Monday, 27 July 2020

Troops on Parade - British Desert Force 1941



My name is Ken, I am a Gamer, it's been 4 days since I last bought any figures.

Troops on Parade is an excuse for me to get one of the collections at Yarkshire Gamer on the table, these have been the feature army on TOP before but I finished off the painting on all the remaining vehicles in the to do pile so this is it..... Although I could have a Dorchester ACV 🤔

Below is a video of the Army, in which I ramble on about various things whilst looking at the figures and models.



If you can't be bothered with the Video here's some photos 


An over view of the entire army, 50 Tanks, 9 Armoured Cars, 18 Transports and 180 figures.


The 6 Mk VI Light Tanks, 3 from Blitzkrieg Miniatures and sporting original colour Caunter, 3 more from Warlord sporting later "faded" Caunter.


The early tanks, 4 x A9 Cruiser Tanks and 5 A10 Cruiser Tanks, one a CS version, all vehicles Warlord sadly no sand skirts, the Warlord models don't have them.


Seven A13 tanks, these are from Blitzkrieg, 2 different turret versions.


6 Matildas, all Warlord Games models, the names have a Wind in Willows theme.


9 Crusader Tanks, 6 from Blitzkrieg in plain colour nearest the camera, 3 in Caunter FRO M Warlord at the end. Although I believe the first batch of Crusaders that arrived in the Desert had Caunter applied I have never found a picture of one.


12 Stuart / Honey Tanks, all Blitzkrieg.


A couple of Perrys wonderful 2pdr Portee models and 3 Marmon Herrington Armoured Cars from Company B.


Some of the Infantry Figures, all Perry Miniatures plastics. 


Three Bren Gun carriers in the service of the York and Lancaster Regt.


Eight trucks, 4 CMP and 4 Bedfords all from Anyscale Models.


More Infantry each company has 3 command figures and 3 Platoons of 10 figures each plus a 3 inch mortar and an Anti Tank Rifle in support.


Another 3 Bren Gun Carriers, this time South African.


3 Marmon Herrington Armoured Cars aka "Monkeys" with 3 Morris CS9 Armoured Cars in the background.


A lone Valentine Tank.


And finally a couple of lovely Rolls Royce Armoured Cars.


There we go, hope you have enjoyed this little journey through the 28mm British Desert Collection, there is a similar post on the Italian Army if you look back on the blog. Next post will be a review of the Kingdom of Jerusalem Crusades Force.

34 comments:

  1. Wow! Very impressive and exciting collection.

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  2. Wow astounding Ken! Four days already, better haul out the credit card.
    Collection is OTT and wonderful.

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    1. Thanks Peter, I won't say how many figures I bought 4 days ago 😎

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  3. Absolutely splendid Ken...

    You have reminded me of the articles by John Sandars in the Airfix Magazine...

    All the best. Aly

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    1. Showing your age with that reference Aly 😁 many thanks mate 👍

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  4. What a sight to behold!
    What an amazing collection.

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  5. My God, Man! This is all in 28mm? Madness, for sure, but it looks terrific.

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    1. There are other scales ? 🤔 their might be but I can't see them any more 😎

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  6. Outstanding! A true collection and top of the parade as well.

    Cheers, Ross

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  7. Really fantatsic. I've always loved the caunter camo scheme; in fact it inspired me to buy some early war FoW vehicles about 15 years ago... that's as far as the project got though.

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    1. I wouldn't fancy trying it on 15mm stuff, it was bad enough in 28 😁

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  8. That’s all marvellous Ken, in both scale and execution. So much cauter is ace, dedication to the cause.

    Do their opposition have as many toys, or need the credit card out for those? :-)

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    1. Italians are done, Germans are a long way off, we have a cut of date of Dec 1941, thankfully there is an end in sight.

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  9. I thought these were 15mm at first then it dawned on me... thats' an awful lot of 28mm tanks!!!
    Well done Sir!

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  10. Great collection - I love the wind in the willows naming theme.

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    1. Cheers Pat, everyone loves the Fat Badger 😁

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  11. You do Caunter scheme very well sir and it looks fab on parade.

    Where on earth do you have space to store all of this, much less an Italian army too?

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    1. Many thanks, Really Useful Boxes, a permanent games room with storage under the table 😁 these are the smaller collections as well 😎

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  12. Brilliant work Ken, looks excellent all laagered up there.

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  13. Bloody hell, Ken, you're on the way to gaming the Western Desert on a 1 model = 1 real life vehicle ratio! They do look lovely.

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  14. That is an amazing looking force!

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  15. Crusader in Caunter - there is a well known photo of the first Crusader sent on trial to ME in Caunter. It was thought that was the only one; however German newsreel footage after Battleaxe shows wrecked Crusaders in Caunter.

    https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/missinglynx/caunter-scheme-on-crusaders-t324228.html

    tapatalk.com/groups/missinglynx/caunter-crusader-s-t69580.html

    Neil

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    1. Cheers Neil, the one picture I have must be the one you mention. Glad to see I haven't overdone it with 3 in Caunter 👍

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