Thursday, 3 April 2014

Bolt action: Something Completely Different






Here we have the Warlord Games French Somua S35 heavy cavalry tank. It was the equivalent of the British A10 heavy cruiser or the Panzer Mk III, and in some ways a better tank than either. Its main deficiency was the ghastly ergonomics of the tiny turret and the high cost of manufacture.

By the standards of 1940 it wasn't a bad battle tank with decent armour and gun. It was unreliable but so were the British cruisers. With short production runs, everything was a prototype.

I couldn't resist painting it in a prewar French camo scheme. This one was derived from artillery usage. It was based on three colour palettes: sky colours at the top (pink, blue, lemon yellow), earth colours in the middle (sand, grass green, grey) and shadow colours at the bottom (dark brown, dark green, dark purple). This assumed that the observer was on the ground at a slightly lower elevation.

The white dots are safety features for night movement in column.

The French army put a stop to this smartish, possibly because the result didn't half stand out from the air (see pic below) or possibly because French tank commanders found it embarrassing motoring around the countryside in a vehicle painted like a tart's boudoir.



10 comments:

  1. Yes, the French hadn't worked out differential dazzle properly at that time. I suppose being good at food and romance means that they can't be good at everything else too.

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  2. There have to be some drawbacks. See you at salute.

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    1. My wife thinks it looks like a cup cake.

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    2. See, I was right about French quisine. ;-)

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  4. Interesting. When I first saw it I thought I was having some sort of psychedelic trip out. But then I remembered I have never consumed LSD (nor will i any time soon). :)
    Cheers

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    1. It has to be the strangest tank camo ever.

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  5. I've always loved that tank. The camouflage is ridiculous. It's always nice to see someone paint one of the odder patterns they tried.

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    1. Makes a chance from olive green and panzer grey.

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