Sunday, 15 March 2015
VBCW - The Posties Mechanised Unit part 1
Having got bored painting Saracens, building Volcano's and Tramp steamers - don't worry these will all be completed - I have turned my attention to a small project.
One of the great things about the VBCW genre is the opportunity to create ficticious units in this 1930's setting.
A few weeks back one of the job lot of LLedo vehicles I purchased included a postie van and the thought occurred to me that a unit of Postmen in their bright red vehicles would look stunning on the table.
So this project was born.
This would be a totally mobile and mechanised unit - ie in vans and trucks so a quick sweep of ebay found these wonderful vehicles and were duly purchased.
As you can see their are four vans for the rifle squads, a flatbed which will mount an AT gun, and a couple of smaller vehicles to use as staff cars, observers and MG crew?
Talking about the Postmen themselves - I purchased these sometime ago....they are from Empress Miniatures in their Mutton Chops range - link below
The troops are all based on WW1 BEF figures - complete with their caps and puttees. These will be painted in nice blue uniforms befitting of a postmen in the 1930's. As you can see in the picture above I have started trying to find the right blue ! I still need to add a Mortar Crew and a Vickers Machine gun.
To support the Postie unit they will get an armoured car/half track, and an MG Lloyd carrier. Source Empress
Finally our Post Unit will need some armour support - the resin beast below is a tank sourced fro Caliver at last years salute. I believe it is an old PMC model.
The big question - Can I be so bold as to paint these pillar box red?? Of course I can. The colour scheme will match those LLedo vehicles I purchased - bright red and black.
Don't you just love the variety you can get in VBCW and that nobody can tell you that you are wrong...
part 2 is now here...