Thursday, 5 August 2021

Rapid Fire in 20mm! Filling gaps in WW2 - part 4

One more episode of this series that already became your favorite for sure. This time a few details and numbers for the allies, both British and Soviet. Also a few more German dead markers for my next game that will have plenty of infantry.

Super Mário offered me this Gaz AAA. It has the rear part with a big miss print so something else had to be done. 

In Shann´s Seelow Heights book the command version of the Gaz AAA shows up from several perspectives. Command vehicles are the typical vehicles for this series that is concentrating on small details, sometimes unnecessary ones. 

The only change is the big box at the rear made from plastic card and Milliput. 

The usual stowage and boxes were also added, specially on the roof top which also helped to disguise some flaws. 

In the end you get a reasonable Soviet command vehicle which would´t be difficult as the base resin print is a beauty. 

While looking to the stash I remembered mating the chassis of an early surplus MiniGeneral PLA print Polish 7tp with a Minairons leftover  T-26 turret in order to get one more complete T-26 for Barbarossa. The holes of the twin turrets were filed with hot glue and one of them was drilled for the turret to swirl around.

A few boxes and stowage were added and the model was built. 

This is an easy conversion as the Vickers 6 ton tank is the base for both the 7tp and the T-26 tanks

Another conversion of the week was this pair of M7 priests in British service. They have the wading system used on D-day and will be used in Don McHugh's latest RF scenario, Breakthrough to Lion-sur-Mer. The models are Matchbox and Fujimi but many parts were interchanged. The white superstructure was made from plastic card and the crew are the original figures with Valiant British heads. 

Both are 1/76th scale and even if slightly different ( the Fujimi model is the B1 version) the added superstructure helps to unify them. 

Can't say this picture is an original, right, Don? 

Two more fighters were added to the Barbarossa VVS, namely these die-cast Mig-3 from Luppa. I still didn´t have any of this important model which was one of the more numerous in the 1941 summer. 

Finally, a few more German casualty markers were added. The figure are hard plastic Hasegawa with added arms in GreenStuff. 

The poses themselves are initially Mg-42 and Mauser firers but as many have the face down they became reasonable casualty markers. 

The blood stains are pretty convincing as they come from a GW reference called 'Blood for the Blood God'... what else can you ask?...

Next: Carentan in 20mm. One of the best pieces of modelling I've seen in my life made by Super Mário and offered to me a few days ago.


  1. More great conversions JP! Keep up the good work and look forward to the Carentan post:)

    1. Thanks Steve. The Carentan post will be something. All the buildings were made by Mário Laranja. They can only be awesome :)

  2. Great conversions. Love the Priests and the figure conversions look great.

    Thanks, Andy

  3. Thanks Andy. The US cut on the uniforms can hardly be noticed.

  4. I made the Matchbox Priest when I was 14 or thereabouts. Nice kit and it shows here. Looking forward to Carentan, too. I stayed there on holiday with the future Mrs Jeffers a good few years ago. It has fantastic little market!

  5. Thanks Jeffers. Ive never been to Carentan but after painting all these lovely buildings Mário made it looks that I have been there :)

  6. I'm shocked that you think that command vehicles are "sometimes unnecessary", João, but your primary reference citing Khorne WH40K for blood is impeccable, if understated :-)

    The Sextons with wading screens are nicely done too.

    Regards, Chris.

    1. Probably my Inglische made the sentence look a bit difficult to understand Chris. What I meant is that little details are sometimes unecessary but command cars are my favourites.