Thursday, October 28, 2010

Syrian Armored Onslaught

Last weekend was an utter nightmare, I must say. Some times in the academic realms, things just go horribly horribly wrong, and one must pick up the pieces in very rapid order. Life soldiers on, and this week I have been trying not to think about Saudi Arabia, security, or anything else that will inevitably cause my brain to detonate in my skull. What better way to fill the void with a mass mans painting session!

I decided my Syrians were feeling very lonely, so I needed to fill the gaps, and fill gaps I did. Ten vehicles painted in about 10 hours, phew!

First up a BMP-1P platoon that will serve as the core transport for my infantry

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The BMP-1 essentially improved a tad on the earlier platform by adding a slightly less sucky ATGM capability.

Next up Syria has suddenly managed to get its grubby mits on some BTR-90s, badass! The BTR-90 has been an attempt by the Russian fed to convert the venerable BTR series from battle-taxi to fully fledged support vehicle by throwing a BMP-2 turret on a BTR chassis.

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Some MTLBs for the weapons platoon. The MTLB: the m113 of the Soviet Union

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and finally, a mixed T-72 Platoon, with 2 older models and a converted T-72MV (2001)

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The T-72MV has been my second attempt to produce this little beasty through conversion. My first effort was based on the wrong turret and so never quite looked right. I decided to use the QRF model that is actually the right generation, but minus the KONTAKT-5 reactive armor which I added myself.

1st attempt

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2nd attempt

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Until next time!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Syrian T-55 Platoon

Rather than just production line I thought this project I would try to give a bit more personality, heres a taste of whats to come!



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I'll be mixing model types in platoons, and having a range of Mid Eastern schemes in play to keep the eyes entertained

Friday, October 15, 2010

Syria gets its first armor

Its been a while since I've painted desert armor and I was feeling a little rusty, but after playing around with MIG's washes I am pretty happy how this guy turned out. Hes a Skytrex T-55 with some reactive armor chucked on. While the armor connoisseur will quickly note that this is not a true T-55MV, I thought the addition of the ERA bricks really made the model pop, and am quite happy with how it turned out. Given its brightness I decided to weather it a fair bit more than its darker European cousins, the schemes of which don't really show off good weathering.

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I also finished up a few more Syrians/generic middle eastern troops, including an SPG-9 weapons team. I decided to make their kit more eclectic, as it gave them more character.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

ACU and Syrians Test

Well I've finally caved! I'm moving my focus point 20 years forward and half way around the world. After playing way too much Combat Mission: Shock force I am now focused on making an ultra modern US army force and a generic Middle Eastern force that will stand in for the Syrians.

Heres an ACU tester - I decided that this was easier to paint than 15mm Multicam for some reason :P

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I also picked up 4 Forces of Valor 1/144 Bradleys in TUSK kit. Funnily enough they are actually 1/103 scale so perfect for 15mm :)

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A quick barrel change and we'll be set!

And of course lets not forget the Syrians shall we

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I'll be having a mix of these guys in plain janes and fellas in us Woodland BDUs as per Syrian army.