|The complete batch of refurbished Airfix Australians|
So I decided that in order to rapidly expand my pool of available wargaming forces,I would begin the process of refurnishing these figures. First up are some Airfix Australian Infantry (link to PSR here). All I did with these figures was to touch up the paint work, give them a brown wash and then base them up as an under strength CD3 Infantry battalion with some attached elements.
|No battalion mortar stands - but here are a couple of porter stands with a nice stand of marching infantry.|
The paint scheme used by the original painter is similar to that on used on the box art. It's quite a nice scheme and the brown wash tones the green down nicely. Fortunately my camera's flash brightens it right back up!
|No recon carrier either! How about a recon stand and two patrol stands instead?|
|Two infantry stands - this could be an understrength infantry company.|
The figures that been painted quite some time ago with enamel paint, and had been stored in a draw with a pile of other figures. as this was a rather suboptimal way of storing the figures, there was surprisingly little paint flaking. Given that they had been stored badly by me since 1996, this is pretty amazing!
|The kneeling Bren gunner is also a great pose - it got used in the 1/32 set and has been widely knocked off.|
Interestingly enough the original painter chose not to paint up the full set of figures, or some had been lost before coming into my hands (or even after coming into my hands!) as only 33 of the 48 figures in the packet were available for me to refurbish.
|Two more infantry stands, giving a total of nine. stands, or three full strength rifle companies. Useful as the 1941/42 TOE has only three Rifle companies to the battalion.|
I did add two figures that I had first painted back in 1991 into this batch of refurbishment, as I wanted to create a stand of wounded troops. The figures used were one of the sitting wounded figures from the Airfix Australians, and the standing wounded figure from the Matchbox ANZAC set. (PSR link here) Rather than try and reproduce the paint scheme of the original painter, I opted to just try and produce a stand that work work with the others.
|Wounded figures. I have more of the sitting Airfix wounded figure to paint up.|
Once I have refurnished all of the suitable figures, I will start painting up stuff needed to fill in the TOE gaps of the recycled and refurbished units. Work will also continue on the Pucaras and the 1/1800 scale navy. Plus I might even do some gaming!