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Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP24 Jan 2023 4:47 a.m. PST

I have a couple of 20mm supply wagons to add to the French retinue and wondered if I could spruce them up a bit by attempting the lettering in black on the canvas cover.

Now everyone shows Garde Imperiale, with maybe a eagle or grenades, but, being an awkward devil, I want to try something for the Line, whether Corps, Division, Battn level, no matter.

I recall seeing such on models but I have googled every search term I can think of, without success.

Grateful for any pointers here….

Prince of Essling24 Jan 2023 4:54 a.m. PST



Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP24 Jan 2023 6:00 a.m. PST

That is exactly the sort of thing I simply could not find anywhere. Just what I wanted and much appreciated

Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Jan 2023 11:42 a.m. PST

I myself have always loved the look of the unit markings on the wagon covers as shown on the toy soldier boxes.
To bad no one supplies decals?

Russ Dunaway

Lilian24 Jan 2023 12:01 p.m. PST

the «1er Bataillon 106e Régiment»'s wagon comes from Albrecht Adam's sketch in Italy 1810 but the unifom of the driver is different from this modern interpretation by the Ukrainian artist Dmytro Zgonnick, a kind of blue with crimson-marroon distinctive maybe for the gray-blue and brown colours for a soldier of Train des Equipages Battalion, but the driver belongs simply to the 106th Line Infantry…

a thread about wagons with markings or markings, among them Albrecht Adam's wagon of the 106e
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Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Jan 2023 1:08 p.m. PST

Who cares, it LOOKS cool.

Russ Dunaway

14Bore24 Jan 2023 3:19 p.m. PST

I am taking it Russians have been writing slogans on their equipment for centuries, it wasn't new in the Revolution or later WWII. Gun carriages, no doubt any vehicle that moved.

von Winterfeldt25 Jan 2023 8:54 a.m. PST

thanks Lilian, yes look at the link

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unfortunately is seems that Michman has submerged.

Titchmonster25 Jan 2023 2:25 p.m. PST

Russ for the win!

Personal logo 4th Cuirassier Supporting Member of TMP28 Jan 2023 11:08 a.m. PST

@ Old Glory

re decals, make your own.

Clear decal paper £4.00 GBP / $5 USD per sheet on the 'bay (try item number 174495093809 for an example).

Write the words you want in a painting program, test for size
/ scale by printing out on normal paper, when happy print on decal paper – done.

I made German crosses for a 1/72 Airfix German bomber a few years ago by printing out black crosses onto clear paper, then applying them over white-painted crosses on the wings. Clear decal paper works really really well, white decal paper is a disaster – literally like the skin on boiled milk.

I have thought about making shabraque decals this way. For eg an 18th Hussar, with white facings, you'd paint the shabraque on the figure your preferred shade of white. Then you'd create the whole shabraque in GIMP or something. If you do it in dark blue, with the wolf's tooth pattern and the GR cipher in white, when you print it the white won't print, because printers can't print it. Apply the resulting decals to horsie and the white undercoat will show through where the cipher etc are.

It's not worth the faff for one 12 to 18 figure hussar regiment, but if anyone ever asked me to do 600 of them for a Waterloo diorama, it's what I'd do.

14Bore28 Jan 2023 3:59 p.m. PST

As been on a vehicle mode, should try something on one

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