Friday, May 26, 2017

SA-9 (9K31 Strela) Gaskin Platoon

The last of my wheeled support units, the SA-9 platoon is up next to provide my Soviet or East German forces the "top cover" they need when assaulting.  These will be fielded as a platoon for a Company level game (Sabre Squadron or Team Yankee), or each vehicle would serve as a platoon for Rapid Fire "Able Archer."

This platoon is from "Butler's Printed Models" and is 1/100 scale.  Very simple work up here.  Basecoated dark green then sprayed with PSC Russian Armor Green, washed with Agrax Earthshade, and drybrushed with VJ Khaki.  The tires are a mixture of black and pewter gray acrylic.

You can read about this bane of rotary wing aircraft here.

The tires were "fun" to paint and I'm not really looking forward to all of the BTRs that are up next...

Still need decals but they're covered up by junk in the basement right now so they'll roll off the assembly line without the decals!

Remember the plan.  Regular front line forces and Cat II / Allied units get the PSC Russian Armor Green.  Guards get the Dark Olive to differentiate commands.

Meanwhile NATO intel sections are hard at work determining what kinds of vehicles are moving into and out of Pact staging areas in East Germany.  SACEUR received his daily brief and staging areas and Army-level maintenance depots in the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany received extra attention in the daily brief this morning as many of the depot facilities have seen a significant uptick in activity.

SHAPE J2 attributed this activity to the expanded fielding of the BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicle and also routine maintenance activities where vehicles approached their maintenance ceilings.  Additionally, the new Soviet commander of the Western Strategic Directorate recently issued guidance to formations that readiness and preparation were top priorities and NATO intelligence agencies have been anticipating additional Soviet range and field training exercise time......


  1. Cool stuff. That's a lot of AA for the Ruskies - too bad those ones shoot at the planes as they're flying away!

    1. You know Ivan and his AA. Probably cheaper to build these missiles than to build more aircraft!