Syria – ISIS Up-Armoured Pickup Truck

Till a bit more work’s done on painting and finishing a few more builds, I thought I’d post up another WIP to tide things over.



Something which I haven’t seen to such an extent in other conflicts is the practice of not only using pickup trucks as a platform for weapons, but also to use them purely as APCs. Sure a bunch of guys can pile into the back of a truck, however as with armoured SVBIEDs its not something that I’ve seen quite at the same scale before the war in Syria.

I’ve been looking for something like this for a while, but hadn’t found a suitable model on which to base one on. Failing to find an old Airfix Snatch Land Rover I have, I instead settled for a 1/43rd scale Diecast Land Rover.

The main thing being that it would have to have an interior, as in most cases of these conversions the driver is in the same compartment as the passengers. At first I tore off most of the diecast’s roof and rear cab, leaving a bit at the front to work from as a frame. Once this was done I could then start working on building up the armour.


As for the little bits and pieces. The driver’s out of one of Rubicon Model’s American trucks (which I also stole the benches from – which are beneath some cushions) with a head by West Wind (not that you can see him much). One of the passenger’s is a Russian and the other a Taliban biker, both by Empress Miniatures.  The front spotlight’s from a BMP-1 by Spectre Miniatures. And the rucksack’s by Footsore Miniatures – I may add in some more items later, though paint them separately.

These things come in all shapes and sizes, with a few distinct styles out there – presumably related to the location they’re built in along with materials and time constraints at the time. I went for a fairly simple design, so it looks craft made, but not a complete cobbled together mess like some you see. Though didn’t bother with the same amount of cleanup I may have done with another build, as these things are still piles of junk.

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Something like this is really simple to throw together, which may mean I make another few in future. I’m into this style of APC for irregular forces, ah, in part as they’re cheaper to make than buying a resin kit. Depending on how these Middle Eastern games play there may be call to make a few more, though that’s still in the planning stages.


Elsewhere my focus at the moment has been more infantry. I’m pivoting that slightly as Kurdish figures are brought in, with some of what I had been painting for the Jihadists looking like it may be more suitable for that other faction – and so needing a slightly different paint job. Those will be worked on through the week, though with the Jihadists at this stage its filling a few gaps in their units ((in particular they’re short on RPG-7s) before moving onto the Kurds properly.

Anyhow, tell me what you think. Should I be making more of these things and just giving into playing the Jihadists like Orks from Warhammer 40K? 😉


2 thoughts on “Syria – ISIS Up-Armoured Pickup Truck

    1. Once I can have some games in Syria (rather than Ukraine) under my belt we’ll see how the factions play. I’m thinking that they should be used differently than the European fighters, instead being more of an untrained rabble, and so get away with using a couple of crappy technicals – rather than proper military vehicles.

      As of the moment in games of Star Wars: Legion we’ve been giving the soldiers fairly competent stats. The Rebel troopers seem to be a good analogue for crappier militias, so it shouldn’t be too hard representing these fighters. Balancing the other side will be the problem – as they could again by another band of incompetents, which is simple, or on par with the European soldiers, which is where the trouble lies. It’ll work out eventually.


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