Warpaint Vol 3
British Army Vehicle Colours and Markings 1903-2003
This book, Volume 3 in a series of four, describes and illustrates post WW2 camouflage and markings as follows:
Chapter 1 Paint and Camouflage post WW2
Chapter 2 Arm of Service Markings
Chapter 3 Formation Signs
The book is profusely illustrated with photos, and detail drawings. It describes in detail the official paint schemes, the variations often seen in practice, and the individual and unit markings applied to tanks, armoured cars, lorries and smaller vehicles, and towed guns. The series will prove invaluable for military enthusiasts and modellers, making sense of a very confusing topic!
Airfix Model World 12/2011 2013-04-04
Military Modelcraft International June 2012, Vol 1 2013-04-04
by Ray Mehlberger
Date of Review August 2011
Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) is based in the UK. All their books are printed by their associate Stratus in Sandomierz Poland. These are done in the English language. MMP and Stratus both do books about aircraft and AFV in English and Polish. This new book was sent to me directly from Stratus in a very well padded envelope.
The book is soft cover and 168 pages in length in a 8 ¼” x 11 5/8” page format.
This book is Volume 3 in a series of four describing and illustrating the colors and markings used by the British army on it’s vehicles during the 20th century. It describes the official paint schemes, the variations often seen in practice, and the individual and unit markings applied to tanks, armored cars, lorries and smaller vehicles, and towed guns.
Counting the front cover, the book contains 55 color photos of British AFV’s and an additional 92 black and white ones. The book title says from 1903 to 2003. However, there are only 2 black and white photos of WWI vehicles in the book.
There are 38 information charts.
Three color illustrations of the green and black camouflage scheme as applied to British AFV’s is shown. There is a illustration of the IFOR unofficial black pig insignia, used in Bosnia in 1996.
Color profile paintings are given of:
2 Korean War Centurions
a Operation Muskateer Centurion, Suez Invasion 1956
2 Saladin armored cars
an above illustration of a Scimitar
a Humber Scout Car Mk. I
a Sherman Firefly
Twenty-five service markings used during WWI are illustrated in color.
Twenty-two of these are shown for WWII in color.
There are 7 color illustrations of 1950’s AOS markings.
One color map marking symbol is shown.
There are 102 formation signs illustrated in color that were used from WWI till 2003.
There are an additional 253 color illustrations of high command markings.
A 6 page bibliography is at the back of the book.
On the rear cover there are illustrations of the cover arts for 3 other books in the Warpaint series. Vol. 1 and 2 are available and Vol. 4 is forthcoming.
This series of books is proving invaluable for military enthusiasts and modelers, making sense of a very confusing topic. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Scott Van Aken
Continuing with their larger books in the 'green' series, this one is on a subject about which I have seen very little written. As the title suggests, it is on the colors and markings of British Army vehicles from the turn of the 20th century to the Iraq invasion of 2003.
This is the third volume in the series that covers from the end of WWII until 2003. I somehow missed volume 2 on WWII, but it is out there as is an upcoming fourth volume.
The book opens with the camouflage changing from WWII OD to the British Bronze Green scheme. It then goes on to the black and green scheme and from there takes off into what are a myriad of special and localized schemes. This include the urban scheme, Iraq scheme, Cyprus scheme, desert scheme and UN scheme just to name a few. Each of these sections is illustrated with examples and towards the end of the schemes section there are a number of color profiles that help show what these looked like.
However, this is only the first major section of the book. The rest of it is chock full of information and color images of the various arm of service markings that were carried on vehicles from the earliest days to the present. Each is segregated into period to help make things much easier to understand. This includes corps and division and brigade markings and looks to me to be superbly researched. These markings have been reproduced in color with an explanation, where known, of just what the various markings mean.
It all makes into an outstanding reference book for those wanting to make some sense out of British Army markings, and an interesting read to boot. A book that needs to be on the shelves of any serious military modeler.
