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Made in gb
Hulking Hunter-class Warmech




North West UK

This is a log of building a Soviet army for Flames of War. My previous FoW armies (2 German, 1 British, neither finished! ) have all been Western front armies; specifically from the Normandy campaign. I fancy a change in both nation and environment. I have some of the FoW Vietnam PAVN but I would like to do something else WW2. Initially I thought about doing winter-war Finns, or converting a Norwegian force for Early war; but decided against it. I did like the idea of a winter force; greatcoats and snow-flock aplenty and looked instead at Mid-war Soviets. I wanted to use some of Baueda's fantastic Urban bases as well; and so what better battle to pick as a theme than the battle of Stalingrad. It's got it all, urban combat in a ruined city in the depths of winter. This, then, will follow my progress as I attempt to build and learn about the Soviet forces of the period. I may also build some terrain for it if I can find somewhere to put the stuff!

On to the pictures! What I have to show you right now is just the basic stuff. Nothing has been assembled yet (I've put half a platoon together as of the time of writing, but no pictures until the whole platoon is assembled and ready for painting.)

First off; some research material.

Apologies for it being on it's side... Whilst waiting for the bases to arrive I've been doing plenty of research. I knew virtually nothing about the Red Army a few weeks ago and now having researched it a little more I'm happy I picked them as I'm finding the subject very interesting.
Next; the models.

The bulk of these are a bunch of mainly Peter Pig Soviets I scored for a reasonable price on eBay; bolstered by a BF Mortar platoon and a bunch of Skytrex infantry. I'll need more to finish the army, but I'll make some progress on these first! The PSC T-34s are going in the army because I want to have a few tanks. Mainly because I want to have a go at painting them with a whitewashed look and weathering it, because I've seen it done fantastically by other modellers on Dakka and elsewhere. I have plans for the tank rider options as well but I'm not going to go into that yet because I haven't properly figured it out, I'm hoping to make a cast of the top plate and magnetise it, so that I can have tank riders as a removable option.
Next up; the urban bases.

This is what I was waiting on before I could start properly and they arrived this morning. I love Baueda; they do some fantastic stuff and I've had plenty of bases and other things from them previously. Doing Soviet infantry on these isn't going to be cheap, I vastly underestimated how many I'd actually need so I'm going to need to make another order at some point but hopefully the look of the army will be worth it.
Finally; some Peter Pig tank riders. I won't be using these in the army because the base on them makes it very awkward to put them on tanks. I got these with the rest on eBay so I figured I'd use some as a paint scheme test whilst I was waiting for the bases. I'm quite happy with it but the photos don't really show it too well.




And that's it for now. I hope to get some photos posted of the first platoon in the next couple of days when they're ready. We'll see how many bases I can finish before I go back to work in the new year!

Not One Step Back Comrade! - Tibbsy's Stalingrad themed Soviet Strelkovy

Tibbsy's WW1 Trench Raid Diorama Blog
 Ouze wrote:

Well, you don't stuff facts into the Right Wing Outrage MachineĀ©. My friend, you load it with derp and sensationalism, and then crank that wheel.
 
   
Made in gb
[DCM]
Legendary Master of the Chapter





UK

Interesting stuff, especially the bases. Looking at your research pile, Beevor's 'Stalingrad' is actually a very good read, so you should get a lot from that and find it interesting to boot.

I don't often follow Historicals, but I do have something of a fascination with Stalingrad, so I look forward to seeing how this pans out.

   
Made in ca
Lone Wolf Sentinel Pilot





Calgary AB, Canada

Nice to see a FoW thread on here. Breaks up the relative monotony of warhammer, warhammer, warhammer...

I'm actually starting a Stalingrad force for the Germans myself. If you weren't so far away I'd say we should have a game when the armies were finished.

Is there a mix of infantry in that lot you picked up? Like for my Germans I'm mixing a chunk of winter and greatcoat infantry in with the regular grenadiers to represent the ragtag look I've seen in most of my reference material.

Just my 2 cents

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Vampire Counts

FoW Forces
LW Romananian Vanatori Motorizata - 2000pts
MW German Panzerkompanie - 1850pts
EW French Cavalry Tanks - 1200pts
LW Buetepanzerkompanie - 1500pts
LW Volksgrenadier Kompanie - 600pts 
   
Made in gb
Hulking Hunter-class Warmech




North West UK

SMG platoon, HMG team, Company command and Komissar team all ready for their undercoat

@Paradigm; I've had Beevor's book for a while now but hadn't got around to reading it. I'm most of the way through now. Very very good read.

@orkboy; I'll let you know if I'm ever in Canada! Yes, there's a couple of greatcoated ones in there but the majority have their coats wrapped around like a bedroll. There's enough to have a good mix though.

