Bolt action ‘48 Part 2 – Mel’sMob


In part 2 of my Bolt Action project I want to show you the new unit I just finished painting and photographing (still need to base).

Its an Aussie Commando Unit (Z Special Unit) I call Mel’s Mob.

The Z Special were active from 1942 to 1946 and carried out a whopping total of 81 covert operations in the South West Pacific Theatre. They used everything from Kayaks to parachutes to raid key targets on things like Japanese Shipping at Singapore Harbour.

Z special was an “Inter Allied” unit consisting of Aussies, Brits and Kiwis.

Even though the unit was disbanded, not long, after WW2 many of the techniques they developed are still used to train Commando recruits today.

Coincidentally, just last night, I was looking for something to watch on Amazon Prime when I stumbled across this little gem.

It’s dated (1981) but it was really cool AND it’s, loosely, about Z Special Unit and stars Mel Gibson.

Hence why I decided to call my Commando Unit Mel’s Mob. From my research into the uniforms I couldn’t find any historic photos of the Z wearing Black berets so I decided to only give one of my troops that coloured hat.

Lets have a look shall we.

First up is Captain Mel.


Next Corporal S. Neil.


I didn’t give all the rest of the team names hehe but here they are. Note the black beret of the next chap.


I like this sniper below.


Needless to say I had a lot of fun painting them and taking the photos.

So far I’m finding WW2 Aussies quite straight forward to paint. Obviously the colour scheme isn’t elaborate as I’m keeping things as close to historically accurate as possible. This lot and the last lot were, essentially, batch painted. I can knock out ten in approximately four (broken) hours, which isn’t too bad.

The next ten I’ll be attacking with the brush is the Aussie Militia Infantry Section. Then I’ll be on to some artillery.

I hope you’re all keeping well.

This morning, and last Friday, I have been doing remote learning with the youngest. Due to lockdown the kids are at home for school. It’s been fun. Today we had to come up with a make believe country and give it a capital city etc. The hardest thing I find is to NOT take over haha as I love my world building. The good thing is my youngest has a great imagination too.



35 thoughts on “Bolt action ‘48 Part 2 – Mel’sMob”

  1. These look great! I can also imagine you helping with the imaginary nation: “Welcome to Deathland and its capital, MurderHell. Our main exports are pain and mad conversions.” 😀

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  2. Another great batch there, for some reason (don’t ask my why) but as soon as I saw the Blonde chap with the beard, wide brimmed hat and radio I thought of “Action man” (GI Joe to our US readers), he also reminds me of Richard Chamberlain in “King Solomon’s Mines”. strange how the mind works (well mine anyway!).

    If you have been world building with you Daughter, how long before she’ll be up before the Headmaster for war crimes do you think?

    Cheers Roger.

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  3. Nicely done mate and I do love these outdoor photos. Caught up with your podcast today, all great stuff, enjoyed it. Good luck with the schooling. My daughter has been off school since the start of March and is now on summer holidays, not that you would know the difference. She has done well under the circumstances but the novelty wore off a long time ago. Stay safe mate, you and the family.

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  4. Hey mate you are doing really well on theses guys as they are right down my alley, I’m looking forward to see your artillerymen as my father was one ( 4th Anti tank) and fought the Japanese As the Allied forces retreated down through Malaya to be finally captured at the fall of Singapore. After that he was in Changi and then went to Thailand and worked on the Thai- Burma railway but even though he was an Artilleryman he was not at the notorious place called Hellfire pass and was really adamant that only Artillerymen were there. His and his survivor mates became a very close family and still today the remaining widows ,daughters and son share a very strong bond that was born from their terrible treatment whilst POW’s .
    My dad would be very proud of you mate, becoming an Australians citizen as he was of the old generation that still had a great connection to the mother country even though we were immigrants from Ireland (came out in 1850).
    You are right Aussies are tough as you will have realised living here ,fuc…boiling to freddy freezing ,pissing rain to bloody drought ! ahh no place for weak buggers.
    Shit sorry mate, all I wanted to say was black is not a good colour (my art teacher told me black wasn’t a colour ) to wear in the jungle as it stood out like dogs B…ls ,try it out next time your take the family to Cape Trib ,you dress up in a black Onsie and run around and see if the family can spot youin the jungle Ha Ha ,love your mate keep up with the home schooling ,if anyone can you can, and keep that bloody mask on !!

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    1. Aww great comment and story Pat. Your Dad was a real hero and I like that the next generations have maintained a bond, that’s really cool. My kids always laugh at me because I say black is my favourite colour. They say black isn’t a colour. I say, it’s my house my rules hahaha. Thanks for the story and kind words.

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