Thursday, January 29, 2015

Captured Italian Tanks (Tobruk)

John and I continue to prep for a Tobruk scenario later in February.  Part of the goal of this game is to introduce Bolt Action Tank War rules to our gaming group.

I have become fascinated by the Australian defenders of Tobruk, and had to take a crack at making some of these Italian tanks that the Aussies captured and put into service:

Here are the results.  I elected to only paint kangaroos onto the turrets, as I think that two kangaroos per facing is a little much for the model (though I can understand wanting to go overkill on friendly markings to avoid fratricide!)  I also elected to hand-paint the 'roos rather than use decals to give them a field expedient look.

 Next up, Australian infantry.


  1. I am in awe. Those look amazing. The suspension and road wheels look like something the military modeling crowd would paint for a competition. Bolt Action painting was just elevated. I think you post these to It just looks incredible. It might be time for a painting and weathering tutorial for the rest of us. :)

  2. Thanks, John! I'm still working to perfect the weathering on the roadwheels, but with the two of us working on it we will get it right. I'm pretty happy with the way these tanks turned out-looking forward to seeing them on the tabletop next month.

  3. Damn, dude. That weathering is top-tier.

    I'm gutted that I didn't have a chance to learn weathering and vehicles with the two of you.

    1. You'll be back. In the mean time we can all make sure recipes and guides get posted online.