I ordered up some of the new 15mm World War II decals from Dom’s Decals last month but it’s taken me until now to actually get round the using the things.
What is there to say? Well they’re decals, there’s a big range of them and they look about one hundred times better than anything I’ve ever managed to paint on a vehicle.
Being true 1/100th scale the decals are quite small and can be a bit of a fiddle to work into place on the model and, as the designs are all printed on a single sheet, you have to cut fairly closely round them before use .
Here’s a picture of some of them in use on a Cromwell from the Northamptonshire Yeomanry of 11th Armoured Division fighting in the Normandy campaign of 1944. The model comes from Battlefront Miniatures and is one of the late war British range they withdrew from production a couple of years ago.
Dom’s started his range with markings for the British forces fighting in Western Europe in 1944 and 45. So far he’s done divisional markings for 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division, Guards Armoured Division, 11th Armoured Division (the Black Bull on the Cromwell above) and 79th Armoured Division. He’s also done tactical signs (the coloured circles, diamonds, squares and triangles seen on some British vehicles) as well as unit serial numbers (like the 45 on a blue and green background above) and bridging signs (numbers in a yellow circle)
Here’s a Humber Scout Car belonging to the 3rd Battalion Monmouthshire Regiment, also in 11th Armoured Division. The model comes from Peter Pig.
2 Universal Carriers from the same battalion. The models are from the Skytrex Command Decision range.
At £1 for a sheet of over a hundred divisional badges or £2 a large selection of serial numbers and bridging signs I cannot recommend this range of decals highly enough.