Thursday, July 15, 2010

How to paint the Valk?

  I've also finished magnetizing my Valkyrie.  Used the left over Land Raider LasCannon sponsons from a Land Raider Crusader box that allows me to convert the Valkyrie to a Vendetta should I want to.  Trouble is I'm kind of stumped as to paint it up as. I've got some ideas running though my head and I just wanted to run them by the followers for input.

  To me the Valkyrie doesn't really fit with the Sniper Vet themed army.  So I'm figuring Sharpe requisitioned one outside of the normal supply chain.  Why does this matter?  Well it lets me be more flexible with the paint scheme.  Before I get into the various ideas, some back story on Sharpe and the 95th that might be relevant.  On of my favorite of the Sharpe movies is Sharpe's Eagle.  A British Major dies and losses the Kings colors (Flag) to some French Calvary.  He was just following the poor orders of his Colonel, but anyway.  As he is dieing in Sharpe's arms, he asks Sharpe to get him a French Eagle (Aigle de drapeau).  So Sharpe later in the show storms through a French line as it is disrupted by some line fire, and gets the Eagle.

So here are the Ideas I have had in no particular order.

1) Great White Shark scheme.  Grey-Blue on the top, White on the bottom.  Black eyes under the cockpit, no open mouth decal, just a thin black line for the mouth.  This one is kind of an inside joke, due to my irrational fear of sharks.  Saw Jaws at too young of an age or or was on the Indianapolis in a past life, or something who knows.

2) Streaky French Tri-Color.  Fifteen to twenty years ago there was this ad in a magazine for the Concorde.  Image was looking head on to the Concorde the was painted in the colors of the French flag, only the paint job looks like it was applied in a Wind tunnel.  Made the Concorde look faster than it already looked if that was possible.  You think I could find that Web-Fu failed me.  But I found this shot to the left so you get the basic Idea.  This fits with the "Eagle" reasoning from above.

3) Union Jack.  Fits with the 95th, British theme.

4) Modern Fighter Grey.  Emphasis of the army should be on the 95th and not the support craft.  Each Valk also comes with Imperial Wing waterslide transfers.  So this option could have the white imperial eagle wings, keeping with the "Eagle" theme.

5) Standard Green Valk.  The one you have seen dozens of times over on the GW site.  With or without the white imperial wing decals.

6) ME 262 Paint scheme.  Just cause of all the aircraft paint schemes I've ever seen, I've liked this one the best.

I'll be making a poll over on the right, feel free to vote there, and if you want leave your comments below.

Ranger Rob


  1. I'm currently wrestling with this too.

    I have a desert themed IG army, in a LRDG vein (except with less pink) and I've got two valks. I'm stongly considering elysians, as an attached army group.

    The options I've been cosnidering are:

    desert camo tan/white to fit the army.

    stuka spots - because they are cool

    imperial navy grey - so i can use them with my IST's in my DH force too.

    now I know none of that helps you :)

    What would I do in your shoes? well going with the 95th idea you have,

    Sharpe fights alongside other forces throughout the novels, so an allied unit, or imperial navy would be absolutely fine.

    for a scheme for the 95th itself, go with the fusilier green and use the default single colour.

    I'd argue that it absolutely fits with the role the 95th play. (modernised)

    they were skirmishers, essentially a forward infantry element, and although this isnt in the sharpe novels, such troops were very often mounted to get into position. regardless, your modern day forward infantry elements, particularly snipers make extensive use of helicopters to get into position.

    I'd say you were absolutely fine to go for regimental colours, or the colours of a supporting unit such as the imperial navy.

  2. I went with the modern fighter gray on mine. Added some yellow panels around the engine as well as yellow tail stripes. Looks great, feels like a 20th century Russian fighter. Also magnetized so it can run as a Valk or a Vendetta. Lovely model but it took ages to assemble and paint.

  3. You're right to enjoy the beautiful Me 262!

    And have you considered some attempt at a Napoleonic-era British ship-of-the-line, look? Like The Victory?