OM Autocarretta 37

The OM Autocarretta 37 was an Italian WW2 4×4 4-wheel steer light artillery tractor designed for use over harsh terrain, capacity for driver and 1 passenger.

This was on display at the Imperial War Museum Duxford.

OM Autocarretta 37

The OM Autocarretta 37 entered service with the Italian Royal Army in 1938, they were widely used throughout the second world war, especially on the Russian front and in the Balkans

Preparing for Gaslands

Gaslands Logo

Last month I tweeted the following about creating some 1/64th scale models for Car Wars and also Gaslands, using toy cars as the base model and then converting them.

Since then I have purchased the new edition of Gaslands Refuelled which I think is an improvement on the existing set of rules, and I like the hardback format as well. Some great photographs in there too.

Gaslands Refulled

I also re-discovered Car Wars and found that the rules were freely available online, and I have been enjoying reading the rules that I used for many autodials back in the 1980s.

Car Wars Rules

I also saw that Steve Jackson Games were going to “release” a revised sixth edition of Car Wars, using 1/64th scale models though Kickstarter. However this won’t be available or launched until the end of 2020 (or for international people like me, early 2012).

I went out and got some toy cars to convert for games in the meantime. My local branch of the Entertainer had some interesting cars from Matchbox and Hot Wheels on sale. So I got five cars for less than five pounds!

I got a couple of Jurassic World branded vehicles that I thought would work in the world of Car Wars, with appropriate modifications.

This is a Mercedes Benz G Wagon, which is used by the military in some countries, but I think it would make a good truck.

This Jurassic World vehicle is already armoured and almost ready for Car Wars or Gaslands. Just need to add some vehicular weaponry.

I am intending to purchase the Gaslands plastic sprue for additional weapons and defensive bits. I am also thinking of using some of the spare parts I have from my Flames of War models.

From the Hot Wheels range I got a 1978 Dodge pick-up truck, as for Car Wars, you really need to have a pick-up truck.

I also got this muscle car with super-charger.

And this sports car, well one should have a Mustang on the table at some point. One of the reasons I chose these two models, was they were white, so hopefully a little easier to paint.

What I don’t know yet is if I should strip the models first, or just undercoat them and then paint them.

A34 Comet Tank

Within the Tank Museum at Bovington is the A34 Comet Tank.

A34 Comet Tank

The Comet was was a British cruiser tank that first saw use near the end of the second world war. It was designed as an improvement on the earlier Cromwell tank, mounting the new 77 mm HV gun in a new lower profile and part-cast turret. This gun was effective against late-war German tanks, including the Panther at medium range, and the Tiger.

The Comet saw action in the closing stages of World War II and remained in British service until 1958, but was rapidly eclipsed by Centurion. In some cases, Comets sold to other countries continued to operate into the 1980s.

I do have some of the Flames of War plastic models, but they are still currently still in their boxes. I have been thinking of using them not only for Late War Flames of War games, but also 1950s Cold War games. The Comet remained in British service until 1958. Reading the Hot War books from Harry Turtledove has inspired me to think about gaming some scenarios from the books. British Comets and Centurions versus Russians T34-85 and T54 Soviet tanks with American M26 Pershing and M48 Patton tanks. In the book there are also Sherman manned by (West) German forces.

Why such a liking for this tank, well, as with other models, I suspect that it was because I bought and made the Matchbox Comet many, many years ago.

Triaros Armoured Conveyer

This beautifully painted Mechanicum Triaros Armoured Conveyer was on display in Warhammer World.

Mechanicum Triaros Armoured Conveyer
Mechanicum Triaros Armoured Conveyer

The Triaros is the primary armoured battlefield transport of the Mechanicum Taghmata during the era of the Great Crusade and the Horus Heresy. Eschewing the more commonplace STC designs, it relies on a number of unique technologies held as arcana by the Magos Autokrator and never divulged for wider Imperial use, even by the Legiones Astartes. Designed for use in hostile environments, it incorporates multiple galvanic traction drives and its defences are comprised not merely of brute armour, but layered techno-cant wardings and interlocking energy shields, particularly around its seemingly exposed control dais, as well as independently animated weapons servitors.

Mechanicum Triaros Armoured Conveyer
Mechanicum Triaros Armoured Conveyer

I rather like this style of models from the Horus Heresy that Forge World have been designing. They strike me as really fitting the gothic future that is Warhammer 40K, more so than the existing models. I also like the fact that they also use futuristic technologies such as anti-grav.

