|Warsaw Pact era Soviet Motor Rifle Platoon in BTR-80 APCs|
|A Soviet motor rifle section - figures from Elhiem, vehicles from S&S Models|
|Another view of the group photo - all scales accounted for :)|
|Ready to fight NATO lackeys|
|Officer with a radio man and a trooper carrying an SA-7 SAM|
|NCO on a square base for quick recognition during the game|
The Elhiem sculpts themselves are an uneven quality. Some of them have very soft details. And the castings themselves are heroically resistant to primer. But its a strange thing - in spite of the many challenges and limitations to these sculpts, these figures have an excellent overall appearance - I think that is the magic of the sculptor! The Elhiem poses are nice, the figures are not too heavy or too chunky, and there is a great selection. Even with their challenges, I strongly recommend them.
|Elhiem figures...they have their challenges, but I really like them|
I can't say the same for S&S Models. My first concern is the size of the model - these are allegedly 1/72 scale models, but it just doesn't add up.
|Actual BTR-80 - cramped, yes, but still larger than the men - unlike the S&S Models|
|I rusted out the exhausts...make them look a little used|
|Note the gap over the front wheel, and the missing headlight in the same area - an example of the shoddy quality of the S&S casts|
|We must protect our revolution...|
From Curt:Ah, I was wondering when we'd see the modern stuff begin to roll out as a result of your new 20mm mania. Seriously beautiful stuff Greg! I really enjoyed the pictures depicting your mental 'I love every scale known to man'. Nonetheless, it's a wonderful, wonderful madness.
Don't even get me started on vehicle scales as the topic usually makes me want to snap my crayons. Okay, I'll start anyway... I think the only companies that come close to getting relative scales right are the old-school model making companies like, Esci, Revell, Tamiya, Milicast, etc. Otherwise the 'new kids' often seem to subscribe to a mythically elastic sense of scale where the figures would need a healthy dose of pixie dust to be able to fit into the vehicles that are 'designed' for them. My memory of this starts with the 'Rhino' APC in 40K (introduced in 1988) where a squad of huge, genetically-tampered armoured freaks were supposed to fit into the equivalent of an Austin Mini. Talk about a clown car. Anyway, apparently S&S has this same level of 'scale optimism' that we see so much of in the hobby - it's too bad because, quality issues aside, they look quite nice on their own.
The Elheim figures look very nice. By your description Greg, they seem to fit that class of figure that at first looks a bit questionable out-of-the-pack but once painted, based and seen as a unit they really 'bloom'. The great groundwork has really benefitted them as well.
Wonderful work Greg!