The other week a chap called James posted in the Yahoo Megablitz group a file that is translation of GDWs "Armies of World War 2" TOE book to Megablitz TOEs. Wow. I was hooked and immediately started digging out my 1/76th and 1/72nd scale figures and kit to see what I could do.
Many years ago I took a packet of ESCI Alpini troops and made up a company for Crossfire. Since starting this post I have discovered they have already been the subject of a post back in 2014.
A close up of the captain,which I had failed to mention in my original post was a conversion from the kneeling figure on the right.
More pics of them can be seen in the original post here.
While I have a lot of stuff languishing based for Command Decision (basically two figures on a small base) and that I will change over, particularly where the basing was not completed, my excitement has culminated in seeing what I can do of the Alpini Division.
Troops were no problem, just six bases will do fine to represent the six battalions (in fact I now see I have enough to do two divisions - of course I think there were actually three deployed to Russia). The command stand can do for the HQ (although the mule is a bit redundant).
I have enough spare pack mules (two) to do the supply base. For the attached AT gun battalion I have this, purchased along time ago and untouched:
RAFM 4877 Italian 47mm antitank guns.
And I can see why they were untouched - they look decidedly fiddly.
Flames of War, wrong scale of course, model might give me some ideas. Gun Crew figure a. is perhaps a good starting point.
But maybe I just need to buy my way out of the problem:
Once you go down this rabbit hole a whole world opens up, including Doc Models who do a Kit 72262 - Fiat 626 NML with Breda 20/65 AA and Italian Artillery men in 1/72nd.
Then there are the limbers. At least the box art for the Italeri 1/35th scale kit gives an nice example for the AA limber.
I have also just seen that Waterloo 1815 do an interesting range of Italian WW2 figures.
And then this list: http://www.miniatures.de/miniatures-WW2-italian.html