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I recently acquired a copy of the Osprey LAV-25 book, which got me thinking about the odd ways in which Twilight: 2000 history diverges from the real world. The designers seem to have done their original work during the brief period in which the U.S. Army was considering purchasing the LAV-25, basing a fair amount of divisional TO&E assumptions on it and the 9th Infantry Division's light motorized experiments. As we know, real-world evolution was somewhat different, with the Army occasionally flirting but never committing until 4-68 Armor finally, um, borrowed some Marine LAV-25A2s in 2018 to return some sort of thing-with-a-gun capability to the 82nd Airborne.

But... the LAV-25 remains an iconic Twilight: 2000 vehicle, featured in the core rules' opening fiction, the character creation random vehicle table, and American color plate C2. So what if?

As occasionally happens, this idea stuck in my brain and I couldn't do any other writing until I got it out. My mental blockage is, hopefully, your gain. Enjoy.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/j4mjse68uj...AV-25.pdf?dl=0

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Nice work, I particularly liked the story of Ivan Eater.

As an aside, the first image you used intrigued me. At first glance I thought it might have been an Australian ASLAV. The black & white treatment rendered the vehicle colours unidentifiable so I checked the credits and found colour versions.
So why did I think it might have been Australian?
The trees.

They looked like the trees commonly found in the eastern part of Australia.
When I tracked down some other copies of that specific image, sure enough, it's a LAV-25 from the USMC 3rd Light Reconnaissance Company, in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (which is located on the east coast of Australia).
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Thatís an excellent little piece on the LAV-25, I wonder what other vehicles could get the same sort of write up.
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Great work. I really like how you added those little details like the 1st engagement between US & Soviet forces in Norway and in Iran.
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Thank you, gentlemen.

@SSC: Your obsessive attention to botany is impressive but I'm keeping the photo where it is.

@Ewan: I think this format works best with equipment whose Twilight War development differs from real-world history. The LAV-75 is the first obvious choice, based on the collective development work done in the LAV-75; Stingray; M8 AGS thread. I also could see this being a good way to expand the US Army AAA in T2k thread into a comprehensive article.

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As always, great work, Teg.

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great work... looking forward to more!!
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GREAT work!
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Great work. Really good read.

More please
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No objections from me, it's a great photo of the LAV-25 and I think most people would agree that it's a good image to lead into the article

Curiosity is probably my strongest life motivation so when something switches it on, I'm driven by it until it's satisfied.
The trees looked familiar so I "had" to know where the photo was taken.
My apologies if it seemed I was doubting the authenticity of the image
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I really enjoyed the article. Thanks.
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Loved your article - FYI you should add the Kenyan theatre of operations to the list of places the the LAV-25 operated in - per the East African Sourcebook which is canon they deployed there along with the 30th Marine Regiment which was cobbled together in 1998 from troops withdrawn from Guantanamo, the last class of Marines being trained at Parris Island and Camp Lejeune along with their drill instructors, USMC security detachments from African embassies and a detachment from FAST Company, Atlantic

30th Marine Regiment – Mombasa, Pemba Island
Manpower: 1400 men
Armor: sixteen AAVP9, six LAV-25, six M106 Mortar Carrier, three M60A1 tanks
Vehicles: fifteen HMMVW, six gun trucks, twenty MUTT Jeeps
Artillery: four M101 howitzers
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@SSC - In no way did I take it poorly. I was just amused. I hadn't considered the area in which the original photo was taken to be a major selection factor. When I was doing my image search for this piece, I was mainly trying to avoid photos with Marines in anachronistic MARPAT or with vehicles clearly from a non-T2k timeline (e.g., KFOR markings or counter-IED electronics masts).

(By the way, I didn't address the ASLAV in this article because I wanted to leave that territory for whoever does a comprehensive article on the Australian military in T2k. Ahem.)

