The author of this post is a victim of 'Kursk Pocket Syndrome',
a contagious wargaming phenomenon.
Steel! Steel! Steel!Serving up a storm of Soviet armour is a big part of the appeal of gaming the Ostfront. But you have to be ready. If you want to play Red, you best be willing to build up an appropriately large collection.
Having aready established a basic foundation of infantry, support and logistics units for my summer Soviets, it was time to get serious about armour.
|By Steven Zaloga, a must have!|
I also added Steven Zaloga's T-34 in Action to my collection. Squadron books are my go-to references for wargames unit markings and paint schemes. Squadron 'In Action' books kick ass.
Basing would follow and build on work that had created the other units of this army. Simple...
So, a plan of action for building, painting and basing my first wave of Soviet armour was clear in my mind and ready to put into play.
I need a lot of T-34 model '43, please..
|1/72 scale Plastic Soldier Company T-34/76.|
Double bonus: These kits include separate turrets for the T-34/85, so you get twice the potential for play from each box!
|Fast Build T-34/76 in 1/72 from PSC.|
Importantly, these models can build-up into paintable sub-assemblies; the chassis, tracks and turrets all separate. This allowed me to get the most out of my airbrush while keeping up an efficient assembly-line productivity.
Great! Building and painting this way I could easily achieve the goals of my 'Stash Reduction Programme'.
|Ready to roll! T-34/76's for 20mm gaming fun.|
Piotr of RB Model provides super service and an excellent product.
A turned aluminium barrel from RB is inexpensive, looks sharp on your model and is a very durable alternative to one of the most fragile bits on a kit.
Please note, that as of November, 2012 the PSC T-34/76 kit was re-tooled to get that 76.2mm F-34 gun looking just right.
Painting was straightforward, making use of Vallejo Surface Primers, Tamiya Acrylics, Future/Klear, Aleran Decals, AK Interactive Washes, Gamblin Oils, and Vallejo Satin Varnish.
This company of T-34/76 tanks benefits from advance planning and research.
|A platoon of T-34/76 tanks from PSC.|
Rather than trying to build and play with an authentic force, I decided to create a company's worth of tanks featuring clearly readable markings drawn from my chosen reference material. A most acceptable gamer's compromise.
As with every project, I learned a lot and improved my skills. That's always satisfying. Best of all, the stash was reduced!
|20mm T-34 Stal! by Peabody|
Excellent wargaming goodness, as it should be...
Until next time,