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!
Do I have enough Russian yet? To be honest, yes. But that doesn’t stop me getting more! A few posts on TMP about my recent updates led to the idea of getting of getting a few T-64BVs. T-64s of any kind are lacking in my current forces. I’d ordered a few of the Heroics and Ros model which is rather nice, then I was offered some Scotia by one slugbalancer on TMP. Who with evil intent also sent me a list of other models he was looking to part with. So I ended up getting a few more! 🙂
URAL 375 Tanker
MDK 2M rotary excavator
Bridge – MT-55
MT-55 with bridge
PMP Lorries – centre sections
PMP Lorries – ramp sections
TMM bridging lorries
GAZ 66b Airportable
T-55 with dozer
T-55 with KMT
Here’s the main batch of AFVs:
I have to admit I am particularly impressed with the Scotia T-64BV. I’d seen a pic on the 6mm Wargaming site and the casting looked a little rough but these look to be early castings when the mould was maybe better? Either way, very neat!
At the last minute I caved in and added some BMP-3s, BTR-80s and T-80Us to my purchase. This does push the time frame for my Russians a little later but I’m glad I got those. Nice little models with a nice camo scheme. May use them for an elite little strike force!
One of the plans for my forces is to add to the support/engineering elements and this was a chance to get more bridging/ferry equipment:
With what I already have this should give me plenty! I may try and sort these over the next week as Skytrex still have a 20% off sale so it would make sense to buy any extras from them now.
Apart from the late kit they are all painted in a nice dark green. I think I’ll be able to get away without adding a wash and just a heavy dry brush with my usual Russian Green followed by lighter coats and highlights. The full camo kit will maybe get a thin sepia wash and a pale sand highlight.
I have to say that these arrived VERY well packaged. The turrets on most were loose and had been packaged separately to protect the barrels and MGs. This worked VERY well and of the whole package I only had one damaged barrel. Which was one of the attached ones.
I have to admit, I am really pleased with this lot and look forward to basing them up and adding them to my forces!
And so we have more! Spent a little time over the last few nights finishing off the extras I needed for the three BTR-70 battalions. Did another full unit plus the extras for all to carry the support elements. And the HQs
I’ve been quite pleased with these. A nice model from Heroics and Ros that paints up well.
Needed to do the three HQ stands as well. Basically just went for another BTR and some sort of command/support vehicle and a couple of figures.
I have a load of infantry and other support elements waiting to be done but started on a mortar stand.
And here are the HQs.
Back in the last post I had done a single base of 122mms with the transport on a 40x40mm bases. Have now completed the other two stands. I may still do some sort of artillery ‘HQ’ as well.
Next up are the BMP-2s. I have the three battalions done but with basing needing finishing but needed the support carriers and the HQs. These are ready to go next.
And this is the pile of support kit I still need to do!
I also took the chance to finish off some trees I’d based up a while back. All are from Timecast. They were soaked in thinned PVA first, then drill and superglue in the hole. Usual basing method followed. I still have about another 40+ trees to do. You can never have too many!
All in all, not bad progress. I have managed to acquire a load of T-64BVs which will form the tank battalions for the BMPs and BTRs. I also managed to get a load more bridging/ferry kit so I think that will be on the table soon once I decide how I’m going to base them!
After a chance conversation with Jason from the North Shields club about railways for 1/300th games he said he had picked up a pack of the Hornby Track Planning Symbols for use in a planned game. I’ve not really had chance to talk to him properly since so I don’t know how far he has progressed but I liked the idea and grabbed a pack on eBay. They are 1/4 OO/HO scale so as close to 1/300th as you are likely to get! You get a reasonable selection of straights (enough for 3-4ft) but you also get LOTS of curves and points. And as this is for model railway planning, you get curves for doing twin tracks and fancy crossovers.
On a visit to Timecast I was talking to Mark and Barry about any plans for doing track rather than using actual model railway track which is a tad too big. The issue is always how much you do. You need straights, points and curves. But if you do curves, what radius? And do you allow for double track? And curved points? So this Hornby stuff seemed a good idea. They also said they had looked at this as well for some models but had found it really difficult to glue…to anything. Something about the type of plastic being glue resistant!
Now I bought the pack months ago and as with many projects it has sat on the side waiting. However, at SMOGGYCON last weekend Martin at Warbases has a little bargain box so I picked up a pack of 132mm lengths of MDF which I thought would be ideal for the track. And today I found a little time to make a section up.
I just lathered on UHU glue and let it dry fully, trimmed the ends, and then used Vallejo White Pumice to texture the rest of the base. Sprayed with mid brown an then painted and dry brushed the lot.
You can get an idea of what the basic track looks like below. The only slight issue is that some/most pieces have a code number on them. I may try and trim some of these off but on the test piece I left them on and then painted that bit black. I also used one of the very short track sections in the middle and that makes it look a little uneven.
Overall, assuming the glue thing doesn’t kick in, I’m quite happy with it. Future one’s I’ll texture to make the raised track bed more prominent. And I want to move to some double track, maybe mostly curved. Martin at Warbases has said he can cut curved bases to size so if I can work up some templates that should be good to go. The lots of interesting points etc. will allow some nice rail yards to be made up, I hope.