21 August 2014

Winter War: Soviet Vehicles

T-26 and BT7
I finally got these vehicles finished. I really found the Winter War camouflage scheme a bit of a challenge and I can see from the photos that I still need to do some work.

All the vehicles were primed with Vallejo Russian Green Primer, they were then drybrushed and some details were painted. I then did a wash using the Citadel Shade Athonian Camoshade. This is a great product for any WWII military project. I then applied some Vallejo orange rust effects. The models were then gloss varnished and allowed to dry. I used the hairspray method for the Winter Camouflage. Two applications, allow to dry and then they were airbrushed in spots with white. I probably could of applied more but I tried to make it translucent rather than opaque. Maybe a mistake. Most of the delay was because I had a shitty cheap Master Airbrush which kept on screwing up (mostly my fault I presume). however last week I got an Iwata Revolution CR, like night and day for sure. Anyway so I used a q-tip to chip off the white and then applied some Secret Weapon rust effects on the tracks, as well as some Citadel Dry Necron Compound. Finally some snow flock was applied to different areas. I think I need to clean off the rust and the snow a little more as noted above. I think they could have come out a little better but they will work.

I tried to get a good selection of early Soviet vehicles and most of them should be useful also for the excellent TFL supplement that just came out for Chain of Command, Operation Winter Storm: The Drive for Stalingrad, December 1942. This looks really good. I already have purchased some mid war Soviets Tanks, including some T-34's, SU-76's and an SU-122. Just have to finish off the rest of those CP Soviets figures.
Some Zis-5 trucks, the main transport for the Soviet army through out the war. These are metals from  Shellhole Scenics. They were nice models, but a little smaller then 1:72 PSC.

All the decals are from Aleran Miniatures.

One of the trucks as a Quad Maxim HMG.

I was curious about S-Model miniatures, they have an expanding range of 1:72 vehicles. I ordered them directly from China, I was shocked at how quickly they were delivered, within 1 week.

They are nice builds, the stowage is excess from PSC and from an Italeri box of battlefields accessories. 

It took me a little bit of time to figure how to put them together I found the tracks challenging initially but once figured out they were fine. The turret was a little difficult to assemble, it would have been nicer with less pieces. They supply you with brass cannon though which is a nice touch for a plastic assembly.

Here we have KhT-26, a variation of the T-26 with a flamethrower. This is from Shellhole Scenics as well. It os certainly a little smaller then the S-Models, but I am OK with it. It is a metal build.



Here we have a T-28 from Shellhole Scenics. It is a monster tank with 3 turrets. The body is resin with the tracks and turret being metal. I think they are planning to convert all their vehicles to this combination.

Very nice model.
Here we have two BT-7's from Pegasus Models plastic range, these are very well priced and all though quite simplistic in their construction are well suited for wargaming.



Alos from Pegasus is these two armoured cars, they are sold as BA-6's but I am sure you could use them as a BA-10. Again very simple, but a cheap useful model.

12 comments:

  1. Wonderful, great looking vehicules!

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  2. Great looking Soviets. Nice to see some northern action.

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    1. Yes nothing like frolicking in the snow.

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  3. What a big and wonderful drop of Russians! I would not change a thing on these. The winter camo and snow effects are excellent.

    Minutes ago, I was emailing my buddy about Chain of Command and when will we paint up and play East Front. Your post is a siren song, so thanks for that!

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    1. I am confident you will not regret playing the ruleset, it is my favourite.

      John

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  4. I really like those John. They look...cold, so I think you can say mission accomplished.

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    1. Once I get my winter terrain all done, I will bring it up to Montreal and put on a game in the snow.

      John

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  5. Great review of different products. I really like your snow/frost effect. I like that you didn't go with a sea of white.

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    1. Thanks Sean, I was going for the battle hardened look, when I look at period photos the white certainly appeared to be worn off.

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  6. I think they look great as well; I wouldn't change a thing!

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    1. Thank you, I appreciate it, it will give me the impetus to tart up those 6 T-34's I have.

      John

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