Its been an great introduction to the hobby. Being mostly equipped with British, Canadian and American kit, its a force that can be easily built from a huge selection of miniatures from various suppliers. Yet its a force that has not attracted the attention of many (any?) wargaming publishers, and getting an understanding of their campaign has meant delving into the history books. Along the way it has challenged me to research way deeper than I had expected before I started, and my enthusiasm for the project continues to grow.
My original intention was to restrict my collection to literally one squad and a few supports, for use with skirmish rules. But currently I am working towards expanding the force to fit into "Platoon Plus" sized games: Victory Decision, Bolt Action, Disposable Heroes and the like. The force is very much a Work in Progress.
By way of introduction, shown here are the first two squads of infantry, and a few supports. I have attempted to represent units of the First City/Cape Town Highlanders, a temporary amalgamation of the two regiments that existed only for the Italian campaign as part of the 12th Motorised Brigade. (One company of the Southern Rhodesian Defence Force also served as part of the combined unit.) The Vickers MG team would more likely have been a Royal Durban Light Infantry unit, as they provided the heavy weapon support company for the FC/CTH, despite my modelling the NCO wearing the tam-o-shater.
|Officers and NCO's|
|Vickers MG Team|
|Platoon specialist and supports|
|6-pdr QF antitank gun of the 1st/11th, South African Artillery|
|Artillery HQ jeep, with Cape Corp driver|
I have added a project page here, which I will use to collate references and resources associated with the project. By way of making a start, I have included some uniform reference pix, which tend to suggest that uniform regulations were, at best, "mere guidelines".
All figures are either Warlord Games/Bolt Action or Artizan Designs. 6-pdr crew are a mashup of Warlord Zulu torsos and British Infantry heads/legs.