Back in 2004 I discussed using an 1/72nd Airfix kit of the WWII LCVP Landing Craft as the basis for an Epic scale Imperial Guard Tank Landing Craft .
Imperial Guard Tank Landing Craft
I saw this post as I was updating some other stuff, so I thought I would add an update. Alas this never got further than the ideas stage and the kit was eventually sold on eBay a few years ago.
From one of the demonstration games at GamesDay 2008.
Ork Landing Craft loaded with Ork stuff prepare to land on the beachhead.
There was also this HUGE Ork battleship…
Which I didn’t like!
Epic conversion using the Airfix LCVP kit…
I have always had a fondness for the concept of small craft naval actions in Epic, reminiscent of the brown water forces of the Vietnam War.
I have just purchased a 1/72nd Airfix kit of the WWII LCVP Landing Craft.
I didn’t know this kit existed until recently when I saw it as part of a larger D-Day boxed set. I knew Airfix had made a tank landing craft in the past (which came with a Sherman tank and is still available (and was also in the D-Day boxed set)) but always thought it was too big for converting into an Epic size vessel.
This infantry landing craft is as you might expect much smaller and therefore makes it ideal conversion material.
The kit is pretty good in that it also contains components to make beach obstacles.
It is a full hull kit, so I will probably need to sand the base down a little to make it a waterline kit.
The real task will be epicising the model to make it look similar to the Epic models and less a 1/72nd kit. For this I will use plastic strip and lots of bits from Epic models such as Hydra turrets.
Another idea I have had based on this French Golden Demon entry.
The idea is a brown water riverine force. Lots of landing craft, small patrol boats and monitors.
Ork Landing Craft from my website.
Ork Riverine Monitors from my website (work in progress).
In case anyone doesn’t know what I am talking about, here is an excellent web article on Vietnam War Riverine Craft.
VIETNAM STUDIES – RIVERINE OPERATIONS – 1966-1969
Download in PDF format.
The best chapter, as in the one with the most pics is chapter two.