Another two tanks this time, I hoped that all od the remaining Russian ones would fit, but that’s not the case, so the SU-130PM will be included in the next one, probably together with something American. The tanks for today are the KV-2 (R) and the Object 730 Version II.
Valhallan Rangnarok – KV-2 (R)
The second of the Warhammer styles, this time for a heavy tank, belonging to the Valhallan Ice Warriors, a unit of the Astra Militarum (Imperial Guard) from the planet Valhalla. One of the toughest regiments of the Guard, the Ice Warriors were heavily inspired by the Soviet troops.
The Imperial Aquila can be seen again on this style in multiple places.
A helmet with an emblem of the Astra Militarum. The Ice Warriors commonly used fur caps – famous ushankas, but regular helmets similar to this one can be seen on some figures.
A communication set, just like the one featured on the BDR G1 B.
Unlike the previous style, this one features some interesting additional weapons. This is a Heavy Stubber of an unknown pattern, but as I’ve seen this design was used on the Chimera APCs.
Smoke grenade launchers, rather similar to their counterparts on real tanks.
On the left side you can see an Imperial Voss pattern Lasgun. Lasguns are most common laser weapons, this particular variant is a standard weapon of the Armageddon Steel Legion. There are also some smoke grenades, which look just like the real life ones.
Again sorry for the emblem, another tank that I don’t own and can’t get rid of that.
Oryx – Object 703 Version II
Elements like that, usually coming from destroyed fences, were used in urban combat, mainly during the Battle of Berlin. They offered no additional protection against regular shells, but were very useful against shaped charges like the Panzerfaust.
This weapon was produced in a Czech factory, probably used by Germans and then captured. It’s a ZB-53 (army designation TK vz.37, German designation MG 37(t)) machine gun, a rather modern weapon for that time. It was also license-built in the UK as the Besa machine gun (7,92 mm variant).
I really need your help here, as I’m very curious what that is, but wasn’t able to find out. I assume it’s an autocannon of some sort, all I know is that it has that characteristic muzzle device, a boxy barrel cover, two spoke wheels and a shield, the beams visible next to the shield are probably also parts of the carriage.
There are some crates on the back, among the standard ones there is one big crate for the 122 mm shells. It’s barely visible, but “122” and “оск.- фуг.” (a designation for the HE shells) can be seen. I couldn’t find a real crate like that, but I think it looks similar to the ones from this set for modellers.
The last detail I want to show you – this style clearly shows how complicated the armor on the Russian tanks is. You may think that the sides of the tank are flat, but it’s just spaced armor, as the real sides of the hull are heavily angled – look at that weld, poiting out where the real armor is connected to the additional sheets. The real armor is very strong as shown by multiple hits with absolutely no penetrations, while the spaced armor was penetrated and thanks to that we can see how thin it is. The tank probably wasn’t damaged by that shell.
Two very different, but similarly awesome styles. I have to say, I had way more fun with the Warhammer ones than I assumed I would. Just reading that little bits of lore needed to describe this style shows, how big, interesting and well made the whole universe is.
Also how’s your marathon going? I finished it yesterday, so just in time to do the research for this post, I hope that those of you who are playing for a free tank are also doing great and it will be in your garages soon if it isn’t yet!