5 Jun 2019

Saracen, Saladin, BTR-40 & ASU-57 Previews from Pendraken Miniatures

We've had another batch of excellent new vehicles from Mart, so we've grabbed some quick pics of them before they go into moulds.

First up, we've got the Saladin and Saracen pair.  The FV603 Saracen was a 6 wheeled APC used from the early 1950's through to the 1990's across the world.  From Africa to Yom Kippur to Northern Ireland, there's a whole list of games/conflicts that this can be used for.  The FV601 Saladin was the replacement for the AEC armoured car and had a similar production run, being still in use today in the Indonesian Army.  It's most notable use might be in the defense of Kuwait before the breakout of the first Gulf War.

Saladin and Saracen

Moving on we've got the BTR-40 next, the first mass-produced Soviet APC before it was replaced by the BTR-152.  This one entered service in 1949 and served in the Warsaw Pact nations through until the early 1970's.  Elsewhere it was used by North Vietnamese and the North Korean armies.


And finally we've got the little ASU-57!  This assault gun was developed for the Soviet airborne after WWII and was in production from 1951 to the late 1960's.  Despite its thin armour and open top, the small size and mobility proved successful and was kept in service until the ASU-85 came along.  As well as the Soviets, this was used by East Germany, North Korea and Poland, as well as Egypt in the Six Day War.


And while we're on it, we've also upgraded our Elefant and M48 with some cracking new models!


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