A Storm Is Brewing

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A Storm Is Brewing

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Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth SWZ3 Palnik Class Flame Tank

The Alliance Nations and the way they fit into the game of Dystopian Wars were an opportunity to come up with some interesting designs outside the standard set that the major powers produce; niche models with niche roles that add a little more flavour to the battlefield. One of the first Alliance models produced was the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth’s Flame tank, a medium armoured model whose firepower is quite literally firepower.

Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth - SWZ3 Palnik Class Flame Tank

Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth - SWZ3 Palnik Class Flame Tank

Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth - SWZ3 Palnik Class Flame Tank

Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth - SWZ3 Palnik Class Flame Tank

The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth designs carry elements from the background of the PLC as a whole. Their history, aesthetic and military doctrine were formed on the basis of the infamous Polish Winged Hussars. Trying to apply a notion of speed to a static model, let alone a tank the size of a building, is tricky. The first thought is to favour front-heavy designs that lean forward, treading a little on what makes the Federated States of America land vehicles special.

Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth - SWZ3 Palnik Class Flame Tank

Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth - SWZ3 Palnik Class Flame Tank

This led to a model with large wheels and taut tracks – a nod to racing cars and motorcycles. Putting as much of the physical model into the motive sections helped to lend speed to the eye. The other nod is to the Hussars, and this is where we added wings. In most instances they fit in among the smokestacks but, while more subtle than the original winged hussars, are still easily seen to anyone on the battlefield.

Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth - SWZ3 Palnik Class Flame Tank

Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth - SWZ3 Palnik Class Flame Tank

Making something a flame tank is as much about implying heat as it is about fire. After all, the model has no gouts of flame spouting from it: that task is left to the skilled hobbyists and painters who will take this model under their wing. For us, it was about making a model that looks equal parts furnace and fireplace. Most of the surfaces present are not large metal panels that make up a great amount of the tanks that populate the Dystopian Wars universe, but grilles and heat sinks intertwined with sinuous pipes and boilers, making for something that is more of a smelting plant than a war machine.

Dominion of Canada Archer Class Flak Tank

The flak tank for the Dominion of Canada was another model with a niche role that adds a lot of flavour to the battlefield. Where the land game allows aerial support for the slow lumbering machines on the ground, the same support can often do as much damage as the rest of the forces in play. The Republique of France showed us that a medium class support vessel could do wonders to control the skies above the battle and it’s long due that we brought the same ethos onto the muddy fields as well as the ocean.

Dominion of Canada - Archer Class Flak Tank

Dominion of Canada - Archer Class Flak Tank

Dominion of Canada - Archer Class Flak Tank

Dominion of Canada - Archer Class Flak Tank

Canada in Dystopian Wars is much like Canada was in the real world timeline, and aesthetically you can see a great deal of influence from British, American and French designs, but there is still a strong underlying lean of independence. The final product is unarguably Canadian, and part of what makes that true is in the unique function of the model.

Dominion of Canada - Archer Class Flak Tank

Dominion of Canada - Archer Class Flak Tank

Dominion of Canada - Archer Class Flak Tank

Dominion of Canada - Archer Class Flak Tank

The only analogue to the Flak tank is the Republique of France Support Cruiser, but as an overall rule of thumb the same size classes for naval models are a slight degree smaller on land. The Support Cruiser had a long hull to fill with Ack Ack turrets while the squat Flak tank does not. In a way this was a boon as the final model covers nearly every top surface in Flak turrets, bristling with skyward barrels. This cluttered nature makes up a large chunk of the model’s unique style while fundamentally explaining its purpose to any onlooker. Multiple turrets over a single one was an aesthetic choice as it helps evoke the sense of massive flak barrages streaming into the sky in almost haphazard directions, raining destruction upwards in stark contrast to much of Dystopian Wars.

Britannian Raj Zamburak Class Bombard

Real world India has one of the most colourful histories in the world. Through their own rich cultural past and the long colonial period, the country itself is awash with marvels of architecture and history and proved a rich source for inspiration. When going over some of India’s most famous monuments the temptation to follow the obvious choices was avoided in favour of more thematically appropriate ones.

Britannian Raj - Zamburak Class Bombard

Britannian Raj - Zamburak Class Bombard

It was the many famous forts littered across the country that provided the basis for the Britannian Raj’s aesthetic. From Agra to the Red Fort and beyond they gave us not only a powerful militaristic vision but also one steeped in the country’s unique aesthetic which encapsulated what we wanted for the Britannian Raj.

Britannian Raj - Zamburak Class Bombard

Britannian Raj - Zamburak Class Bombard

Britannian Raj - Zamburak Class Bombard

Britannian Raj - Zamburak Class Bombard

The Bombard is an interesting example of the application of that aesthetic as well as the unique nature of the model. This Bombard is a shade larger than those owned by the other nations, not only in the vertical profile it takes up on the battlefield but also in the massive calibre of its cannon. The huge bulk is represented by the fact that the final model is more of an artillery emplacement than a mobile bombard; the wheels mounted to it are almost an afterthought, straining to move the massive bulk of the towering weapon.

Britannian Raj - Zamburak Class Bombard

Britannian Raj - Zamburak Class Bombard

The massive gun is not enough to distract from the unique feel of the rest of the model; the Indian crenulations and the massive minaret style gun take the ridiculously large cannon idea and turn it into the craft of an artisan more than a deadly construct of war, much like the historical background of real world India.