First up my Poles needed some artillery support so three batteries of 2S1s with HQ. I think these are Skytrex models. Not huge amounts of detail but clean and tidy and paint up well. HQ stand are Scotia I think.
And the first lot of T-64s off the line. Scotia models. Nice to paint. The BMP-1Ksh is a converted BMP-1 as I’ve run out of proper ones! Couple of bit of plasticard added to the back and some brass rod on the side.
And the last (for now) bits of river crossing kit.
Next up is this lot:
Some more T-64s and some T-80s
Some T-62s (because they are there…) and the start of my airborne force.
I still need to paint the rest of the Polish infantry and now some VDV but not sure on colour yet for the latter… There’s also some bridging kit to do… Just not sure if I need to order more first!
And finally some bits to ID… Are these both H&R models? I know the Scotia have a large base.
And what model and make is this ATG?
So still steady progress being made… I think I’ll stick with the modern stuff for a little longer as quite enjoying them.
I had less time over the holidays to work on stuff than planned but this last week has seen a bit of activity as I’ve pushed on with finishing and basing the next batch of Poles for my Cold War forces and finally finishing off some of the engineer/river crossing assets for my Soviets. I will have the two battalions on Polish infantry to do but they are primed ready to go.
So here we are…
First up a unit of T54Ms (I hope!) with HQ
Followed by two battalions of infantry. One lot in BMPs and the other in SKOTs.
The SKOTs (Scotia I think) are a very nice model and paint up really well.
The also needed some AA assets and another SKOT which will carry more engineers.
And on to the Soviet river crossing kit. Bridge layers.
T55s with mine rollers and dozer blades.
And an assortment of river crossing equipment. PTS ferries (of which I have 5 more) and some what I think are BTS? Can’t ID for sure and not sure on make. There’s a nice little article on Soviet river crossing kit on Russel Phillips site: Bridging the Gap.
So there we are. Two battalions of infantry to do, more river crossing kit, two battalions of T-64s (for Sovs) and a 2S1 battalion for the Poles. Lots of other little bits to do as well…
I may have a pause though after the next basing as I want to move onto something bigger for a while. And I still to get a game in!!
Well, not a dilemma as such, more a bit of a shock as I delved into the 1/300th lead pile…
The last week or so has seen lots of posts about the big Cold War Commander game in Grimsby. Andy M’s blog gives a good overview. I knew I had lots of unfinished stuff foir my Moderns in the attic and as I’ve been struggling on painting ANYTHING I thought I’d throw together some microarmour as it is usually quite quick to do. I have a couple of Scotia Lebeds so quite fancied doing some Soviet Naval Infantry. For this I’ll need some BTR60s and some T-55s. I’ve got some of the Skytrex T-55s but to be honest they are a bit basic. The chaps over the Cold War Commander forum pointed me some the recent T55 variants that Heroics and Ros have released. And very nice they are too! So I dug out the assorted boxes to see what I had…
First off is the half finished Brits from about two years ago:
I had just been tidying these up and basing them but the remaining ones seems to be from too many batches with different paint jobs so I may be tempted to strip and re-paint them. Sometime…
I also have the other remains of Belgian stuff and other odd NATO things…
But the bulk of everything is the WarPac stuff. Most of this came from SlugBalancer and there is more there than I remembered!
The bulk is standard Soviet stuff. Some more T-80s (I think) and lots of BMP-1s.
There are also a lot of OT types. I may not use these. There is also a chunk of BMP3s and similar which may be too ‘modern’ for what I am working on so I may pass them on as well. Lots and lots of support/engineering vehicles (a lot of which I still need to ID!) and a lot of river crossing kit that I am missing from my current Soviet forces.
I’d like to use the bulk of this for some East German or Polish units. I painted/based a lot of T-72s and T-62s ages ago and may move them to their proper WarPac place! I’d also like to paint them in a different green to the Soviets but not sure on what colour (Vallejo) to use?
And finally, in amongst all the bags of unpainted lead I found some of the recent H&R T-55AM2Bs so have a start for a Naval force!
I’ve been wanting to paint some infantry to go with the pile of British armour I’m gradually painting/basing but have put it off and off as I couldn’t decide how to paint them. Various people have suggested just painting them green as they would likely be in NBC suits. Others have said that at the scale and distance they would just look green anyway! Various suggestions of a green base coat and dry brushing sand and brown. However I wanted to see how a bit more effort came out. I had a strip of figures painted a plain green and tried stippling sand, brown and black with an old brush but I wasn’t happy with the result. So, taking a page out of Dave Hall’s book (seek out his excellent 6mm Franco-Prussian armies on his Medetian Wars blog) I took a toothpick and used that to apply the colours. First the figures were primed white, then painted Vallejo Flat Green. Then dabbed Dark Sand on arms legs and helmet, followed by Flat Earth and then a few spots of black at the junction of the sand and brown. Dark grey for gun and olive green for equipment. And Flat Flesh. The Flat Green over the white is quite bright so I applied a Vallejo Umber wash over the lot to tone it down.
Hard to really see with the pictures (poor light and phone camera) but I think they look OK. I rush the dabbing a little but will take more care on the rest to avoid large dabs!
EDIT: And as I forgot to mention and some have asked, they are Heroics and Ros Modern British, New Helmet as my Cold War stuff is aimed at mid-late eighties.
