Two weeks ago, I was re-working on my Soviet Tankovy Battalion for Team Yankee and used this opportunity for a parade ground photo shooting.
What I had to do, was to finally magnetize my tanks, which proved to be more difficult, than suspected. As I glued in the plastic rods from the original sprue in the first place (which work, but are kind of a loose fit), I had to remove them, in order to glue the new Neodym magnets in. Bad thing was, this plastic glue works too well! With pliers I only got most of the rods off, but not the base, which sat in the whole for the magnets. Therefore I used my trusted Opinel knife (15 years old!), which helped to remove at least half of those sticky bases, but the knife's tip broke off...
One ESSENTIAL tip: magnetize right away or wait!!!
So I settled with glueing the magnets in anyway, that's why some of the turrets look a bit crooked. But it's okay, I'll blame the Russian "quality" work^^
|8 T-72s of 1st Company|
|It was a rainy day and the light was bad, but this shows nicely the characteristics of Soviet Green, sometimes more greenish, sometimes rather brownish|
I try to take care, that every tank was a commander figure to emphasize the impression, that it's not just big metal machines, but actual people fighting here!
|2nd Tankovy Company with Battalion Commander|
|The same again in the greenish light|
|Podpolkovnik Yuri Borisov in his T-72B with ERA-Armour (made by Zvezda)|
That makes 16 T-72 tanks in total, divided in either two or three companies, as I see fit. A heavy hitting force on the offensive, but very brittle when confronted with Chieftains, Leopard 2s or American Artillery! I hope to reinforce them with the new upcoming T-64s.
Next up is my newly acquired artillery, a half-battery of three 2S1 Gvozdikas/Carnations plus an observer in the nice BTR-80 produced by Zvezda.
|The half-battery ready to spread terror (or smoke)|
|2S1 Carnation with raised barrel|
|The BTR-80 forward observer|
And last, but not least, a small platoon of Red Army infantry with BMPs and SA-14."Strela-3" Gremlin manpads. At the moment it is just a platoon of 8 stands and 5 vehicles, but I might expand to 16 stands with 10 BMPs to include the excellent PKM machine guns.
|The platoon ready for action|
|The Leytenant in close-up with his troops|
|The Strela-3 comrades wait for NATO aircraft to pick off the sky|
Concerning the BMPs, I prefer to use BMP-2s, because of the better AT-4 missile and anti-helicopter autocannon. But they have magnetized hulls, so I can switch to BMP-1s whenever I like. That is the nice thing about Battlefront's plastic kits.
|Magnetized inside of a BMP|
|BMP-1 upper hulls ready for exchange|
|Close-up of a BMP-1 upper hull|
Next up will be the (up until now not so glorious) Soviet Air Force.