It seems I’m approaching my new allied forces for Chain of Command backwards, painting up the obscure supports first and doing the core platoon last. Hmm.

The miniatures are late war British, and I’ll be using them as both Free Poles in Northwest Europe (lots of fighting in the Falaise Gap) and the desert veterans of NZ 2nd Division slogging their way up the Italian peninsular. I’ve already done an AT gun, and here are some engineers:

Engineers are actually quite useful in Chain of Command, and luckily Warlord make a nice set that perfectly fills all the required slots. You get a flamethrower, a man cutting wire, one with an exploder set, and one with a mine detector. With a couple of riflemen in support and an NCO that’s everything sorted from one £7 blister. Bargain!

The quality of Warlord’s metals is generally really good, I wish they did more instead of only doing plastic for most of the core infantry.  Paint wise I’ve used most of the suggested colours in Warlord’s late war bundle of Vallejo paints, then splashed on Army Painter Quickshade Strong tone. The shading effect of the brown quickshade on the brown uniforms isn’t striking, I may do an experiment with their dark tone and see how it goes. If you brush on the quickshade you do have the option of using different shades on different parts of the model. I’ve done this on my Germans for example, using the black dark tone on the uniforms with the brown strong tone on flesh. But as far as test models go before I get stuck into the full platoon, I’m happy with how these have turned out. Maybe a little more contrast on things like the webbing?