A slow month but some progress in filling the gaps in my developing Belgian force. Still quite a few more bits to do but getting there… So these are the new additions:
GepardsJagdpanzer KanoneM109s with HQ stand. The latter having a rough attempt at a M108 VBCL. It’s OK but was a bit rushed and the added boxes need to be more clearly defined.And some more M75s to finish off the Reserve battalion and provide transport for engineers along with the HQ stand.And finally, the rear view showing the little Belgian flags they all have! 🙂
I’ve been trying to sort out my masses of microarmour and actually FINISH some! I have a LOT of British waiting to be based but no infantry. I had done a few Challenger 1s ages ago but the colour scheme is very dark with not much difference in the camo but on the table does it REALLY matter? So I finished basing them and added a command stand from a different batch (hence slightly different colours…)
Now I have the bases I need I’ll be doing more Brits but I also wanted to get the Belgians finished so… having a LOT of infantry from a trade ages ago that looked like this:
I rebased them all and painted up 10x M75s so I can use these as a reserve unit. I have a few more M75s on order and still need to do some HQs but they are coming out OK:
Well, the final batch of my Russian micro armour arrived today courtesy of Martin (aka Slug Balancer on TMP). They were, as expected, very well packed and not a single item or barrel was bent never mind damaged! Here’s a few pics:
The first lot have a pile of OT-64Cs which will be forming part of a Czech force. And a interesting selection of missiles! Some good possibilities for diorama bases there I think.Then we have a lot of BMP-1s which will either go Warpac (more likely) or as they have a seperate turret I may look at these as a base for doing BMP-1Ps? Also, ferries, BMDs and assorted odds and ends.
Transport, BMDs and T54s.
ASU-85s, and a few odd companies of armour.Overall a nice little(?) haul and now I need a little time to plan what to do with it all!
The following shows what assorted Soviet kit I have waiting to be dealt with! You can also see the pile of bags of unpainted kit! Apart from some T-64s that is mostly assorted recce stuff and models to add to HQ stands and specials.So, what is the plan? To be honest I’m not 100% sure. Having done a lot of T-80s recently and with at least four battalions of T-64s to do I’m thinking of moving my T-72s and T-62s to Warpac forces and then using the bulk of this lot (the older kit and APCs, OTs) to provide the Mech and Motor stuff. Some of the OT models are quite nice. The T-54s may get shipped to the Middle East in ’73 though!
I had planned to move onto something different for a week or two just to give myself a break from the micro armour so I don’t burn out. But having taken delivery of the large batch of T-64s et al I was quite taken with the camo pattern on a batch T-80Us so fancied basing them up and also doing another batch of D-30s. This time mounted correctly!
The base models came nicely packaged and neatly painted with a sand based camo with darker brown and black patterns:
I did my usual Vallejo Sepia Wash but using the brush to lift as much as possible off the main areas so as not to darken the model too much. Then Pale Sand highlight, gel pen for markings and a mid brown for mud etc. Usual basing.
I used the BTR-80 command vehicle to go with the tenth model for the HQ:
And here is the lot along with the D30s:
The D-30s form another battery and this lot are mounted on the stands correctly. I do understand that the 120 degree mount allows all round firing but in a deployed position I think they would always choose the optimum setup:
I quite enjoyed doing these – suppose I’m getting used to them! Next up are some 15mm Roman-British for Dux.
Finally finished off the basing of my T-80s and BMP-2s along with the support carriers and HQ bases for the latter, and the final HQ for the T-80s using a spare model from the recent mass of lead acquired!
I’m quite pleased to get this lot done. It means I can finally fill in some more red boxes on the Painting Master Plan. I still have the infantry to do for these and more artillery assets. And the T-64s. And the various river crossing units… But I think I may paint something different next as I feel I need a change to avoid burnout!
I had intended finishing off the pile of Soviet AFVs and APCs that needed basing before I posted the results but inevitably I realised I needed more little bits to add to them to make up ‘proper’ units (i.e. the BTRs and BMPs for the support squads). So I thought I’d do a quick progress report.
I painted most of these last year and had only got so far as adding the ‘sand’ to the base. I had done three battalions of T-80s, three of BTR-70s and three of BMP-2s. Two of the T-80 battalions are Scotia but everything else is Heroics and Ros. The T-80 ERA being a particularly fine model.
These are the BMPs still in their ‘to be finished’ state:
I’ve completed the three battalions of T-80s. A mix of Scotia and H&R (rear three rows) with two of the BTR battalions in the middle and my recently acquired Dark Ream SF force to the fore! Bar some tufts/clump foliage these are done:
As I said, the H&R T-80 ERA is a really nice crisp model:
I had to add/paint an extra BTR-70 unit along with two models for each unit to carry the support squads:
And the command stands are partly done basing:
And finally, I’ve decided to do all my artillery assets on 40×40 bases so this is the first as a tester:
I know in CWC they are off-table but I like doing the bases!
So there we go. I’ll be ordering some T-64 ERA to go with these and maybe another lot of the H&R T-80s. Another lot of BMP-2s as well although from recent comments I think I need some BMP-1s as well.
I’ve also started the engineering and bridging assets. I seem to have two types in the my lead pile:
I’m not entirely sure what is what. I think one is H&R and one Skytrex? The top I’m pretty sure is Soviet, the bottom I’m less so.
So there we go. I’m not entirely sure why I did all these. I already have over 10,000pts worth of Soviets for CWC! I think I just wanted to move the date range to late ’80s as all the other stuff is T-72/T-62… Still, more Russians is always a good thing!