|The west will fall...|
|Group photo of the whole lot - two companies of stuff, plus supports, in 15mm|
|Tank commander in Soviet T-72A|
|Soviet Motor Rifle Battalion commander and his BMP-2 - the BMP models from Battlefront are great|
|Motor Rifle Company leader - I have used flowers to mark out the command bases for quick reference on the table|
|Motor rifle troops - love these Eureka sculpts|
|PKM MG bases for the motor rifles|
|BRDM recon car from QRF - lightly armed and armoured, this thing has one job - burn brightly to mark the location of NATO resistance for advancing Soviet columns|
|Mi-24 gunships - a pain in the ass to assemble and paint. I spent a lot of time on them (for me), and I'm still not totally happy with them, but overall I'm really jazzed to have these iconic Cold War beasts ready for the table|
|T-72As...not an inspiring choice of Soviet tank IMO (the T-80s and T-64s are so much nicer, especially with the Kontakt explosive armour), but it is consistent with the "Team Yankee" novel...|
|You get all sorts of tank commanders to use on the models - nice bonus|
|There are mine plows for all of the tanks if you want them - another very nice touch|
|I overdo the lense effects a fair bit, but I like the tank to look "alive" and menacing on the table - IRL the lenses are not nearly so visible...|
|The battalion captures an imperialist town in these propaganda photos|
|Gunships cover the column - I have to say the look of the static rotors is not that pleasing - a clear acrylic disc giving an impression of the blades turning would look a LOT cooler|
|The major tries to direct traffic|
|Motor rifle dismounts take up position|
|The town centre is swept for resistance and undesirables|
|PKM teams take up defensive positions|
|Air landing troops dismount from a Hind|
|Marksman keeps an eye out for Yankee Imperialists in the distance...|
|T-72s on the move|
|My commie overlords make plans for the fall of NATO|
I have to say I'm super keen to get this stuff out for a spin on the table sometime soon, although I still need infantry and APCs for the NATO side. Stay tuned for more on that! Now to try and get something "nautical" painted up for tonight...
Wow. Just wow. Greg, your brushes must be absolutely smoking after this effort.
Point bomb aside, this is a such a great submission. You've become such a master of working in the 15mm scale Greg, that even though I have a dim opinion on the whole 'Team Yankee' hype-fest, when I see stuff like this from you, my resolve begins to crumble.
While the plastics make you crazy (which I always take great pleasure in reading), you've done a fabulous job on them. I always struggle with painting vehicles, but you make it seem all so easy. The weathering a basework is spot-on and I always like your inclusion of lens reflections on the optics. It literally adds that bit of sparkle to the vehicles.
I completely agree with you regarding those Eureka Soviet infantry - they are gorgeous castings. In fact they look better than most 28s. If you dedicate the time to navigate Eureka's Dantean website it's amazing the number of gems one can find buried amongst their ranges.
Of course, what completely seals it for me is the Hind helicopters. Those things are the absolute t!ts! I love the camo and I agree they'll have better utility with the landing gear down for use in deploying infantry, or as airbase 'chrome'. They are just so nasty and menacing looking - just imagining those things coming over the horizon gives me the shivers.
I'm going to top you off to 260 points for the extra time and effort you spent on these vehicles - they look brilliant. Well done Greg! I definitely look forward to rolling out with these guys the next time we game.