Television is rather a frightening business. But I get all the relaxation I want from my collection of model soldiers.
Peter Cushing

Saturday 2 April 2016


"To a New Yorker like you, a Hero is some kind of weird sandwich, not some nut who takes on three Tigers."

Seeing Kelly's Heroes when I was a kid led to two things; a lifelong love of Donald Sutherland and an affection for Sherman Tanks. 

So I am pleased to share with you my first painted miniatures for WW2, 2 units of Shermans. 

Here they are just finished and weathered:

And here they are in daylight. 

In terms of markings it's all freehand; records suggest that most tank crews in Normandy removed the front star as it made a great target so some show then being partially obscured and most of then are missing it entirely. 

There is a mix of Battlefront resins and Plastic Soldier Company kits here; the PSC ones are substantially better, if lacking in the heft that resin gives. 

Next, some Wehrmacht infantry. 


  1. There is something very pleasing about seeing Allied Shermans moving across a WW2 tabletop. At least I found so.

    1. I have to admit, that's pretty much why I've picked 15mm. Lots of tanks!

  2. Good job on the freehand markings and stars. I too like PSC models, they go together well and look fine on the tabletop.
    Looking forward to seeing your WW2 collection expand. What rules are you using?

    1. I've got Flames of War kicking around but, from a teaching point of view, they're simply too complex. So I've just bought Iron Cross from Great Escape Games which looks like capturing the reactive nature of mobile warfare much better.