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"When The Mk VI Was First Produced In 1936..."


"...The Imperial General Staff considered the tank to be superior to any light tank produced by other nations."

These three 10mm metal British light tanks were bought together in a single clamshell from “Pendraken Miniatures” at Salute 50 and were simply labelled as Vickers VIc (armoured vehicles). Due to my ignorance when it comes to which British forces fought during the Ardennes Offensive in 1944, I had initially planned to add them to my ever-expanding winter-based, Allied contingent. However, having done a bit of research post-purchase I discovered that "the sixth in the line of light tanks built by Vickers-Armstrongs for the British Army during the interwar period" was disappointingly "given up for good" by 1942.


Happily however, having encountered a similar situation with some Matilda II and Crusader II tanks I recently pigmented, I now own a sizeable non-winter Early Second World War Allied force - within which these "superior" vehicles should fit quite nicely. Resultantly, the trio were individually super-glued to plastic 30mm x 40mm rectangular stands and undercoated using "Vallejo" Leather Brown primer. They were then layered with a double-helping of "Vallejo" Russian Uniform WW2, and enthusiastically drowned in "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade.

"Pendraken Miniatures" WIPs - Two Churchill VIIs just needing their tracks to be 'picked out'

In order to bring out each tanks' detail, the Vickers VIc's were dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Russian Uniform WW2, and had their tracks 'picked out' using a combination of "Vallejo" Gunmetal and "Citadel" Abaddon Black. Lastly, I slapped a Union Jack decal on to the rear of their hulls to proudly proclaim them as being British. This step will doubtless infuriate the odd 'rivet counting historian', as the vehicles appear to have no carried no such insignia whilst in service. Nevertheless, I wanted to have them stand out from their American allies with something a bit more obvious than a 'greener' colour scheme.


Sticking with 10mm British tanks produced by "Pendraken Miniatures", I have also been working on a pair of Heavy Churchills armed with 75mm guns. I also bought these weighty models from the Middlesbrough-based manufacturer's stall at Salute 50, as welcome additions to my Battle Of The Bulge Allied force. In addition though, I have used them as a good excuse to revisit the two Churchill VIIs I previously pigmented in late April 2023.

"Pendraken Miniatures" WIPs - Two Panther Gs awaiting some finer detail work

Back then I was perfectly happy to have the redesigned armoured vehicles be predominantly "Vallejo" Russian Uniform WW2 with just a hint of their metallic tracks showing. However, I have since seen that the Churchill Mk VII Crocodile Flame Thrower Tank at Bovington Tank Museum has black skirts at the front, so thought I'd retrospectively apply some "Citadel" Abaddon Black to these areas on my 'finished' models, as well as upon the new ones - simply to help break up the monotony a bit.


Finally, I'm making some fine progress on a couple of German Panther G tanks I want to add to my Ardennes Offensive project. I actually recently took stock of a variety of 10mm Late War anti-tank vehicles, so these 'counters to the Soviet T-34' will probably be the last actual tank I'll be painting for some time - at least for the Third Reich. Furthermore, I've bought/located a fair few infantry figures, including some British Policemen with rifles, which may well divert my attention towards adding plenty of foot elements to my armies - most notably a What If Operation Sealion campaign, where Hitler's goosestepping goons successfully cross the Channel...

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undercoat2670
Jun 18, 2023

I really like that Vickers tank. I am not really familiar with it but it looks really funky. Great little vehicle, good job.

You are clearly into researching your tanks so I like the detail about the Churchill at Bovington! Although, I think the Crocodile at Bovington isn't a proper version of I recall, although I may be wrong as the place has so much in it, it can be overwhelming. However, a bit of black to break up the green sounds like a great idea to me.

Any more obscure WW2 vehicles to come?

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 18, 2023
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Cheers Undercoat. I do like the Vickers tanks, so was pleased to paint up a trio of them. I just need to finish the three German Panzerjagers I found in my backlog, and then I'll have enough vehicles for both sides for an Early War battle.


Tbf, it's not just the Crocodile at Bovington with the black dust skirts, I've seen them on a few Churchill VIIs, hence my decision to add them in. I believe they are made of leather or rubber, but do seem to have been painted over in many of the pics I've seen too.


Lots of different WW2 vehicles to come, as well as infantry - e.g. British Policeman preparing for an invasion. So plenty…

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Jun 17, 2023

Great work on the completed and in progress Tanks Simon, handy going to the wargame show at the tank museum, means you can do some close up research for these projects. How many more tanks have you got to do for the different fields of battle ?

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 17, 2023
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Thanks Dave. I really seem to be in the Pendraken mood currently. I have loads of different tanks, infantry and guns to paint for my 10mm WW2 projects. Absolutely tons. I'm hoping to have cleared through my Salute 50 purchases soon though, and then move on to my most recent arrivals - LOL!!!

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