Saturday, November 26, 2011

Air droppable, combat ready

As you may have ascertained from previous postings I have something of an irrational attraction to VDV stuff. This week I decided to dust off a conversion of the BMD-3Z that has been sitting around for a while and get some paint on it. As far as I can tell this vehicle doesn't actually exist in real life, but I always liked the idea of whacky crew served weapons on AFV chassis and the soviets did do one on the BMD-1/2 hull, so I thought I could get away with it.

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I also stripped the BMD-3 and Shilka previously posted and redid them

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

that dark streak

Just a quick update. I wasn't quite happy with my last batch of fellows, so I decided to add another primary color into their scheme, I'm much more content with the result.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

T-90 busts out

Oh yes, the holy grail for us modern wargamers, the T-90, is upon us.

War gaming ultra moderns is always a challenge, particularly in assembling a credible conventional opfor. Although there are plenty of great sculpts of modern US troops out there, Russia, by and large, remains virgin territory. The same goes for vehicles. With the most modern Russian armor being available from QRF cutting off at around the 1986 mark with the T-72bv and T-80BV.

High and low I have searched for this kit. Between QRF, Skytrex and the plethora of other 15mm modern manufacturers I would have thought this badboy would have turned up in metallic form by now, but alas, he remains elusive. While certain hopeless members of the online community have assured us that this will emerge from Eureka's 300 club, I remain wholly unimpressed with the whole venture, and so imagine my joy when finally I discovered that, yes, the T-90 was available in 1/87 scale.

Rather than a proper wargaming mini, this is most definitely a proper plastic injection kit, with all the array of parts included, you must bring the patience. Trust me though, the results are worth it.

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I also did a BMP-2D by the same manufacturer

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a GAZ jeep by peter pig

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Atalya Mig-29 with telescopic stand. A beautiful prepaint that only required a light oil wash and it canopy painted :) its nice when things are easy!

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I also forked out and bought a new Airbrush, an Iwata Micron http://www.airbrushshop.com.au/shopmastery_pop.php?id=19 (bank still is in pain) , a big step up from my current Paasche double action and should really help in doing camo schemes, I cant wait :)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Russian paratroopers jump in

I'm always quite hesitant to begin painting an infantry lot. I often spend more time painting an individual soldier than I do on a tank, largely due to the fact infantry is an entirely acrylic brushwork-related affair. Camo must be tackled by hand and eye, not by airbrush and a general rule of thumb, a process that can be excruciating at times. Details and gear are cluttered across small spaces, whereas tanks have large areas of uniformity. Nevertheless, battlefields are not made up of pure armor and infantry combat is generally more fun and chaotic on the table top, so we must persevere.


I've been working on getting my Russians ready over the last week and my energies have been focused on this VDV platoon. With only 8 troopers left this part of the project is nearly done. I was feeling particularly masochistic with this lot, so, in typical Russian fashion, decided to deck them out in an eclectic array of Soviet and Russian camo schemes :)


the week's takings

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Command team with marksman, medic, RPG-7

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RPG-7, AK-74 w/ optics, Rpg-18, PKM

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AK-74, AKSU-74, RPG-29, RPG-18

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RPG-7, RPK-74, AK-74

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KORD HMG

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Need to round out this unit with more RPK SAWs and a few more rifles, then its on to the French or USMC