M4A4 Sherman

The M4 Sherman, officially Medium Tank, M4, was the most widely used medium tank by the United States and Western Allies in World War II.

The M4A4 was the most common lend lease Sherman type used by the British Army.

This Sherman M4A4 tank was on display at The Tank Museum.

A Sherman M4A4 tank was on display at the Imperial War Museum in London.

I have posted a few photographs on the blog of Simon’s 15mm British Sherman tanks he has painted for Flames of War.

Flames of War British Sherman Tank

More photographs of 15mm Flames of War Sherman Tanks.

Imperial Fists Typhon Heavy Siege Tank

This Imperial Fists Typhon Heavy Siege Tank was on display in the display cabinets at Warhammer World.

Named for the ‘Great Beast’ of Ancient Terran myth, the immense Typhon Heavy Siege Tank was developed by the Mechanicum alongside the Spartan, with which it shares a basic chassis design.

This is the Forge World resin kit which was available before the release of the Horus Heresy plastic kit.

I quite like the weathering of this model.

I have the plastic kit version of the Typhon Heavy Siege Tank on my workbench, which I am painting up as an Imperial Fists Typhon.

I have also posted photographs of the Sons of Horus Typhon Heavy Siege Tank. I think the Sons of Horus model is the plastic kit.

More photographs in the Typhon Heavy Siege Tank Miniatures Gallery.

Dead of Night

This spring sees the release of the new Alex Garland film, Civil War. Set in an America which is breaking apart, the film is about a group of journalists travelling across the United States in an ever escalating conflict which is engulfing the entire country.

Though I’ve not seen the film and don’t know how it ends, I was reminded of a book I have read, Dead of Night by Brendan DuBois, which is about the aftermath of a (near) civil war in the US.

For years UN peacekeepers have been deployed to war-torn regions of the world from Rwanda to Serbia and Congo to East Timor. 

Now it’s America’s turn.

Samuel Simpson is a young, idealistic journalist from Canada. Seeking adventure, he volunteers to become a records keeper for a UN war-crimes investigation team at work in upper New York State. Months earlier, a crippling terrorist attack against the United States resulted in its cities being emptied, its countryside set afire, and its government shaken to its knees. In the aftermath of this attack, a virtual civil war broke out, until UN peacekeepers arrived to establish an uneasy peace. While Samuel and his team travel through the New York countryside, searching for evidence of an atrocious war crime, he promptly realizes that death is quick to strike from any farmhouse, road corner, or rest area. 

There are lots of potential gaming scenarios from this background.

I mentioned in my previous post on Civil War that the background to the film raises a lot of ideas for gaming scenarios. The aftermath of the situation after the film, with the addition of UN peacekeepers adds a range of different forces, vehicles, aircraft, and armour.

Armstrong Whitworth AW.660 Argosy

The Armstrong Whitworth Argosy was a British post-war transport/cargo aircraft; it was the final aircraft to be designed and produced by aviation company Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft.

This Armstrong Whitworth Argosy was on display at RAF Cosford.

The cargo deck.

More photographs of the Armstrong Whitworth AW.660 Argosy.

Civil War

This spring sees the release of the new Alex Garland film, Civil War.

Set in an America which is breaking apart, the film is about a group of journalists travelling across the United States in an ever escalating conflict which is engulfing the entire country.

The war is between the US government and “Western Forces” which includes California and Texas. The trailer mentions nineteen states seceding from the union. It also talks about a three term President. According to the constitution American presidents can only serve two terms, could this be the reason behind the secession?

The background to the film raises a lot of ideas for gaming scenarios. As well as regular US armed forces, there is the National Guard for each state, and the film also brings in partisan extremist militias into the fight as well. The conflict allows opportunistic forces to take advantage of the chaos.

There are lots of miniatures available to game these scenarios. I am looking forward to seeing the film.

M10 Achilles Tank Destroyer

This M10 was on display at Bovington.

The M10 tank destroyer was an American tank destroyer of World War II. The prototype of the M10 was conceived in early 1942, being delivered in April of that year.

After appropriate changes to the hull and turret were made, the modified version was selected for production in June 1942 as the 3-inch Gun Motor Carriage M10. It mounted a 3-inch (76.2 mm) Gun M7 in a rotating turret on a modified M4A2 Sherman tank chassis.

