Copyright © 2019, Paul Scrivens-Smith

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Thursday, 30 May 2019

WWII Soviets reboot (2)


Last July Northstar had one of their sales and I snagged a few bargains including another load of Artizan Designs WWII Soviet infantry.

I managed to pick up four packs of SWWB08 - Soviet Army Squad II and a blister of now discontinued characters.


I've been trying to restrict the purchases of new figures lately and instead concentrate on painting the figures in the 'pile of shame', and as these were fairly near the top of said pile they were an easy pick.

The weather was rather lovely at the weekend so I sat out on the patio and got these figures cleaned up, stuck to bases and the pumice gel applied to them and on Sunday evening they got a coat of Rustoleum Khaki ready for starting painting on Monday when the weather turned much wetter.


I painted these in two distinct batches of 11 figures using my previously documented palette the first batch used Russian Uniform as the primary colour with some clothing etc. done in Field Drab while the second batch used Field Drab as the primary colour and Khaki as the secondary colour, as I paint more I'll continue this cycle.

My original method had changed slightly, I no longer use VMC Sepia wash instead now using AP Strong tone and have added another layer to the flesh tones, including a stage where they get a coat of AP Flesh Tone.

1st section

This is the first section of ten men from the squad box, I like to have some 'pairs' based up, both for the LMG teams and to use as patrol markers in our Chain of Command games.
1st section

2nd section
The second section is very similar, but in this case the 'pair' uses a couple of advancing figures rather than the kneeling ones in the first section.

2nd section

2nd section
I also painted up two of the character figures from the command pack, the first is a great sniper model in a cloak with a sniper rifle, the second figure is an officer in great-coat and helmet with a pistol and to be honest is a bit of a spud, he's very slight, I don't think a mannequin was used, the facial detail is poor and the hand holding the pistol lacks the usual detail we expect from Artizan, maybe he is the reason this pack was discontinued.

Sniper and Officer

Sniper and officer
I took the opportunity to take some individual close ups of some of the figures.

Infantrymen Statnik and Ponikarov

Infantrymen Loskutnikov and Vikhrov

Infantrymen Loskutnikov and Vikhrov

Infantryman Lomovtsev (front)

Infantryman Lomovtsev (rear)

Infantryman Babatyev (front)

Infantryman Babatyev (rear)
Junior Sergeant Kocheryozhkin (front) 


Junior Sergeant Kocheryozhkin (rear) 
This lot is half the Soviets bought in the sale, I'm working away on business for the next couple of weeks, but hope to crack on with the other half when I get back.



12 comments:

  1. More lovely Soviets! The sniper is a cracker and the officer doesn't look the healthiest of men but both sections look excellent with a nice mix of colours while retaining overall uniformity!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks Iain, the more I look at him the more I think he may have been badly burned in an earlier battle.....

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  2. Eye-popping work, Paul! Your Soviets are GORGEOUS! Very handy to have your palette and tutorial if I ever decide to paint Soviets. My favorite in this batch is the two-man weapons team.

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    1. Thanks Jonathan, hope the tutorial shall be of some use.

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  3. I really like the officer in the overcoat. There is something menacing about him.

    Great looking figures all round and back off to read the link to the tutorial now.

    Cheers, Ross

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    1. Cheers Ross, now I'm back from my travels there should be another batch ready by the weekend.

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  4. Great looking Russians/Soviets, Scrivs. I'm looking forward to getting back into the period too.

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    1. Thanks Dean, I seem to be doing much more painting than gaming these days.

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