L-9 'Volcitsa' light tank . The Alenians love to boast that their AFVs are as lethally dangerous as they are outwardly antiquated. . 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.