I am slow continuing to add to my WW1 Palestine campaign armies with the addition of some more Turkish units and a machine gun. My intention with adding units is to give myself the option to expand the forces involved on the tabletop to 8 units rather than just the 6 unit One-Hour Wargaming style games.
In addition to units I want to represent a few trucks on the tabletop regardless of whether the rules require them. They can be there just as scenery. This is because supplies were a major feature of the Palestine campaign with the inhospitable terrain.
|A scratch built truck makes an appearance on the tabletop.|
The trucks are made from wood and cardboard. They are not trying to represent a particular type of truck and are very generic. Here is a brief overview of the steps involved...
|The basic shape is cut out used. My schoolboy woodworking skills are proving to be useful again some 50 years later.|
|A piece of MDF is used for the cabin area.|
|Balsa wood is used for the front arches. I first cut out the shape in card, glue the card to the balsa wood and trim/sand to shape. Card is also used for the rear arches and tray area.|
|Surplus figures are trimmed and added to the cabin area. The wheels are made from thicker card and stuck on.|
|A number of trucks at different stages in the process. Green stuff is used for the head light and can be seen on the unfinished truck with wheels. The prototype gets a couple of coats of PVA before painting.|
|With most of my scratch build models I rely on roughly painting on areas of detail.|
|Another view of the finished truck. These photos are probably a tad to close, but they show the detail painted on which looks fine for me when wargaming.|