Spartan or Striker Troop (TBBX04)

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includes four plastic Spartan APC / Striker sprues (with Spartan Blowpipe and Spartan MCT options), four resin Spartan (Blowpipe) figures, six Unit cards & one Decal sheet.

The FV103 Spartan armoured personnel carriers based on the same Scorpion chassis as the rest of the squadron. These give them the speed and protection to get into position ahead of the enemy in time to prepare a hot reception.

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With its usual professionalism, the British Army has prepared for war. Now, as the Soviet Army floods across the border into West Germany, it is ready and waiting. Scorpion and Scimitar light tanks skirmish with the Soviet forward detachments as the Chieftain armoured regiments wait to strike back. The infantry hold the towns and woods, forcing the enemy into killing zones. If anything breaks through, the airmobile troops in their Lynx helicopters will hold them. The British Army is ready!

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Spartan Armoured Personnel Carrier

The Spartan’s light aluminium armour actually provides better protection for its passengers than the heavier, though thinner, steel armour of the infantry’s standard FV432 APC.

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Painting NATO Camouflage

Painting British Camouflage

All the colours you need to paint the standard green and black camouflage pattern of British vehicles can be found in the Quartermasters Paint Set and the Team Yankee British Paint Set.

Striker

The FV102 Striker provides the armoured reconnaissance regiment with long-range heavy anti-tank capability. Mounting five Swingfire missiles on the Spartan chassis, the Striker punches far above its weight.

Like the armoured regiment’s FV438 Swingfire,the gunner of the Striker can dismount and move away from his hidden vehicle to fire. Combined with a very low profile, this makes the Striker hard to counter. Often avoiding its field of fire is the safest solution, but with such a long range, that isn’t easy to do.

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Spartan (Blowpipe)

The Blowpipe man-portable anti-aircraft missile is somewhat unique in that it is not self-homing. The operator pilots the missile until it intercepts the target. This requires a lot of skill to do successfully but does make it immune to countermeasures like jamming, chaff, and flares.

This method of operation has another benefit too. With a bit of cleverness, the operator can also engage ground targets with the missile, as demonstrated when they were used against bunkers in the Falklands War.

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Spartan MCT

As well as FV432-mounted Milan sections, the battalion anti-tank platoon has a mobile Milan section mounted in modified Spartan armoured personnel carriers. The mobile Milan section gives the infantry a useful anti-tank reserve with the speed to get where it is needed to bolster the unit’s anti-tank defences.

The Spartan MCT (Milan Compact Turret) is based on Spartan, an armoured personnel carrier based on the light Scorpion reconnaissance tank chassis, mounting a small turret with a Milan missile launcher on each side.

Designed by Tim Adcock
Painted by Aaron Mathie

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The Contents of the Spartan or Striker Troop Box Set
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Spartan APC / Striker Plastic Sprue (x4)
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Medium Recce Squadron Unit Card (x1) Spartan Transport Unit Card (x1)
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Spartan MCT Unit Card (x1) Striker Unit Card (x1)
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Iron Division Unit Card (x1)

Spartan Blowpipe Unit Card (x1)

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Decal Sheet (x1) Spartan (Blowpipe) Figure (x4)
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Assembling the Spartan APC
Step 1. Start assembly of the Spartan APC by attaching the rear hull plate to the back of lower hull section. Step 2. Next, attach the top hull section to the lower section of the hull.
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Step 3. Attach the tracks to the lower hull section. Step 4. Add the top deck to the upper hull section.
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Step 5. Attach the vehicle commander's cupola to the top deck.  Below: The cupola hatch can be modelled in either a closed or open position.
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Step 6. Attach the hatch to the cupola. In this example, we are modelling the hatch in the open position. Step 7. Attach the 7.62mm AA machine-gun to the cupola. 
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Step 8. Add the Vehicle Commander found on the plastic sprue. This is a useful was of distinguishing Platoon Leaders from the rest of the units in the platoon. Below: With the vehicle commander in place, we've completed assembly of the Spartan APC.
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Assembling the Spartan (Blowpipe)  
Step 1. Begin assembly of the Spartan (Blowpipe) by following steps one through three as seen here as part of the assembly guide for the Spartan APC.
Step 2. Attach the top deck with the open crew hatches. Step 3. Insert the Blowpipe figure included with the box set.
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Step 4. Finish assembly of the Spartan (Blowpipe) by completing steps five through eight as seen here in the assembly guide for the Spartan APC.

Assembling the Spartan MCT
Step 1. Begin assembly of the Spartan MCT by following steps one through four as seen here as part of the assembly guide for the Spartan APC.  
Step 2. Attach the Milan missile pods to the missile pod mount. Step 3. Attach the Milan missile mount to the top deck directly over the crew hatches.
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Step 4. Finish assembly of the Spartan MCT by completing steps five through eight as seen here in the assembly guide for the Spartan APC.  

Assembling the Striker
Step 1. Begin assembly of the Striker by attaching the rear plate to the back of the lower hull section. Step 2. Next, attached the top hull section of the Striker to the lower hull.
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Step 3. Attach the tracks to the sides of the lower hull section. Step 4. Attach the Swingfire missile rack to the top deck section. Step 5. Attach the assembled Swingfire missile rack to the top of the hull of the Striker.
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Step 6. Finish assembly of the Striker by completing steps five through eight as seen here in the assembly guide for the Spartan APC.   

British Vehicle Painting Guide For Iron Maiden
Aaron demonstrates how to paint the distinctive green and black camouflage pattern featured on British vehicles in Iron Maiden.
  


Last Updated On Sunday, December 4, 2016 by Blake at Battlefront