Abyssinian Armoured Field Force -Vickers tank

 

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An interesting shot of the Ethiopian 7TP tanks before delivery

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Following on from my brief description of the Vickers tank in the last post, I’ve knocked up a Vickers twin-turret ‘6-toner’ to supplement the Abyssinian Armoured Field Force tank pool. Its been sitting on the desk for a while and now seems a good time to get it done!

This vehicle, equipped with twin MGs should prove to be a handful for the Italians unless they have some ‘heavy hitter’ artillery in tow as this vehicle is well suited to anti-infantry operations in Ethiopia.

So, without further ado here are some snaps (and comments) of the paint job and a final review by the Emperor himself!

 

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The model is the Warlord Games Twin-turreted Polish 7TP tank.

In keeping with the backstory of the Abyssinian Armoured Field Force, this particular model was made on the production run of Polish twin-turret Vickers tanks built from March 1935. A ‘few extra’ rolled off the production line and found their way to Addis Ababa instead of Warsaw…

There are a few of these vehicle models around but this one does the job nicely and ‘fits’ my backstory as well! The colours shown are the base and top coat colours. I went for the quasi-Polish camo scheme replacing the red-brown with a dark-brown which is a paint colour variation I have seen for these Polish tanks. This fits in nicely with Emperor Haile Selassie mandated edict about foreign vehicle camouflage and markings…and I like the colour scheme!

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Here you can see the bottom colours on. The whole model was first given a coat of the dark brown, followed by the green and then base yellow colour. The application was a simple ‘stipple brush’ method, nothing to particular, just done to please the eye and give the general look of it all.

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Once those base colours have dried it a simple matter of adding the top colours being careful to leave an edge around each colour to provide a ‘shaded edge’ effect on the model. I find this method very simple and effective to give a shaded look to the model without going into the whole airbrushing technique and all that. I think at eye distance it nicely ‘pops’ on table as well, using this method.

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Final touch ups were to paint the tracks using a dark and mid grey highlight…done! I have at this point put the open hatch in the down position (using a blob of blu-tac underneath to secure it) and when I get a suitable crew member painted up I’ll pop him in for a slightly more Ethiopian look.

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Inspection by Emperor Haile Selassie and high command.

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…a closer look…I may go back and highlight the rivet work with some ink as the interwar ‘rivet look’ is part of the appeal…

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…not sure if the Turkish officer is going to be of much help here but one officer would appear to be studiously taking the Emperor’s notes so all shall be well!

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So, there you go, a nice quirky interwar tank that one can easily include in the Abyssinian Crisis story which should give Benny’s boys more than a bit of a surprise the next time they run up against the Ethiopians.

 

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Early War Miniatures Abyssinian War releases

Readers may recall an earlier post showcasing the 20mm manufacturer Early War Miniatures who have undertaken a dedicated line of figures for the War in Abyssinia and in particular the Abyssinian Crisis.

Since that release they have added a good number of figures in a new round of releases including the first of the Abyssinians. Pictures of the Italians can be found on a tmp link showing the ever expanding range which looks really good.

The Abyssinians look particularly nice. Included here are some of the images that are up on their Facebook page showing their initial release. If 20mm is your scale then it would be almost impossible to go past the release of figures from Early War Miniatures. The figures have a lot of character and variation in pose and look to have a nice bit of heft to them as well. Whilst I don’t have any samples myself they look like they’ll paint up very well.

So without to much more to add here are some of the initial Abyssinian releases by Early War Miniatures in 20mm with hopefully many more to come. As you can see their range is growing quickly and with alot of variety…really excellent stuff.  You can check out the Facebook page for further updates.

Great work guys

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Image may contain: 1 personAbyssinian Imperial Guards infantry Sargent (Asiraleqa) with Chevron arm bands in puttees bare feet, field tunic & webbing with separate head and weapon.

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Image may contain: 1 person, sitting2 Abyssinian Imperial Guards infantry with rifles in puttees bare feet, field tunics,webbing in advancing poses all with separate heads.

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Image may contain: 1 person3 firing poses Imperial Abyssinian Guards infantry in puttees bare feet, field tunics,webbing in prone, kneeling & standing poses all with separate heads.

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Image may contain: 1 person, shoesThe first Kebur Zebanga – Ras Tafari’s Imperial guards.

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No automatic alt text available.The initial figures of Mehal Sefari. They have not the look of the European style Imperial Guard nor the tribal warriors of the powerful Rases, the Mehal Sefari was older than emperor himself, forming an important role in Ethiopian society. A significantly large force they were also to provide many recruits to the more professional and better equipped Imperial Guard battalions under the emperors modernisation programme. Dressed in a blend of traditional dress and contemporary military style clothing they make for a unique looking Ethiopian soldier unlike others of their time.

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Image may contain: 1 person2 tribesman riflemen kneeling firing rifles with separate heads. Pack contents will vary. £2.00 for 3 models

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No automatic alt text available.10 man Hazb unit chain of Command ready. 10 figures all with open hands, separate heads and many weapon options. Weapons are included ranging from swords, shield and spears to random firearms, mostly outdated by modern standards. Heads will vary across 6 designs.

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No automatic alt text available.6 tribes man advancing with open hands and a selection of weapons and separate heads. Weapons include a wealth of swords, spears, shields, old rifles. This will allow you to create units that look very different.

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Image may contain: one or more people2 x Camel Mounted tribal warriors. Ideal for South Sudanese, Abbysinian/Somali Irregular Baluch. Sold in packs of 2 models. Each has a selection of side arms and firearms, with separate heads. You can build units with an idividual feel. A selection of poses are shown to illustrate what can be done with these figures.

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Acacia Trees

 

 

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Acacia Trees are as much a part of Ethiopia as they are off central and southern Africa. In my ‘gaming blog’ (as opposed to this ‘project’ blog) I’ve described a ready source and easy method for making Acacia trees which can happily be used in games set in Ethiopia.

 

The info can be found at my blog, A Grab Bag of Games, which describes how they’re put together.

 

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