Mechanicum Triaros Armoured Conveyer
Mechanicum Triaros Armoured Conveyer

I took my eye off what Forge World were doing over the last few years, so I feel I am seeing many of the models for the “first” time.

British BL 7.2 inch Howitzer on an US Long Tom gun carriage

British BL 7.2 inch Howitzer on an US Long Tom gun carriage in the Land War Exhibit at the Imperial War Museum Duxford.

British BL 7.2 inch Howitzer on an US Long Tom gun carriage

The BL 7.2-inch howitzer was a heavy artillery piece used by the British Army throughout the Second World War.

The usual gun tractor for the 7.2-inch howitzer in the early war years was the Scammell Pioneer, although this was never available in sufficient numbers and from late 1943 the Pioneer was supplemented by the Albion CX22S.

Tally Ho Rolls Royce Armoured Car

This model was the first one I bought for Tally Ho! It has been stuck in a box for about twenty years.. It was originally designed and manufactured by the Honourable Lead Boiler Suit Company (HLBSCo) they were small and relatively new.

The Rolls-Royce armoured car was a British armoured car developed in 1914 and used in World War I and in the early part of World War II.

This is a 1920s version of the Armoured Car. The model consists of a resin armoured hull, metal chassis, wheels, turrets and fiddly headlights. The model went together very easily, the parts were a good fit. I glued the armoured car hull to the chassis. The wheels and axels fitted very nicely into the respective holes.

Rolls Royce Armoured Car

I did check a few reference pictures to confirm that I had aligned the hull right and the spare wheels in the right place.

Rolls Royce Armoured Car

Rolls Royce Armoured Car

Sherman M4A4

This Sherman M4A4 tank was on display at the Imperial War Museum in London.

Sherman M4A4

Service history unknow. However, when the object was stripped back for repainting on acquisition by the Imperial War Museum,  it was found to be carrying markings commensurate with a tank operating with the Guards Armoured Division in North West Europe, 1944-45.

Sherman M4A4

The M4 Sherman, officially Medium Tank, M4, was the most widely used medium tank by the United States and Western Allies in World War II.

The M4A4 was the most common lend lease Sherman type used by the British Army.

I have posted a few photographs on the blog of Simon’s 15mm British Sherman tanks he has painted for Flames of War.

Flames of War British Sherman Tank

Flames of War British Sherman Tanks

Flames of War Sherman Tanks

Cerastus Knight-Acheron

This beautifully painted Forge World Cerastus Knight-Acheron was on display at Warhammer World.

Cerastus Knight-Acheron

The devastation wrought by Knights-Acheron is terrifying to behold. Armed with a fearsome reaper chainfist, twin-linked heavy bolters and an Acheron pattern flame cannon, they are employed as weapons of extermination and to inspire fear in their foes. Nothing will sway their attack until the enemy is utterly crushed, never to rise again from the flame-scoured ruins of their strongholds.

Peerless Armoured Car

A rather dark photograph of mine of the Peerless Armoured Car at the Bovington Tank Museum.

Peerless Armoured Car

During the First World War, sixteen American Peerless trucks were modified by the British to serve as armoured cars. These were relatively primitive designs with open backs, armed with a Pom-pom gun and a machine gun, and were delivered to the British army in 1915.

After the war, a new design was needed to replace armoured cars that had been worn out. As a result, the Peerless Armoured Car design was developed in 1919. It was based on the chassis of the Peerless three ton lorry, with an armoured body built by the Austin Motor Company.

Here is a better lit photograph of the Peerless Armoured Car at Bovington from Wikimedia.

Peerless Armoured Car
Simon Q from United Kingdom [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]
Poor off-road performance hampered the vehicle but it still saw considerable service, notably in Ireland. A few were still in service with the British at the start of the Second World War. Seven were in service with the Irish National Army during the Irish Civil War and used by the Irish Defence Forces up until 1932.

This photo appeared in the Sunday Independent on 13 August 1922, with the caption: “A Dangerous Corner – This photograph was taken in one of the towns captured during the past week by the National Army. It shows an amoured car “manoeuvring for position” at the end of a street facing the post office. Irregulars occupy the further end of the street, and are being quickly dislodged by infantry supported by the armoured car.”

Peerless Armoured Car in Cork in 1922
Peerless Armoured Car in Cork in 1922 – National Library of Ireland on The Commons [No restrictions]
These armoured cars would have been used in the world of A Very British Civil War. They would also make ideal vehicles for the concept of the 1919 British Revolution I talked about in this blog post.