Khand is home to many peoples, one of which are the Variag. The Variag are a semi nomadic people with a strong cavalry ethos, who were famous in ancient times for using a mixture of war chariots and light cavalry in their war hosts. This practice gave them the name of Wainriders amongst the nations of the West.
The Variag also have a reputation for innovation, so it unsurprising to see that many Variag clans have produced a wide array of fast moving and hard hitting technicals for use in the many battles that have occurred throughout conflict torn Khand. The Variag also have a strong tradition of hiring out as mercenaries , a practise that has enriched many individual clan lords.
|Two of the base diecasts.|
The base vehicles for the technicals are three very cheap and nasty diecasts that were sold at The Warehouse a couple of years back. They did come with a roll bar in the back that had been removed some time back. The first step was to create a tray out of plastic card in the back so that a) the wire axle could be hidden, and b) the weapon mount had a level place to sit.
|So cheap that you can see the wire axle...|
|A bit of GW sprue to provide a level base for the plastic card.|
|A crude plastic card tray is added.|
The next step was to raid the bits box and find a few weapons, and some odd bits of plastic and sprue to make the weapons mounts. The white cross grid. plastic is actually pieces of a plastic frame used to mount cross stitch and also makes great windows and fencing.
|Bits and pieces ready to make the weapons mounts.|
I deccided the weapons mix for these would be two 20mm Oerlikon guns (from the Airfix Buffalo kit) and a generic ATGM made out of a piece of aircraft undercarriage. The ATGM is quite large but I like it as it suggests a ATGM rather the accurately modelling a particular type.
|The vehices before being sprayed black.|
I then sprayed them black with cheap matt spray paint, badly drybrushed the vehicle bodies white and the weapons olive drab, and the gave them a light brown wash.
|Variag Technicals - potential friends or foes, given one's ability to pay.|
|Edit - this should have been the photo used above!|
Occasionally amongst the Variag Clan leaders, one arises to prominence above all others and becomes Khan of all the Clans. Rumour currently has it that one clan leader is currently well on his way to achieving this goal. Stories of this so called "Diesela Khan" are currently viewed with interest throughout the region....