Thursday, October 25, 2012

Eureka 15mm ultramodern Ruskies

After discovering Eureka minis was just down the road from me I decided to pay a visit there a few days ago to check out the new 15mm modern Russian range that was being released. After a rather pleasant conversation with Nick; one of the owners; I was given a rather tasty discount with the caveat that I provide them some photos of my painted minis once they were done.

These are easily the best Russians available in 15mm and really give Peter Pig a run for their money in terms of best 15mm figs out there. I remain undecided.

One of the things that really strikes you about them is the range of options available: RPGs-7s and 18s; PKMs; Dragunov DMRs; Mortars; Kord HMGs and AGS-30s. All thats really needed are some ATGMs and RPKs and it would be a complete range. There are even standard helmets and the new 'Sphera' model available

Painted in something of an exaggerated version of the standard Flora pattern. At this scale bright colors really are needed in my view, so forgive any liberties I took :)


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A selection of fellows with an array of equipment


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Kord HMG

I also got a few Chechens to top it all off. Same poses but different heads and clothing, would make excellent 'generic' heavy guerrilla types in any conflict. Will take a look at them in the future. These guys will go great with the QRF I have in the pipeline to represent mid-90s Russian federation troops.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

First siegemasters fire team

Feeling a little frisky I decided to take on some 28mm scifi guys. Using some  Krieg models I obtained through a certain Chinese individual I replaced the head with some of Westwind's scifi brits and added a few other odds and sods to the mix.

Color-wise I wanted to go with something a bit different than my usual military drab, so thought I might try a sort of WW1 French blue style. Webbing was painted in a camo ochre which added a nice contrast. Masks were left black with glowing green eyes to add to the ominous effect. The end result is a very rubbery looking finish that seems appropriate in the horrible chem/bio/rad environments these guys would be fighting in. Then again, having done a few laps in MOPP gear I can't say it would be very viable to stay in these kind of duds for too long.

Oh well, grimdark and all that.

Grunts were given the standard rifles with some added optics, while the corporal has a 'counts as' bolt pistol/sword in the form of a SMG.

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QRF Russian project update

I decided to force myself out of my 15mm lethargy and get some more work done on the QRF project. For this set I went with a early/mid 90s scheme we see on a lot of Russian armor in Germany. I'm actually not aware how widespread it was, but its a novel combination of grey/green/brown and something a bit different from the Russian schemes we see today.

Late model BMP-2s with the uparmored turrets. Although Geoff produces this model it doesn't appear available in the catalog much like the T-72BM w/ ERA.



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BMP-3 early model.


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BRDM-2. The chunky little recon vehicle that always puts me in mind of a pig.


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And its slightly odder NBC cousin, the BRDM-RKH


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