Airfix Warrior – Modern British MTP uniform 1

Mini update ………

Or to use it’s official designation;

Multi Terrain Pattern Personal Clothing System Combat Uniform (MTP PCS CU) which started entering service in 2011 replacing the old Combat Soldier ’95 system which had a vareity of uniforms for different situations. Personally after looking at many ref pics I think the MTP does a great job in both desert and temperate surroundings. It just looks tricky to paint lol

So, I started experimenting with painting the current uniform MTP (also sometimes called multicam) on one of the troopers. In theatre pics often show a mix of uniform types so I was thinking of painting the two troopers in MTP and the vehicle crew in the earlier desert pattern DPM figuring the groundpunders would be the first to get the newer issued uniforms. Interestingly the US also adopted multicam after first rejecting it and now having largely abandoned their “digital” pattern experiment …….

Anyway I had to mix all the colours to match the reference pics, in which the shades often appear quite pale and subdued.

I’ve attached some assorted MTP pics below showing how variations in lighting (and probably fading esp in the Afghanistan pic) effect the colour hues.

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Multicam 12

Multicam 16

Multicam 18

multicam_shirt_1

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And here’s my first attempt. I’m pretty happy with it so I’ll carry on and complete both of the troopers who will be standing in the fighting hatch.

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Warrior crew  w034

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4 comments on “Airfix Warrior – Modern British MTP uniform 1

  1. It looks great so far Brent.
    Welcome to a hell of outlining and defining the details though. You’ve kept the tones nice and soft which will help, but the biggest danger I’ve found (on MARPAT most recently) is the camoflage working too damn well and making the figures indistinct.

    • Exactly, damn modern camo !!!!!! lol

      The plan was to underdo the camo a bit and hope I don’t lose it all when outlining. They are bigger than 28s which should help, but the detail is softer. I’m going to keep the packs plain to add some cheap contrast – cheating heheheee

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