|Tanks and spray can of primer.|
|Missing gun is replaced by sprue.|
|The hole on the Matchbox original has been blanked out on the casting that produced this knock off.|
While many factors possess Chieftains from the old Imperial Army (purchased at a time that the West was friendly to Harad, and the UK keen to sell arms for oil money), many of the tanks purchased are suffering from a lack of
love maintenance. In order to simulate this, the breakdown number mechanic, has been adapted from GDW's Over the Top. Simply put, a vehicle is given a number from 1-10 that it must roll higher than in order to a) take part in the scenario, and/or b) roll whenever it wishes to move. Rolls are modified by crew quality. Naturally failure results in a breakdown and either no appearance in the scenario, or a lack of further movement.
|Iraqi Sand is painted over the grey primer.|
|Suitable slogans are dabbed on the tanks in Arabic. The middle tank's is meant to be 'People's Jihad'. Between Google Translator and my painting it's probably reads as 'Green squiggle'|
|This could mean victory, but I bet it's just a nice looking squiggle.|
|Another view of the Chieftains. The road wheels are completely wrong, but the tanks were free.|
|Look! Flank Armour!|
|Victory on all three tanks.|
All in all, a cheap and simple way to boost tank numbers. While not the most accurate of Chieftain models, these have the over riding virtue of being free, and available in reasonable numbers. I am toying with a way of making the plastic trucks that you used to get with the bags of Hong Kong knock offs usable in a simple and effective manner, as the post war cab body would be perfect for use throughout the third world. My basic idea is to add rear wheel arches, a cab floor of some type, and possibly change the wheels or thicken them up in some way. If I can figure this out, I will be able to increase the motorpool by dozens of vehicles.