Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Painting the LRDG Chevrolet from"The Sting of the Scorpion" by Battlefront for Flames of War

I have always had a particular liking for the way the LRDG adapted their Chevrolet trucks (1942 Canadian Chevy, right hand drive, India format to give them their correct title). Loads of stowage and MGs of various types and the hotchpotch uniforms of the crew make these interesting subjects to model and paint.

The models included in the “Sting of the Scorpion” wargame set, from the Flames of War range by Battlefront, are beautifully detailed and crying out for a proper paint job. I have never liked the way Battlefront painted these Flames of War models for their promotional material, black lining, little or no weathering and dry brushing in my opinion gave the impression of a rushed paint job and gives the models a basic and rather crude toy soldier like quality. I have applied techniques which I believe create a much more realistic and satisfactory appearance worthy of such well detailed models.

There is plenty of research material and photographs available of the actual vehicles and some inspirational larger scale models available on the web as a simple search on Google will prove. This research is important to be able achieve the weather beaten and eclectic look of the vehicles.

The first part of the job as always is to clean and undercoat the models. Games Workshop Skull White is more effective than black for sand/ochre coloured models and keeps the colour bright and clean. The models were then airbrushed overall Sand Yellow from the Vallejo air range of colours.

Once the basic colour has dried sufficiently it is time to start the shading of the truck. This is done with the excellent washes from Games Workshop. These need to be thinned and applied in near transparent layers to achieve the subtle graduation of the shading required for the LRDG Chevy. I employed the full range of browns through black and these were painted on rather than simply flooded or washed over the model. This is a time consuming task but the overall effect and the subtlety than can be achieved is well worth the effort.

The stowage and other detail on the model need to be picked out before painting it in detail. This effectively lifts the detail of the model and makes it much easier to paint. The tyres (tires for our American cousins) were painted basalt grey and then detailed with numerous washes of black before receiving a final layer of Devlan Brown to finish. This provides a fine weathered appearance that won’t need dry brushing.

The highlights for the model are simply a mix of Sand Yellow and white thinned to about 7 parts water to 3 parts paint and applied in layers. This is what gives the model of the LRDG Chevrolet its sun bleached quality. Once this is done the model is set aside to allow the paint to dry thoroughly before painting in the stowage. Again I referenced the colours of the equipment on Google before painting. The stowage is painted in exactly the same manner I paint my figures. Blocked, shaded and high lighted for effect.

A few stone chips and some peeling paint detail was added just to finish and give the model Chevy the necessary workhorse appearance that the LRDG vehicles achieved in the field.

These models will be available individually on Ebay Should you require any other vehicle painted to this standard please contact me with your requirements at for a quote. All payments can be made, and are preferred, through Paypal, shipping is at cost.