|Khurasan's T-90A main battle tank|
|An attempt at the more contemporary Russian AFV camo|
I love tanks, and the T-90 is one of my favourite vehicles. I really like the look of up-gunned, later model tanks - the late model Panzer IIIs and Panzer IVs, the IDF Super Shermans and upgraded Centurions are all good examples. It speaks to the reality of limited resources on military structures - sure, you are always trying to get the latest and most modern stuff you can afford into your line units, but often the most affordable and/or quickly attainable thing to do is find a way to throw a heavier gun, another layer of armour, and after-market versions of advanced support systems onto the tanks you already have. Plus it just looks cooler.
|Side view - the smoke launcher arrays are metal - thank god!|
|QRF T-80BV for comparison|
The T-90 is the penultimate example of this - essentially a T-72 maxed out with upgrades. Whatever the combat merits of all of these enhancements, it sure makes the tank look cool and spooky as hell. The sharp angles of the reactive armour package on the T-90 look extra sinister, more so than the other up-armoured Soviet designs. The contrast between the size of the overall vehicle and its 125mm main gun borders on 40k standards. And the "Shtora" jamming system (the boxes to either side of the main gun) looks downright eerie - a Jawa face with a huge cannon. I love this tank.
Of course, using this tank on the table calls for contrived situations, as it has never seen any action with the Russian Army (at least that I know of), or with any of the client states who have purchased it as an export or for local manufacture under license (I believe India is doing this). The T-90 is not really part of any realistic Cold-War-Gone-Hot scenarios unless you do a good bit of what-if-ing. I don't think any T-90s were ever deployed with the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany - I don't think it was ready by the time the Soviet Union collapsed.
|QRF BMP-2D for comparison|
On the other hand, comment forums involving the T-90 tend to fill with derision for any Warpac/Russian vehicle, and somehow seem to base this conclusion on the performance of T-72s in Syrian and, even more so, Iraqi hands. This comparison is delusional and simplistic. The T-90 is an upgraded T-72, but to assume it would fare in Russian action as well as the doomed Republican units of T-72s in the Iraqi army is just silly.
|With some Eureka 15mm modern Russian infantry|
The other challenge you might encounter would be using it for sci-fi. The T-90 totally has the right look for sci-fi, but this model is very, very small next to other 15mm sci-fi armour, both from Khurasan's line and others. Next to the Nova Respublik tanks, for example, this thing looks like a scout tank. I don't think there is a problem with the Khurasan T-90's scaling - it's just that the other sci-fi tanks are big suckers.
|I go nuts painting the lenses - probably too much - but I find they make the tank look more alive/active|