One of my big projects is to make a good sized battlegroup for a Holland 44′ campaign. I have 1.5 platoons painted up and ready with 75mm pack howitzers, so I have decided to beef this group up with some more support options. My goal is to have 2 platoons with nice support options, recce jeeps, a command jeep, jeep tows for 6 Pdrs, and Jeep tows for 75mm pack howitzers. Basically I need 5-6 jeeps and some additional reinforcements in terms of metal men. I have scoured the internet for some reasonable options and in this first wave of reinforcements I have decided to start by painted 15 of the revell and esci holdover plastics to round out a platoon. I also did some head swaps to incorporate more berets into the mix. With head swaps I turned a Brit 2″ mortar from the revell set into another para mortar for platoon level support, and an old revell ANZAC vickers gun with crew into a nice piece for the para platoon.
As for the jeep project, I started with a couple of bodged jeep driver converts from airfix bofors crews with ESCI para heads on fully loaded airfix willys jeeps. I am starting out with two jeeps, one recce, one that could double serve as a tow or recce. Both jeeps have a nice amount of stowage that I provided from my spares box.
Phase two of this project will be to order more plastic jeeps- either going to grab up more airfix kits or also try some S Models which comes in a 2 pack, and then kit them out to round out a nice corp of jeeps. The crews I am coveting are from AB, and I would like the officers and radio set that AB makes as well… all around beautiful work, and eventually I want to explore what AB full offerings are for the war table. However with limited funds I don’t see phase 2 going into effect until the new year.
Below are some shots of the new pieces I have made:
hope you enjoy!