Dogs and Devils US 3rd Infantry Division – first 700 points
Here’s the first 700 points of US 3rd infantry division.
It consists of:
HQ (2 x Carbine teams) plus two sniper stands.
Combat: Rifle Platoon – 3 squads including Command team and Bazooka team
Support: Sherman Tank platoon – 4 tanks.
To expand it further I need to add in the Assault (pioneer) Rifle platoon to make it “legal”. My aim is to get some scenery together for a 600 point battle versus the Axis HG Heavy Recon (link).
Vallejo Game Color range:
Helmet: 72064 Yellow Olive
Flesh: 72100 Rosy Flesh
Jacket: 72061 Khaki
Base Edging: 72063 Desert Yellow
Webbing: 72035 Dead Flesh
Boots: 72043 Beasty Brown
Rifles: 72043 Beasty Brown and 72054 Gunmetal Metal
Pants: 72040 Leather Brown
Body: 72064 Yellow Olive
Tracks: 72045 Charred Brown
Highlight drybrush: 50/50 mix Yellow Olive and 72001 Dead White
Shading: ArmyPainter Strongtone
Matting: GW Purity seal (matt varnish spray)
I have a few issues to mention. I think that overall the use of the strongtone dip has maybe taken away some of the differences in the colours used on the infantry uniforms. In future I may consider using another technique. Second, the tanks seemed to benefit from a very light highlighting drybrush around edges and raised items this is complimented I think with the strongtone dip as that has run very slightly down the sides of the tanks to make a contrast from the top highlight down the centre basecoat to the bottom with the browner tones. I guess it depends what light you view the models in. I like the effect anyway.
Third, I am not too pleased with some of the models, varnishing has highlighted the fact that there are some obvious joins on the US infanty models that run through the helmets and in a few cases down the face. This makes it hard to remove flash in the first place without damaging the models head. Some of the worst flash is on the backs of the prone LMG gunners.
These US models are not a patch on the Axis models I painted up last time. I guess they are older models? In all, although I used the same techniques on the infantry as I did on the Axis infantry, the details on many of the US models seems to be a bit lacking.