Reviewed by: Howie Belkin, IPMS #16
This is the third of four volumes of perhaps the most exhaustive and comprehensive study of British amour color and markings of the 20thCentury ever published. It’s been researched and compiled by Dick Taylor, a serving British officer who knows his subject up close and personal, who is also a modeler of the highest standing on the other side of the pond (the Atlantic). This volume is heavily illustrated with drawings of insignia, color side views and photos throughout. The three major sections are:
Chapter 1: Paint and Camouflage – This is primarily post WWII but NOT “just Deep Bronze Green!”
Chapter 2: Arm of Service Markings (AOS) – Covering the entire Century.
Chapter 3: Formation Signs – Also from WWI on.
First, I should point out that this is not a “post WWII” volume that would hold little interest to WWII buffs. Mr. Taylor goes back to the origins of AOS and Formation Signs, including variations that appeared over the years. When there was “reason” for certain choices he states them, and makes it easy for a serious modeler to properly mark his military vehicles identifying insignias. Whereas the U.S. used a complicated geometric coding painted on vehicles in North Africa and Tunisia, say, that system was dropped entirely for a simplified number/letter bumper code system used ever since to identify a vehicle’s unit place within that unit. WWII Germany developed a complicated code of simple line drawings that identified units and the “Arm of Service” that unit was (i.e. AA, TD…). Britain’s AOS markings simplify (for those in the know) identifying the type of unit the vehicle belonged to, as well as identifies the exact unit it belonged to by its formation sign.
The Camouflage section begins Post WWII where Volume 2 left off. Olive Drab SCC15 remained the first few years before being replaced by gloss Deep Bronze Green (DBG). Mr. Taylor documents the orders that authorized changes as well as illustrates exceptions to the rules and trial schemes. How many of you are aware of the “tiger-stripe” schemes, distinctive jigsaw, snow camo and urban schemes? These are just a few of the schemes that we’re introduced to. Any modeler with only a slight post war interest will be enticed to build an accurate Korean War, Falklands, Balkans, Gulf, Kuwait and Iraq war vehicle. Britain had a presence in the Middle East before the end of WWII. You might even be enticed to build a bright red Warrior or yellow Spartan and now have photographic proof to back up your model.
The AOS symbols changed drastically in WWII. If you’ve modeled a WWII British military vehicle you may have noticed a square marking with a number overlaid. Sometimes the square is cut diagonally into two colors, sometimes it’s divided vertically or horizontally into two or three colors. This was not done on whim – every color, every division of that square identified a type of unit (solid blue square was Royal Engineers; the top half red, bottom half blue was Royal Artillery…) Extensive listings match up each unit with its AOS insignia. This system was officially phased out starting in 1978.
While the US WWII Armor Divisions had the simple armor triangle with the division number in the top, Britain’s system of identifying the Brigade, or Division, Corps, an Army and Army Group was more extensive and is covered here in ‘show and tell’ detail from their WWI origins forward. The author not only identifies the unit but identifies where they served. Whenever possible, period photos back up the text and drawings. These complete the balance of the book. By the way, though vehicle interiors are beyond the scope of this volume, Dick Taylor does point out that British interiors were painted aluminum with the exception of ambulances which had white interiors.
Now that plastic kit companies have rediscovered British Army vehicles to model, you can compare the decals they provide to the information in this book. For example, I just completed a Valentine tank in markings for the 23rd Armoured Brigade. The insignia sports a Black Liver Bird of Liverpool on a white background. This book shows four variations of style for the bird, one of which confirms that MiniArt did its homework and I can relax knowing that my model is correctly marked. I can’t tell you how many of Peter Brown's reviews (from the UK) I’ve read where the manufacturer provided a fabulous kit with false markings! In fact, every kit manufacturer of British tanks and AFVS should have this Warpaint series of books handy before they plan out their decal sheets.