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@Olefin - You come into a thread I started on my fan work and try to dictate content to me in a poorly-veiled attempt at self-promotion? Eight years here, and you still haven't internalized advice point #5. Congratulations. You are now the first person on this forum with the right combination of arrogance, rudeness, and tenacity to earn a slot on my ignore list.

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(By the way, I didn't address the ASLAV in this article because I wanted to leave that territory for whoever does a comprehensive article on the Australian military in T2k. Ahem.)
No no, go ahead so I can steal your work!
Seriously though I'm focusing more on the big picture stuff rather than minutia such as equipment stats. Including authorised OOBs and general loadouts, but leaving stats to those better qualified than me (ahem, Paul).
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When I first got to the 82nd (this was about May 91) they were in the process of trying to foist off the LAV-25 on 3/73. The tankers were not happy, and most importantly, the CG and the ADC(M) were not happy. The LAV-25 did not last long at 3-73 (and I do think they were the wrong vehicle for the 3/73). The 3/73 ended up going to Desert Storm with up-armored HMMWVs with TOWs in the back. Embarrassing.
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No actually I am pointing out that the LAV-25 was deployed to Africa as well and I cited the source. Thats not being rude thats just pointing out a unit that had the vehicles the deployed to Africa and used them in combat in Kenya.
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@SSC - In no way did I take it poorly. I was just amused. I hadn't considered the area in which the original photo was taken to be a major selection factor. When I was doing my image search for this piece, I was mainly trying to avoid photos with Marines in anachronistic MARPAT or with vehicles clearly from a non-T2k timeline (e.g., KFOR markings or counter-IED electronics masts).

(By the way, I didn't address the ASLAV in this article because I wanted to leave that territory for whoever does a comprehensive article on the Australian military in T2k. Ahem.)

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@Olefin - You come into a thread I started on my fan work and try to dictate content to me in a poorly-veiled attempt at self-promotion? Eight years here, and you still haven't internalized advice point #5. Congratulations. You are now the first person on this forum with the right combination of arrogance, rudeness, and tenacity to earn a slot on my ignore list.

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Yes I remember your post - it was rude and implied that there was no way that any new material for Twilight 2000 could ever be published and that I could not get what I was writing published.

Sorry but you were wrong big time - because Raellus and I have written three stand alone published works, one of which is official canon for the game and two others that should be frankly (and by that I mean the excellent works by Raellus) and I brought the fanzine back from the dead.

So frankly do us a favor and take our attitude somewhere else. There was nothing and I repeat nothing in what I posted to you last night that deserved that response. I simply pointed out that now there is canon material that has the LAV-25 deployed to Africa and I cited the unit that had them - i.e. it was a Marine unit.

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Folks post a lot of original T2K material here, most of it of the highest quality. Many contributors invite and welcome constructive criticism. If, however, they do not solicit feedback, then it's poor form to pipe in give it anyway. And please, don't post just to tear down the hard work of others. If you really don't like something that someone else has posted, and can't express this respectfully and with the intention of creating a constructive dialogue with the poster, then you should probably just keep it to yourself.

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When I first got to the 82nd (this was about May 91) they were in the process of trying to foist off the LAV-25 on 3/73. The tankers were not happy, and most importantly, the CG and the ADC(M) were not happy. The LAV-25 did not last long at 3-73 (and I do think they were the wrong vehicle for the 3/73). The 3/73 ended up going to Desert Storm with up-armored HMMWVs with TOWs in the back. Embarrassing.
I was fortunate in that the T2k TO&Es didn't change between 1st and 2nd editions. GDW didn't write up the LAV-25 as assigned to the 82nd, so I didn't have to address that particular shoehorn-driven mismatch in this piece.

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You know, this is where I wish I had some skill with the pencil and paintbrush (or better yet, more skill with Photoshop Elements). Just not in my skill set.
I'm right there with you. I was able to get the fonts to what I think is a pretty good approximation of the old 1e sourcebooks' appearance, but there was no way I was going to generate original illustrations for this that looked worth a damn. I did install GIMP and a couple of different photo-to-pencil filters to try for the original sourcebooks' sketch appearance, but I don't have the skill set to clean up the resulting "noise" (or the spare time to acquire it). My test readers preferred the simple greyscale photos and I have to agree with them.

