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!
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!