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Alvis Stalwart (Stolly)

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Alvis Stalwart (Stolly)

Perfect for any Cold War Gone Hot games in 28mm, the Sarissa Precision Alvis Stalwart (Stolly) is the iconic load carrier for your armies…

The Alvis Stalwart

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Alvis Stalwart

The Stalwart HMLC (Truck, High Mobility Load Carrier) FV620 Mk1, was a 5 Ton, 6 x 6, highly mobile amphibious military truck - aka the Stolly.

Serving with the British Army from 1966 until 1992 the Stolly was ideal for resupplying units in the field, particularly those of the British Army of the Rhine.



9 tonnes


6.36 m (20 ft 10 in)


2.62 m (8 ft 7 in)


2.31 m (7 ft 7 in)






road speed 63 km/h (39 mph)


Fording amphibious 9 knots


driver + 2 passengers


5 tones


Our version is, of course, a Mk1. Check out "Inside the Chieftain's Hatch: FV622 Stalwart MkII" video here for a full walkaround (this one sold at auction in 2019 for $13,800!)

The Stolly was well-liked for its off-road capabilities and was purchased by 5 other military operators including Germany Sweden and Italy.
It had its issues if driven on the road with transmission wind up, however, this was not an issue when offroad. The capability to head out on rivers as an amphibian was its real success.
Unlike other vehicles that used their wheels or tracks for propelling them in the water, the Stolly came complete with proper propellers hidden either side in the body making it highly manoeuvrable and it could even be reversed in the water.

This unique vehicle has since left military service to become a firm favourite for many people. Seen in films such as Reign of Fire and Lara Croft, Cradle Of Life.


A quick little paint job 

Alvis Stalwart (Stolly) on Sarissa Precisions workbench

It's such a great wagon that it found its way into civilian hands and has been seen painted as a thunderbird 2 and other weird schemes. I'm going for one stationed on the Rhine.


Step One

Starting out I used a light coat of a grey primer spray followed by a green.


Step Two

Next, a quick all-over wash of a dark green colour is used to create some shadow and depth. it also adds to a bit more of a weathered look.


Step Three

Camo schemes break up the pattern. Here I used a red-brown, applied in blotches, only a few would go on to the lower hull and probably only on the front. Don't worry too much about mistakes, I just concentrated on making the edges smooth and probably no more than a quarter of the green covered over.


Step Four

I used a really dark grey with some black added next, it fades in the sun after all. I used it to add more camo as with the red-brown I covered about a third of the green. I also used the same colour to complete the wheels.



Step Five

Now it's a bit of earth colour to drybrush inside the removable sides and bed of the truck. Once done I used a very light dusting of the same colour all over the Stolly to wether it in just a bit. Just remember to wipe out that extra paint on a tissue before brushing over the model.


Step Six

Add it to my collection... and plan for a game of course ;)
Cheers RichC


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Alvis Stalwart (Stolly) by Sarissa Precision

Alvis Stalwart (Stolly) by Sarissa Precision



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