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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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planetmut
Mar 20, 2022

Wait, so these are a smaller scale than Epic? What are you going to paint next, a tank made from two pinheads? LOL! Great job on them, and well done for sticking through painting 24 over and over... I'd have just sprayed them black, drybrushed some tan and gone for a pint :-)


The French troops look great, I really like that blue.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Mar 20, 2022
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Thanks Matt. The Mk.I Armoured Gun Carriers are about the third of the size of an Epic scale Rhino, but were actually a lot of fun to paint. I've some German contraptions coming soon which are even smaller though. LOL!!! Plus the infantry have arrived. 😉


Big fan of the French blue colour scheme. So will definitely be sticking with that for any future French reinforcements.

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undercoat2670
Mar 16, 2022

The tiny tanks aren't my favourite minis to be honest, but they do look effective the way you have done them.

I do like your French jump troops though. Great little minis and I love that blue/grey colour scheme. Great stuff.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Mar 16, 2022
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The gun carriers are definitely hard to see on the base - especially as they're brown. Though they're larger than some of the German vehicles I'm currently tackling from the range. However, I think the overall look of the twenty-four strong vehicle division is splendid - and really has me excited to paint more 2mm stuff.


More French coming too, as I fill out the faction during the early stages of the war.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Mar 16, 2022

Great work on the little tanks Simon, I'm guessing the battlesuits are for your German force, as it wasn't mentioned

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Mar 16, 2022
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No probs. I've got another six French super-soldiers to post up next week, along with a small-sized mech - and then that's them done for now.

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