Friday, June 20, 2008
I went to my local dollar store and purchased a fire truck with a water tank on the back. I removed the tank from the back of the truck, and cut down the intakes from the water tank. I then glued the water tank to the bed of a HaT French Wagon. I added a vertical stovepipe using a bit of plastic tubing. I then constructed a bench seat out of scrapes of styrene plastic. Add a Revell German Artillery set limber rider and the wagon is done. I took one of the HaT German Horse Cavalrymen as the horse rider.
This kind of mobile bread wagon was used from WWI until the end of WWII. It was quick, easy, and cheap. My wargame rules require that the troops get fed every day and so having such wagons helps keep the infantry moving. The penalty for not feeding the troops is that they can't move into the attack due to weaknesss caused by hunger.
Check out your local dollar store and look for some water tanks. I have seen them as both fire trucks, military vehicles and constructions sets. Dollar stores are great sources of spare parts for conversions. The HaT 1/72nd scale series of Napoleonic Wagons can be used as a variety of wagon types with just a little work.