In which I blog about my miniature wargaming and whatever else takes my interest!

In which I blog about my miniature wargaming and whatever else takes my interest!

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Canadian Big Guns

Knocking a few random 15mm WW2 pieces off the lead pile this week.

A friend gave me this 3D printed Archer SP AT gun a few years back when 3D printing was still pretty new and exciting. The detail and resolution aren't great. There are horizontal lines from the resin layering. But it was free. 

It mostly sat because of the empty fighting compartment and needing to find suitable figures. Discovering that the crews wore tin hats was a big help. Also finding out that some Canadian SP AT regiments used Archers also helped motivate me to finally get it done. A couple of shades of green and then some dirt and that'll do.

Archer and 25 Pounder crew were painted with Tamiya Kahki over a brown undercoat. Tamiya tan for the webbing. Olive green helmets. 

The 25 Pounders are a gift from the Mad Padre, who bought some for his Operation Husky O Group project. The models are from Forged in Battle. The nice thing about O Group is it gives one an excuse to have medium or heavy artillery models in the collection. Up until now, my artillery has always been represented by a FOO with the guns off table.

I've always liked the 25 Pounder. It was such an iconic, workhorse artillery piece. Read The Guns of Normandy if you'd like a very good front line view of life in a 25 Pounder Regiment during the Normandy campaign.


  1. The Archer is an unusual model. I don't think I've ever seen another. Nice work!

  2. Love me an Archer! Backwards facing 17 pounder on an old Valentine carriage? Hell yeah! Commonwealth ingenuity at its silliest! My platoon of four back when I played Flames of War in my 4CAD army certainly took their toll on my German opponents.

    For being 3d and older print too, it doesn’t look bad at all James. Good stuff.

    Also who doesn’t love a 25pdr? What a great post!