Anyway; progress pics!
Completed platoon. The unfinished ones to the right are the WIP 2nd platoon.

Some closeups:
Company Command



HMG team. I love this base!

Rear view. To give you an idea of the height, the feet of the guy on the top are the same level as the helmet of the crouching MG gunner.


That's it for now. I'll try and get the next platoon done over the next couple of days; then if the weather is ok I'll see about priming them.

Not One Step Back Comrade! - Tibbsy's Stalingrad themed Soviet Strelkovy

Tibbsy's WW1 Trench Raid Diorama Blog
 Ouze wrote:

Well, you don't stuff facts into the Right Wing Outrage MachineĀ©. My friend, you load it with derp and sensationalism, and then crank that wheel.
 
   
Made in gb
Longtime Dakkanaut




They are seriously nice looking bases, can't imagine doing Strelk in metal... not sure I could actually lift it..

Have a PSC infantry force here, yours looks better..
   
Made in nl
Regular Dakkanaut





Looking great sofar
Cant wait to see them painted up
Grtz

Mark
   
Made in ca
Lone Wolf Sentinel Pilot





Calgary AB, Canada

Those bases..... wow.

I haven't seen the Peter Pig models in person before, but they look relatively solid as far as looks go. I'm assuming they're a fair bit less chunky than the Battlefront offerings though.

I'll be back shortly. I need to go through money at my computer to get some of those bases

Just my 2 cents

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40k
Traitor Imperial Guard
WW2 Japanese Guard
Soon to start Iron Warriors

Fantasy
Skaven
Vampire Counts

FoW Forces
LW Romananian Vanatori Motorizata - 2000pts
MW German Panzerkompanie - 1850pts
EW French Cavalry Tanks - 1200pts
LW Buetepanzerkompanie - 1500pts
LW Volksgrenadier Kompanie - 600pts 
   
Made in gb
Hulking Hunter-class Warmech




North West UK

A quick update to show that painting has begun! I have 2 platoons (1 SMG and 1 Rifle/MG) plus company command/komissar and an MG team; the Battalion HQ and a sniper base built, undercoated and on the painting desk.

This is the first finished base from the SMG platoon.




Apologies for the craptacular photos, I'm using my phone camera. When I have enough stuff painted for it to be worth it I'll ask my housemate who's into photography to get some decent ones

Not One Step Back Comrade! - Tibbsy's Stalingrad themed Soviet Strelkovy

Tibbsy's WW1 Trench Raid Diorama Blog
 Ouze wrote:

Well, you don't stuff facts into the Right Wing Outrage MachineĀ©. My friend, you load it with derp and sensationalism, and then crank that wheel.
 
   
Made in ca
Lone Wolf Sentinel Pilot





Calgary AB, Canada

Someday.... I will have these bases....

Things are looking good with the first team. If I could suggest anything, I'd maybe look into maybe doing some scorching on some of the brickwork from a close detonation. Would help to break up the brickwork a little bit.

Just my 2 cents

Imperial Japanese Army Guard

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40k
Traitor Imperial Guard
WW2 Japanese Guard
Soon to start Iron Warriors

Fantasy
Skaven
Vampire Counts

FoW Forces
LW Romananian Vanatori Motorizata - 2000pts
MW German Panzerkompanie - 1850pts
EW French Cavalry Tanks - 1200pts
LW Buetepanzerkompanie - 1500pts
LW Volksgrenadier Kompanie - 600pts 
   
Made in us
Swift Swooping Hawk





Omaha, NE

Looking good champ!!
I'm working on a German force for Tunisia and italy. Custom bases really save time don't they?!

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Made in gb
[DCM]
Legendary Master of the Chapter





UK

Good stuff!

   
Made in gb
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Wales: Where the Men are Men and the sheep are Scared.

Looking good so far



 
   
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Flashy Flashgitz





Pacific Northwest

Subscribed! This is looking really good so far. Have to say like everyone else so far, those bases are great. Such an interesting and sorrowful clashing of two great armies.

I've toyed with FoW so many times but I would have to slip in another army without people knowing, and well, I can't finish anything.

In case you are interested, I found this a great read:

http://www.amazon.com/VOICES-STALINGRAD-FIRST-HAND-ACCOUNTS-CRUELLEST/dp/0715327259/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420167102&sr=8-1&keywords=voices+from+stalingrad

letters and accounts from both sides. Sad, at times funny, the russian ingenuity will crack you up at times. Like ground crews climbing on fighter-bomber wings during take off to counter weight the planes and jumping off as they launch.

Great looking army so far!

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