This book is highly recommended for modelers interested in accurately modeling British Army Vehicles camouflage and markings from their inception. If you can afford the complete set of 4 volumes you will have the latest, most comprehensive references available. Available for $32.97 plus shipping and handling at Mushroom Model Publications, in the U.K. or their US distributor, MMD Squadron firstname.lastname@example.org (972) 242-8663 or better shops in the US. Many thanks to Dr. Roger M. Wallsgrove, Editor-in-Chief at Mushroom Model Publications for the review copy. I hope the trend to continue to crank out new British and Commonwealth models in 1/72 and 1/35 scales has only just begun, as there are so many that were never done before or the example that exists is very out of date. Only now has a company like MiniArt finally produced a series of state of the art 1/35 Valentine tanks. It was the most widely produced British tank of WWII – a full 25% of all British tanks produced were Valentines. I’m not sure if there’s even one 1/72 Valentine available yet! Kudos to Dick Taylor and Mushroom Model Publications for giving us this comprehensive reference on British Warpaint!
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Today our review book is the newest title of the Mushroom Model Publications Warpaint series. This book is the 3rd volume of a total of 4 and have as the theme Colors and markings of british army vehicles 1903-2003.
The book have 170 pages in A4 format, and are divided on 3 chapters:
Chapter one – Paint and camouflage post WWII – not just deep bronze green
Chapter two – Arm of service markings
Chapter three – Formations signs
The Author is Dick Taylor, is a Serving British Army officer that served in many areas of the world as a tank gunnery and biological, radiological and nuclear operations instructor. Are graduated as Master by Dundee university.
This chapters gives us a great opportunity to explore the British camouflage and markings organization and application on the years after the end of WWII. This period is especially confused on this area by the great number of changes on British armed forces on the 50’s and reorganizations on the end o WWII.
The Book become easy understand this changes, gives us the information material for a great number of vehicles, smaller, armored cars, tanks and towed guns. A full color number of photos are another great score of this excellent release.
Are hundreds of photos, completed by a very accurate number of tables with unit’s organizations and composition on the British Army. The Book have a great number of color profile of a great variety of Army vehicles from the end of 40’s to the Afghanistan campaigns on the first years of the 21th century.
I have no doubts that is a awesome title to compound a completely research material about the British Army vehicles. The photo and profile material that compose this volume are a unless material for all military modelers and researchers interested on the British Army themes.
This is the set of books that any self-respecting AFV enthusiast needs to get if he has any interest in British vehicles. In addition to collating existing published information, Dick Taylor has researched even more which makes this work essential to the core of any library on the subject. In volume three the nuances of colour schemes used post WW2 are described, along with a section on the actual paints and regulations concerning their use. Dick then moves on to markings covering the Arm of service system and it’s variations in different eras, conflicts and units. Formation signs are covered, again through their chronological use. The chapters are lavishly supported by photographs both period and modern, black & white and colour which help this difficult subject to come alive. The sections on markings very ably illustrated by high quality colour artwork which correspond to the printed photographs. The photos are themselves well chosen and frequently not seen elsewhere. Dick supports his work with references and in the bibliography points the reader to previously published sources and sources. Even Tankette and MAFVA get a mention!
This book is thoroughly recommended, and I await Volume 4 with enthusiasm. (...) Paul
Middleton 1528 27-08-2011
Military Machines Int. Oct 2011 2013-04-04
AFV Modeller Sept-Oct 2011 2013-04-04
by: Alan McNeilly [ ALANL ]
Recently released by Mushroom Model Publications is the 3rd Volume in Dick Taylor’s Warpaint series of reference books, covering the Colours and Marking of British Army Vehicles from 1903 to 2003.
The first two Volumes were reviewed here on site and the links to those reviews are below: (...)
This is the third of what will be four volumes covering the interesting, but complex, subject of vehicle paint and marking for the British Army.
In this volume the focus shifts from vehicle marking in the 1st and 2nd World War to the early post war period of the 1950s plus.
This is a text light volume, with the main focus on the pictorial markings.
