Back in September last year, I reorganised my Late War Germans for Chain of Command, I had every intention of revisting the Soviets which were at that stage a section strong, but simply ran out of time or more likely another distraction came along.
However one bookshop, several fellow gamers blogs later and the Russians are well on there way.
As mentioned in a previous posting several years ago I took part in a rather enjoyable campaign using Rapid Fire about the crossing of the Oder and the Seelow Heights, like many campaigns it never did reach a conclusion before players moved away or the gaps between games becames months and then stopped.
In the past week with a new found vigour I have managed to complete a fair amount, a platoon and several of the potential support elements within Chain of Command for the Soviets.
Unfortunately the figures were based and undercoated on three to a base and the ankles to weak to successfully remove all of the figures without a significant number of casualties. So the sections will just have to benefit from a few extra reinforcements.
Junior leaders are based on 1 pence pieces, senior leaders on 2 pences.
First section ready for battle, I have gone for a similar basing to the late war Germans, with mud and apartial snow covering, which should allow them to mix on most tables given the terrain that we have available at the Wyvern wargames club.
I am not quite ready for a full winter table - yet....
A scout platoon or tank riders, these need expanding to include leaders and support weapons, but will do for starters and the winter smocks make a difference to the rest of the Soviets in overcoats.
With Reading only a week away - the shopping list now looks like a Red Square parade with T34/85's and perhaps a couple of JSII's for good measure.
I used the following paint scheme for those interested.
Russian Uniform - Val 924 Russian Uniform + Light Dry Brush.
Helmet - Val 890 Reflective Green
Webbing - Val 825 Cam Pale Brown.
Rifle - Foundry - Tan
Rifle Strap - Foundry Spearshaft 13B
Bayonet - GW Bolt Gun Metal
Flesh - GW Elf Flesh
Blanket - Foundry 12B Drab