Looking For Trouble!

Well the combination of it being cold and windy here in the UK means another featured model that’s not been varnished! Continuing on a vehicle theme, this time round it’s a French Panhard AMD 35 armoured car.

AMD 35s entered service with the French army in the late 1930s and were used by cavalry units in the reconnaissance role. Used in the 1940 French campaign, captured vehicles were later used by the Germans and the type entered production again in a slightly different form for the French Army after WW2. The model is 20mm scale 3D print from Butler’s Printed Models and quite nice I think. Since it’s a PLA filament print some print lines are evident on the wheels and the very shallow angled turret roof but these aren’t too noticeable once the model’s painted.

I had this model undercoated and primed back in the middle of 2022 and intended coming back to it after I’d painted stuff for the last Season of Scenery challenge, but that never happened. Since it only needed its camouflage and markings added, followed by shading and drybrushing, it seemed like a good model to pick up at the start of this year for the Paint What You Got challenge. I opted for a simpler, later camouflage scheme of brown over green, which also meant fewer markings as well (the French tricolour roundel was also carried on the sides and front by earlier vehicles). Green was Humbrol 86 Olive Green shaded with Vallejo German Extra Dark Camouflage Green, while the brown was Vallejo German Medium Camouflage Brown shaded with Vallejo German Camouflage Black Brown (back when I started painting French armour these colours were the closest matches to the source pictures I had and the AMD 35 in the French armour museum looks pretty close). I always paint the wheels and undersides in Black Brown and then drybrush them with Dark Earth to give them a weathered look. Last paint applied was a light drybrushed white/earth mix to pick up the detail, avoiding the turret top where possible so as not to highlight the print lines.

Overall, I’m pleased with this and it gives my 1940 French their first reconnaissance vehicle. Also shown in the pictures are my two SOMUA S-35 medium tanks (resin models by Frontline Wargaming) and a couple of French infantry. The latter are IT Miniatures WW1 French infantry in khaki (representing Foreign Legion) and I’m intending adding a couple of WW2 light machine gun teams to them to let them double as WW2 infantry. I maybe need to get them a truck so that they can ride alongside the AMD 35!



  1. Great work on the armoured car John, you’ve done an excellent job of covering the print lines with the painting, which can be tricky in itself.

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  2. Great paint job John! That’s a nice print, the print lines are visible on close inspection but the model looks great otherwise. I haven’t really tried printing anything else than terrain on my filament printer, but maybe I should try armoured vehicles!

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    • Thanks Nicolas! πŸ™‚ I’m not an expert, but what I’ve observed is that filament printers will tend to leave more noticeable lines where surfaces are not vertical or horizontal, worst case being surfaces only a few degrees away from the horizontal due to the depth of the layers. Small details can also be tricky. I find that in a lot of cases I can file them a bit or use a smear of plastic putty to conceal the lines if I need to. I didn’t do anything to this AMD 35 model and I’m happy enough with it as it is!

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    • Thanks Pete! πŸ™‚ I can’t think of a WW2 campaign where there is so much variety of troops, equipment and combat formations. I just started collecting tanks for some small games with different vehicles that could also be used with my Franco-Prussian War and WW1 scenery but it’s all gathered momentum!

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  3. Very nicely painted, John! I really like the green/brown camo scheme and as others have said, the print lines are barely visible. I do wonder why the tank on the left in the background has a grey roof?

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    • Thanks Matt! πŸ™‚ The SOMUA S35 you’ve mentioned has a camouflage scheme based on a colour plate in one of my books – S35s seem to come in a wide variety of camouflage schemes, one of the reasons it took me so long to start painting them. I think the schemes are meant to disrupt their outlines more when viewed from ground level rather than from an elevated position. Funnily enough, the green/brown scheme that the AMD 35’s in is only the third French vehicle I’ve got in that scheme!

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    • Thanks Will, I know you do! πŸ™‚ I’m really pleased because I’ve managed to get a 3D print of a Boarhound in 20mm scale to use in my Crimson Skies ground forces project (whenever that’s likely to start) – it’s bigger than a Sherman! πŸ™‚

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  4. Looks great John! I like the highlights and the weathering. A really nice trick on the tires. Why do some camo patterns have dark contour lines and others don’t? I don’t know if there is a logical explanation, but I was curious.

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  5. Cold and windy describes the weather here pretty well too! πŸ™‚ The latest vehicle looks great and so far it seems like you’re keeping busy with painting up models too. That is the best way to spend the winter in my book anyway!

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