Painting BSAP DISTRICT Figures.
After much trial and error I came down to this set of colours to get the BSAP uniform as accurate as possible.
Using Eureka 28mm figures Aden Range of British Troops I then cut off the bush hat heads or Glengarry to replace with peaked caps.
I purchased peaked cap heads from Gripping Beast WW1 range.
56 Ammo pouches were removed leaving one in most cases and also removing water bottle.
1966 Early BSAP. Riot uniform was used in the early operations by the BSAP but the Dark Blue and Light Grey was not good camouflage in the bush and thus the BSAP went over to camouflage combat uniform.
Shirt – Light Grey Humbrol 127
Trousers, bush hat, Peaked cap band – White Ensign Blue Grey.
Peaked cap – Humbrol 26 Khaki.
Boots – Humbrol 70
Cap Badge – Humbrol 54.
By the late 60s Rhodesian camouflage was introduced but in those early days the shirt was green. These uniforms were used in the districts and in the bush.
In later years camouflage was worn on a regular basis in the Districts and bush. From 1977 onwards rifles were camouflaged.
Camouflage shirt, trousers, combat jacket and combat cap.
Base colour:- Humbrol 83 plus a touch of Humbrol 103.
Green:- Humbrol 86.
Brown:- Humbrol 29.
Rolled sleeves Humbrol 83 and 103.
Webbing:- Humbrol 84.
Sleeping Bag:- olive drab or Dark Earth.
European Patrol Officer – Humbrol 61Flesh.
African Constable – Skin colour:-Humbrol 29.
Rifle – Gun Metal Humbrol Met 201.
Rifle furniture – Humbrol 70.
Rifle:- Base colour Humbrol 76 plus HM5 authentic humbrol, stripe pattern 83.
Rifle strap:- Humbrol 83 and Humbrol 103.
Figure Base:- Humbrol 93 and Humbrol 103 high lights.
BSAP setting up a Vehicle Check Point near Bulawayo 1980
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PATU formed in 1966 and in those early days would wear ‘Riot Blues’ but that soon changed with the escalating situation. Eureka do Aden Figures in 28mm which are suitable for this but I have yet to find suitable 20mm figures for this period. I may have to adjust the Farm Guards or the PATU stick from the Underfire range.
Eureka 28mm Aden figures with a mix of Perry Miniatures WWII 8th Army plasttics scratch built.
By adding small packs, floppy hats and adding the odd FN and painting in ‘Riot Blues’ might just do the trick.
In later years when PATU began to use full combat kit these other Underfire Figiures could be used.
Underfire RAR , RLI, Selous Scouts in shorts, and the PATU stick would be ideal. Some PATU sticks wore cammo T-shirts, shorts with webbing, chest rig and FNs or MAGs as part of their ops. Will try and find example photographs. With a sprinkling of guys in full kit you would have a typical PATU stick of the later war period.
PATU – Police Anti Terrorist Unit
A local intelligence gathering unit formed in 1966. Later given a combat role. It grew from the informal early-60s Sinoia Commandos and the Volunteer Additional Training units of 1964. Bill Bailey applied his LRDP experience to make each stick (5 men 3-4 per BSAP province) an effective mobile seek-and-destroy unit. (Aka PATU , Bailey’s Bloody Bush Babe’s).
Early PATU sticks in ‘Riot Blues’ 1966.
Early part of the war ‘Riot Blues were worn initially by PATU sticks, armed with shotguns, 303 rifles, sten guns and the odd SLR, but this soon phased out as the BSAP were up against terrorists armed with military grade weapons. In this early the ‘Ters’ were using SKS, AK, PPSH, and other light machine guns. Effectively outgunning the BSAP.
PATU in the Zambezi Valley 1967. This might be army green denim with 56 webbing pouches and bottles.
Rhodesian camouflage began to be introduced in the form of the combat cap, combat jacket and combat trousers. Shirts would be the old green denim shirts until cammo shirts were introduced in the late 1960s.
By the 70s the various BSAP units were kitted out with full combat kit when in the operational area. Armed with FNs and MAGs was then the norm.