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'A gaping silken dragon,/Puffed by the wind, suffices us for God./We, not the City, are the Empire's soul:/A rotten tree lives only in its rind.'

Sunday, 13 May 2012


is, they say, the sincerest form of flattery. Hence, the Italian copy of the Daimler Dingo, which I have now finished, in 28mm. I've used the Mig pigments again, and I still think they are a very good addition, even for wargames models:

Although the Lince was intended to fulfil the same role as the Dingo, i.e. reconnaissance, circumstances dictated that it largely saw service in the counter-insurgency role, fighting the various Partisan groups (Red, White, and Green) in Northern Italy especially in 1944 and early 1945. I have enough 28mm RSI troops, plus some earlier period Italians that will still pass muster, to put some of the 250,000 volunteers for the Italian Social Republic who served in the anti-Partisan Guardia Nazionale Repubblicana (GNR) and the Brigate Nere (BN) into the field/onto the table. Of course, many more served in other arms of the RSI's forces - in the new army (escaping the viciously vengeful Germans was a strong incentive here), the largely volunteer air force, and 'The Black Prince's' Decima MAS, which was a very effective private army. On the Partisan side I have much fewer figures (most unpainted), but that will do, as it wasn't until the end of April 1945 that Partisan numbers reached 250-300,000, compared with 50,000 only three months earlier. 

We can be glad that the UK never suffered the sort of fratricidal horrors that Italy did - truly, 'there but for the Grace of God..' 

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