I began these 'Beaverbug' light armoured cars about 6 months ago, but until recently had only completed the hulls. Here they are as of a week ago, with front grilles, engine hatches, vision slits and turrets added.
'C' Squadron, 17th Recon Group, on the march. The commander in in the centre of the column.
A section of the recon Group's Assault Platoon: tan trousers, brown jackets, green helmets.
Now these things have become my Kiivar water-cooled HMGs. The gun bit was originally the weapon atop a buggy-like vehicle that you will see below. The turn table and legs were made from sprue pieces from the Wargames Factory 'War of the Spanish Succession' figures. A brad driven through the circular sprue centre and into the base of the gun gives it a traverse capability.
These are the vehicles that originally transported those weapons about. A heavily trimmed and cut down figure has become the driver, and a great deal of surgery was done to achieve the standing machine-gunners. I can't say it was a tidy job, but they don't look too bad from a distance.
The camouflage scheme on these scout buggies I've decided as the standard for the Kiivar Army, though it is intended as a rag-tag sort of affair.
The Beaverbug Armoured Car Squadron in its final livery. The first digit of the vehicle number indicates the squadron - 'C' Squadron in this case.
I've used house paint on these, a good deal of it left over from painting the kitchen just before Christmas: a very light beige and a darkish green. The green is heavily outlined with black marker pen.
The next few pix I've added 'cos I think these little guys make a handsome force of armoured cars.
Of course these are light vehicles, two of a crew (driver and commander/gunner), of moderate cross-country performance, so not what you would call 'fast'. The Raesharn equivalents will be larger and faster, and possibly armed with a coax cannon and machine gun - unlike the single weapon with which the Beaverbugs are equipped.
'C' Sqn/17th Recon advancing: armoured cars, supported by scout buggies and a Recon Assault Squad.
A lower angled view...
Finally, I painted up the very few recognisably Japanese figures as a section of the infantry of Omez - allies, or more accurately, auxiliaries to the Army of Raesharn.
The yellowish uniform colour, with an ink over-wash (Nuln Oil) comes out rather well, though the paint job itself is pretty untidy. The putties and webbing has been done in an off-white, pale beige colour and also over-washed. A single section won't do, of course, so I'll probably add in other figures to bulk them out into at least a platoon of 20 figures, and possibly a 2 or 3-platoon company of 50 or 60 figures. One thing I'm not short of is Army Men figures!