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.