AEC 'Dorchester' Armoured Command Vehicle
First off is an AEC 'Dorchester' Armoured Command Vehicle - a large and imposing vehicle based on the Matador truck chassis. It was almost the length of a Sherman tank, and a fair bit taller. Used as a forward command post, it carried a crew of at least 5, a number of radios, and a healthy attempt at a map table. The division had six Dorchesters on strength, so I assumed at least one would be assigned to each brigade. My model depicts a vehicle assigned to the HQ of the 11th Armoured Brigade - AoS 50.
Morris 15cwt Radio Van
By the time the division got to Italy in April 1944, their Morris vehicles would have been long in the tooth, and rare, aside from specialist artillery tractors and Bofors AA trucks. They dont appear in many photos - while you see plenty of CMP, Bedford and Dodge trucks. However, I have seen an image showing South African troops examining the wreck of an 88mm in mid 1944, and, lurking in the background appears to be a Morris radio van. Its on this basis that I added this miniature to my force.
Ubiquitous. What more can I say about it? This is the third one I have built for my SA 6th Armoured force, and this one depicts a divisional HQ vehicle, along with its high-ranking passenger.
This is the first one I have built from the Rubicon Jeep kit, and its a wonderful bit of plastic magic. Neat, detailed and easy to put together. Its a touch larger than the original Warlord resin offering, but not so much out of kilter that you couldn't field the two together. In addition to its passenger (the Rubicon crew member with a officer head swap) I added a radio set and battery.
GS trucks aside, the most numerous vehicle in the division. As with the last one I built, this a mix of the Foundry motorcycle with the Perry figure, thus solving the scale problem of the Perry motorcycle, while retaining their superior rider figures.
As always, decals are from Dom's Decals, Starmer, Warlord and Rubicon. Paints, washes and varnishes are from Vallejo and Tamiya, pigments from MIG and Secret Weapon.