My engagement with the British 11th Armoutred Div goes back 40 odd years to when I was given the book [i]Taurus Pursuivant [/i]. Since - as far as I was concerned there has only been one British formation of interest to me - the 11th.
It's my humble opinion that while getting less of the glamour of the Guards or the 7th Armoured, the Black Bull got on and did the job and maybe if they had been allowed to do it their way in the first place Pip Roberts and the division may have avoided some of the mess that ensued from the fighting round Caen.
Over the years I've done two collections based around it for wargaming and this will be the third. But with so much nice stuff coming on the market recently and in the pipeline I'm hoping it will be the best. It is being designed to go with the new [i]Kamfgruppe Normandy[/i] rules.
First up Northants Yeomanry Cromwells.
My usual painting style is a base coat of Flames of War British Armour green, followed by either an all-over wash of Games Workshop's Badab Black, or the same applied in a pin wash. Once that has thoroughly dried I dry brush the whole vehicle with GW Catachan Green. This is then followed by a 50/50(ish) mix of either Catachan Green/Bleached Bone, or Catachan Green/Vallejo buff, lightly dry brished across the vehicle to bring up the colour and pick up some of the highlights.
Tracks are GW Bolt Gun metal. And stowage applied - sparingly - I don't want too much falling off.
Next I will apply some decals and then the vehicles will be cammed up with fine gauze nets and eventually weathered/dusted/clarted up with mud etc.
These four Cromwells are by Armourfast and they're 1/72nd scale - I am trying where I can to keep to 1/72nd.
There's another troop of Cromwells, a HQ vehicle and a couple of Challengers to come.