Friday, 30 December 2011

Heavy Metal

Rules for Armoured Vehicles

Armoured vehicles are complicated and expensive. Tracked vehicles are unable to move long distances on tarmac without damage to themselves and the road, and so will rarely be used in built up areas.

All armoured vehicles have greatly restricted visablity. Monsters can only be seen if they are directly in front of the vehicle or its turret, unless the commander of the vehicle sticks his head out of the top - which can be a little dangerous for him.

Rule Changes

Armoured vehicles have most of their armour at the front and so their DEF is + 1 if attacked from the front quarter. As the rear is less well protected DEF is - 1 in that quarter.

Anti-tank weapons like bazookas only do a single Hit of damage to armoured vehicles.

The Armoured Saving Throw succeeds if the modified d6 roll is greater than or equal to the STR of the weapon.

There is no saving throw against Advanced weapons.

Hits on Armoured Vehicles

All armoured vehicles have multiple Hits, but each loss of a hit point has a consequence. Roll a dice after every hit is lost:

1,2 - Wheels or tracks hit. Mobility halved until a Repair is carried out.
3,4 - Engine or driver hit. Immobilised.
5,6 - Weapon or cargo hit.

Note, the crew need to get out to effect repairs.

Cupola Machine Gun

In addition to the main armament listed, each of these vehicles has a SFMG (HMG if you're not using my special rules for extra guns) mounted on the commanders hatch. When firing it the commander isn't protected by the vehicles armour and instead counts as a normal target in cover.

Challenger Tank

Appearances: The Runaway Bride, Turn Left

Used by the army to blow up the Racnoss spaceship, they would no doubt be useful against smaller opponents too.





 Type
 Move
 DEF
 Hits
 Armour Save
 Tracked
 8"
 7
 3
 +3


 Weapon
 Range
 STR
 Notes
 120mm AP
 60"
 7

 120mm HE
 60"
 4
 4" blast radius, scatter
 Coax Machine Gun
 40"
 3
 Burst

Only one of the above may be fired in a turn.

The 1970s equivalent was the Chieftain Tank, which was slower (move 7) and only DEF 6

Scorpion Tank

Appearance: Robot

Called in by the Brigadier to deal with the titular mechanoid, it lasted about 10 seconds before being vapourised - possibly because it was in fact just an Action Man model superimposed in the foreground.

 Type
 Move
 DEF
 Hits
 Armour Save
 Tracked
 10"
 5
 2
 +2


 Weapon
 Range
 STR
 Notes
 76mm AP
 50"
 5
 76mm HE
 50"
 4
 3" blast radius, scatter
 Coax Machine Gun
 40"
 3
 Burst

Only one of the above may be fired in a turn.

Note: modern versions have had the 76mm gun replaced with a 30mm autocannon (see Fox below)

Fox Armoured Car

Appearance: Aliens of London

A wheeled version of the Scorpion, but armed with a 30mm cannon, it entered service in 1973.

Seen parked outside Heathrow Airport, which was not particularly useful as the aliens were in Downing Street, and was bit out of place as the Slitheen landed in 2006 and the vehicle was retired from service in 1993.


 Type
 Move
 DEF
 Hits
 Armour Save
 Wheeled
 10"
 5
 2
 +2


 Weapon
 Range
 STR
 Notes
 30mm Raden Cannon
 50"
 4
 Burst
 Coax Machine Gun
40"
 3
 Burst

Only one of the above may be fired in a turn.

The 1960/70s equivalent was the Saladin which had six wheels and a 76mm gun like the Scorpion.

Saxon Armoured Personnel Carrier

Appearances: Aliens of London, World War Three.

Used in the Doctor's 'arrest', this vehicle is then seen parked outside Downing Street.

It is basically an armoured lorry to ferry troops to the front line and isn't designed as a combat vehicle.

 Type
 Move
 DEF
 Hits
 Armour Save
 Wheeled
 10"
 5
 2
 +2

Weapon - Cupola HMG only, but can carry 10 soldiers in the back.

This vehicle entered service in 1983.

The 1960s/70s equivalent was the Saracen APC which carried 8 troops and which could have an HMG in a turret.

Spartan Armoured Personel Carrier


Appearances: Aliens of London

This is an armoured personel carrier from the same family of vehicles as the Scorpion tank. It carriers 3 crew and 4 passengers, and is usually used for carrying specialist teams around the battlefield, such as anti-tank or anti-aircraft teams. It entered service in 1978.

One is briefly seen in Aliens of London, accompanying a Fox armoured car.

 Type
 Move
 DEF
 Hits
 Armour Save
 Tracked
 10"
 5
 2
 +2

Weapon - Cupola HMG only

The 1960s/70s equivalent is the FV432. Count this as a tracked version of the Saracen, move 8".

Abreviations
AP  = Armour Piercing. A solid shell to go through armour.
HE = High Explosive. A shell that goes bang.
Coax = Co-axial. A smaller gun next to the main one.
HMG =  Heavy Machine Gun. British HMGs use rifle-calibre bullets and are STR 3. US HMGs are usually STR 4 as they fire bigger bullets.

Models 

Fortunately gamers have a lot of choice of modern models, both 28mm wargames figures and 1/48 plastic kits. However things are a bit more difficult for the Classic Era vehicles, and a bit of adaptation is required.

Challenger
1/48 kits are made by Kitech and Academy and there is a 28mm version by Empress Miniatures.

Chieftain
Arii do a 1/48 model kit. There used to be a 28mm version by the, now defunct, Chieftain models. The mould for it i probably with Sloppy Jalopy, but I don't know if they are planning to release it. Dinky did a version that is about the right scale, but had a massively oversized gun.

Scorpion
Sloppy Jalopy and the Honourable Lead Boiler Company do this in 28mm

Fox
The Honourable Lead Boiler Company do this too.
 
Saladin
The Honourable Lead Boiler Company do one in 28mm, but the Corgi version is pretty much dead on for scale and a nice enough model to use straight out of the box.

Saxon
Sloppy Jalopy again.
 
Saracen
The Honourable Lead Boiler Company do one in 28mm.

Spartan
It's The Honourable Lead Boiler Company again.

Other Vehicles

There are a plenty of other interesting models out there which can be used. Here is a very quick guide.

Abrams and Leopard II MBTs. 
These would be used if the aliens landed anywhere except the UK. Stats are exactly the same as the Challenger, although sticklers for absolute accuracy may wish to add an inch to movement.

VAB and Panhard
Aliens invading France will find themselves up against NUIT, the French UNIT. Their equipment could include the VAB, which is the equivalent of the Saxon, and the Panhard AML90, which is like the Fox, but has a gun similar to the Scorpion. Both are availabel as die-cast models by Solido.

Warrior AIFV
Airfix make an excellent kit. As a tracked vehicle it would be less likely to be used in the UK than the wheeled Saxon and Fox. Same stats as the Scorpion, but has a 30mm cannon and carries 8 soldiers.

Snatch Land Rover
A Land Rover but DEF 5. Two soldiers can shoot from cover out of the top.

Striker
A Scorpion that fires anti-tank missiles. See the Air Strike rules for how they work.

Ferret
A 1970s version of the Fox. Has an HMG rather than a 30mm cannon.

FV432
This seems an unlikely vehicle to deploy to an internal security threat, but at least you can get a decent model from Sloppy Jalopy.

Humber Pig
Slightly smaller and older version of the Saxon. No cupola gun.

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