For Those Not Aware, A Bushmaster Is…

The Bushmaster mine resistant ambush protected vehicle is produced by ADI Limited (now Thales Australia). It is referred by manufacturer as the Infantry Mobility Vehicle (IMV). It entered service with Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Forces in 2004. Australia operates 299 Bushmasters of all variants. It also ordered additional 143 vehicles for delivery in 2009. In 2006 Netherlands acquired 25 of these MRAPs. By it’s type the Bushmaster is a mine resistant and ambush protected vehicle, that has proved itself in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Hull of the Bushmaster is of all welded steel armor. It provides protection against small arms fire and shell splinters. The Bushmaster IMV provides better protection against land mine threats in modern conflicts, than conventional up-armored light utility vehicles, such as HUMMWVs, G-Wagens and Land Rovers. It provides high-level protection against mines and improvised explosive devices. Optional armor kit can be fitted, which provides protection against 5.56-mm and 7.62-mm armor-piercing rounds.

A 7.62-mm or 5.56-mm machine gun can be mounted on the roof of the vehicle. Remotely controlled weapon systems were ordered to upgrade some existing Australian vehicles. A 12.7-mm machine gun or 40-mm automatic grenade launcher can be fitted. Overall design of the Bushmaser allows to accommodate a small turret-mounted cannon.

The Busmaster MRAP has a crew of two and can carry 7 troops. Variant of this vehicle used by the Royal Australian Air Force can carry 10 troops. Troops enter and leave the vehicle via a large door in the hull rear or roof hatches. There are a number of firing ports for the occupants.

This mine resistant ambush protected vehicle is powered by the Caterpillar 3126 ATAAC turbocharged diesel engine, developing 300 horsepower. It has a maximum speed of 120 km/h and operational range of about 1 000 km. Vehicle is fitted with a hydraulically operated 10 tonne winch and central tyre inflation system. The Bushmaster is not amphibious.

Its Time for MICRO ARMOUR MAYHEM!

Some time ago I wrote some quick and dirty rules for squad based 6mm mini, lots of bang for very little buck. As I spend more time on both 15mm and 20mm sci fi an moderns I get the feeling that my wallet is about to suffer a major hit. GZG make some excellent sci fi 6mm stuff with some tanks that look like they have leapt from the pages of 2300AD (Traanstafl anyone?). Anyway its time to put the GHQ and CinC moderns on the table for some tank on tank action modern style, remember these babies can fire while they hurtle along at 60kph- oh yes no bog roles here just speed and firepower.
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The chaos of tiny tanks
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USMC
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Bundeswher
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1000 tanks in one box, try that with FOW!

Models + broken hand = frustration

Four 1/72  Academy Strykers arrived today from Mr SuengWan Han, from now on he will be my Stryker dealer in Korea- great service by the way, four days from end of auction to my doorstep. Unfortunately “da craw” (Get Smart reference) has foiled my attempts to put them together.

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Boxes of plastic goodness above, stupid football injury below

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When I get movement back these will form the basis of my Stryker Platoon for Ambush Alley, they could also serve as part of my near future forces using my GZG stuff. Anyway, maybe I can build some terrain in the meantime. If you are after some plastic-

http://stores.shop.ebay.com.au/joyfulstore__W0QQ_armrsZ1

Tell ‘em lefty sent you.

Bomb Dogs In Afghanistan

The Australian Army has used dogs to sniff out explosives since the Vietnam War. They have become an integral and well loved part of overseas operations and have saved countless lives-

http://news.theage.com.au/national/bombdetecting-dog-killed-on-active-duty-20070905-xdd.html

And as the link above shows, given their lives as well. What would be a great idea is some enterprising rules boffins putting together some easy rules for using dogs in Ambush Alley (may have been done already?). Some scenarios could be-

  1. Detection of IED before they explode.
  2. Mission to recover a captured or lost dog.

Also be a great modelling subject-

For a sci-fi setting, dogs could be genetically or artificially enhanced for greater intelligence (although they seem pretty smat as is). There also is the question of animal cruelty- they have no choice about being exposed to death but I guess that opens up the whole moral quandry about our hobby, but anyway that is for another time and place, it remains an untapped and intresting facet of modern operations.