Friday, 18 September 2020

20mm Argentine 81mm Mortar Part 1

 In parallel with the 120mm mortar I also working on an 81mm, decided on a 3 man crew for this, the tube and figures are once again Elhiem Miniatures. Again a round mdf base 40mm diameter and I'm following the same procedure for construction and painting.

The Elhiem castings, slightly converted, helmet cover, hood and parka extension, and given a standard black primer.

The mortar painted and based
Some ammunition boxes


20mm Argentine 120mm Mortar Part 2

 Progressing well, the mortar's finished, here's a pic with a close up of some chipping on the baseplate.

Some ammunition completed
The 5 man crew finished as well
The last stage is putting everything together on the base.

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

20mm Argentine 120mm Mortar Part 1

 Next up for Argentine support is the 120mm mortar. They used the French manufactured Brandt 120mm MO-12-AM50 mortar. The pics below are a captured one from the campaign.

This specific mortar doesn't appear to be available in 20mm so after a good gander I opted for some conversion work to the Zvezda 1/72 scale kit, this is a nice kit and you also get some mortar bombs included.

As you can see in the top photos the main difference is the base plate, I knocked this up out of plasticard and some brass wire and got it on a round mdf base.

For the crew I opted for a range from Elhiem Miniatures the Nato FN Fal range, available here Elhiem Miniatures The only issue was that the figures are in summer uniform with plain helmets, time for more green stuff! The generic gun crew are in great firing positions and the also do a guy dropping a 120mm bomb down the tube. To start I added hoods to the figures and extended the jacket to parka length. I then added the helmet covers.


Monday, 7 September 2020

20mm Argentine 105mm Recoilless Rifle complete

 The Recoilless Rifle team completed, I also made a separate scatter base of ammunition boxes and packing tubes.


Friday, 28 August 2020

20mm Argentine Recoilless Rifle Part 2

 Made some progress, the 4 man crew painted.

The gun finished. I've based it on plasticard to mirror the thickness of the crew bases.
I want the base to have plenty of ammunition, a feature of a lot of the photos from the war, first off was the shell boxes, scratch made from balsa.
The ammunition comes in boxes of 2 rounds, each shell is also in a packing tube, so in the pic below you can see some live rounds, sealed packing tubes, opened packing tubes and spent shell cases, all made from plastic tube and rod.
I settled on a 70mm diameter base with a low Sanger type wall built up above ground, a common feature of the war due to the high water table of the terrain. made from Woodland Scenics talus and blended in with the ever useful Sculptamold.
Next will be sorting the base and finishing the ammunition. Dougie

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

20mm SADF Milan Team

 Some support for my 20mm SADF, a Milan team. I've used the nice castings from the Elhiem BAOR range with Liberation Miniatures head swops. A bergan and some additional scratch built tubes have been added to clutter the base a bit.