Having only recently finished the T-26 tank I felt the urgent need to continue with the SCW theme. After all the miniatures are just superb. For quite a while already I had a hankering to do an artillery piece. These don't really feature in Chain of Command due to their range, but I figured I could get away with using it as a stand in for a PaK. After all both sides used their artillery in a direct firing role if the need arose.
Having had a 7,7cm Feldkanone 96 n.A. from Renegade Miniatures WW1 range lingering in the lead pile for way too long already, I thought it might be just what I was looking for. According to "Armas y Uniformas de la Guerra Civil española" by Lucas Molino Franco (I wonder if there is a relationship?) and José María Manrique García some 104 of these outdated guns were delivered to Spain by Nazi Germany. Four of which came with the Legion Condor while the rest was provided through HISMA / ROWAK. According to Molino those guns arrived in Spain only late in December 1938 and thus could not be used during the Battle of the Ebro. But despite their age and insufficiencies they were nonetheless welcome as they helped to ease the strain on the larger calibre guns of the Rebels.
I'm not sure if the guns delivered to Spain were re-barrelled ones or if they simply were a few old dogs dragged out of storage to be disposed of in Spain. For this piece here I decided on the latter and to further enhance the impression of old equipment I went for a camouflage pattern as it was common during the Great War. Crew were sourced from different sets in Empress Miniatures vast range of Spanish Civil War Miniatures, chiefly from Republican and Nationalist AT-gun sets and the Italian 75/27 gun.
I'm still looking for some ammunition boxes to decorate the base but might just as well look out for a limber.
So, that's it for today. Stay safe and have a nice weekend!