Early World War 2 Soviets Finished

My early World War 2 Soviet Battlegroup
My early World War 2 Soviet Battlegroup

Phase 1 is complete!

The early world war 2 Soviet force is shown below. I will be using this against Japanese and Hungarians, both of which I still need to paint. The battles against the Japanese will be a little bit anachronistic as I do not have the very early armour used by the Russians at Khalkin-gol (Nomonhan).

Still, look out Doug, there are more to come – including late war heavies to see your Tiger 2s off 😉

In the meantime, feel free to have a look around this force in the gallery below. I will admit that I still need to add decals to the tanks. I am waiting until the mood takes me again to do that much fiddly cutting and decaling!

Russian Armour and Artillery Finished

Well finished except for a touch up to the spent shell cases which I’ll do tomorrow, and a touch up to the base edges which I’ll do later before varnishing.

Also shown in the last couple of stages of the basing process.

Now the first Drybrush

Now a dry brush of a yellow ochre type colour was done to the top of each of the bases. This lightens the colour on the bases considerably while leaving some depth. It also is a good base for the next two dry brush colours.

WIP2 – Sand on Bases

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Next stage with the artillery and tanks was to put some sand on the base ready for colouring. I’ll let the bases dry overnight and then hit them with a wash of dark brown paint tomorrow.

Work in Progress

Tonight I’ve been working on the Russians. So I have 10 T34/76 tanks completed, some 122 mm artillery, some 76 mm artillery, and lastly a couple of 45 mm antitank guns.

Next is to glue some sand on the bases, then wash the sand with a thin dark brown, then progressive dry brushing of lighter shades of brown up to almost a bone white. After that add flock to the base and the tanks and artillery are complete.

Work in Progress – Russians

Soviet KV-1 Heavy tanks
Soviet KV-1 Heavy tanks

I decided that I needed to catch up on some of the half (quarter, eighth, sixteenth …) finished work in the man cave. Looking for something quick and easy but something I could try some new techniques on as well, I decided to go back to the 6mm World War 2 Russians.

Back on 27 August 2012 I finished the first batch of tanks for the Russians, a battalion of Lend Lease Valentines. I decided to do some more Russian vehicles and try some weathering effects on them with two of Tamiya’s Tank Weathering shades.

A Gaz (Soviet Jeep) and command group
A Gaz (Soviet Jeep) and command group – the C-in-C in fact. I use the trees to flag command elements in BKC

I also decided to do a base of infantry – just to see that needed to be painted and what could be left.

The pictures here are the vehicles I have finished so far. I have a battalion of T34/76s almost ready for basing and that will take care of the Soviet armour for this project – well except for the addition of some T34/85s so I can build the force for late war as well.

The image on the left are some KV-1s finished, the image on the right is a command group next to a particularly tall tree and below we have a BA-10 Armoured Car.

Soviet BA-10 Armoured Car
Soviet BA-10 Armoured Car

Drybrushing 6mm GHQ models

I have been painting 6mm figures over the last few years in particular. I came across this on YouTube and thought I would share it here. I can see myself heading into the Battle Bunker here to get some of the Citadel paint mentioned to try it out. The GHQ models here are quite superb as well.

First Russian WW2 Finished – Almost

DSC01513They still need to be varnished but I will leave that until Tuesday – give them a good 36 hours or so to be well dry. In the picture are 10 Valentines and a Russian farm house, painted and based.

The paint used on the tanks was Vallejo from the Battlefront British Paint set with Tamiya weathering whilst the base edges and the building were painted with Citadel colours. The bases themselves were covered with Citadel sand and some Gale Force Nine flock (the stuff that looks like little rocks). I then used the Baccus 6mm basing system for the wash and the three dry brush shades. Two tanks and the house had static grass from Baccus used for the greenery, the rest used Citadel static grass.

I also tried a final Devlan Mud (Citadel) wash on the base for the farm house to see if it improved appearances. It didn’t.

Next up on the painting queue this week are 4 x BA-10 to experiment with the Russian green before launching into the rest of the Russian tanks and starting to deal with 6mm decals again. I read somewhere that the light tanks in Russian WW2 service did not carry markings.

I must admit, the British tank green looks the part on these vehicles. I went very light with the weathering. I started using the mud colour but that just disappeared into the vehicle so I changed to the sand and dust colours. I concentrated it on the track areas with a light brush across the rest of the vehicle. Looks quite good and if I can ever come to terms with my macro lens I’ll try for a close up.

This has provided a week bit of a painting spurt for me. Hopefully it means that I will get my ACW Union finished this year as well.