Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Armies Army BTR 260 & 290 APCs

I'm currently assembling a new force known as the "Hoplites".  The reason for this name will eventually become clear over the next few months.

Infantry wear combat hardsuits and rely on 6 and 8 wheeled amphibious armour for mobility.

I'm using Armies Army BTR 260 and 290 APCs, bought during the 20% off sale October 2017.  It turns out that only a few weeks after I placed my order, the entire sci-fi range was transferred to The Scene and some of them are now available once more.

The BTR 260s will form the light reconnaissance part of the force.

BTR 260.

BTR 260.

BTR 260.
The BTR 290 PocoMaxa or Wolverine will be the fire support vehicle for the force.  This isn't yet available from The Scene.

BTR 290 PocoMaxa aka Wolverine

BTR 290 PocoMaxa aka Wolverine

BTR 290 PocoMaxa aka Wolverine
BTR 290 APCs will be the main transport vehicles, carrying an 8 man squad plus 4 crew.

BTR 290.

BTR 290.

BTR 290.
There are distinct differences between the 260 and 290 vehicles.  The 290 seems to have additional bow armour plates as befits its heavier role.

BTR 290 on left, 260 on right.
The detail on the rear doors is more clearly defined on the back of the 260.  Mine do have slight mould lines too, I don't know if those from The Scene will too.  They're easily cleaned up with a bit of milliput.

Comparison of rear door detail.
Of course the main difference is the length of the vehicles.  The 290 is considerably longer to accommodate the additional troop capacity, with a fourth pair of wheels.  You can see that the front hatch detail is more clearly defined on the larger 290.

Comparison of length.
The BTR 290s have a slightly rough texture.

Slightly textured finish on BTR 290.
 The textured finish is visible on the front hull too.

Slightly textured finish on BTR 290.
The BTR 260 has a smoother finish but you can see its 3D printed origins in some of the fine detail.

Smoother finish on BTR 260 but with 3D printing lines visible.
Hoplite infantry are supplied by Ground Zero Games OutRim Coalition hardsuit troops.  Fire support will be missile launchers and portable plasma guns in the anti-tank role and gauss squad automatic weapons for infantry support.

Support weapons: Missile launcher, plasma gun, gauss machine gun.
Standard troops are equipped with gauss assault rifles, effective for both normal ground combat and in hard vacuum for starship boarding operations.  Their hardsuits are environmentally sealed but run on filters for ground operations, conserving their limited air supply until it is needed.

Infantry with gauss rifles.
The exact colour scheme is still to be determined but will probably involve fairly subdued greens, browns and greys.



4 comments:

  1. Those look brilliant...love the combination. I have loads of the 15mm Antenocitis Workshop Aliens APC's and I'm thinking that these Soviet inspired vehicles would be great as an opposing force. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. Nice, looking forward to seeing how they turn out.

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  3. A very nice force there, looking forward to seeing them painted up! I have those troops also very nice sculpts by Jon: http://brazosevilempire.blogspot.com/2017/03/out-rim-coalition-marine-vehicles-by-me.html
    http://brazosevilempire.blogspot.com/2017/02/new-troops-from-blackstar-barracks.html

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  4. Im also looking forward to seeing what you have planned for this minis ive got the figures but not the vehicles, so lets see what you come up with as i might copy you... :)

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