Battlefront 15mm Crusader Armoured Squadron – British 8th Army Desert Rats for Flames of War

Battlefront 15mm Crusader II, Crusader III Armoured Squadron - British 8th Army Desert Rats for Flames of War, 1:100, 1/100, Battlegroup, What a Tanker

By the time I got to the next tanks – the Crusaders – I’d picked up enough of them to put together a fully-legal, Crusader Armoured Squadron in 4th edition Flames of War using only Crusaders. The Crusader Squadrons in FoW can feature a mixture of three different types of Crusader, though only one of the three is really distinct from the others in a meaningful way on these models. The HQ Platoon above features one Crusader II armed with a 2-pounder and two Crusader II “CS” (Close Support), armed with 3-inch howitzers . Since the models’ main weapons are all but identical, and I’d decided to omit Tank Commanders from all of these models (turns out it’s fairly important in FoW) I decided to paint the barrels of the Crusader IIs with the green covering half, while keeping the CS variants to “clean” tan barrels. A little tricky, but as the vehicles look almost identical…

Battlefront 15mm Crusader II, Crusader III Armoured Squadron - British 8th Army Desert Rats for Flames of War, 1:100, 1/100, Battlegroup, What a Tanker

The Crusader III versions are a little more distinct from the others, with the flattened turret fronts and larger 6-pounder gun, making the models in the other two mixed platoons easier to distinguish from one another.

Battlefront 15mm Crusader II, Crusader III Armoured Squadron - British 8th Army Desert Rats for Flames of War, 1:100, 1/100, Battlegroup, What a Tanker

At this point, I’d fully committed to using different schemes on the different 8th army vehicles. The particular camo scheme for the Crusaders was inspired by a couple of colour plates I found online.

I used stippling to add the black (dark grey, actually) soft “spray effect” line dividing the green and the desert stone.

Battlefront 15mm Crusader II, Crusader III Armoured Squadron - British 8th Army Desert Rats for Flames of War, 1:100, 1/100, Battlegroup, What a Tanker

Again, a pic to show the four sides of the camouflage pattern applied…

Battlefront 15mm Crusader II, Crusader III Armoured Squadron - British 8th Army Desert Rats for Flames of War, 1:100, 1/100, Battlegroup, What a Tanker

…and an “aerial” shot.

Battlefront 15mm Crusader II, Crusader III Armoured Squadron - British 8th Army Desert Rats for Flames of War, 1:100, 1/100, Battlegroup, What a Tanker

And here are the completed Crusaders on the “Desert” flats.