After looking through my colour palette choice, and also looking at some painting references for ACW Confederate troops, I think I have made my final colour selections.
Thinking about my army background, I want the Confederate Mercenary Corps to be a rapid reaction force. Therefore, it will consist of primarily of Tank Battalions and Mechanised Infantry Battalions. I envisage having a couple of Infantry Battalions complete with Support Weapons, but these will be Sky Cavalry (once the Skim Lifter models are available, or as soon as I can find an alternative model elsewhere)
So, the name of the game here is Cavalry, as the force will be fully mobile.
Looking at the Confederate cavalry, their official uniform was a grey jacket, sky blue trousers with a yellow kepi and uniform trim – as with most Confederate forces, the official uniform was supplemented by the troops own clothing.
However, we are talking a highly organised 26th Century fighting force here, and so the official uniform will be adhered to.
For troops, this is quite simple – grey top, blue trousers and a yellow helmet.
This will be adapted slightly for the AFVs – their hulls will be painted with a blue and grey camouflage pattern, and their turrets (where they have one) will be yellow.
All this leaves now is which battalion to start painting?
The Mechanised Infantry Brigade pack contains 4 Battalions, plus some command bases:
- A Medium Tank Battalion (12 AFVs with Heavy Weapons)
- A Light Tank Battalion (12 AFVs with Medium / Light Weapons)
- A Light Mechanised Infantry Battalion (12 APCs and 32 Infantry)
- A Scout Mechanised Infantry Battalion (12 APCs and 16 Infantry)
To be honest, I want to give myself a decent chance of achieving this challenge, which means avoiding infantry. Therefore, I’m going to be painting the Light Tank Battalion.