FV215(B) Vanquisher... now that IS a badass name Nick! I look forward to seeing that bad boy completed.
And now for a dispatch from my distinctly non-badass bicycle project...
When I began this Volkssturm Tank Hunter, I visualized a non-military bicycle pressed in desperation into army service painted maybe some bright civilian red or yellow... but as I researched it I found that the bicycle, known as Das Truppenfarrad, or “troops bicycle,” was actually a regular part of the German military establishment.
They were manufactured in their millions (1.2 million in 1943 alone) specifically for military use. Not only that, they were all delivered in a boring satin black! I hoped that maybe some were repainted, but every period photo I could find showed them in dark gray or, more probably, factory black. The only other color appears to have been a white night safety stripe on the rear fender.
Accordingly, I shot the bike with a coat of black enamel.
...which, though accurate, effectively masked all that lovely detail!
So I sprayed over it again, this time with Tamiya German Gray (XF-63) acrylic.
It may now be a little too light, but I’ll go over it with a wash of Raw Umber artists oil, which will settle in the recesses and should darken the whole finish a bit to what might be called a “scale black.” Or so I hope...