From the Shed: WW1 French tanks.

I’ve backed all three Kickstarters for The Great War board game. However when the last expansion was up, the French one, I didn’t buy any accompanying French tanks at the time.


Having got the box through I saw that the scenarios featuring French tanks need either three Schneider tanks or one Schneider and one St. Chamond. I decided to order myself a set of 3D printed tanks from Butler’s Printed models… I went for 1 of each type initially. I wanted to see what the quality was like firstly, then I figured I may order two more Schneiders later.


Then I got the 3D printer for xmas so I decided to print myself off a set of 3 Schneiders anyway.


First up are the Butler’s Printed Models. They are nice prints, didn’t take much cleaning up at all.


They look pretty smart with a coat of paint on too.


The 3D prints of my own aren’t as fine as the others but this isn’t down to my printer, rather because I scaled a 1:200 file up to 1:100, consequently the lack of detail in the original file became more apparent.


However with a coat of paint on them I’m really very pleased with how they look now.


The colourful, even stylish, French camo was fun to do abd I can’t wait to add this new dimension to my Great War games now.





22 comments on “From the Shed: WW1 French tanks.

  1. Dude, they look sweet! Love the “high-vis” camo pattern too, very well executed 😀👍

  2. Jeff Groves says:

    Very nice, Pete! The French certainly had some unique ideas concerning “camouflage”.

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Thanks Jeff. They had a lot of schemes that I could have chosen. Some more effective than others. This was one of the ineffective ones….



  3. Ann says:

    Very cool. I like the camo too. It is the sort of thing that I would imagine space orks would use more than in real life, but that is true of a lot of camo. I vaguely remember reading that some of that crazy ship camo wasn’t so much to make the ship hard to see as to make it harder to hit when it was moving.

    I wonder how that tank camo ended up working for them? In any case you did a good job and it evokes the pictures I’ve seen in books of the real thing.

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Thanks Ann. From what I’ve read this camo pattern was pretty poor. It would make a good Sci Fi scheme as you have suggested though.

      The dazzle pattern was fascinating. In the years where ship combat relied on visual and optical aids it made it harder to get an accurate idea of what the ship was doing. Of course when radar came along, and aircraft in lager numbers, it went by the wayside.

      Reminds me I have a dazzle pattern print to get framed.



  4. Excellent tanks, Pete! Nicely done camouflage! I love French WW1 tanks and these are spot on! 🙂

  5. All very nicely done Pete and I like the camouflage.

  6. Those Look Outstanding my friend:) You can use stuff like that for SCW.
    Take care Pete Stay safe.


    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Thanks Dave- appreciated. The Schneider is ideal for SCW. Will have to print out a 1/72nd scale one for that to go with my Miniairons figures.

      Stay safe.



  7. Marvin says:

    Impressive results, I really like these old early tanks – there’s something almost steampunk about them.

  8. patmcf says:

    Hey mate they are so goood! love the camouflage!

  9. Nice camo on these French oldies!

  10. Azazel says:

    You’re right mate – with the paint on you can’t see the printed “step” texture at all. Well, maybe if you were to eyeball them up close but in these shots I can’t see it at all.

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