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"The Battle Taxi APC Is Lightly Armoured And Armed…”

“…And ideal for low intensity warfare and urban conditions.”

This 15mm scale Grey Adder APC Battle Taxi Lifter is sold by “Alternative Armies” and can be purchased as Pack Code IAF036G from the company’s "The Ion Age" range. Supplied as a single piece resin vehicle, the “hover” can apparently carry eight troopers and two crew, and is approximately 60mm long, 45mm wide and 25mm tall.

Due to my desire to use the miniature as a proxy for a “Rogue Trader” era Crimson Fists space marine Rhino, I super-glued it to a large-sized plastic "Flames Of War" stand by “Battlefront Miniatures” and primed it using two coats of “Vallejo” Heavy Blue. I then shaded the entire automobile with “Citadel” Nuln Oil. Ordinarily, I would next dry-brush the entire ensemble with (more) “Vallejo” Heavy Blue, however, with my initial (not) Crimson Fists I left the infantry and vehicles alone without highlighting the “Citadel” Shade in order to capture the deep dark blue I’ve always associated with the crusading, fleet-based Adeptus Astartes Chapter.

"There is only the Emperor!"

I did though depart from my recipe when it came to the Battle Taxi Lifter’s rear door and entry hatch, as “Games Workshop” no longer produce their excellent Bloodletter glaze, so I was forced through necessity to combine a couple of layers of “Vallejo” Heavy Red with some “Citadel” Carroburg Crimson. This blending didn’t really create an exact match for my old colour scheme, but should hopefully be close enough once the models are on the tabletop and viewed from a distance.

As some final steps I coated the vehicle’s air-cushion with a few applications of “Citadel” Abaddon Black, and ‘picked out’ its front mounted Angis 12.5mm AP Gun, its large engines and side vents with a little “Vallejo” Gunmetal and “Citadel” Nuln Oil. I also gave a couple of its details a lick of “Vallejo” White and Pale Grey to suggest they were bulbs of some kind, and attached an old “Games Workshop” Crimson Fists decal onto the miniature’s rear.

"Flames Of War" WIPs - An Officer, a Panzershreck loader and a Panzershcreck operator

Sticking with 15mm, albeit 'proper' historical stuff, I have been getting the base layers finished some more of the German soldiers from the “Hit The Beach” starter set for “Flames Of War”. I’ve actually finished working on the first half of the Panzergrenadier Company HQ figures, so for a change of pace have predominantly focused my attention upon the four Panzerschreck anti-tank team models which come in the “Battlefront Miniatures” box.

I actually goofed up somewhat in assembling this pair of two-man heavy-weapon units, as I permanently attached them to a couple of three-hole small bases instead of two-hole ones. Luckily, the difference isn’t game-breaking, as it simply means they’re stood further apart from one another than they would normally.

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