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Post  wfrad on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 9:36 am

These are from Formation badges of WWII Britain, Commonwealth and Empire by Howard Cole.
For no good reason that I can think of I coloured them in, also redid a couple.
I now can say that Iíve reached the level of Ďtrain spotterí for doing something thatís a pointless waste of time, especially since all of these are quite easily available on many websites.
No disrespect meant to any trainspotters.
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Well, I liked them

Post  mconrad on Fri 28 Jan 2011, 7:15 am

Well, I like them. I don't think I've seen colored versions of some of these.

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Post  wfrad on Mon 31 Jan 2011, 9:58 am

I have tried to find several copies before colouring the b/w line drawing and have found that the variations are quite numerous, obviously some must be reproís.
I have decided to attempt a couple of more pages that may be of interest to you.
Again not all are original drawings and the colouring may be a little of but they are intended as a guide rather than a solid reference. I placed a direct link but they still may be too small to read the text.
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Post  wfrad on Mon 31 Jan 2011, 10:01 am

Another two pages.

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Post  sbintayab on Mon 31 Jan 2011, 4:33 pm

Dear Wilf,
Your work is excellent in a word............
I have sent an attachment which may help you........
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Post  wfrad on Tue 01 Feb 2011, 6:21 am

Hi Shams
Thanks for that, time permitting I'll do some more pages so long as there's an interest in having them, .
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Post  wfrad on Sun 06 Feb 2011, 1:48 am

Three more pages, again I've tried to find actual example to compare and changed some of the badges which were difficult to see,
Colour shades are a little suspect but like the previous posts and any future post they are just intended as a rough guide.
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Post  wfrad on Mon 07 Feb 2011, 10:40 am

Another two pages,
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Post  wfrad on Sun 13 Feb 2011, 12:11 am

Another two with artistic licence!!!
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Post  wfrad on Mon 14 Feb 2011, 4:13 am

Another two pages from Formation Badges of WWII.
Some are turning out better than others, I've tried checking the badges against original examples but the variations are legion, compounded by modern copies used by re-enactment groups, although on the whole these copies tend to be true copies unlike the non too genuine dealers.
It would also help if I knew what to look out for so I'm afraid what you see is what you get with maybe a little artistic licence added on.
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Post  wfrad on Mon 14 Feb 2011, 10:42 am

Another two pages.
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Post  wfrad on Thu 17 Feb 2011, 6:37 am

next two,
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Post  wfrad on Tue 22 Feb 2011, 7:03 am

Another two pages from Formation Badges WW2 H Cole.

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Post  wfrad on Wed 23 Feb 2011, 3:48 am

Again a little different to some examples but I believe them to be in general fairly accurate.
In the book the 11th AA Div is more like a wet pigeon or the German Imperial eagle of the pre 1918 era, the examples that I have seen show the Third Reich eagle, which is what Iíve tried to illustrate.

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Formation Badges 58/60

Post  wfrad on Thu 24 Feb 2011, 1:44 am

Another two pages and with a few liberties taken regarding colour, again Iíve tried to fix some old poor quality images of original badges, with a some degree of success along with some new drawings.
Iím beginning to wonder if I should have left the original b/w images also, just placing small coloured images next to the original b/w images.
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Post  wfrad on Sat 26 Feb 2011, 1:58 am

Here's another two pages,

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Post  wfrad on Sun 27 Feb 2011, 11:18 pm

Where I can Iíve tried to touch-up poor quality images and draw fresh examples of some variations, some of these variations may also have been found on vehicles.
There are a few sites such as Diggger History that has some additional information.
I was surprised at the lack of good examples of actual div signs for Australia and New Zealand.
As for the badges themselves I have tried to reproduce them as near as possible [for me] to the original examples with varying degrees of success and where information was limited I have left well alone.


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Wonderfull improvement on the original book

Post  mconrad on Mon 28 Feb 2011, 1:22 am

Wonderfull improvement on the original book

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Post  wfrad on Mon 28 Feb 2011, 8:53 am

Thanks, Seemed a good idea at first!
Here'a another two pages
Iíve found a few variations for the 1st and 3rd divisions, some may however be vehicle markings, I have seen a reference to some units wearing simplified badges similar to the ones used on their vehicles but no photographs of then in use.
The 2nd Divs has a variation of a walking/running penquin but again I have failed to find any good reference for this badge.
I will leave that debate for the experts.

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Post  wfrad on Sun 06 Mar 2011, 2:23 am

Here's two more.
Again I've added variations for some and tried to clean up or replace those that I thought required it, although after posting them I should possibly in hindsight cleaned up the rest.

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formation badges cole 71/72 &73

Post  wfrad on Mon 07 Mar 2011, 1:46 am

Three more.
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Post  wfrad on Mon 07 Mar 2011, 10:08 am

Two more pages.
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Post  wfrad on Sat 12 Mar 2011, 10:20 am

Deleted seperate post and added them here!
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Post  wfrad on Sat 12 Mar 2011, 10:23 am

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Post  wfrad on Sat 12 Mar 2011, 11:24 pm

Pages 80 & 81, again these are just to try and help give some idea of the badges with variations that's best left for the experts to determine which were actually worn, promlem being many badges were authorised for units but never were actually worn or issued.
A veritable mine field to determine genuine badges from made-up replicas but as said, these may help toward giving some idea of the general design to start from.
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