Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Tanker's Tuesday : German WWI Tanks and Armored Cars

A long and difficult start

While the British and the French were prompt to built their first operational tanks, the German high command was doubtful at best of their capabilities. That was until mid-1917 when came the successes that proved any well-coordinated attack using tanks in a proper way could break through and create havoc in rear lines. They had some reasons not to urge tank production. First, infantry, like the stürmptruppen (elite assault squads) were a simple and much cheaper way to achieve this breakthrough, as they had shown on many occasions throughout 1917 and particularly during the 1918 spring offensives. The military blockade also played a role, limiting the abilities of an already exhausted industry to produce enough materials and manpower to build swarms of tanks, reducing the chances to launch tank offensives at full force. There was also repugnance for this new “dishonorable weapon” as stated in propaganda and newspapers, coming from the ancient and very deep traditional ways of the Aristocratic Prussian officer, that dominated both the head of staff and the Kaiser himself.

WWI German Tanks And Armored Cars

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day 2017

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women who have died in military service for the United States. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day and it is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

NRE Assault Lander

Some Air Support : Repainted STAR WARS REPUBLIC GUNSHIP
Being used as an NRE Assault Lander in 15mm, made from the
Transformers toy.

I need to find three more of these for my planed Air Assault unit.

To which I'll add two Red Faction VTOL Gunships for force protection ......)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The five most bizarre battles of World War 2 - This is Genius

WW2 featured plenty of bloody battles. Sometimes, that meant planning cock-ups, bizarre tactics, surprising alliances and incredible strokes of luck. We've picked out what we think are the five most remarkable battles from the second world war.

Technical Analysis Of War Of The Worlds (part-1)

This article is a “history” of H.G. Wells classic science fiction novel,
“The War of the Worlds”, as if it actually happened, complete with
technological assessments, logistical evaluations and strategic analyses.
Naturally, the first subject will be prominent given the vast
technological superiority of the invading Martians.

Technical Analysis Of War Of The Worlds (part-1)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Alternative Armies: 15mm Body Blanks or Dollies released

Alternative Armies: 15mm Body Blanks or Dollies released: Now released at Alternative Armies a pack of formally internal use only industry quality 15mm scale blank bodies. These 'dolly' po...

Tanker's Tuesday : T-14 Armata (Russian)

The T-14 Armata (Russian: Т-14 «Армата»; industrial designation "Object 148")
is a Russian main battle tank based on the Armata Universal Combat Platform. It is
the first series-produced next  generation tank. The Russian Army plans to acquire
2,300 T-14s in the period 2015–2020.

The first batch of T-14 Armata tanks will be deployed to the Taman division after
2020, tanks will be transferred only after the completion of all state tests

T-14 Armata

Russia MOD - T-14 Armata Main Battle Tank At Army 2016 [720p]

NEW second unique footage of T-14 Armata Tank Firing UralVagonZavod 2016

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

T-90 Tank - Russia

Tanker's Tuesday : T-90S Main Battle Tank

The T-90S is the latest development in the T-series of Russian tanks and represents an increase in firepower, mobility and protection. It is manufactured by Uralvagonzavod in Nizhnyi Tagil, Russia.

T-90S Main Battle Tank, Russia

Monday, May 8, 2017

Garoum Aliens : 15mm SciFiscratchbuilt blob scavenger arrmy

by Lanse Tryon

These creatures are exceptionally intelligent, able to reverse-engineer just about any alien tech they can study. Their primary cultural driver is boredom, and they pick up cultural aspects and hats from other races as they see fit. Their homeworld is unknown and long gone. They live instead in flotillas of impeccably maintained starships salvaged from just about anyone and anywhere.

First contact was a decidedly awkward affair, with several ships crippled on both sides, prisoners taken and epithets exchanged. Peace was regained at the cost of the human admiral's hat.
While they do engage in unmitigated scavengery and piracy, it's almost never mean-spirited unless you tick them off first. Then it's like being savaged by highly intelligent and somewhat impolite squigs. While they know full well that eating one's enemy does not gain one his powers, they have nevertheless been known to do so anyway from time to time. Also, like some aliens of fiction they admire the human female form. Nobody knows why, as nobody is quite sure the're not hermaphroditic.

Furthermore: Atomic welds and ceramic-alloy rivets on your ships do NOT constitute your external components "being nailed down". They can also survive hard vacuum for about five minutes, but they're not telling anyone exactly how.

While humans refer to them as "The Froggies", their name in the threat database is "Garoum" based on what they seem to call themselves. In fact, the term in their own language is shorthand for "Who is this fool who does not recognize us?" Their ships are similarly named: "Your finger you fool", "What an idiot who does not know what a starship is" and their flagship "Let's take his hat". The other major powers have tacitly agreed to let the Humans find this out for themselves.

In terms of society, they're like the Box Trolls with better social skills and bravery. Either that, or they're like extremely calm Nac Mac Feegle, all with engineering degrees. In any case, run the whole shebang through the same look and feel processes that produced the iPad with a bit more chrome and flash.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Tanker's Tuesday : Chinese ZBL-09 Snow Leopard

The new Chinese ZBL-09 Snow Leopard armored personnel carrier was developed by NORINCO. It is a new family of 8x8 armored vehicles. Development commenced in the 1990s. This vehicle was heavily influenced by both Western and Russian armored personnel carriers. This APC was first seen in 2006 undergoing road tests. It was first publicly revealed in 2009.