After a few false starts and a little panic about how long my paints had been sitting in storage, I've finally finished the colour test for my 28th Maori Battalion in North Africa. The Perry Miniatures kit comes with a handful of spare bodies, so while the army's going to be set up to ordinarily choose from the 'Operation Lightfoot' theater selector, I can swap in some NCOs with rifles if I'm in a mood to play some earlier stuff.
It's no exaggeration to say that I've been wanting to paint this guy for at least ten years, since stumbling on to real histories of the 2nd NZ Division in North Africa and the famed and feared ferocity of the 28th Battalion. I'm pretty pleased with how he turned out at the last, and I will say in all seriousness that I've never so thoroughly researched anything as the iconic 'lemon squeezer' hat, first designed by Lieutenant Colonel Malone's Taranaki Rifles Regiment; the hat was so shaped to resemble the mountain, Taranaki!
I promise I'll quit dropping individuals in here, but if it weren't already obvious I'm outrageously excited to have all these cool kits available, a far cry from when I was first into wargaming as a kid! The 28th Battalion are a legendary pack of home grown heroes, so it's a treat to be able to take this little bit of history to the table when it comes time to play.