Tuesday, 19 May 2020

On the workbench - Bishop Self Propelled Gun

The artillery vibe continues under lockdown I have upgrade a OP and a Bishop Self propelled gun. Britains first attempt at an SPG.  I painted up this gun  as a First Army gun for my Mid War British Army. Only deployed in Tunisia and Italy. These vehicles  are very characterful, I love the Heath Robinson look of the Bishop.
I like a well worn look to my Mid War British vehicles so lots of mud North African mud on this one 
extra stowage and crew from AB miniatures 

Losts of extra mud on the rear deck 
File:The British Army in Tunisia 1943 NA1449.jpg - Wikimedia Commons
my main ... but not only reference image https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_British_Army_in_Tunisia_1943_NA1449.jpg

 The final addition is this observers vehicle  inspired  by an image from the Taranto landings. PSC model  bren gun from the bits box

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The Invasion of Italy thanks to the Imperial  war Museum https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205204293

The crew are  a mix of PSC, HaT and Milicast

Monday, 11 May 2020

On the workbench Imperial Japanese Army Support units

Thats the Imperial Japanese Army force for Burma 44-45 done with a few support options Reconaissance and anti tank defences. I may invest in some Chi_Ha  tanks but first some games!
 A type 97 Te-Ke tankette reconnaissance vehicle 37mm gun version from 172scale miniatures
 Advancing with a foot patrol and sniper

Close up of a spider hole. I made several of these out of the extra miniatures from the platoon. They have either Type 99 LMG or the Type 97 20mm AT rifle  which I had a few spare. Liberally scattered around the battlefield should give a nasty surprise to pass allied infantry or armour.   

 I have made 6 camouflaged spider holes
 Two three man improvised Antitank teams. Antitank mines on a bamboo pole

 Close up of one team
 Another team stalk a Grant tank

 A 50mm grenade launcher battery for local support 
My FOO with scissor scope and RT operator. Artillary will be the main Anti tank defence for the Japanese

Scenario and AAR El Aroussa -The Race to the Spot, 26 February 1943 Tunisia.

  Battle for "The Spot", El Aroussa, Tunisia 26th February 1943 The History Three days after the end of the battles at Kasserine t...