Battlefront 15mm U.S. Army Lees in British Service – 8th Army 17th/21st Lancers “Death or Glory” Squadron HQ for Flames of War

Battlefront 15mm U.S. Army Lees in British Service - 8th Army 17th/21st Lancers "Death or Glory" Squadron HQ for Flames of War, 1:100, 1/100, What a Tanker, Battlegroup

This trio represents an interesting little anomaly that I founded listed in the FoW Armoured Fist sourcebook. I’ll quote part of the text here “When the US troops retreated from Tebourba, they left several tanks mired in the winter mud. The 6th Armoured Division recovered several of the big M3 Lee tanks and Major ffrench-Blake’s C Squadron used them in their HQ…” This seemed like a cool and characterful little addition to my 8th Army, and so I decided to add them in – it also gave me an opportunity to test another paint scheme/technique/palette/variation for painting US armour.

Battlefront 15mm U.S. Army Lees in British Service - 8th Army 17th/21st Lancers "Death or Glory" Squadron HQ for Flames of War, 1:100, 1/100, What a Tanker, Battlegroup

As you can see, I decided to keep all of the U.S. markings on these, and simply added the approprate British markings to their hulls. This unit is one of the HQ options for running 6th Armoured Division “Mailed Fist” as part of an 8th Army force, so I guess I’m now going to have to paint the rest of them…

 

Battlefront 15mm M3 Honey Stuart Artillery OP – British 8th Army Desert Rats for Flames of War

Battlefront 15mm M3 Honey Stuart Artillery OP - British 8th Army Desert Rats for Flames of War, 1:100, 1/100, Battlegroup, What a Tanker

One more Honey! Baby. This one was assembled alongside the Kiwi Squadron, and then after going through the spray prime and basecoating with them, got put off to the side until a bit later, when I mimicked the camouflage scheme used on my 8th Army M7 Priests.

Battlefront 15mm M3 Honey Stuart Artillery OP - British 8th Army Desert Rats for Flames of War, 1:100, 1/100, Battlegroup, What a Tanker

I also gave the model the same unit markings, since I decided that this Honey would be assigned to the mechanised artillery unit in its role as a forward OP (observation post). When building this one to be an OP, I decided to give it a fair bit of additional stowage in the form of water cans, a fuel tank and lots of milliput bedrolls and the like.

Battlefront 15mm M3 Honey Stuart Artillery OP, M7 Priest Field Troop - British 8th Army Desert Rats for Flames of War, 1:100, 1/100, Battlegroup, What a Tanker

And now to finish, a little glamour shot of the Honey alongside the Priests. Ready to race back and forth across the North African desert and anywhere else they’re needed!