The book consists of 168 pages in A4 soft back format. The quality of the printing and photographs used with the book are excellent. There are extensive colour references both for the paint schemes, AOS and Formation markings.
Chapter 1 - Post War Years:
Chapter 1 covers developments in the post war years and the return to Deep Bronze Green as a standard paint scheme for military vehicles across many theatres of operation and moves logically on to developments in the 1970s when 2 tone schemes started to make a re-appearance.
It looks at trials and specific developments related to specific urban areas, for example the Berlin Brigade scheme in 1982, and covers the type of paint schemes used across a wide variety of locations and time periods where the British Army has been deployed for example:
• Turkey 1982
• Northern Ireland 1969 - 2003
• Cyprus 1945 - 2003
• The Middle East - 1945 - 1989
• The Far East 1945 - 2003The Balkans 1992 - 2003
• United Nations Duties 1964 - 2003
• The Liberation of Kuwait 1990 -1991
• The Iraq War 2003
• Miscellaneous Paint Schemes 1945 - 2003
Running from page 5 to 60, Chapter 1 is structured with brief text outlining any important issues for that period but primarily the focus is on both colour and black and white examples of the various paint schemes. Each photograph having its own footnote.
Chapter 2 - Arm of Service Markings:
Chapter 2 provides an in-depth look at the development and use of Arm of Service markings from 1915 to 2003. Running from page 51 to 104 there is a wealth of information for the modeller, and starting on page 69 are a detailed series of tables showing AOS marking from 1940 through to 1945.
Page 90 leads onto Post War AOS Marking and again is supported by good quality photographs and detailed tables of information.
Chapter 3 - Formation Signs: v Chapter three covers in detail the origin of Formations signs form Word War One to the modern day. It has a wealth of information with a coloured graphical representation of each sign and a descriptive text associated to its origins (where known) and use. This is invaluable information for the modeller and a highly interesting chapter. v Finally Pages 163 to 167 lists References and Bibliography details of the sources used in the writing of the publication whilst page 168 lists magazines, periodicals and internet resources used for the research of the book.
This is another excellent volume from Dick. There have been a number of small errors identified within the volume, but given the scope and range of the subject area covered plus the lack of supporting documentation in many cases this is to be expected. That said, this doesn’t in any way lessen the importance of this volume as its very publication will bring new information to light
The quality of the printing, photographs and plates are excellent. The data on the development and use of Formation Signs is highly informative and the tables for the AOS markings is a valuable one stop resource in itself.
Both modellers and AM producers should find this volume a valuable publication as no doubt will any that are interested in military history.
Dick has a post running on Missing Link noting any errors or new information that have come up since publication:
Vol 3 errata:
Amazon.co.uk customer review (1) 2013-04-04
5.0 out of 5 stars Warpaint Part 3, 12 Sep 2011
Does what it says on the tin, follows on from parts 1 and 2. Chapter 1 Post WW2 cammo., its all here colours and patterns with photos and good illustrations to back up the text. Chapter 2 arm of service markings from WW1 to post WW2; the complete system in words, photos and illustration. Tables cover various organisations for different periods, the only let down here for me is the tables only go as far as senior, armoured and junior regiment etc, and senior or junior brigade. To be fair this level of information would fill a book on its own. Earlier texts by other authors seem to confuse the order and numbering of the units of the 7th armoured division at the date of conversion from the Mobile division (Egypt) and unfortunately we do not get a definitive answer here. You will have to cross reference with organisation tables from other sources. The final chapter covers formation signs from WW1 to Post WW2 and again its all here backed with excellent photos and illustrations. Apart from my little gripe, these books tell the whole story of British Army camouflauge and markings, and about time too, just waiting for the final chapter. With so many reference books on German subjects its good to have this excellent text to draw from.
By Chris Banyai-Riepl
This book is number three in a series of four books documenting the colors and markings of British army vehicles. The scope is tremendous, covering a century of vehicles, and it is understandable to break this apart into multiple volumes. This book is divided into three main sections: paint and camouflage after the Second World War, arm of service markings, and formation signs.
