Steven’s Convoy for the Portuguese Colonial War

A key element of the Portuguese Colonial War was convoys. Either military convoys to supply fortified posts or civilian convoys travelling through dangerous areas under government guard. I’ve been building up a convoy to put on table. Both armoured cars and armoured personnel carriers using my Painting Guide for Recce Vehicles of the Portuguese Colonial War. But I’ve also been painting civilian trucks. This is a bit of a gallery of the result = Steven’s convoy.


Civilian Trucks

Firstly some trucks. I’ve used military vehicles but painted them colourfully to make them “civilian”. The vehicles are primarily from the USA, including the WW2 era GMC 6×6 plus the M35 and M54 from Vietnam. I’ve also got a couple of British CMP trucks from WW2. Basically I was looking for big trucks. They seem to look the part.

Portuguese 734 Fox leads convoy of civilian trucks

Portuguese 734 Fox leads convoy of civilian trucks

Portuguese 738 Civilian truck convoy

Portuguese 738 Civilian truck convoy

Portuguese 743 Civilian truck convoy

Portuguese 743 Civilian truck convoy

Portuguese 748 Fox follows convoy of civlian trucks

Portuguese 748 Fox follows convoy of civilian trucks


Military escort vehicles

I’ve got quite a lot of escort vehicles. Far more than I need for a single convoy. The collection includes a mine crasher, a unimog technical, normal unimogs, and three Recce troops of armoured cars (AML-60, EBR-75, Fox). Each Recce troop includes a scout car, two armoured cars, and an armoured personnel carrier.

Portuguese 699 - Mine Crasher and Technical

Portuguese 699 – Mine Crasher and Technical

Portuguese 709 - Convoy passes wrecked staff car

Portuguese 709 – Convoy passes wrecked staff car

Portuguese 678 - AML-60 Recce Troop

Portuguese 678 – AML-60 Recce Troop

Portuguese 686 - EBR-75 Recce Troop

Portuguese 686 – EBR-75 Recce Troop

Portuguese 719 Fox Recce Troop

Portuguese 719 Fox Recce Troop

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