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Close Air Support for Look, Sarge, No Charts: SciFi

Two Reaper CAV close air support ships in a goofy desert style camouflage scheme

Two Reaper CAV close air support ships in a goofy desert style camouflage scheme

When we bought into the Reaper CAV Kickstarter to get a bunch of N-scale tanks and infantry, we also received some aircraft for close air support.  They had been languishing in my to-be-painted pile for some time.  I had to subject them to steam to bend them back into shape.  Then I sprayed them either black or brown, depending on the color scheme I was going to paint them.  The Rusotleum camouflage brown did not cause the Bones material to get sticky, but the Krylon matte black did.  Usually I can fix this with a coat of Army Painter anti-shine matte finish, but my local hobby store has been out for over a month.  I usually try to support my local store, but after four trips, I ordered three cans directly from Army painter, and they were cheaper!

Two more CAV aircraft in two different camouflage schemes

Two more CAV aircraft in two different camouflage schemes

I haven’t decide if these will be units that get placed on the table or whether they will be merely close air support like in the WWII set.  I suspect the speed and range of these will be such that it is impractical to place them on the table.  Until I decide, I haven’t based them.

Two Reaper CAV A-10 looking aircraft in two different camouflage schemes

Two Reaper CAV A-10 looking aircraft in two different camouflage schemes

I painted them in pairs by camouflage pattern.  Ideally each commander who gets close air support might get two with a distinguishing camouflage pattern to keep them straight on the table.

As I have not back story or specific theater of operations in mind, the camouflage schemes are all over the map.  I even did a couple in solid olive and solid brown.


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