Never Say Die!

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Never Say Die!

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Foreigners often assume that the Russian military is frivolous with its resources when carrying out military operations. This is, however, a mistaken view. The gratuitous waste of the Tsar’s soldiers is looked at with great disapproval by his Oprichnik agents, for in effect it is a crime against the Tsar himself. Officers with a reputation as butchers of men are quickly removed from their posts.

Russian Coalition Tyumen Class Repair Vehicle

Russian Coalition Tyumen Class Repair Vehicle

However, an even harsher fate awaits those who also squander precious equipment. Conscript soldiers are relatively easy for the White Army to replace. But its tanks and other armoured vehicles are a vitally important resource whose loss takes much more time and effort to make good. The Oprichnina, the Tsar’s personal interior guard, are ruthlessly efficient in their elimination of the incompetent and inefficient from positions of importance in the Russian military hierarchy.

The concept of mobile armoured repair stations is not a new one to the Russians. The logistical problems of maintenance during offensive actions were first identified by the Stavka, the Coalition’s combined military General Staff, after the White Army’s after its experience during the Russian war against the Chinese back in the 1840s.

The Tyumen Repair Vehicle, which entered service in 1863, represents the ultimate development of this technology. It is equipped with an extensive array of cranes, winches and tools, all incorporated into its structure. It also carries a dedicated crew of mechanics and engineers, a considerable amount of supplies and materials, and a small array of weaponry for self-defence.

A battle-damaged Kursk Land Dreadnought receives some welcome assistance from the Repair Vehicles

A battle-damaged Kursk Land Dreadnought receives some welcome assistance from the Repair Vehicles

The Tyumen makes it possible for maintenance facilities to be brought right up to the front line. White Army field repair crews are renowned for their bravery and unstinting dedication, often carrying out complex procedures while under heavy enemy fire.

Every vehicle patched up on the front lines is one that can be returned to action all the quicker. This allows the Shock Armies to carry out operations more effectively than if they had to send large amounts of equipment to rear-area repair shops. Tyumen crews are even capable of patching up damage to Land Ships and larger machines of war.

The Tyumen’s value is well appreciated. Every Armoured Battle Brigade has an autonomous Repair Detachment under the direct authority of its commander. Individual Tank and Artillery regiments often have an additional company of the machines integrated into their organisation. Russian officers can thus be confident of keeping their fighting power up to strength, allowing the Shock Armies to roll onwards unhindered for the greater glory of the Rodina.

Russian Coalition Tyumen Class Repair Vehicle

Russian Coalition Tyumen Class Repair Vehicle

A Word From The Designer
Creating special models is always one of the highlights when designing a new fleet; matching out the existing ship rosters is fun, but models that have no analogue are the ones that require the most creative effort and, therefore, are the most satisfying to see finished.

Beside the vast array of mechanical contraptions bent to the vile arts of destruction and mayhem, the Tyumen Repair Vehicle represents a bold new era for the battlefields of Dystopian Wars: attrition carries less meaning when one side can gradually recover from the damage inflicted upon them.

We decided early to use the concept for the Tsar tank as a template for the Russian Coalition’s smallest tanks, as its unique shape would be impractical for us to produce on a larger scale. Specials however, are special, and as a designer it lets us break a few of our little rules. Here the Tsar layout made so much sense: the large wheels fit around the injured vehicle and clamp in place, allowing the massive crane to do its business. The Tyumen became part Tsar tank and part dockside, meaning we finished with something truly unique.

In an effort to encourage the (relative) realism of these massive mechanical contraptions, we have created the illusion that the model is in motion. This has been achieved by emphasising huge, moving parts that even on a static model seem to be ready and poised to break into motion. You can almost hear the resounding clatter of steel grating on steel. The time dilation orb’s closing top is one of our favourite examples of this, and on the Tyumen we had to do the same.

The two outer wheeled sections widen on the central ratchet to envelop the damaged vehicle, or narrow for a more stable drive on its own. It helps with the Tyumen that the model allows you to assemble it in either position, and if you have a spare tank handy you can even put it into action and sculpt on the damage and the crane at work on it.

The Tyumen Repair Vehicles roam the battlefield, tending to any damaged White Army comrades

The Tyumen Repair Vehicles roam the battlefield, tending to any damaged White Army comrades

To War!
Relying on the formidable durability of their heaviest vehicles, White Army Commanders find the Tyumen Class Repair Vehicle an invaluable asset.

Their role is simple – the Tyumen roll forward at the back of the Russian formation, keeping within easy reach of their allies whilst still shielded from incoming ordnance. Then, if one of the White Army Land Ships or Land Dreadnoughts begins to suffer from enemy fire, they will dispatch their repair crews to patch up the damage and keep the vehicle in fighting order.

If a Land Ship begins to take serious damage, one of the Tyumen will move in close to aid repairs with its heavy duty equipment. This allows the repair teams to more easily restore crippled systems to working order, but risks exposing the Tyumen to incoming fire.

Knowing that these fragile vehicles will attract enemy attention, the Tyumen are fitted with light weaponry. However, these are very much a last resort as bringing them to bear means exposing the Squadron to concentrated return fire.