Friday 2 December 2011

GAK Armoured Personnel Carrier

With continuing attacks from the insectoid invaders throughout the central regions of Forsey, local militias are being activated. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd Eastway Motorised Rifles were recently formed amid speculation that the "Friendlies", a group of extreme militant Christian settlements to the south, were also arming large quantities of troops.
The combined Federal forces have urged calm, stating that the imminent arrival of the 23rd and 27th New Vistula Hussars would be enough to ensure the safety of colonists and natives alike in the troubled area.

The Eastway City Governing Council has stated its intention to continue arming and training troops with the expectation of having a full time professional armed force in place within months. The introduction of the GAK apc is the first step in motorising what had previously been a mostly foot infantry unit.

Heavily armoured and well armed, this apc is capable of carrying a squad of eight lightly armoured infantry and it's six-wheel configuration allows it to easily traverse the rugged Forsey terrain.

I picked up two of these APCs yesterday from Poundland for... yup £1 each. Not sure what they're supposed to be, whether a real vehicle or just a fictional vehicle, but they're perfect sized for 15mm and I'm sure the existing turret weapons could be removed and replaced.

The pics show a before and after with the vehicle on the left being the repaint and the one on the right the original out-the-box toy.

I'll post more pics once they're both painted and based. These will be transporting some old 15mm Citadel Traveller figures I've had for many a year and that I'm only just getting painted.


Joshua said...

The tyres are a bit big, but they look great otherwise. And that's a snappy paintscheme on those light infantry.

Jonathan said...

They look like they've been closely modelled on the French VAB 6x6 APCs.

At a guess, these were made by the toy manufacturer "Majorette"? I've found a few older ones on eBay, but the wheels are different on those.

I'm really impressed by what you've done with them - and those Matchbox ARVs, too!

You've given me some ideas... :)

scspieker said...

Can you confirm who the manufacturer of these vehicles are and maybe what the official names of these vehicles are? They have the wheels that match most of the ARVs that Matchbox make but I have yet to work out what they had been called.


Colin Baillie said...

Sorry scspieker, I have no idea what these are other than they were for sale in my local Poundland discount store. I think they are based on a French APC but the wheels are way bigger and the same as some matchbox toys. The box artwork said these were "Diecast Army Vehicles"

Kull said...

They seem to be Majorette but they are waaaaay nicer than the ones you can find presently on ebay which have rounder wheels which look more suitable to paved roads than to off-road trails.

Paul said...

I've got a few of these, they are indeed based upon the French 6x6 VAB personnel carrier. They're obviously a far east knock-off, fairly basic quality compared to a real Matchbox or Majorette vehicle. Wheels are a close copy of many of the Matchbox vehicles.