|NATO support vehicles hold the Warsaw Pact back from strategically vital parts of...my kitchen...models from Battlefront and Armies Army|
Subjects from two NATO nations today - some support elements for my 15mm 1980s Canadians, and some tank-hunting helicopters for my 1980s West Germans.
Since it has been a few weeks since we last visited the Bundeswehr, let's start with the helicopters. These are BO-105s, multi-part 1/100 scale plastic kits from Battlefront, part of their extremely comprehensive lineup of figures for the 1980s West Germans in their "Team Yankee" game.
|BO-105 tank hunting helicopters for the Bundeswehr|
Instead, the BO-105 has a kind of practical, workmanlike "well, anything is dangerous once you attach anti-tank missiles to it" sort of aura.
|TOW anti-tank missiles are the killer armament of these helicopters...they are out to hunt tanks|
|While plastic has its issues, bravo to Battlefront for bringing these models out..they'll be fun on the table!|
OK - moving back to the Canadians, here are a couple of support elements to "round out" my initial battlegroup from the 4th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group.
|M113 "Lynx" Recon vehicles for the Canadian Forces|
|.50cal MGs in the turret-style mounting, and a little .30cal on the back for some extra fire support in the event of a sticky situation while out scouting...|
|Big "thank you" to Keith for tossing these in with my Leopard C1 squadron...they will round out my forces nicely!|
|M150s - APCs mounting TOW anti-tank missile launchers|
The other two vehicles are M150s...these are M113 APC with a mount for a TOW guided-anti-tank missile launcher. High-end anti-tank hitting power is at a premium in any NATO force, but particularly so for the Canadians, who may have to tangle with Soviet tanks while the Leopard C1s of the Royal Canadian Dragoons are busy elsewhere. These M150s provide the Canadian mechanized infantry elements with some theoretical heavy anti-tank power with quite a long potential engagement range.
|Clever casting work by Armies Army to allow the convenient mounting of a TOW launcher and gunner on the M113s|
|Some oversize decals from a 1/87 sheet to give some good Canadian flavour, eh?|
|I popped the commander out to show a command vehicle, but let's assume the firing pose is for propaganda purposes only - I hope they wouldn't fire the missile while the poor driver was popped out of the hatch, right in front of the barrel!|
So six vehicles in 15mm, should be good for another 36 points this week. About this time last week, I predicted it would be "time to switch subjects and show something else next week blah blah", but as you can see above, such pledges on my part are clearly worthless...so we'll just see you next week!
Album: The Sound of Madness
This is a sort of generic, driving hard-rock song from the late 2000s - great to listen to when painting tanks, AND when painting things that are made to blow up tanks!
Ah, what would a Thursday be without a visit to the cold war front lines? These are absolutely smashing, totally agree with you on the choppers, they remind me more of Blue Thunder than Airwolf!
Great camo too, I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm somewhat addicted to checking out the different vehicles to see if you've had to get the same camo scheme on each one of each variant - must be mind bending to paint! I love those little TOW launchers too - relying on some poor chap to stand at the top of a vehicle with little to no suspension and ask him to guide a missile towards a scary looking tank in the distance whilst it's training it's gun on you..... how could that ever go wrong?!?!?
Great stuff, 36 points it is!