When posting about painting miniatures I like to mention the research required for the sake of historical accuracy. Recently, I ran across this blog and recommend a few posts which provides great examples of this aspect of the hobby. Even if you have zero interest in military miniatures the informative posts are a good read.
Exhibit #1 is titled Painting the Vietnam War, Part 2. The author divides the Vietnamese War into various eras and describes how uniforms and equipment changed as the war progressed. The analysis is terrific and is accompanied by photos emphasizing the text. The advisor and early war periods, 1959 to mid-1966, are influenced by the “…petty officiousness that every peacetime army has trouble letting go of when war comes, this translated to a strong push to maintain proper “uniform”, even in the field, as well as clean, uncluttered vehicles that were free of personal effects and excess weapons”. Come late 1966-1967 “uniforms and vehicles looked a bit more “lived in” and began to show a more realistic grasp of tropical warfare”, especially as “white name tapes, polished metal rank insignia, and colorful unit shoulder patches disappeared off of uniforms” along with the removal of large white stars on the sides of vehicles. Beginning in 1970 “frontline US troops and their vehicles began to resemble rolling gypsy camps and a full uniform was virtually unheard of”. Look at the picture to the right and compare that with the earlier removal of white stars from vehicles which reveals a change of mindset on many levels.
Dive deep with this post covering the proper painting of grenadiers from a minor German army during the Napoleonic Wars. Grenadiers were usually the largest and most experienced soldiers but “most (but not all) armies of the Napoleonic period stripped away the grenadier companies of each infantry regiment and combined them into composite grenadier battalions that served separated from their parent regiments. ” Each infantry regiment would have it’s own facing color for easier unit identification.
What I really respect about David Ross and his blog is that he mostly paints at the 3mm & 6mm scales, which is not known for fine painting detail. David’s tastes in models and historical periods is all encompassing and his quest for realism can get a little extreme. Here’s a post with photos and he ponders the best color to paint the ocean for his ship models. The post wasn’t so interesting for me until he got to discussing how to properly recreate a ship’s wake.
And talking about catholic tastes how about this for a post title: The Japanese and the East Germans? It’s worth the click.
Unfortunately, the last post on the blog is dated October, 2015 but I’m glad that the blog remains online. I’ve only just begun to explore and a look at the side bar reveals that fans of Soviet vehicles and naval warfare won’t be disappointed.