military history of the Balkans. It is aimed primarily
at wargamers and others with an interest in the region
and its fascinating history. BMH has been online since
1997 and this is our eleventh year of continuous
In the history of armored fighting vehicles, probably the strangest would have to be The Russian Lebedenko or Tzar Tank. Developed in the earliest days of tank development, it was not alone amongst many other strange designs.
Conceived by the engineer N. Lebedenko in 1914 who at that time was employed by a private firm working for the Russian War Dept., the tank was essentially an enlarged gun carriage. Working with N. Zhukovskiy and his nephews, B. Stechkin and A. Mikulin, they designed a motorized battle machine weighing approx. 40 tons with 2 large spoked wheels in the front about 9 meters in diameter tapering in the back to a much smaller double wheel used for steering. Between, the hull of the tank hung from the front wheels supported on a pair of tuning-fork like arms. The large front wheels, it was hoped, would give the tank the ability to cross practically any obstacle. They initially called the vehicle Nepotir, but it came to be known as the Lebedenko, after the designer. (Sometimes it was nicknamed "The Tzar", after the financier.)
Stephen Jameson as a game artist at
Blue Omega Entertainment. The game
is a steam-punk fantasy western, with
first person combat and 3rd person
exploration and navigational puzzles.
It contains a great deal of complex steam
powered machinery, beautiful epic
environments, and things that make
sounds like “grinka, grinka, thunk,
The logical goal of all this walking machine research
was something like this proposed Combat Walker
of 1962 that consisted of a caravan of motorized
mechanical pack mules led by a manned combat unit.
One must admit it has a certain charm; the tiny cockpit,
the tiny periscope, the tiny cannon, the tiny engine.
The tiny armor was not so good.