A ZSU-23/4 - a lovely model this one
BMP-2 side view
Just like a Soviet Red Square parade - Another BMP-2
I used a painting method shown in the handy GHQ catalogue which came with my order. I used a base coat of the main colour without highlighting. I used a grey for the tracks. A liberal coating of a thin black ink wash was applied all over. When dry this was followed by the main colour applied again with a buff added to lighten the tone for the scale. A dry brush of buff picked out the details and then I painted the details such as shovels, cables, worn metal work. Some further weathering with mud etc followed that prior to varnishing.
The biggest difficulty was getting the main colour to look right for the scale (as with all models of course), in such a small scale I really didn't want the vehicles overly dark. Under my painting lamp I wondered if I had gone too light, and then with the lamp off I wondered if I had gone light enough! A tricky balance.
BTR-60 Regimental Engineer Platoon
I used 30mm by 30mm bases for these though I have since rebased some T-72s on longer 40mm x 30mm bases so the gun was not so exposed to bending/damage.
BRDM-2 Regimental HQ Defence Platoon
I used some of the grass patches which I had always thought looked too 'lawn-cut' for my 28mm figures. I'm very happy with how they look with 1/285 vehicles - so I can now use the box of grass patches again.
A scale shot
I find it is always easy to forget just how small 1/285 is. I usually paint up 28mm figures so this is really quite a departure for me. The one penny piece next to the vehicle illustrates just how much detail the sculptor achieved in such a small model.
Under the base markings
Each model will represent a platoon in Modern Spearhead. I have yet to finish labelling up unit details. The main reason is that I was planning to cover the NORTHAG area of operations in Northern Germany and have the Soviets as 3rd Shock Army. However, having placed an order of T-72s, I then discovered that 3rd Shock Army was probably completely equipped with a variant of the T-80. This has thwarted my plans somewhat, so I need to find out if and what reserve divisions might have had T-72 (I knew I should have stuck to painting Romans!).
Soviet BMP-2 Motor Rifle Battalion
I'm really looking forward to getting to grips with Modern Spearhead and fielding very large formations on the table. I find I learn new rules best with a few solo play-tests, so with a few units a side and I should get things moving. I'll post my progress here as things develop.