Or at least I will be if manage to paint some more tomorrow night. All it needed was a good Fokker – a Fokker D.XIII D.XXI.
I decided that I would work on the Winter War 1/285 scale aircraft that I have in a set – Finnish fighter, Soviet bombers and fighters. These game from Raiden Miniatures. Tonight I managed to paint a top surfaces white (Army Painter flat white), the under surfaces light Grey (Tamiya British Light Aircraft Grey) and then start on the Olive Green disruptive pattern. Photos below.
I stopped at the point I did for two reasons. One os that I was not going to paint past midnight and the second was that Tamiya does not play well with Army Painter paints and the top colour was starting to strip the white. Hopefully tomorrow there will have been a more thorough drying and thr Tamiya will not strip the Army Painter..
Lastly, I started on the Fokker D.XIII D.XXI simply because I could not find the Brewster Buffaloes. They will be next on the list.
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!
My early World War 2 Soviet Battlegroup
Bell P-39 Airacobra and Polikarpov I-16 Rata Mosca.
Bell P-39 Airacobra and Polikarpov I-16 Rata Mosca – both early war aircraft in use by the Soviets. Models by GHQ, bases by Raiden.
Two infantry battalions for Blitzkrieg Commander II – figures are Adler and GHQ
Mounted Russians and dismounted markers. Cavalry will normally be able to deploy as infantry
Two Headquarters bases and like all Headquarters, even on the steppe will find a shady tree
My forward Artillery Observer (AOP)
Engineers – flame throwers on the left, mine-sweeping on the right and some general engineer elements in the rear (digging up mines perhaps) – these are Adler figures
A side view of the engineers
Infantry Support – 82mm mortar on the left, anti-tank rifles in the centre and heavy machine guns (HMG or MMG) on the right
Side view of the Infantry support
122mm artillery – this battery would normally be deployed off table because of the range of these weapons
The artillery battery from the rear
Three 76mm Infantry guns (deployed either on or off table) and two 45mm anti-tank guns
A platoon of BA-10 armoured cars – used for scouting and other purposes
Soviet light tank company consisting of GHQ T-60 scout tanks. These were produced in large numbers from 1941 to 1942 being replaced by T-70 light tanks
Valentine Light Tank Company – Valentines were supplied as part of Lend Lease to the Soviets from Commonwealth factories
T34/76 Tank Company
T34/76 tanks – showing simple, basic weathering
KV-1a tanks – a small platoon
KV-1a tanks – a small platoon showing simple, basic weathering