The problem is I can only find a handful of grainy black and white pictures axis airfield buildings to guide me in my task. From these I can see that buildings were camouflaged but they give no indication of colour schemes. I've hunted through my many books on the desert war and found a few photo's on the aftermath of such raids but few pictures show what the airfields looked like before the LRDG and SAS had finished with them.
|This is an Italian Airfield but it is unclear where this is. Note the Camo pattern in the hanger walls. (Source: IWM)|
|This is an abandoned airfield at Wunstorf in Germany presumably taken towards or shortly after the end of WWII. Again a (different) camouflage patterns can be seen on the Hunger walls. (Source: IWM)|
Both of these pictures show European airfields and aside from a handful of partial pictures I cannot find anything relating to a Desert Airstrip, so I'm going to improvise (ie guess) what one would look like. The following buildings are generic enough that I think they could be used pretty much anywhere in Africa or even mainland Europe but I have given them a 'desert Camo' pattern for their roofs based loosely on Italian Aircraft colour schemes for this period. I think the results look authentic enough, but I can always repaint them of I find some documentary evidence that suggests anything radically different.
|Supply Dumps - These can be places around the airfield|
The next terrain project is to make a perimeter fence and some MG outposts to offer protection to these buildings. I have already started on this but I'm making a lot of it (current estimate somewhere around 22ft of fencing!) and its taking a long time to work through each stage of construction and painting. Needless to say I'll post some pictures when I have it finished.