Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Battleground Weird WWII: "Terrapin" Amphibious Vehicle

Terrapin I

Terrapin II

Notes:  Because of a shortage of US DUKW amphibious vehicles, the Terrapin was designed to fill in the gaps for the Commonwealth.  Be sure to pick up the excellent Battleground WWII rules to get the most outta these rules.
Date Introduced:  Mid '43
Users:  Commonwealth Nations
Vehicle Chart:  We just use the DUKW's vehicle chart found in the Islands of Glory supplement and modify where needed.
Crew: 2 (driver & asst. driver) and can carry up to 20 passengers.  The Mk. II can carry 30 passengers.
Cargo:  Both models are capable of carrying several tons of cargo but because of the design this cannot be large cargo like artillery guns or small vehicles.  The Terrapin is also capable of towing trailers or weapons if not being used in an amphibious roll at the same time.
No Radio:  The Terrapin was not fitted with a radio and will suffer the No Radio penalty as noted within the BGWWWII rules.
Truck:  The Terrapin  is considered a truck and will use the rules as such.
Amphibious:  The Terrapin is fully amphibious without any prep needed and can move up to 4" per action in water will all normal modifiers where applicable.  These vehicles will be bound by the amphibious rules as normal with the exceptions below.  Because of the Terrapin's tendency to be swamped in rough seas or by enemy fire, all rolls on the Vehicle Swamping Chart will be at a +2.
Vehicle Shadow:  Due to the driver's position in the Mk. I model, all normal vehicle shadow rules are in place.
Hazardous Mounting and Dismounting:  Because of the height and design of the vehicle, troops fired at when entering or exiting the vehicle will be at a -1 To Hit.   Also, if the passengers are dismounting while the vehicle is moving they will suffer an additional +1 to their SC to see if they are injured when doing so.
Snow Chains:  Snow chains were fitted to the tires of vehicles to help them better grip onto icy surfaces.  If a vehicle has snow chains then it will receive a -1 bonus to any Bog Checks made on icy or snowy roads.  Availability is a 10 or less on any front.
Terrapin II:  Originally only 5 of these larger versions were made before the war's end but since this is weird war baby, have at it!  The only difference is that the vehicle was slightly larger and  the driver's position was moved forward like that of an ordinary truck.
Wargaming Piece: I don't know of any 1/48 or 1/50 scale model or toy of either model but if you do let us know.

Wt   Sz   HF   TF   HS   TS   HR   TR   HT   TT   Sd   Ld   TR   Ty   Smk   HMG   CMG   AAMG   Gun   AP   APCR   HEAT   HE   HE Size
 7     L   -----  -----  -----  -----   -----  -----  -----  -----  8/*  -----  -----  Trk   -----     -----     -----     -----    -----   -----    -----       -----    -----     -----
* See the Amphibious rules above. 

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