A few years ago I bought a platoon’s worth of Britannia Miniatures Red Army infantry in summer dress. With all due respect to the late Dave Howitt, I confess I didn’t like then too much. The sculpts seemed a little rough and clumsy, and they all had shaggy heads of hair, whereas I suspect that the average frontovik kept his hair close-cropped. I tried painting up some and didn’t much like the results, but the spirit of guiding spirit of May here at the Painting Chapel has been to clear the old projects out of the way.
You may notice that the colour of the uniform is a bit off, and perhaps too yellow for everyone’s tastes. I was not happy with the thinness of my Vallejo Russian Uniform and tried adding some other colours to it to thicken it up a bit, perhaps not very successfully. Anyway, this gives me a start on a 20mm platoon for Too Fat Lardies’ Chain of Command and/or BG Kursk, though I need to find the rest of the bag of unpainted figures and paint them so I have complete sections of riflemen and SMGs.
The NKVD officer reading from Stalin’s latest patriotic proclamation (Fight Gloriously Or Be Shot) will make for some tabletop colour, and of course there is the customary junior officer waving his pistol in the air.
What do you think of Britannia figures? It’s good to see that the moulds have survived and the figures are still being sold by the Grubby Tanks people, and I must admit I do like the Britannia 20mm WW2 resin vehicles, of which I have a few.
Blessings to your brushes!
These figures bring my 2014 totals to:
28mm Mounted: 13
28mm Foot: 22
28mm Artillery: 1
20mm Foot: 9
20mm Buildings/Terrain Pieces: 1
15mm Foot: 26
15mm Buildings/Terrain Pieces: 3
6mm Buildings/Terrain Pieces: 2
Kilometres Run: 596