There's a discord server where nothing useful or productive ever happens and some fellows and me decided to have a tankery team challenge in 1 px = 1.5 cm scale in order to make tanks in this scale more popular. This forced me to go back and watch GuP after having dropped it on the first episode back when it first aired. Now that I'm older and more prudent, I can appreciate for what it is despite it being a silly and nonsensical series.
The challenge consisted of drawing a Sensha-dō team, which is a single tank with its crew, for a school of our own design. More than one team was allowed per person and the "challenge" ran for so long some of us have done multiple vehicles and thus basically completed an entire High School's team worth of tanks and crew.
Here are the results.
Breadbasket Polytechnic Institute
The Breadbasket Polytechnic Institute is a premiere technical university-grade institution in Ruthenia. It's Sensha-dō team mainly utilizes KhKBM-derived designs, varying from conversions of its pre-war designs to late World War Two vehicles.
Thanks to the local rules limiting the University-level Sensha-dō teams to technical universities only, it's long history and very much superior tankery budget, the national team is mostly, but not completely has been brought under the Breadbasket's sole responsibility.
The university's environment is unique, with instances of both authoritarian and "direct dimocracy" ways of running the school, which resulted in a lot of odd exceptions and double-standards within its code of rules.
The most obvious form of it to the outsider would be the uniform, which over the flow of the time became a set of fairly loose design guidelines, while still having a hard stance on the rank insignias and the colour scheme.
Breadbasket's tactics make use of the "deep battle" concept, with a strong starting punch and exploitation of any weaknesses in the enemy battle order. However, thanks to the individualistic nature of it's crews training style, it's quite likely to see single tanks trying to seize the initiative if left idle for long enough.
Szent Erzsébet Akadémia Sensha-dō team
Szent Erzsébet Akadémia is an intern high school owned and operated by the Franciscan Order of the Catholic Church. While not officially recognized as an eductional institution by the Ministry of Education of Japan, SEA is affiliated to the IB Diploma Programme and runs entry tests to various prestigious universities within Japan and abroad. In a revolutionary move for a catholic school, headmaster Father Lukács proclaimed that the school would open its doors to male students, pitting him against his own order and the education ministry’s female high school program. However, after the surprising results of the 63rd National Sensha-dō tournament, a different approach avenue became available to improve relations with the Ministry and attempt to achieve official recognition.
Father Lukács, who has vast armoured warfare experience from his days in the Hungarian Army, opened up the Sensha-dō club with a restored 40.M Turán I and a purchased Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf.F, which together with ten student members served a training unit that would form the core of the new Sensha-dō team. While too late to participate in the 41st Winter Continuous Track Cup, Szent Erzsébet became ready for the 64th National Sensha-dō tournament with a modest lineup of four tanks. However, they didn’t qualify and so their experience was limited to exhibition matches.
Nevertheless, continuous appropriation of tanks and recruitment of members, including the construction of a 44.M Tás Replica, has placed them on the first round of the 42nd Winter Continuous Track Cup with a respectable lineup. SEA’s team leader Nikole has formed the team’s strategy and élan around chess and its dynamics, and drills all teams into performing specific roles within a larger, more flexible operational plan which relies on every crew performing their task promptly. Whether their hard training and distinct approach pays off remains to be seen.