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OK, gentlemen. Before this gets out of hand, I'd like to remind everyone to follow the forum guidelines by...

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Since when is "Loved your article" not clear to people that I loved the article?

And FYI - there was no PM to me at all from him - if he had the decency to PM me and expressed his dislike of what I said I would have immediately removed the offending post end of story. Instead he decided to act like a spoiled child and pick a fight that didnt need to be picked. If he doesnt like that I ignored his advice - along with Raellus - and got published officially then I am not sorry - not in any way shape or form.
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As is often the case, I found something of interest after kicking the manuscript out the door. As it turns out, the Air Force actually was interested in a LAV-25-based ADA platform!

https://www.reddit.com/r/TankPorn/co...pe_lav25_hull/

https://www.reddit.com/r/TankPorn/co...obile_weapons/

https://twitter.com/tankmuseum/statu...26327952068608

Accordingly, I've integrated this into the document's ADA and prototypes sections. I've also updated the Marine LAV Battalion TO&E to reflect the originally-intended deployment of LAV-ADs in those formations (rather than the much more parsimonious procurement that resulted in the real world).

Download link is the same as in the first post.

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Nice find!
A good bit of LAV-25 history that seems largely forgotten these days.
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It's an odd duck, but what I really found interesting while digging up info on it was a throwaway line in a USMC procurement/deployment proposal regarding the LAV-AD's original design. Thanks to Osprey, we already knew that the second four-tube Stinger box was originally a 70mm Hydra launcher. But the mount for that rocket pod was intended to be a modular mount that would also accept RBS-70 or Starstreak SAMs (not sure why they would have mixed those with Stingers)... or a TOW or Hellfire launcher.

The combination of 25mm Gatling, Stingers, and ATGMs (and the commander's M240) would have made the LAV-AD the Y-Wing of the Marine LAI/LAR battalions. A weapon for every occasion. I didn't explicitly say this in the file, but if the Twilight LAV-AD kept that capability, it's ideal for PCs to make a field modification... which makes for a very appealing weapon package. If you can keep it in ammo, you get better-than-Bradley firepower with LAV fuel economy. Of course, the downside is that you also get LAV armor, but you can't have everything...

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how about an up gunned LAV with 40mm based on the chain gun or maybe a field refit. you could go with twin 23mm or single. maybe a 30mm from a bmp or opened topped turret with 57mm.
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Well, yeah... theoretically, anything is possible with cutting and welding gear and enough desperation. My point was that that particular modification was feasible because the launcher mounting point was designed for it.

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Well, yeah... theoretically, anything is possible with cutting and welding gear and enough desperation. My point was that that particular modification was feasible because the launcher mounting point was designed for it.

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This is the salient point I think, the launcher mount allowed for a variety of configurations "straight out of the box". That's a level of flexibility not typically available on most vehicles.
Changing the main gun is an entirely different situation which would be extensive work, requiring the services of people with specific skills and specific equipment.
This is the sort of thing that makes a good side adventure - getting the equipment to make the modifications, getting the people with the skills to not only do the modification but to see if it's actually feasible in the first place, collecting the resources to allow the party to hold up for a while as the modification work is conducted etc. etc.
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This is the salient point I think, the launcher mount allowed for a variety of configurations "straight out of the box". That's a level of flexibility not typically available on most vehicles.
Changing the main gun is an entirely different situation which would be extensive work, requiring the services of people with specific skills and specific equipment.
This is the sort of thing that makes a good side adventure - getting the equipment to make the modifications, getting the people with the skills to not only do the modification but to see if it's actually feasible in the first place, collecting the resources to allow the party to hold up for a while as the modification work is conducted etc. etc.
"Tonight on Top Gear: I bodge a tank... Richard learns about recoilless rifle backblast... and James clears a minefield!"

Hmm. This may be deserving of its own thread...

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