The section on paint and camouflage is quite interesting, and it is further divided into specific eras. This starts with the deep bronze green era, then moves into the other schemes. These include the 1971 green and black scheme, urban schemes from 1982-1990, snow camouflage schemes, Turkey 1982, Northern Ireland 1969-2003, the Near-East & Cyprus 1945-2003, the Middle East 1945-1989, Egypt and North Africa, the Persian Gulf, United Nations Duties 1964-2003, Canada 1972-2003, the Balkans 1992-2003, the Liberation of Kuwait 1990-1991, the Iraq War 2003, and various miscellaneous paint schemes and trials from 1945-2003. As you can see from this list, there is nothing left out, but most of these are described in text rather than in photos. This section ends with a selection of color profile illustrations that highlight some of these color schemes.
For the arm of service marking section, this is also very detailed, and divided up according to the individual arms of service. While the first section covered vehicles after the Second World War, this section (and the following on formation signs) covers the entire period of 1903 to 2003. Each marking is presented as a color drawing, and sections are divided up into World War One, World War Two, and Post-War. In addition to the marking drawings, there are lots of tables that breaks down the colors and arrangements of the markings even further. This is a lot of information, but it is logically presented.
Speaking of a lot of information, the section on formation markings is just that. The largest part of the book, this section is made up of page after page of color drawings next to the text description. Like the previous section, this one is also divided up according to era, and if you know the era and location of your particular subject vehicle, you can easily figure out what markings it should have on it.
This is a great reference for modelers of British armor, as it provides detailed information on both the camouflage colors and the individual unit markings.
Military Modelling 2013-04-04
In comparison to the vast numbers of books published over the years on German army vehicles, particularly those seeing service in WW2 (and to a lesser degree, vehicles of the US Army and USMC), the vehicles of the British Army have been relatively poorly served by publishing houses. I do not know why this should be since these books are not always aimed primarily at modellers but at military historians; they, as a group, have as much interest in other nation's vehicles as they do in German subjects. Be that as it may, occasionally new books get published that attempt to try and right the balance and this latest work from Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) is one in a series that is trying to do just that.
"Warpaint: Colours and Markings of British Army Vehicles 1903 - 2003" is a four volume series that has quickly made a very good name for itself amongst modellers and military historians with the excellent response to the release of the first two volumes. Showing the high standards of research, readability and high presentation values of other recent quality MMP books, such as the truly wonderful 'AFVs in Irish Service Since 1922' I had the pleasure of reviewing (and which remains, at present, my "book of the year"), the first two books have covered the period 1903 -1945 for general colours and markings, as well as the origins of colour schemes and shades, registrations, war department numbers, census marks, sub-unit markings and callsign numbers. Now, some 3 years after the launch of the first volume, the eagerly-awaited volume 3 has arrived.
There are 3 major sections in this volume: Paint and Camouflage post WW2: starting at the immediate post-war 'deep bronze green' era, various colour trials are then examined leading to the 'green and black' scheme introduced in the early 1970s. Specialist location and environment schemes (ranging from urban schemes, snow camouflage, Turkey and Northern Ireland to the Middle East, far East, UN Duties, Canada, the Balkans, liberation of Kuwait and the Iraq War) are all covered in differing levels of detail.
Arm of Service Markings: broken down into WW1, WW2 and postwar sections, this is for me the most interesting part of the book since so little has been written on this subject previously. Even the reasons for the demise of the system by the end of the 1970s are investigated. Formation Signs: this, I suspect, will be many readers' most enjoyable section since every units signs, from higher command level down to division, brigade and even, in a couple of cases, garrison level are represented diagrammatically in colour and backed up with photographs.
On the issue of photographs, the book is liberally provided with reference photos to show points being made or markings or colours being discussed. There is also a nice selection of colour profiles of various vehicles.
