Friday, May 31, 2013

Khurasan T90A: painted + plus a geriatric T72

Got the first of the T90s painted up. Actually tried to do it as part of a batch, but found that the feathered edges I attempted in the other camo schemes just made them look pretty messy at this scale, so introduced them to a bath of simple green.

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Back in 20mm I decided to do a 'stock standard' T-72M. I wanted a very old school version without the characteristic smoke launchers and the open suspension, so grabbed a special resin turret off ebay. Very happy with how this guy turned out.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Review: Khurasan T-90A

Jon over at Khurasan sent me some of his brand new 15mm T-90As to paint up for the website

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This is the later model T-90 with the angular turret. A really really nice clean cast with a stupid amount of detail. Definitely the best T-72 derived vehicle I've seen cast in this scale.

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The kit consists of 12 components: Hull, 2 X tracks/suspension, fuel tanks, turret, barrel, 2 X hatch pieces, 2 X smoke launchers, APS mast and the RWS station. All the parts are cast extremely well and only had minimal bubbles. Weapon barrels are sufficiently chunky and 'wargamey', with clear tabletop survivability in mind.

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Everything flicks together with ease and the finished product is fantastic.

Given that this is the only 15mm T-90 on the market its pretty easy to recommend. As a lovely aside, its also a really stunning model in its own right, and I am really looking forward to future Khurasan forays into the ultramodern market!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Oorah, Devil Dog

Just a little update this week with the beginnings of my USMC infantry for the Syrian campaign.

I wanted these guys to look more rag-tag than the US army fellas, so I mixed the uniforms between woodland and desert MARPAT. I also gave each color scheme a bit more variation to represent various stages of wear and fading.


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I also wanted to have a greater variation of equipment and try and present them as 'modern' as possible, so purists might be gnashing their teeth a bit in noticing several M4s and a SCAR in there. While I once was very much into faithful reproductions, I'm fast finding my philosophy transform to 'whatever falls in the general area'. This allows me to use a broader range of miniatures, as I've integrated Elhiem's US army and rangers into this. Looking forward to getting a platoon-sized element done. It will be slow, though; they are very tiring to paint! :)

Sunday, May 12, 2013

little trucks, big guns

Decided to strip and redo my previous technicals!

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one with a KPV and some ad hoc field camo

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and another more plain Jane with a PKM

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Western-made, Saudi-crewed

Micro armor got some attention this week too -

Testers of Iranian infantry

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Saudi M60A1s and AMX-10s

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Russian Heavy Metal

So my perpetual Russian armor boner led me to build a T-72BM. In essence this is a T-72B mounting the K5 reactive armor designed to stop SABOT rounds; a poor man's T-90. Its actually a combination of the Armo T-72B ultra-detailed resin turret and a model-collect T-90. I also mounted some more bar armor on the weak points. This seems to be a common modification in Dagestan, Chechnya etc.

Also got to test out my new Iwata compressor in combination with the airbrush. The effect of the upgraded airflow is really noticeable. Softens the blow dealt by the price tag...

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Next up was a GAZ 'Vodnik' to give my mans some nice high mobility fire power. The kit is a hybrid between the Gram kit and the SandS resin offering. Gram's interpretation was VERY basic and I really enjoyed SandS's version, however the rear compartment I received was very warped, so I utilized the piece by Gram. The barrel of the turret was less then desirable, too, so I replaced it with some brass rod and a bit of greenstuff for the muzzle brake.

I've really noticed Shaun's quality going up over the past few orders: miscasts are far rarer and the bubble issue is rapidly becoming a thing of the past.

I went with a hard-edged camo scheme on this fellow with an overlay of 'feathered' black swatches. Quite common in the Russian army from what I've witnessed.

In policy with my new builds I added a fair amount of stowage to give it more of a 'lived in' look to go along with the weathering

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Finally, my third attempt at the T62MV came out better than expected. This was an old throwaway Cromwell kit I picked up for relative cheap combined with an ACE set of K1 reactive armor and some liberal self-additions.

I really wanted this beast to look rugged, so gave him a particularly heavy weathering scheme representative of something in long-term Syrian service. I also decided to pick a rather unorthodox color combo, simply to get away from the drabs I've been using a lot.

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