Saturday, 10 March 2012

BKC Aegean Italians [11]

I started on the coastal defence battalion this evening, which uses Pendraken WW1 Italian figures as the core of the units, with most of the bases completed including the support weapons, the HQ and the machine guns. There are four bases of infantry left to glue together and I'm hoping to get them done by the end of the evening, give or take the usual diversions.

I've also had the go ahead from the campaign umpire to include some FT-17s in the armoured battalion, so have ordered four from Pendraken. The Italians produced their own version of the FT-17 called the FIAT 3000, which looks fairly similar apart from the turret which mounted two machine guns. The hull is also slightly different but in 10mm I don't think you'd really notice.

When the models arrive I'll convert them into FIAT 3000's to give them a more appropriate appearance. It shouldn't be a difficult job and will make the most of the existing casting, all be it with a bit of plastic card and brass wire enhancement. They used them in Sicily in 1943 as mobile coastal defence strongpoints, so they'll fit in very nicely with the infantry that I'm basing up at the moment.

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