Wednesday, 20 December 2017

20mm North Africa Italians

As Battlegroup Tobruk allows you to field 25% of an Afrika Korps force as Italian allies, I thought I'd take the opportunity to add some Italians in the shape of an Italeri 90/53 AA gun, an impulse buy at a model shop in Chester, and an Early War Miniatures M13/40 tank from the bargain bin at the Derby/Bruntingthorpe show in October.

First up, the 90/53 AA gun.  The gun itself comes with two seated crewmen as well as 6 standing/kneeling crew.  These should allow a crew of 3 or 4 to serve the gun, plus a 3 man loader team with a spare kneeling figure with binuculars, who will make a great artillery observer.

The gun is painted in desert yellow, washed with Agrax earthshade.  The figures are painted in khaki grey, dry brushed yellow ochre.

The M13/40 needed some bubbles filling with Miliput.  Apart from that, it was good to go out of the bargain bin.

The model was painted desert yellow with an Agrax earthshade wash.  Unit insignia were added by hand to represent the 2nd vehicle of 1st platoon, 1st company (red bar with single white stripe and number 2 in red above).

Nice models, the gun was pretty straightforward to assemble and the tank needed no assembly at all.

I can feel the need to add to this force at some point.

Thanks for looking.


  1. Beginning of a great little force Andy. The AA gun is a nice model 👍

    Cheers, Richard P

    1. Ta Richard, some infantry next I think, but not until I've cleared some of the other bits and bobs on the go. Then I have more WW1/RCW plastics on order from Santa to supplement the Andreivian forces.

      Cheers, Andy