Mark IV Tank with Fascine

At the Bovington Tank Museum you can get close up and personal with the first tanks that were built and used in combat, such as the Mark IV Tank.

First World War tanks, namely the British Mark IV, started the practice of carrying fascines on the roof, to be deployed to fill trenches that would otherwise be an obstacle to the tank.

Mark IV Tank with Fascine

The Mark IV was a British tank of the First World War. Introduced in 1917, it benefited from significant developments of the Mark I tank (the intervening designs being small batches used for training). The main improvements were in armour, the re-siting of the fuel tank and ease of transport. A total of 1,220 Mk IV were built: 420 “Males”, 595 “Females” and 205 Tank Tenders (unarmed vehicles used to carry supplies), which made it the most numerous British tank of the war.

The “Male” tanks were armed with three machine guns and two 6-pdrs. Whilst the “Female” tanks had Five .303 Lewis machine guns.

The Mark IV was first used in mid 1917 at the Battle of Messines Ridge. It remained in British service until the end of the war, and a small number served briefly with other combatants afterwards.

I have been working on a metal 15mm Mark IV Tank for use with the Home Guard.

Though I do really like the Flames of War Great War models, which have a lot more detail.

Mark IV Male

I also have a gallery of Mark IV tanks from a wonderful 28mm demonstration game at GamesDay 2007.

Mark IV Tank

Ork Air Waaagh! ‘Eavy Bommerz

Ork Air Waaagh! 'Eavy Bommerz

Next week we will see the release of the next expansion for Aeronautica Imperialis with the Ork Air Waaagh! ‘Eavy Bommerz.

Ork Air Waaagh! 'Eavy Bommerz

You get two bommerz in the box. They look very similar to the previous Epic scale Eavy Bommerz.

As you can see they are very similar to the original Epic Ork ‘Eavy Bommerz from GamesDay 2007.

Epic scale Ork Bommer

I really like the sound and look of the new game, but I realised I never finished my original blog post about it. I haven’t yet bought the rules, but may do so soon.

You can pre-order them from Games Workshop.

Imperial Manticore

The Manticore is a mobile multiple rocket launcher variant built on the Chimera chassis. The launcher is capable of firing a variety of rockets, from standard high explosive fragmentation warheads to oxyphosphur incendiary warheads, from air-gas to surface-to-air interceptor missiles.

From the Forge World displays at GamesDay 2007.

Thunderer Siege Tank

When the advanced technology of the Tank Hunters’s Laser Destroyer malfunctions, or is damaged in battle the Adeptus Mechanicus often re-gun the the Tank Hunter with a different weapon. A common converison is to replace the damaged Laser Destroyer with a Demolisher cannon, to fill the role of the Demolisher.

Thunderer Siege Tank

Photograph from the Forge World display cabinets at GamesDay 2007.

Imperial Guard Hydra

Hydra Flak Tank
Hydra Flak Tank

This impressive Imperial Guard Hydra was from the Forge World display cabinets at GamesDay 2007.

The Hydra’s main role is defending mobile Imperial Guard attacks from the unwanted attentions of enemy aircraft. Even in the abscence of airborne threats, the Hydra’s long barrelled auto-cannons are still a potent weapon against lighter vehicles and infantry.