Painting these was quite enjoyable as it brought back memories of the various "Monty's Desert Battles" fought two years ago.
I had always planned to add a proper motor battalion rather than the scratched up version using existing figures from various units, so when I picked up the Esci/Italeri 8th Army figures as part of a bundle I knew what they would be used for.
Not all the figures are Esci, the MMGs are Airfix. The chaps with the Boyes AT rifles are conversions using the weapons from the Sgts Mess British Small Weapons pack, and the Mortar crew are Matchbox.
During the sort out of my stash, I identified figures to create a third infantry battalion, which would round out my desert forces. The real temptation was that although they were Airfix figures, they were moulded in a very hard plastic.