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L-9 'Volcitsa' light tank
The Alenians love to boast that their AFVs are as lethally dangerous as they are outwardly antiquated.
About this creation
When you look at a Volcitsa, you just know someone's in for a good kicking.

The Volcitsa is an unusual vehicle, of a class and type not usually seen these days.

It's practically a mobile bunker, perfectly suited for its job of looking after the little crunchies.

The name reflects this; "Volcitsa" is the Russian word for 'she-wolf'.



The design is of a variety not seen for more than a hundred years; lozenge profile, sponsons on the side, and more weapons than a sane man would ever need.

The turrets from the older Zajac armoured car were adapted heavily, with the cannons intact. Even with its turret and chassis stripped clean by enemy fire, a Volcitsa is still twice the threat of a Zajac. Well, apart from the speed which makes Zajacs so dangerous, of course.

The 40mm high velocity rapid firing cannons the Alenians love so much were an obvious addition; they are controlled by the driver, with the help of some gloves.

Basically put: where the driver's index fingers are pointing, so are the cannons.



In the armour department: the damage a Volcitsa can soak up is nothing short of incredible. The Alenians have always been an enterprising lot in the armour fields, willing to try literally anything once, or twice, or maybe a few dozen times if they think it's a really good idea and would be a world beater if they could just find the proper ratio of metal to ceramic to plastic to those little itty bitty carbon fibre bits they mix in for no good reason other than that's what they've always done.

From the sides, they're practically invulnerable. A solid foot of sandwich armour of classified design can repel any standard tank cannon in service today, and can give some of the 88mm Prussian tank guns a run for their money. Don't ask how we got all those cannons, you probably wouldn't like the answer.



Hatch is in the rear, two man crew.

As an infantry support tank, Volcitsas are rarely seen without a squad or two of infantry accompanying them. It's win-win; if the Volcitsa gets pinned down by anti-armour, the groundpounders can charge up and deal with the problem; if some unpleasant fellow with a heavy machinegun suppresses the meatbags, the L-9 can apply one of its numerous weapons. Unless attacked from behind, the latest model of Alenian light tank can easily deal with anything it's likely to encounter.


As for speed, eh, not so much. not WWI slow, but not much more than the average for a MBT. Of course, still quick enough to run rings around those Pacific Empire dinosaurs.



Weapons: two 40mm quickfirers, two 8mm heavy machineguns, oil cooled (water would freeze), one superheavy machinegun in the thankfully rare 14mm Alenian caliber, capable of perforating your average IFV out to three or four kilometers, and the most impressive weapon, an 80mm gun in a remote turret, well able to punch holes in enemy tanks for quite a distance.

Side machineguns are controlled by the gunner, as is the big gun, and the frontal machinegun is controlled by whoever hasn't got something more useful to do. Normally the driver.

Quite a bit of electronics in there, understandable given the hefty amount of work to be done by two men.


Speaking of which, multitaskers with mechanical aptitude are becoming remarkably rare in and around Alenia. Not a surprise.



Builder commentary: as you can see, there isn't a fake in this case. The crew still have their legs, unlike in my armoured car from last week or whenever.



Showing how they fit.



Just a view of the frontal plating. Some hefty protection there, but what would you expect from an infantry support tank?

In case you're wondering, the driver's viewplate normally closes. It's there as a backup, when the 360 degree view cameras on the turret break down, you still need to see.

That's what the visors are for; they switch cameras depending on which way the applicable crewperson is looking effectively giving them no need to come out for a looksee.



No faking. The middle hole is for the turret pillar.

Anyway, I've been very occupied recently, with this and a game I'd rather not mention, which is why the latest Rogue Faction update is more than a month late.



Comments

  November 11, 2010
Lol man XD. But seriously, this is good stuff (tank) man :P
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  November 11, 2010
Quoting danny morgan This is the stuff man. This is were the stuff comes from man. I need some of this stuff man.
Sounds like you're already smoking some of the stuff man.
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  November 11, 2010
This is the stuff man. This is were the stuff comes from man. I need some of this stuff man.
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  September 9, 2010
You were not going for cute? It looks kind of Italian to me. Oh good lord, how many people did I just offend? Seriously, nice tank, but the historical feel alikes have a certain reputation.
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  June 18, 2010
Quoting John Dawn http://kofler.dot.at/40k/units/Imperial_Guard_Cadian_Leman_Russ.gif Leman Russ of the Imperial Guard in Warhammer 40K.
Nah, too light for Zencom. Wrong shape, wrong armaments and much too high.
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  June 18, 2010
http://kofler.dot.at/40k/units/Imperial_Guard_Cadian_Leman_Russ.gif Leman Russ of the Imperial Guard in Warhammer 40K.
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  June 18, 2010
Quoting Chris Yee I'd have to agree with Duke. It does bear a striking resemblance to an Imperial Leman Russ. Good job!
Which is..? I'm pretty sure I haven't made any Zenexabas tanks yet, let alone one called a 'Leman Russ'. Just doesn't fit with the Imperialist naming methods.
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  June 18, 2010
I really liked how you made it. Nice colors, good design. Very nice you modelled it after a ww1 tank :D
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  June 18, 2010
I'd have to agree with Duke. It does bear a striking resemblance to an Imperial Leman Russ. Good job!
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  June 18, 2010
Awesome tank! I really like the design of it!
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  June 18, 2010
I like the sponsons, they remind me of a Leman Russ.
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  June 18, 2010
Quoting Kaiser Pharaoh Cliffe I absolutely love it. The WWI feel, of course, but also the sheer ingenuity of it all and good use of technology. The best of it, though, is the pure amazingness of how you can actually fit the crew in that thing PLUS all of the electronics AND the weapons. This may be the densest tank I've ever seen. I honestly don't know how fast it would really be, it would have to have a monstrously powerful engine to move all of that.
Doesn't have to be that fast; the speed of a sprinting man would be the absolute top speed needed, because when you're dealing with ISVs, there's no point outmanuevering your infantry. It has two engines in the sides near the back, and while I'll admit they aren't very environmentally friendly they do the job quite well. Besides, it's the future. Who knows?
Areetsa C
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Evan Melick
  June 17, 2010
Aww, it's cute! <3
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  June 17, 2010
I absolutely love it. The WWI feel, of course, but also the sheer ingenuity of it all and good use of technology. The best of it, though, is the pure amazingness of how you can actually fit the crew in that thing PLUS all of the electronics AND the weapons. This may be the densest tank I've ever seen. I honestly don't know how fast it would really be, it would have to have a monstrously powerful engine to move all of that.
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  June 17, 2010
Wow, a really beautiful tank... The snot technique here is really great!
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  June 17, 2010
For a minute, I thought this was Ian's. Nice one.
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  June 17, 2010
Haha! I just posted my 1st tank myself! Of course this is far beyond what I can do :)
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  June 17, 2010
Awsome tank! It reminds me of the Brit Mark I 1916 World War 1 tank. =D
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  June 17, 2010
Very nice, the compact look is what I love the most. Check out my latest creation if you're a fan of ships.
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  June 17, 2010
Makes me want to improve on my block tank design. That, and your hands are -really- clean.
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  June 17, 2010
Very creative design and parts usage. Not to mention bite size. Anyway, another neat creation, and keep 'em coming.
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  June 17, 2010
I quite like it. Enough weapons for me too. Anyways, those Pacific Empire dinosaurs can blow this up five ways out of two.
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  June 17, 2010
Quoting Evan Melick Aww, it's cute! <3
Not... exactly the adjective I was expecting.
 
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