54mm World War One Tanks

54mm World War One Tank

The clunking behemoths of steel slowly trundled through the mud and despair of no-man’s land followed by apprehensive and scared men who had seen years of fighting and death.

54mm World War One Tank

These models were part of a 54mm World War One demonstration game at Warfare 2015 in Reading. Visually impressive, the table also had an extensive trench system terrain.

54mm World War One Tank

World War One Tanks

The Retronaut website has a great series of images of tanks from World War One in one of their recent blog posts.

World War One Tank

If you are thinking about making some scenery for games in this period, these photographs really do give you some interesting ideas.

There are a fair few images of damaged or immobilised tanks and so again useful guidance when making abandoned tanks as scenic pieces.

World War One Tank

Check out more images here.

If you want to see a fantastic looking demonstration game from World War One, then here are some photographs from Aly Morrison’s excellent game at GamesDay 2007.

Russian Land Tank

Sometimes what happens in the real world is more weird than what you make up for science fiction.
Take this Russian tank design from 1917 for example, this is a 1/35th scale model of the tank.

The drive assembly consisted of two 240 hp Maybach engines, one for each big wheel. The wheels themselves (designed by Zhukovskiy) had a T-shaped metal mid-section. A wooden overlay was then fastened to the shelf of the T-beam. The drive itself was very simple. Each engine drove an automobile wheels, who was in it’s turn pressed down (by means of a railway carriage spring) until it touched the wooden overlay of the big wheel, and by counterrotating, the automobile wheel transferred the energy from the engine to the big running wheel. (In case of over-heating, the driving wheels disengaged and protected the engine from seizing.) It was thought that the Nepotir should be able to reach a top speed of some 17 km/h – which was pretty impressive compared to other WW1 AFV:s.
The hull of the vehicle would have one top-mounted centrally placed turret, equipped with MG:s and/or light cannons, giving the Lebedenko a total height of some 12 meters. In addition to this, at the outer flanks of the hull, small MG sponsons was to be placed. There was also a small weapons turret placed underneath the belly of the beast.
The construction progressed pretty quick and at the end of July 1915, the Nepotir was ready for it’s first trials. Because of it’s weight and size, it was designed to be transported in sub-assemblies, to be assembled again before action at the front (like it was later envisioned for the huge German K-Wagen). This procedure was followed, and the sub-assemblies were transported to the testing ground, some 60 km from Moscow. At the re-assembly it was found out that the weight of the machine exceeded calculations with some 50%, due to the use of thicker metal. In August the test began in front of a high commission. It started well. The vehicle moved well over some firm ground, crashed a tree, but then went into a soft patch, where the small double wheel got stuck in a ditch. Soon it was obvious that the engines were to small, as they were unable to free the rear double wheel.
After this fiasco, two of the designers, Mikulin and Stechkin, worked on equipping the vehicle with more powerful engines, but this plan was never fulfilled. The military had decided against the project. It was simply too expensive, it had thus far cost some 250.000 roubles. Also the vehicle (and then primarily it’s wheels) was deemed to be too vulnerable to artillery fire, which probably was quite true. (And by this time both France and Britain were near to completing new types of all-terrain armoured fighting vehicles, running on caterpillar tracks.)
The Lebedenko stood there, bogged down, for the rest of the war, but was finally scrapped in 1923.

This is certainly something that would sit very well in a Victorian Science Fiction scenario. Also if you play alternative world war one scenarios then this would of course work well too, well it was designed for that war.

Imperial Guard Malcador Heavy Tank

 Imperial Guard Malcador Heavy Tank

Named after a mysterious figure from the Imperium’s earliest days, Malcador the Sigillite (-a close advisor to the Emperor during the Battles of Unification, and the man credited with founding the Administratum of Terra), the tank is a mobile fortress, heavily armed and armoured but slow. Mounting multiple heavy bolters for all-round defence, side-sponson weapons and a demolisher cannon in a limited-traverse hull mount.

Death Korps of Krieg Imperial Guard Malcador Heavy Tank in winter camouflage. In the display cabinets at GamesDay 2008. Beautifully painted and constructed.

More photographs of the Imperial Guard Malcador Heavy Tank.

Imperial Guard Tanks

One of the reasons for going to GamesDay are the huge display games, my personal favourites are the ones form Forge World.

This one representing part of the Siege of Vraks had titans, super heavy tanks, and lots of trenches and guns.

Here Death Korps of Krieg tanks move forward to combat the Chaos menace.

Imperial Guard Tanks

To see more pictures from GamesDay 2008 have a look at my GamesDay 2008 Gallery.

Epic Imperial Guard Leman Russ Main Battle Tank

An Epic Imperial Guard Leman Russ Main Battle Tank.

Epic Imperial Guard Leman Russ Main Battle Tank

This model is from the Epic 40000 era and is very well detailed.

I like the model for the amount of additions such as the gun sleeve, crew equipment and camo netting. Most of the Epic 40000 models had such additions. The current Epic Armageddon models are much “cleaner” and have virtually no extra “stuff” on them, which in my opinion is a pity.

I was quite pleased with the paint job on this model, though due to the ink wash it is a bit glossy for my liking.

More photographs of Epic Imperial Guard.

Epic Imperial Guard Leman Russ Main Battle Tank

An Epic Imperial Guard Leman Russ Main Battle Tank patrols the ruins on an Imperial City.

Epic Imperial Guard Leman Russ Main Battle Tank

This model is from the Epic 40000 era and is very well detailed. I was quite pleased with the paint job on this model, though due to the ink wash it is a bit glossy for my liking.

More photographs of Epic Imperial Guard.