Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The last gasp of soviet engineering

Given the upcoming campaign we're going to be running at my local game club I've decided to paint up some borderline Soviet forces (ie they never actually were this well equipped), equipping them with a number of AFVs released in the very late hours of the Cold War.

First up are some BMP-3 IFVs. The BMP-3 was the successor to the BMP-1 and BMP-2, basically trying to improve on their designs by increasing survivability and fire power. The result was a mixed bag, and many troops in the modern Russian Federal army still prefer the BMP-2. The APC is heavily armed with 100mm main gun, 30mm auto cannon, 3 7.62 MGs and ATGM capability. These are QRF kits which were a bit disappointing at first, but with some minor modifications such as adding smoke launchers and cutting the wheels to be more even it turned out great.

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Next up the Tunguska SPAA. The Shilka was always considered a bit limited in its abilities at air defense since it had a relatively short range as the result of its quad 23mm auto cannons. The Tunguska improved on this by reducing the number of guns and increasing their caliber, as well as adding a SAM capability. Of course radar was improved as well. This specimen is made by QRF and is quite a lovely bit of kit, although the front tow cable might need to be recast me thinks :)

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Finally I have once again been painting some T-80BV, the scapegoat of Chechnya. The T-80 was the Soviet attempt to compete with the technically superior Western IFVs. While it had a number of interesting features like a turbine engine and an advanced vertical autoloader capable of putting out a higher fire rate than those found on the T-72, it was considered overly complex by many senior officers and became an easy target to justify the immense losses in Chechnya during the first war. This particular model is QRF's version and is a wonderful kit, with numberous options like Commander's shield, AA MG, external tanks and bog log. I've decided to go with a relatively simplified looking one, leaving off the AA MG and Shield. QRF really needs to do a T-80UD, the prettier cousin of this beasty :)

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cheers

3 comments:

  1. Excellent work again. This blog is responsible for my latest order of modern figures! Keep blogging the manufacturers will love you for it.

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  2. Concerning the BMP 3, how does it match with the newerly posted T-90 from SDV? I would love to stock up for a company of those, but I don't collect 15mm my major is 1/87... I saw you do the same so I was wondering...

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