22 June 2011

BAOR Britannia FV432 APC

Back to normal now...

So in the lead up to last weeks game, I came close to completing a bunch of BAOR vehicles. These have now been finished and first up I'd like to go with the Britannia FV432 Armoured Personnel Carriers.

Here's some info from wikipedia on the FV432

Review

The Britannia FV432 is a very nice little model. It is a solid resin kit, with some metal peices, like a command figure, and hatch covers. You can make it, with the commander's hatch open or closed - which is something I like. You can get a couple of variants - the base APC and a FV432 with an open rear hatch. This can come with either 2 infantry men who are "standing" in the open hatch, a 81mm mortar and 2 crew, or a wombat recoilless rifle and 2 crew. All these figures are half figures and are very nicely styled and molded.

On the negative side, it does come with some air holes - which I didn't pay to much attention to on these vehicles - which I now regret - but these can be easily fixed. The other negative I have is that the driver's hatch is molded open with the driver's neck and head sticking out. I know I bang on about this all the time.... yawn.... but I would much prefer this to be optional. It's just me... Having said that - the driver is a nice little representation anyway.

Painting

These have been painted in what has become my British Army standard:

1. Undercoat - Citadel Chaos Black Spray
2. Base Coat - FoW War paint - British Armour
3. Squiggly Black Lines - Citadel Chaos Black
4. Black Wash - Citadel Babab Black - pretty liberally splashed on...
5. Drybrush - Vallejo Russian Uniform (Just the Green areas)
6. Drybrush - Vallejo Russian Uniform & Vallejo Khaki - adding more and more Khaki - eventually going over the black areas as well.
7. Paint the tracks the standard way I do...
8. Drybrush Vallejo Flat Earth or something similar over the tracks and lower parts of the AFV to represent dirt.
9. Paint lights etc.

All done

No decals at this point as I don't really own any good enough to suit. Eventually I'll try and get some from B W Models

Lastly - I had a not particularly cunning plan... I decided to make little bases - I'll call them sabots (coz it sounds cooler) to fit into the open topped FV432 so I could make them multi-use. I think they cam out quite well.

Onto the pictures:

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Front view - all the painted FV432s

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Rear view

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Side shot of a bog standard FV432

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Top view of another FV432

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Front angled shot of yet another FV432

Now onto the open topped one

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This are the sabot bases

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Front view with infantry

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Side view with infantry

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Rear view with mortar

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Rear view with the other mortar (I actually made this mortar and was pretty chuffed with how it came out)

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Side view with mortar

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Side view with other mortar

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Side view with wombat

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Slightly different side view with wombat.

Obviously all this finally umpteen pics are of exactly the same open topped FV432. I have 2 other unpainted open topped FV432 to do and another standard APC variant to paint.

Now a couple of youtube clips to keep you entertained


The obligatory car crushing clip


More like my colour scheme


Demo


A detailed look

That's all for now - have fun

Richard

7 comments:

  1. Fantastic Job! Nice paint job on some great models.

    Love the idea of the sabot bases for the Weapons crew.

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  2. Richard, these look very, very nice indeed. I love the sabot bases - the mortar team came out particularly well. Having half figures is a really great idea - I wish more people made them. The camo netting on the rear of the open topped FV432 really looks efefctive. Excellent stuff...looking forward to seeing more!

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  3. personally i like the crew figures but my Brittania 432s came with lots of protruding air bubbles - look like they have measles. Still waiting for a time when I can free a couple of days to clean up each one.

    Cheer
    Mark

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  4. Thanks guys. Mark, I agree with your comments re the FV432. Next time I'll spend more time filling in holes!

    Richard

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  5. Doesnt really show on your models Rich. By the way I should have said Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant and errr Brilliant!

    Cheers
    Mark

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  6. I too love the Sabot idea for the bases & have blatantly copied you there - it adds a bit more flexibility to the models!

    Cheers,

    Damon

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  7. I hate bloody resin models, expensive rubbish, and the dust when you try to clean them up is carcogenic.....oh yes. I e-mailed Revell about producing a 1/72nd Chieftain soon, much needed plus other cold war stuff...fingers crossed.

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