WW2 US tank crewman, D-Day, June 1944

Completed project. Updated 18.09.10

Dragon’s US 3rd Armored Division tank crewman Staff Sergeant ‘Mac” upgraded with accessories by Battlegear Toys, DiD and Soldier Story.

During WWII, a new, practical jacket was designed for the American armored vehicle crewmen and Army tank crews in Europe. M-4 Sherman tank crews were actually trading these jackets for Airmen's leather A-2 jackets. Surprisingly it became popular with Air Force pilots as well as airborne paratroopers because it was lightweight but offered three season warmth due to the wool blanket lining.

The pebbly effect on the binoculars is easily created by thick slatherings of acrylic paint. When almost dry, a stipple-end brush is used to texturise the surface. The surface is repainted black when dry.

The Tony Barton headsculpt is finished off with a warm tint acrylic wash/medium mix. He has rather thick 'manly' eyebrows, as an afterthought, I should have lightly sanded the edges of the brows down. Nonetheless, I am pleased with the outcome.

Another view of the headsculpt. The tanker helmet was slightly detailed with paint as were the M-38 Resistal goggles. The skull and neck sections of WW2 US tanker helmets are constructed of a hard fiber shell, with leather liner and ear flaps. They were essentially a football helmet modified to accept goggles and radio components.

28.08.10 Reworked pupils on the Tony Barton headsculpt. The dab of gloss varnish seemingly brings the eyes to life. There were 5 layers of acrylic washes. This was a practice session after not handling a paintbrush for 4 years. I'm not happy with the eyes; or rather I'm not too happy with MY old eyes... can't seem to paint steady nowadays.

To be continued…