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fullmetal201510 Aug 2015 8:33 a.m. PST

had an Idea for micro armor, I don't like mounting my tanks an vehicles on bases. Infantry yes, AT guns Artillery yes. But not vehicles especially tanks. Now here is my problem, even with decals on them when you get several tanks on a board an they start inter mixing its hard to remember or keep track of the ones with each platoon or company.

My thought was to make small signal flag on a base for each company or group of tanks to place near the tanks. This would keep them more organized in theory. Any thoughts or suggestions you all have came up with?

Also looking for good Russian an USA late war decals for tanks?


John Treadaway10 Aug 2015 8:55 a.m. PST

A big colored sticker on the underside of the vehicles which you can't see unless you lift them up might be handy (but you'd have to lift them up…)

Other than that, how abut a jeep spotting for them with a whip aerial with a flag on it?

Or maybe, all AFV's in one group have an identical coloured piece of stowage on the rear? a tarp (rolled or not), a pair of jerry cans, one with a white cross for water… something distinctive that doesn't rely on decals which are often only visible from the side.

For Germans you might do the classic one road wheel replaced in a different colour?

That's it: I'm out of ideas!

John T

fullmetal201510 Aug 2015 9:03 a.m. PST

Nice ideas John thanks.


wrgmr110 Aug 2015 9:23 a.m. PST

Ecstatically, it may not look that great, but you could put one or two small colored dots on the back of each vehicle.
Such as:
1st company white dot
2nd blue
3rd red

1st platoon green
2nd yellow
3rd orange

You could do this on the bottom, but as John says you have to lift it up.

So a tank from the 1st company, 3 platoon would have white/orange.

Mako1110 Aug 2015 9:53 a.m. PST

I used to paint numbers in red on their bellies.

Cold Steel10 Aug 2015 10:05 a.m. PST

I have used both small colored dots and painting a single piece of stowage a unique color for both 6 and 10 mm. For example, all my T-64s have the log on the rear painted a different shade of brown for each unit. Very easy to spot once you know about it, but no one has even noticed until I point it out. You can go 1 step further using a unique camo concept, like painting the front right fender a certain way on one unit, then the left fender on the next, and so one.

Mako1110 Aug 2015 10:43 a.m. PST

Turret numbers would also be very useful, assuming you have the good eyesight to read them.

Desert Fox10 Aug 2015 12:28 p.m. PST

I used to paint the back fenders different colors to help ID particular units.The problem was I could only see the ID if I was behind the model or I picked it up. Neither was a very satisfactory option.

Now I use different paint schemes. For the Germans I use different shades of panzer grey, desert, greens with yellow camouflage patterns, yellows with green camouflage patterns, and white--some with, some without dark green camouflage patterns. The Soviets are different shades of greens, browns and whites. North African Brits get different shades of desert with different cantour patterns. Northwest Europe Allies get different shades of olive drab.

It is very easy to do and lets you readily know who belongs to which company and battalion. You will be surprised how many different shades of the same color are out there! My North West Europe Allies are painted in all sorts of shades of Olive Drab!

fullmetal201510 Aug 2015 1:11 p.m. PST

Desert Fox question for you. Do you paint them platoon or company size at a time?


Desert Fox10 Aug 2015 6:19 p.m. PST

I play Spearhead where each model represents a platoon, so I paint so I can recognize units by company and battalion.

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