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!