North Africa

Basing British Rifle Platoons
for North Africa


A while ago I painted a few platoons of riflemen for forces from North Africa, the Australians for the website and some Mediterranean British riflemen to use for my own New Zealand Rifle Company. With the release the North Africa I'm sure this will be a help for anyone starting a British Rifle Company for Mid War.

When I  paint miniatures for myself I usually like to do a few conversions and mix up the miniatures, but I took this opportunity to paint and base these two platoons as they come in the packs. The two platoons are BR747 Australian Rifle Platoon and BR762 Rifle Platoon (Italy).

Australian Rifle Platoon

The Australians (BR747) 

Inside your pack you’ll find a variety of different miniatures; Riflemen in Slouch hats, Riflemen in Helmets, Brengunners in hats and helmets, NCOs in hats and helmets, a officer, and the specialist weapons, the Boys anti-tank gunner and the two light mortar men.

The sample teams in the picture below indicate which miniatures are which and the following examples of each team in the platoon should help you work out what goes where.

Command Rifle/MG team
Austraiian Rifle Platoon
Rifle/MG team In this platoon I’ve divided each squad of two Rifle/MG teams, one with Riflemen and a NCO and the other with Riflemen and a Brengunner.

The command and specialist teams are as in the photographs. And of course feel free to use whatever Riflemen poses and mix on the team you think looks the best, that’s what I did.

Light Mortar team Rifle/MG team
Rifle/MG team Boys Anti-tank Rifle team
This guide can also be used for the BR742 Rifle Platoon (8th Army) as the main difference between the two platoons are the hats!
Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team
Rifle Platoon (Italy) (BR762)
Rifle Platoon (Italy) (BR762)

Like the Australians you’ll find Riflemen, Brengunners, NCOs, an officer, and the specialist weapons, a PIAT gunner, the Boys anti-tank gunner and the two light mortar men.
   
In this case I haven’t painted the PIAT, but it’s organised much the same as the Boys team with the PIAT gunner and a rifleman on a small base.

Once again the photographs are your best guide.

This guide can also be used for the BR782 Rifle Platoon (Indian) as the main difference between the two platoons are the hats!

Wayne

Command Rifle/MG team
Rifle/MG team Light Mortar team
Boys Anti-tank Rifle Rifle/MG team
Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team
Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team


Last Updated On Thursday, August 20, 2009 by Wayne at Battlefront