Having finished painting the Germans it time to make a start on the Soviet opposition. These chaps came on our recent vacation and I managed to block in the base-coats on about 24 figures so since we got back it has been a matter of doing the highlights and bases.
Very much like with the Germans I did not want to stick to a single colour for the uniforms so again made use of three different hues for the main uniform colours - All Vallejo Model Colour.
- Jackets: Russian Uniform WWII, US Field Drab or Khaki.
- Trousers: Russian Uniform WWII, US Field Drab or Khaki.
- Some blanket rolls: Russian Uniform WWII, US Field Drab or Khaki.
- Helmets: Russian Green.
- Knapsack, Ushanka fur, some blanket rolls, some webbing and cartridge and magazine pouches: German Camo Beige
- Rifle butt, some belts and cartridge pouches: Beige Brown
- Some belts and cartridge pouches: Saddle Brown
- Epaulette edge, stars: Dark Red
- Flesh: Medium Fleshtone.
- Boots, some belts, equipment, exposed metal: Black.
After blocking in the base-coats and being allowed to dry I gave them a wash with Sepia Wash and allowed to dry. I then went over and highlighted with thin washes as follows:
- Russian Uniform WWII: Go over with Russian Uniform WWII add a little Dark Sand then a final highlight with more Dark Sand added.
- US Field Drab: Go over with US Field Drab add a little Dark Sand then a final highlight with more Dark Sand added.
- Khaki: Go over with Khaki add a little Dark Sand then a final highlight with more Dark Sand added.
- Russian Green: Go over with Russian Green then add a little Dark Sand.
- German Camo Beige: Go over with German Camo Beige then a highlight with Pale Sand added a followed by a final highlight with more Pale Sand added.
- Beige Brown: Go over with Beige Brown add a little Dark Sand then a final highlight with more Dark Sand added.
- Saddle Brown: Go over with Saddle Brown add a little Dark Sand then a final highlight with more Dark Sand added.tone:
- Medium Fleshtone: Go over with Medium Fleshtone then a final highlight with Ivory added.
- Dark Red: Go over with Dark Red then add a touch of Flat Red for the highlight.
- Black leather: Touch up where required with Black then a highlight of Black Grey.
- Black metallic equipment: First a wash with Gunmetal Grey mixed with Black and finished off with a glaze of Gunmetal Grey.
Finally the bayonets are painted Gunmetal Grey and highlighted with Silver. Detail was picked out by 'brown lining' with Windsor & Newton Nut Brown ink and after basing a coat of Testors Dull-cote is applied.
All the figures are from The Assault Group although the uniforms are a bit later than those of my Germans they are a great range of figures, clean up well and are a joy to paint. The gaps in the range shall be supplemented by figures from Crusader Miniatures.
Here are some of the individual figures: