This is a pretty extensive force covering the Italian armies that fought in the Western Desert prior to the arrival of their German allies. There are some units relating to the period after this, and some units that only fought in  Sicily, but the bulk of the pictures relate to the armies that fought the British in Operation Compass.

Annoyingly, I painted the early war Italian vehicles in the later sand colour rather than the dull green they should be (perhaps an enterprising NCO had a load of sand-coloured paint to shift), which also strictly speaking excludes me from using them for any of the campaign in Russia. I will eventually buy some more and paint them the right colour...but that will be when the plastic versions come out!

 
 

Bersaglieri

Company HQ

1st Platoon

2nd Platoon

3rd Platoon

FIAT 508 Staff Car

Anti-Tank Rifle Section

Anti-Tank Platoon

MMG Platoon

Motociclisti

Motociclisti Platoon

Motociclisti MMG Platoon

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Fucilieri

Company HQ

1st Platoon

2nd Platoon

3rd Platoon

3rd Platoon

Anti-Tank Rifles

Anti-Tank Rifles

MMG Platoon

MMG Platoon

Light Mortar Platoon

Light Mortar Platoon

Medium Mortar Platoon

Engineers, Colonial Troops & Blackshirts

Engineer Flamethrowers

Platoon: Libyan Infantry

Platoon: Eritrean Infantry

Platoon: Eritrean Infantry

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Artillery & Support Units

Artillery HQ

20/65 Autocannon on 3-ton Trucks

20/65 Autocannon

Lancia da 90/53 Guns

65/17 Guns + FIAT 708s

75/27 Guns [mod. 06]

75/27 Guns [mod. 06]

100/17 Guns [mod. 14]

105mm Guns

105mm Guns

Transport: 3-ton Trucks

Transport: 6-ton Lorries

Lancia 1ZM Armoured Lorries

Autocannone da 102/35 

Attached Armour (Early)

Two Platoons L3 Tankettes

1st Platoon M11/39 Tanks

2nd Platoon M11/39 Tanks

AB40 A/C Patrol

Attached Armour (Late)

Armoured Command

1st Platoon M14/41 Tanks

2nd Platoon M14/41 Tanks

Platoon L6/40 Tanks

Platoon AB41 A/Cs

Platoon Semovente 47/32 SP Guns

Platoon Semovente 75/18 SP Guns

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Attached Armour (Sicily)

Platoon R-35 Tanks

Platoon Semovente 90/53 SP Guns

AB40 A/C Patrol

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