My Communists currently possess four vehicles: One staff car (a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost); Two vans (commandeered from the Maynard's sweet factory and hastily repainted) and their prized possession, a home made armoured car (converted from a Model A Ford dairy truck), nicknames the Tachanka.Two former sweet factory delivery vans converted into troop transport.
The 'Tachanka' began as a humble dairy truck, but was commandeered and coverted into a light armoured car. Inspired by stories of the Russian tachanka- a machine gun mounted onto a fast horse-drawn cart, used to great effect in the Russian Civil War- the Liverpudlian Communist were keen to create their own updated version. Armour plates were welded to the back and to protect the cab and engine, and a Birmingham made Maxim HMG was fitted to the back. Two gunners ride in the back, laying down a steady stream of fire (all be it with a limited arch of fire) while protected from the enemy. The gunners, two brothers from Birmingham who arrived with the gun, fancy themselves a cut above their foot slogging northern comrades, and this is reflected in their home-made uniforms.
A couple of WIP shots showing how I converted the Lledo die cast model A Ford truck into the Tachanka. Basically I used plasticard for the armour plates and Eureka Miniatures for the gun crew. The tarpaulin and grab handle are from a Games Workshop tank kit. I had to build up the height of the bed of the truck so the gun could fit over the top.
Here's a link to Wiki for Tachanka, if you are interested.
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