On a previous visit the  M10 Tank Destroyer was painted in winter camouflage.

M10 Tank Destroyer

I have a few 15mm Flames of War Self Propelled, Achilles, of the British variant of the American M10 Tank destroyer armed with the powerful British Ordnance QF 17 pounder anti-tank gun in place of the standard 3″ (76.2 mm) Gun M7.

Legions Imperialis Support Weapons

Two packs of Legion Imperialis support weapons will be going on pre-order this Saturday. One pack for the Solar Auxilia, and one for the Legion Astartes.

The Solar Auxilia pack includes Rapier batteries, Tarantula platforms w and the Cyclops remote-controlled bomb.

Solar Auxilia Support Weapons

While the Solar Auxilia are famed for the quality of their infantry and tanks, their fire support companies are invaluable when confronting tougher targets. The Solar Auxilia Support set includes a total of 40 weapons platforms and auxiliary assets loaded with firepower, including Rapier batteries mounting quad launchers, laser destroyers, and mole mortar arrays, Tarantula platforms with lascannons and Hyperios missile launchers, and the dreaded Cyclops remote-controlled bomb.

The Legion Astartes pack also has Rapier batteries, Dreadnoughts, and Tarantula platforms.

The Space Marines of the Horus Heresy also adopted the Rapier platform for their own support firepower, and deployed talons of dreadnoughts for long-range fire and close combat. The Legiones Astartes Support kit contains 24 miniatures, including Leviathan Dreadnoughts with storm cannons and cyclonic melta lances, Deredeo Dreadnoughts with Anvilus autocannon batteries and Hellfire plasma cannonades, Rapier batteries with quad launchers and laser destroyers, and Tarantula platforms with lascannons and Hyperios missile launchers.

I like the Legion Astartes pack.

The Burning of Prospero

One of the displays at Warhammer World was The Burning of Prospero.

The Burning of Prospero, is the name of the full-scale invasion and planetary devastation of Prospero, homeworld of the Thousand Sons, by Imperial forces that mainly included the Space Wolves Legion, the Adeptus Custodes and the Sisters of Silence.

This Space Wolves Legion Vindicator Siege Tank was part of the display.

Space Wolves Legion Vindicator

Legio Custodes Caladius Grav-Tank.

Caladius Grav-Tank

Legio Custodes Orion Assault Dropship.

Another view of the display.


Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR3

This Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR3 was on display at RAF Cosford.

Famous throughout the world as the first jet fighter capable of vertical take off and landing, the Harrier was utilised by the Royal Air Force as a ground attack and reconnaissance aircraft in the Close Air Support role.

The Harrier GR3 was a development of the Harrier GR1, being fitted with improved attack sensors, electronic countermeasures and a more powerful engine over the GR1.

The simplicity and flexibility inherent in the Harrier design proved their worth in service in Germany. In time of war the Harrier was to be deployed away from established airfields, which were vulnerable to attack. Instead it was to be operated from short, rough strips of ground and hidden in camouflaged ‘hides’, from which it would attack the enemy’s approaching armoured formations.

These qualities came into their own during the Falklands War. RAF Harriers were deployed to the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Hermes, as part of the Task Force sent to recapture the Falklands Islands. The Harrier GR3 performed attack sorties from the aircraft carrier, and later from basic landing strips on the islands, often in conditions that would have grounded conventional aircraft.

The concept of a high performance fighter aircraft being able to take off and land vertically was almost unbelievable until the Harrier was developed. The scientific, technological and engineering challenges which were overcome in order to achieve the remarkable performance enjoyed by this aircraft marks it out as one of the most special machines.

Legions Imperialis Malcador Infernus and Valdor Tank Destroyers

The Legion Imperialis Malcador Infernus and Valdor Tank Destroyers for the Solar Auxilia will be going on pre-order this Saturday.

Legions Imperialis Malcador Infernus and Valdor Tank Destroyers

Unleash fiery destruction and annihilate enemy vehicles with the combined power of the Malcador Infernus and Valdor Tank Destroyer heavy tanks, which use the venerable Malcador chassis to mount enormous weapons far larger than a Leman Russ could carry. Each multi-part plastic kit contains two Malcador Infernus tanks and two Valdor Tank Destroyers for Solar Auxilia armies.

I do like the Malcador Infernus, it is a “crocodile” style variant of the Malcador. The Valdor is also a nice looking model.