Epic Loot: Part Two
|Blood, Guts, & Glory
It’s September 1944 and the Allies have stormed across France all along the front lines from Belgium to the French region of the Lorraine. Blood, Guts, & Glory covers the tanks battles in the Lorraine between September 1944 and January 1945.
Learn more about Blood, Guts, & Glory here...
|With the introduction of these new vehicles, the box sets include
stowage sprues so you can personalise each vehicle to really make them
stand out on the battlefield. In this article we provide a suggested colour guide for when it comes to painting the stowage included in the new Sherman and Tank Destroyer box sets.
|Examples of Painted Sherman and Tank Destroyer Stowage Sprues
|The Sherman Stowage Sprues
|James' Stowage Colour Guide
Khaki (988) or Green Brown (879).
Tarpaulins and Canvas
Tarpaulins look good in a colour which is different enough from the main vehicle colour (Brown Violet – 887) to stand out slightly, but which is still fairly drab and military. Khaki (988) works well and is also a good colour choice for ropes, straps and tie-downs. Some alternatives are US Dark Green (893), Green Brown (879) and Green Grey (886).
Bedrolls & Sleeping Bags
US Dark Green (893), Brown Violet (887), or Khaki (988).
Canvas Field Bags
US Dark Green (893).
|The M10 Stowage Sprues
Brown Violet (887). Carefully paint the thin leather chinstrap Red Leather (818) or Beige Brown (875).
10-in-1 Ration (Corrugated cardboard cartoons, secured with a flat steel strap.)
Paint these Green Ochre (914). You can add a suggestion of printed box
markings, if you have a fine detail brush and a steady hand.
Logs & Wooden Boxes
Flat Earth (983), English Uniform (921) or whatever
other brown colour looks good to you. There is no one correct colour
for wooden objects, as wood can look very different depending on the
Spare Road Wheels
Simply paint these just as you would if they were
attached to the vehicle: Brown Violet (887) for the hub and Black (950)
for the rubber tyre.
Remember that most of the centre part of the links of
Sherman track was embedded in solid black rubber. Paint the edges
Gunmetal Grey (863).
these were double-sided coloured panels, attached to
vehicles for air recognition. One side was white, and the other was
either fluorescent (yes, actually fluorescent – perhaps surprisingly, dayglo pigments were first developed in the 1930s) cerise (pink) or
yellow. Alternative colours are fluorescent orange (usually used by
airborne troops, but sometimes attached to tanks) or bright blue
(intended for support vehicles like transport trucks, rather than
fighting vehicles). Fluorescent paints are available, but if you don’t
want to buy a paint colour which you might never get to use again, then a
thin coat of Flat Red (957) or Deep Yellow (915) over a base coat of
solid White (915) will give a reasonably convincing approximation of
fluorescent colour. The panels had a very thin brown border, which you
may prefer to leave off if you don’t feel like painting fine detail.
Left: The M18 stowage sprue.