Another week, another entry to the AHPC. This time I added three Technicals to my modern warming Afghanistan collection.
Technicals are a stable of today’s warzones. Cheap, reliable, and easy to maintain, they play a much more significant role than more traditional vehicles like battle tanks or other armored fighting vehicles. How important the influence of civilian vehicles in today’s warfare is can not be overstated. I bet we all have seen the images of technicals armored with a wide variety of looted weapons in the news. There is even a war named after a prominent manufacturer of pickup trucks.
Of course, the concept is not a new one. Technicals made their first appearances in the Russian Civil War. But they gain their fame during the raids of the Long Range Desert Group in North Africa. But now, let’s take a look at the models.
Technical SPG 9
The first technical is armed with an SPG 9 recoilless rifle.
The second one features a ZU-23, a 23 mm anti-aircraft twin-barreled autocannon. The ZU-23 itself is removable so that the vehicle could also be used as a transport option.
Finally, the third vehicle is unarmed. I painted it dashing red to make up for the lack of firepower.
The quality is good as expected. The technicals are from Empress miniatures. I prefer plastic models, but I like the added weight of resin models for vehicles. Especially in regards to big vehicles like tanks, the weight somehow adds to the immersion. Besides that, this was my first real try at painting windshields. While I am not completely happy with the results, it does not look too bad either.
To wrap things up, some excellent additions to my modern Afghanistan collection. Until the next update, happy wargaming everyone.