To illustrate the book, I have chosen the following pages: some truly bizarre Canadian colour schemes for range control duties and specialist exercises (below);
colour profiles of a Saladin armoured car and Warriors (above); photographs illustrating a PASS plate on an Albion 3 Ton folding boat carrier and double AOS plates on a staff car (below);
divisional signs of units such as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Cavalry Divisions, the Guards Division and the 1st -10th Divisions, all during WW1 (above); and some independent Brigade signs from WW2 such as the 36th, 72nd and 231st Independent Brigade Groups, RAC Gunnery establishments and the 1st Armoured Replacement group CMF (Italy) (below);
I cannot stress too strongly how confusing some of the topics covered in the book have been to date to modellers, enthusiasts and historians, yet how well the author has pulled the information together and presented it clearly, concisely and in an extremely interesting manner. I fully understand why some AFV modelling friends have raved about the first 2 volumes in this series and, subsequently, how well this one will be received.
So What Do We Think?
An excellent third book in this acclaimed series. The later sections stand on their own as marvels of thorough and accurate research.
Review by: Geoff Coughlin
This book is Volume 3 in a series of four describing and Illustrating the colours and markings used by the British Army on its vehicles during the 20th century. The major sections in this volume cover the following areas:
Chapter 1 Paint and camouflage post WW2 – not just Deep Bronze Green!
Chapter 2 Arm of Service Markings
Chapter 3 Formation Signs
The book is profusely illustrated with photos and detailed drawings.
It describes in detail the official paint schemes, the variations often seen in practice and the individual as well as unit markings applied to tanks, armoured cars, lorries and smaller vehicles; also towed guns.
This series is going to be highly relevant and an invaluable resource for scale modellers, not least because clarity is brought to a very confusing subject.
Author Dick Taylor is a serving British Army officer who has been deployed in many areas of the world. Since being commissioned in 2000, he has specialised in tank gunnery instruction, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear operations, psychological operations and, lately, defence exporting.
I was very impressed by the quality of the colour profiles included, as these give insight to weathering possibilities, which of course goes for the photos as well.
Amazon.co.uk customer review (2) 2013-04-04
5.0 out of 5 stars Warpaint, 6 Jan 2012
This book was bought after buying and reading through Vols 1&2. It is well worth buying and is a excellent development of previous work on this subject. As a final recommendation for this series I have Vol 4 on order. Personnally I would like to have seen more on "B" vehicles but the series remains a first class reference on this subject. Dick Taylor, how about a vol 5 et al concentrating on Imperial and dominion formations and equipment and where they differ from Britian?
ScaleModellingnow. com (2) 2013-04-04
Review by: Bill Curtis (February 2012)
This is an A4 format book printed on good quality glossy paper and has 168 pages between the soft covers. It’s the third volume in a series of four, which describes and illustrates the colours and markings used by the British Army on its vehicles during the twentieth century. The major sections in this book cover: Paint and camouflage post WWII Arm of Service Markings Formation Signs.
The book is profusely illustrated with photographs and line drawings. It describes in detail the official paint schemes, variations which inevitably occur in practice and the individual unit markings applied to all types of vehicles from AFV’s to towed guns and wheeled lorries.
Author Dick Taylor is a serving member of the British Army and, after being commissioned in 2000, has served in many areas of the world. He has a first class degree in History and is currently reading for a Masters degree at Dundee University. Conclusions
The pictures in this book are clear and accompanied by text to explain the colours and or markings. This is a terrific series and, as one who finds British Markings a black art, the book is a tremendous guide.
For those of us who thought that British Colours were green or green and black, think again as some of the schemes illustrated are truly mind blowing. For example, the urban scheme for Berlin, a red painted Warrior or a Centurion painted one side in one scheme, while the other is done in a different one.
These books are truly an invaluable reference for the military historian and modeller alike and I now see a glimmer of hope for the markings.
MiniReplika 71 2011-09-09
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