Gisby's Gaming Blog

June 1, 2015

A VBCW Tank

Filed under: Pulp Gaming, VBCW — Tags: , — gisby @ 00:01

I mentioned my vicarious participation in a VBCW campaign by making and sending troops and equipment to the fray. This is an earlier contribution, a fearsome tank.

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A quick glance will suffice to see that it isn’t in fact accurate to any interwar prototype, although it shares some characteristics with various models.  (Even if those characteristics are, having a top, bottom & sides….)

Details may seem crude, but there is a reason for that, aside from my crude modeling skills: I was trying to give it the look of an interwar diecast toy repurposed for wargaming. My main references were therefore pictures on eBay. Some finer details are copied from an Airfix kit, but as you see, there are not really many finer details.

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The turret and treads are from an Italieri snap-together 1/72 Sherman.

The treads are shortened by one set of bogies, and meaningless interwar-looking details were added in an attempt to disguise them.

The hull is made from Lego pieces, turned upside down, and with a top plate added. Rivets are pin heads, crazy glued in place. The hatch is a tiddly wink.

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Turret details were removed. I used the gun mount supplied, but built a new mantlet and gun(s). The smoke dispensers are pieces of sprue, and the commander’s cupola is a tiddly wink atop a slice off the bottom of a gaming pawn.

I painted it a bronze green to simulate the old Dinky Toy colour scheme, with a yellow-green gas paint swatch. I think it looks quite toy-like, as I intended, but many interwar AFVs did, too.

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The ‘Police’ markings were added by its new owner, as it is part of his Police forces.

He has yet to field it, possibly because he fears to arouse jealousy in his companions.

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3 Comments »

  1. Now that is brilliant, I would never have recognised the lego underpinnings, top work sir as always.

    Cheers Roger.

    Comment by Roger Webb — June 1, 2015 @ 13:05

  2. Thanks! I use Lego because otherwise nothing would ever be square.

    Comment by gisby — June 1, 2015 @ 13:59

  3. As the proud owner of this excellent piece (I’m the one who defaced it with the “Police” signs) I can testify to its gorgeosity. And it HAS been in action – gloriously, as it happens – it disabled the famed steam tank of Sir Gilbert Hill….

    Comment by velodoug — June 4, 2015 @ 06:49


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