Thursday, July 17, 2014

More 20mm Soviets: Command Group and Vehicles

It’s hard to say what I’m going to use these figures and vehicle for, but I like them and I enjoyed finishing off another project as I move some old figures through the painting queue and hopefully on to the gaming table.

This group is a 20mm Soviet command group from Britannia, as well as a Brtannia GAZ radio truck.   The command group comes with six figures and two pieces of furniture, and I painted up a random Soviet soldier from the bits box to act as a sentry.

The 39th Guards Shock Army’s G3 explains how they will smash through the enemy defences and strike into the lair of the Fascist beast.    Note the absence of Powerpoint in this briefing.

 

General Gutskoff listens while wondering if his nemesis General Badinov will make it across the Elbe before he does, despite promises to Comrade Stalin that the Fighting 39th will lead the way and be the first to plant the glorious Sovet banner on the far bank.  I have to say that I really like the figure in the leather trench coat standing behind the general with the cup in his hand.  He rather reminds me of Alec Guinness’ character in Dr. Zhivago.

 

 

I had started painting this vehicle last year but had to redo much of it after I discovered that the pigment I had used for weathering reacted poorly to Dullcote.   Again, not sure what I’ll use it for except as eye candy for the table or perhaps an objective marker for larger scale games.


Some of that white stuff around the grill and the rolled tarp on the front fender are residue from the great pigment disaster.


The other project I finished at this time is this Armourfast T34-85 quick build tank.  A very simple kit, with a modest amount of weathering.   It could use some stowage.

Putting vehicles on bases is a new thing for me, a bit of an experiment.   I think I like the look of it.

 

These figures bring my 2014 totals to:

28mm Mounted: 13

28mm Foot: 22

28mm Artillery: 1

20mm Foot:  33

20mm Artillery: 2

20mm Vehicles:  2

20mm Terrain Pieces: 1

15mm Foot: 26

15mm Terrain Pieces: 3

6mm Terrain Pieces: 2

Kilometres Run: 681

Blessings to your brushes and die rolls!  MP+

21 comments:

  1. Nice work, Padre! I like the command vignette especially. "Eye candy" = "Table clutter" at my house. That's why I paint bands!

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    1. Thanks Pastor. I've seen one of your tables, John, and am still trying to decide if that TARDIS command stand was candy or clutter or, as you suggest, both. :)

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  2. A fine... beginning? ... to you WW2 projects. The stray vehicles will fit nicely in as logistics elements for rule sets that call for them (e.g. Command Decision), but it could just as easily be requisitioned for troop transport or weapons traction/towing. I like the windows and wind screejns on these by the way: the colours look right, and the dual shading has a verisimilitudinous look.

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    1. Thanks Ion. Not quite a beginning so much as part of a long refurbishment of my 20mm Soviet collection, which goes back a long way to the early 1990s.
      I don't play Command Decision but I do occasionally use the Rapid Fire rules and I am sure I could use the command stand for higher HQ.
      verisimilitudinous - good word. :)

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  3. Cracking good work Mike. Basing vehicles was never my idea of fun but I have to say I am getting converted.

    Keep up the good fight.

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  4. These look stunning Sir. I just love that command group.

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    1. Cheers, Michael. Mdme Padre thought that was high praise once I showed her your blog. She especially liked the gypsy caravan and the cat.

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  5. Excellent work. I see a perfect objective for a CoC scenario with Brandenburgers!

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    1. Good idea, Thomas, I hadn't thought of that. That or a sniper scenario where the objective is to get someone close enough to pot General Gutskoff.

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  6. Wonderful looking command group and vehicles Padre :)

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  7. Excellent work sir. That command section looks ace!

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  8. The vignette is simply great! Unfortunately one doesn't often see such things in 28mm as they would add so much flavour to the game. I really like your vehicles too. They look battle worn but not on the brink of collaps, so just perfect I'd say. I do base my vehicles also as it makes handling much easier and protects the fiddlier parts from simply breaking off from rough handling.

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    1. Thank you my friend. I'm glad you like the vehicles and yes, the bases do seem to protect the models.

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  9. Great work there- you have really brought out the character in the Britannia set.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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  10. I really love the command group! Putting the vehicles on bases looks good I think I'll do that too.

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    1. Thanks, Robert. Show us your vehicle bases when you get them done.

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  11. Excellent job! And Kuban Cossack turned out well (in fur cap-Kuban cap with a red cowl).

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    1. Spasibo, my friend Digger, I am glad you like them. The Kuban Cossacks are very colourful, I have a unit of them I need to put on the wargames table.

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