Well, what with the 67th anniversary of D-Day tomorrow coinciding with the start of our visit from OfSTED (gulp), I was reminiscing about the 65th anniversary 2 years ago when I was fortunate enough to travel to Normandy with a party of veterans to join in the celebrations. Needless to say, this was a sobering – but exceedingly good-humoured – experience that I’ll never forget. But, I digress.
Put it down to the time of year or the weather, I felt compelled to paint up my Parachute Rifle Company (UBX18) that was an impulse buy during the Maelstrom sale a couple of months back. I’ve made good progress cleaning up and priming 70 US paras, airbrushing the base-coat and painting all the helmets and boots in about 5 days.
Inspired by the shoulder patch decals that shipped with my Warlord Games 28mm British Infantry, I noted the recent appearance on ebay of Mustang Game Systems’ 15mm shoulder patch decals. After reading a postive review at TMP and contacting David over at Mustang Games I received the following photos:
Intrigued, I ordered one pack on Monday which arrived on Saturday, not bad for the US to the UK. For $9.00 including postage and packing, I received 42 101st Screaming Eagle patches and 38 US flag decals as well as a small instruction sheet. The decals are printed on white paper to ensure a high colour content, but this does necessitate some very careful – and potentially disastrous – trimming. The Screaming Eagle patch is printed on a suitable ‘tan’ background to blend in to your little mens’ uniforms.
The decals are a little large for 15mm but, as I hope the photo below illustrates, they should fit neatly on the upper arms of figures whilst being clear enough to pass the 3 foot rule:
My only gripe is that there isn’t an equal number of Screaming Eagle and US flag patches. Odd. Will report back with photos when the Company is complete.