01, 2023
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Cheers Dai. I'm rather partial to the Churchill myself. I'm very happy with the colour scheme - especially as I wanted to ensure that I could readily distinguish between British, USA and Soviet tanks on the tabletop - and all of which were green to some extent or another.


The plan, for now at least, is predominantly focus upon the Battle of The Bulge. But any Allied tanks I've bought/found which didn't feature (in any Winter War) will simply have a grass flocked based and we'll see what forces that creates.


I actually bought two more Churchill VII tanks from Pendraken at Salute with the intention of using them for some non-Winter War games. However, having bought an Osprey book…

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Apr 30, 2023

Great work on all the tanks Simon, they seem to have caught your attention, since you found some in your hoard.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Apr 30, 2023
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Thanks Dave. Definitely found my tank mojo currently for some reason and they're so much more straightforward to paint than a lot of my 3D prints - simply being able to handle them without fear of breaking them being just one of the bonuses. LOL!!

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