Well finally finished 2 x T-80 platoons and the BMP-2 platoon for gaming our next SABRE SQUADRON battle at Ken's house on Saturday!
|Soviet recce and Forward Observers mark targets for the guns! BMP-2 from QRF which will sub as a BRM for recce. The figs are "Quality Castings" Soviet Command. I think they are meant to be from the Afghan War since they are in soft caps.|
|In their hide position|
Today I dry-brushed, decaled, and sealed all of the vehicles for this spearhead force. I like to think of this as the force from Ralph Peters' "Red Army" that mixes it up on the first day of the war with those Dutch Leopards at the farmhouse. The scenario can be found in "The Bear Marches West" which is available from Wargame Vault.
|T-80s move into the attack! All are "Quality Casting" T-80s. They are painted in Battlefront's "Tankovy Green" washed with "Agrax Earthshade" drybrushed buff and sealed.|
|The whole unit forming for action!|
|I could not be happier with how these guys turned out.|
|I wanted to dry brush them in a light green scheme but the khaki works well.|
|couldnt get the Guards decal on right so I improvised and turned it to face forward. Doesn't look too bad.|
|I never did trim any of the excess flash off. That's fine. Any unit who goes through an artillery barrage is going to have lots of twisted metal sticking out in all sorts of directions from reactive armor blowing up and fenders being knocked about.|
|The sealant I used blurs the dry-brushing which is unfortunate because the weathered look looks nice.|
|Now for the BMPs. More temporary unit markings. I saw three white stripes on the ACE Models BMP2 box I think. Anyways it was a nice contrast with the green drab.|
|The Quality Castings BMP2 is a very simple model.|
And finally, the moment you've all been waiting for! DISMOUNT! DISMOUNT!
|A healthy mix of Command Decision "Middle East Regulars" Khurasan Modern Soviets, and some Khurasan Syrians for good measure...|
|The platoon spreads out for the assault with the BMPs providing covering fire!|
|Other platoon command stand.|
|I think the fuel barrel came from a Petner Panzer T-62 I had laying around. The ditching bar is a toothpick sawed off at both ends.|
More pics from Saturday's "Sabre Squadron" game to come, which I will most likely post on Sunday or Monday. Ken has his BAOR Brits ready for action so this will be alot of fun! Stay Tuned Cold War and Tank junkies!
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