Flying Tigers and the sea stands

It’s been a while since I did some CY6! gaming or painting so to that end I organized and will be running a game for the club. However, as part of that I set myself a goal of having some more planes done. So below you can see the 1/600 planes of the 1st American Volunteer Group (AVG) of the Chinese Air Force in 1941–1942, famously nicknamed the Flying Tigers. These are Curtiss P-40 aircraft  – very similar to the Tomahawk IIB.To be fair though at this scale they can also represent the P-40E “Kittyhawks” which the Flying Tigers flew later in the war. I went for slightly brighter colours than I would use for western theater planes and  did follow the painting style of the Flying tigers. I also tried painting the actual numbers on the side of the planes. That came out ok but shows the limits of my skills – more practice required to make that perfect.I painted the traditional and well known shark’s mouth on the planes – an insignia which they are famous for but really  was copied from P-40’s using in North Africa by the RAF, which again was not unique or even the first use of such mouths on the planes noses. I went more for effect than exact detail due to the scale of the aircraft. So the teeth are emphasized more than would be in a true scale painting. I think it looks ok – but not great. I also wanted to try out a new stand system – allowing altitude to be shown on pegs. This allows using Lego pieces (tubes) for the actual altitude of the plane and a die for the speed when playing games. The stands are 25mm bases. Having been on many hundreds of flights over the most sea in the world, I wanted to give the stands that realistic paint effect for this. Using a mixture of blues and grays I am very happy with the results.The colours are a little bright for the North Atlantic but we’ll just say it’s a bright day when flying.And so below are a couple of pictures of planes actually on the stands – some with die added for speed to show that this works as well. Overall it’s a reasonable hobby project. We’ll see how easy they are actually to use during games soon enough.Lastly, just a combination of the new planes and the stands to round off this post.


About mellis1644

A painter and gamer who has no illusions about being the best painter but likes to play with decently painted toys and have fun gaming
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One Response to Flying Tigers and the sea stands

  1. Alex M. says:

    Lookin good, look forward to playing tonight!

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