Sieg Hail Me a Taxi

In Martin Pugh’s book “Hurrah for the Blackshirts” he mentions very briefly the Fascist Defence Force, a slightly aggressive unit designed to encourage hecklers at public meetings to leave. At the Earl’s Court meeting the beatings dished out by them drew criticism from folk who had gone to hear Moseley speak, including M.P.s.  I’ve seen no mention of them in the world of VBCW, but thought it was time to have such a force: in spirit if not in name, so here is The Fascist Assault Force.

They’re made up with pieces from various suppliers, mainly six bathtub light armoured cars from BEF, three Vickers Medium Mk. II Tanks from Copplestone with various figures adapted with heads from Gripping Beast. They’re designed to work in pairs, one equipped with a Hotchkiss machine gun from a donation from Henry Furd, the other with a rifle grenadier, or in the case above, the commander.

Each pair is named as pairs, so Oswald is paired with his chum Benito, Adolf with Francisco, and Edward with Wallace.

There’s a few small details added too, most of the drivers are wearing gas masks bar the commanders driver because the commander won’t allow it. Wallaces driver has added his own head protection in the form of a dustbin lid, and Francisco has a sun umbrella.

The BEF models were a joy to work with as per, the Copplestone not so much, modding the various figures was great. These will make their debut at the BIG VBCW demo game at Legion in October, so come and see them.

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5 Responses to “Sieg Hail Me a Taxi”

  1. BIG RICH Says:

    Nice work. Love them.

  2. Michael Awdry Says:

    Wonderful collection Phil, love the little touches of humour like the parasol umbrella! Wonderfully colourful paint job on one of those light tanks.

  3. 6milphil Says:

    Michael that’s the “patriot” camo pattern invented by an over enthused junior.

  4. vampifan Says:

    I just noticed that the umbrella is the same shape and colour of the Umbrella Corporation from Resident Evil. Nice one, Phil. It’s good to see you acknowledging your zombie geek!

  5. 6milphil Says:

    Ha! The boy slug noticed before the paint had dried… it’s from a clix figure, the Penguin and with a little work you get one open and one closed plastic umbrella with each figure.

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