Sunday, September 11, 2011

British North Africa Transport (2)

These nine trucks are more of the figures I obtained in the OOP "Sting of the Scorpion" box set I bought from a local friend recently. Like the jeeps in my earlier post these trucks were intended to be armed to the teeth with .50 cal and Lewis machine guns as assault vehicles for an SAS force. I've converted them for unarmed transport use, well mostly.

These trucks were my primary motivation to find one of the OOP box sets. Transport is always so boring in games. When I first saw these trucks in a friend's collection I knew I had to get some for myself. I've done my best to vary the stowage as much as I felt would be historically accurate. Captured German supplies, lend-lease ammo crates, water containers and British supplies all adorn the trucks. The drivers are the original SAS crews, but as I said in the Jeep post, I don't think they're much of a stretch for North Africa 'regulars'. In the desert heat a soldier will do a lot to be comfortable and officers will overlook a lot of efforts by their troops to do so.

The one vehicle that I didn't disarm was the 20mm Portee Breda anti-tank gun. The truck looked quite naked without the Breda in the cargo bed and I thought it was too unique of a model to pass up completing. Hopefully at some point I can come across another of these to complete a minimum platoon of two vehicles. If I can't find one from this box set I might try my hand at scratch building one from an un-armed plain truck. This has been a fun project, but took far too long to finish because of my distaste for painting vehicle tires. Next up some Australian infantry to ride in these trucks.


Adler Hobby & Board Game Cafe said...

MAn AJ I think your getting better I see a improvment in your painting since last year at this time. not that it was bad but your getting even better is cool!

Rodger said...

Very impressive painting AJ.

AdamC1776 said...

Like them! Look forward to blowing them up ;)

AJ (Allan) Wright said...

Adam1776 said "Like them! Look forward to blowing them up ;)"

Wouldn't you have to buy a Hellfire & Back book and actually paint up some new minis to fight my EW stuff?