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CWC rebasing continues…

Here are some pictures of the ongoing rebasing of my Cold War Commander Soviets. All the models are pretty well as I got them – bit of drybrushing and touching up here and there – and the three figures on the CO base are Irregular and painted by me. Still have a good few to base though – some Support Weapons, sniper, recce etc. but getting there…

Here is the lot as they stand:

The HQ stand for the T-72 battalion:

The BTR equipped Mechanised Rifle Battalion:

Close up of the infantry sections:

The SA-9 platoon:

I wanted to do something interesting for the CO stand so I upped the base size to 60x60mm and with a few bits from Irregular made up the following:

So there you have them. I quite like basing! :). US and Belgians to follow and then more Russians!

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CWC – and a bit more!

Most of what I picked up is painted OK and can be used as is once re-based but a few batches are either just a single coat of paint, and some are gloss. The BMP-2s, although matte, are very basic and a little dark compared to the rest.

This is a first attempt at touching them up. I’m still undecided if they’re too dark, or whether it might be better to strip them and start again.

May just do enough for a company anyway… 🙂

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More Cold War Commander…

I’ve done a little sorting of the Russians and NATO troops I bought recently. Thanks to some sterling support from the chaps over at the CWC Forums who’ve helped ID a lot of the vehicles. So anyway, here’s start…

This is the first lot of planned basing…

There are three lots of 9 T-72s which all appear to be basically the same model plus an HQ element for each with a T-72 and a BRDM-2(?)

There are also two lots of nine T-62(?) again with an HQ element with BRDM-2

 The bottom unit is not in the bog standard Russian Green but has a camo pattern so not sure on the significance of this.

The next lot is a mixed bunch. Top left will be a CO stand with T-72, BRDM-2, a jeep type thing and the bloody huge truck with the radar on top which seems to dwarf the T-72! Then top right we have the 4x SA-13 gopher AA missile vehicles, followed by 6x BRDM-3 ATGW which I may use on some of the HQ stands as well. Below them are 6x 2S3 152mm SP guns and to their left 4x SA-9 Gaskin AA missile vehicle. Again, may use these on the odd HQ stand to free up BRDM-2s for Recce stands. The two vehicles bottom center I’m not sure on but they may be ZSU-23-4?

Moving on to some of the stuff that wasn’t in the original shots I posted to the CWC Forums. The top lot are, I think, BTR-80s. And those on the bottom, BTR-70s?

More detail on the BTR-80s…

And on the BTR-70s along with the ZSU-23-4s again?

The radar chappies at the back are…?

These are, I think BMP-1s. They just have a coat of gloss green which look bloody awful. I’m thinking of a heavy dry brush with a proper Russian Green (to match the main vehicles I have) and then a light drybrush. Either that or strip them…

BMP-2s?

Now I’d assumed these were T-72s but by a different manufacturer to the rest. But I’m not 100%.

Here’s a close up.

These are more odds and ends. Artillery at the left which I may not bother with. Then a load of BM-21s. The bottom six seem better models. Then the camo T-62s followed by some odds and ends and then the only infantry in the set which are marked Elite Airborne (on round bases) and the other strips seem to have RPGs? Infantry are something I will need for this lot so will need to figure out exactly what’s needed.

These are the last chaps. The load to the left are 2S1 122mm SP artillery, those to the front, 2S3 152mm SP artillery. The 122mm are again, gloss green, the 152mm are matte but very dark, so again may drybrush lighter.

So, there we have them. A start on organising them and a few questions. I know for CWC I’ll need infantry to go with the IFVs and no doubt a few other odds and ends, especially for Recce and observers. The HQ units will likely go on round bases when I get them. On to the basing up then!

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Another Slight Diversion No. 4

Well, it may be No.4 or it may be more! Anyway, where am I going this time? Recently someone asked me sell off all their son’s old wargaming kit which I will be doing over the next few months. Amongst this lot however were a reasonable size Cold War Soviet army and a corresponding West German and Belgian force. Many. many moons ago I was quite in to all this following the reading of Hackett’s books and playing SPI’s Fulda Gap. But I never really got in to the figure side of it.

This was a chance to pick up a decent size force and actually get in to a game quite quickly – especially as I was slowly building up 6mm terrain. The troops were organised for WRG rules (I think – there being copies of the rulebooks!) but having looked at Future War Commander I decided I would head down the Cold War Commander route.

Now it’s going to take me a while to figure out what is what and I don’t want this to become a ‘major’ period. Luckily, Ian from the local club has troops for Modern Spearhead and a decent library so will be helping me organise the troops, decide what I can use, and what I can part with.

So, with no particular rhyme or reason I decided to base up a few just to see what they looked like. So, here we have half a dozen T-72’s and a…well, Ian told me last night but I’ll need to ask him again what it is!

Most of the figures are reasonably painted. A few may need a new coat and a lot of the West Germans seem to be in a non-standard pattern. I’ll be consulting the CWC forums for advice and hopefully it will be a nice start to a new period for me.

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