Hi everyone. Sorry for my lack of posts but I've been quite sick recently and when I was able to get out of my sick bed and do something fun (in a quiet and constrained kind of way of course) I fiddled around with a bit of WW2 stuff for a change.
Now I'm starting to feel slightly human again (although to be honest right now it's ever so slightly) I thought I'd ask you all a question.
I'm sure I've read (or saw) somewhere that during the Cold War, a significant amount of West German civilian infrastructure (and in this case I mean things like trucking and other land vehicles) would have been taken up into service. Pretty much every truck had a military role pre-assigned to it. I assume that it would be the same in many of the smaller NATO members (read Denmark), even down to some "Home Guard" units using pressed civilian vehicles as their transport vehicles.
Over time, I've bought quite a few Oxford diecast vehicles, mainly for dressing the table with suitable 1980's era vehicles you might find in North West Europe. But some of these will also make great rides for my newly finished Danish Home Guard. Here's some examples:
Now I'm going to dirty these up to make them more lived in, but here's my question: If a Home Guard type unit had pressed these kind of vehicles into service, do you think they would have repainted them, added cam nets, stowage or other things to make them appear "More military" or do you think they would not have bothered?
I'm torn. Part of me thinks they'd do something to make them more military and less obvious for detection. Assuming that a Soviet Hind pilot is likely to light up anything he sees moving in a NATO area. But I also think you could go with the whole hiding in plain sight option. Park one of these in a garage or in the street outside a house, and it just looks like another abandoned vehicle. Travelling together it might look like just another group of refugees moving around behind the combat area...
The other point for not re-painting, camming up etc is that in games where they are not being used as home guard vehicles, they can be used a standard street furniture.
So what do you think?