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Prince Alberts Revenge01 Dec 2017 11:15 a.m. PST

Based on my quick search in the archives, I suspect this may be a complicated question to answer, but here goes…which tanks were painted with Caunter in North Africa? I have a collection of small scale Grants, Matildas, Vickers and A10 Cruisers. I'd like to paint some in Caunter to set them apart from the rest of the sand color but don't know which tanks it was used on. My tank collection is going to be a generic force so I'm not terribly picky on specific units or time frames. Thanks​ so much.

emckinney01 Dec 2017 11:39 a.m. PST

Just make sure you use the actual Caunter colours, and not the ones that were shown in colour plates for so long. :)

John Armatys01 Dec 2017 11:57 a.m. PST

As far as I know Grants were not painted in the Caunter scheme, the others you list were. Mike Starmer's "The 'Caunter' Scheme" in the February 2012 edition of IPMS Magazine has drawings for A9, Matilda II, Crusader I, Valentine II, Crusader I and Stuart I (M3 Honey) and says that Caunter patterning was formally cancelled in December 1941 but that it was seen on a few vehicles photographed as late as September 1942 "since repainting was carried out on an 'as and when necessary' basis".

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2017 12:17 p.m. PST

The Caunter Scheme by Mike Starmer:


emckinney02 Dec 2017 3:52 p.m. PST

Link doesn't work for me.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2017 8:59 a.m. PST

Sorry. I just clicked and it went right to it. Maybe try it again?

mysteron Supporting Member of TMP06 Dec 2017 8:16 a.m. PST

All of those could be painted in the Caunter style except the Grants .If you Google Caunter with your search engine on images various pictures will be shown. Avoid using blue though as this was later found as not to be correct. There is a series of books called "Warpaint" . These may be worth looking into as well as they concentrate just on British vehicles.

mysteron Supporting Member of TMP12 Dec 2017 5:41 a.m. PST

For those of you thinking of attempting the Caunter style then in Decembers Military Illustrated Modeller , there is a step by step contruction of a 1/35th scale Matilda 2 in the caunter scheme . Many of the techniques can be down scaled for smaller models . I wouldn't be too concerned on he exact shade of colours although I would tend to err on the side of lighter shades to represent the affects of bleaching by the sun etc.

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