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“The Gun Carrier Mark I…”

“…Was a British vehicle of the First World War.”

These twenty-four 1/1200th scale Mk.I Armoured Gun Carriers are produced by “Brigade Models” and can be purchased from their Great Britain range of Land Ironclads as product code VLI-120. The tiny casemate-armed tanks are approximately 4mm x 9mm in size, and were previously super-glued in fours upon a 30mm x 40mm plastic rectangle when I first bought them approximately a decade ago.

The tiny war machines were all primed with a couple of layers of “Vallejo” Earth and shaded using a combination of “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade. I then carefully dry-brushed them all with (more) “Vallejo” Earth, before patiently picking out all their side-mounted guns with a combination of Gunmetal and “Citadel” Nuln Oil.

“The gun carrier was designed to transport a 6-inch howitzer or a 60-pounder gun forward.”

To be honest, the hardest part in painting these little guys was subsequently tidying up the grit surrounding the vehicles so I could later dry-brush their bases with “Citadel” Doombull Brown, Rakarth Flesh and Agrax Earthshade. I also considered whether to apply any decals to them, so as to make them more visible upon the tabletop. But as the miniatures are so small, I simply settled upon their typically dirty brown colour palette marking them out as being British.

Alongside my latest submission to the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC), I also entered six (more) 1:285 scale Elemental figures by “Catalyst Game Labs” which I have painted to represent French armoured super-soldiers for my homemade Weird War Two campaign. These pre-assembled plastic figures can be found inside the company’s “Battletech: Clan Elemental Star” boxed set, and are actually supplied in groups of five miniatures on five hexagonal-shaped stands.

"Canadiens-Francais, Enrolez Vous!"

However, as I don’t plan on using them for “Battletech”, I decided to rebase them in threes on some “Citadel” 25mm round bases, and undercoated them with two coats of “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey. The infantrymen were subsequently shaded in “Citadel” Drakenhof Nightshade, and carefully dry-brushed using (more) “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey with a softly-bristled make-up blusher brush.

I also decided to apply some “Citadel” Abaddon Black to their twin-tube short-range missile launchers, pigment them with “Vallejo” Gunmetal, and later give them a splash of “Citadel” Nuln Oil. Lastly, I layered some “Vallejo” Sombre Grey to the super-soldiers’ smoke trails, washed them with “Citadel” Nuln Oil and dry-brushed their jet-streams using some (more) “Vallejo” Sombre Grey and a touch of White too.

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