The Caunter Scheme for the A9 Cruiser Mk.I

This "dazzle" scheme was named after its inventor, and was used by British forces in the Middle East and North Africa 1940-41.

Mike Starmer has written an excellent reference about it — there's a review of it by Peter Brown on the PMMS site. I'd really like to get my hands on a copy, but I've never seen on in the flesh.

There seems to have been a different implementation of the scheme developed for each individual vehicle type. The one shown here is specifically for the A9 Cruiser Mk.I

I've been painting all my WWII wargames stuff for the 1940 French campaign, but I'm tempted to start doing some stuff for the desert war, if only because wargaming that theatre of operations would require a lot less in the way of tabletop terrain models. On the other hand, the Caunter scheme is kind of a pain in the arse to paint... though it does look pretty.

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  1. Thought the same thing as soon as I saw the image. Heheh

  2. I just bought two (vol 1 and 4) of Mikes four books on brittish WWII camouflage.
    Vol. 1 - Desert Colours; The Caunter Scheme 1940 – 1941
    Vol. 2 - Desert Colours; Alamein and After 1942 – 1943
    Vol. 3 - Middle East Colours; Sicily and Italy 1943 – 1945
    Vol. 4 - British Army Colours and Disruptive Colours in the United Kingdom, France and N:W Europe 1936 – 1945
    Excellent books, and they have colour references in them also.
    I bought them directly from Mike, £30 for two books. E-mail him at mike_starmer(at)
    It will be more expensive though, as I will have to repaint all my France -40 armour...