The modernity that I can reach with my French force is, like the infantry, limited by the vehicles available for purchase. The likes of QRF and, later, Battlefront Miniatures are hard to beat. QRF does nearly everything, while Battlefront doesn't do as much, but damn it if they don't do it well. The biggest shout out goes to Irishserb's Miniatures. His vehicles really fleshed out the lighter and middle areas that: 1. Nobody else does, and 2. are what I absolutely needed for the smaller scale actions we are wargaming. Furthermore, he went above and beyond on occasions to get me things. Can't thank him enough.
Information wise, there is a lot of good information on the Internet. If there are things tank-related, there are usually passionate throngs of people who can hyper analyze them to levels no one could ever care about. There are still discrepancies, but there are a number of reasons for this and usually there is a middle ground to land on rather than get too bogged down.
As far as books go: I have found a number of good books. Barnes and Noble bargains yielded some good finds. Unfortunately in the US the books tend to focus on the US, giving only a few sentences and data lines to less well recognized vehicles. Again I'll tout the book VEHICULES DE COMBAT FRANCAIS D'AUJOURD'HUI by Yves Debay as a one-stop shop. It's in French, so you'll encounter hiccups with electronic translators, but the data (numbers) don't change. It covers everything. From tanks, armored cars, infantry transports and weapons, soft skins, artillery, and SAMs. Well beyond what I needed it for. It even has a section on "the future" VBCI, which has since been deployed.
|A lot of good information. Some better than others.|
I really do hate painting. In my procrastinations I ironically spent more time saving pictures of French vehicles than it did for me to actually paint them. The pictures were not without their use. In the past, I used a very quick and dirty method for painting camouflage, but for the these I tried to replicate the actual patterns used.
|QRF VABs (multiple variants) and AMX-10 RC|