Wednesday, 19 March 2014

10mm SCW Guardia de Assalto

During the Analogue Painting Challenge I expanded my Spanish Civil War forces. In this instance a detachment of Guardia de Assalto. These fellows were a paramilitary force before the Civil war broke out and to be eligible to join you had to have had prior military experience. When the war started loyalties were split and thus we see these form of troops fighting for both Nationalist and Republican.

Firstly this is a "Bilbao" armoured car it has a crew of 4 and is able to carry 5 additional troops. It is armed with a 7mm Hotchkiss machine gun. It was the only pre war armoured car built by Spain. I went for a simple very dark grey colour scheme and applied a black wash. Job Done.

I doubt I will need more of these vehicles as they were quite rare, More common than any other type of armoured car to be sure, but never built or distributed in the kind of numbers as we would expect in later years.








The Uniform of the Guardia de Assalto was black shirt and trousers with a black peaked cap. If you have seen the film "Land and freedom" these are seen at one point not as front line troops but in Barcelona entering a mans house and arresting him. They did also fight as frontline troops and were some of the most mobile troops of the war usually going by truck, but there was also a motorcycle detachment.

As I plan a game later in the year (Autumn) I still have plenty of time to sort the forces out. The main thing holding me up is terrain though. "Timescape" do make some terrain for this scale and region there really is a limited choice. Which leaves me wondering if I should make my own buildings.

That's todays update. As these have already been on the painting challenge this feels like a backward step putting them on my blog, But as they have not been seen here it is allowable.

Until next time, take care and have some fun Clint

14 comments:

  1. Nice looking troops, and great vehicle...beautiful period!

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    1. More to come..... currently painting casualty markers. Thank you Phil

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  2. Very cool - and particularly impressive at 10mm!

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  3. Very nice group, Clint! The Armored truck looks a veteran piece of equipment, nice weathering on a DARK vic! She has a used look!

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  4. Oh I say, these are rather splendid Clint!

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  5. Looking good, especially the armoured car. I've always loved them, don't know how tanks always get all the love :P.
    Troops are nice, too, but 10mm is really vehicle's paradise. I really enjoy reading your posts, there's always so much to learn about conflicts I never cared about :D

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    1. Thank you Mathyoo. I agree 10mm would be great for vehicles.

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  6. Very utilatarian vehicle and one of the ones that looked fairly normal; it's also good to see the pbi being reinforced.
    As for terrain, your Afgan terrain and buildings could pass for some areas of Spain - just throw in a little more greenery and maybe a vineyard !

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    1. Thank you Jo. There are a few more ideas for the Desert 20mm terrain to come. A Very Arabian Civil war for starts, More WW1, possibly some WW2, North west Frontier Colonial as well.... to mention a few.

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  7. Would the vehicle have had any markings on it in real life? It's very nice, but looks - I dunno - unfinished.
    The Guardia look very neat as well!

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    1. The armoured car possibly would have had some markings, some were camouflaged and others not.

      Thank you Colgar.

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