Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Red Horde!!!

Ever since I was a little kid, I was fascinated with WW2 history. I would go to the library and sit for hours and check out the different books on the subject (and there were plenty). My first models were snap-together WW2 planes and tanks that I painted with testors paints straight out of the bottle. At age 8, I could tell you what a Messerschmidt was.

With my introduction to wargaming a few years back, it was only a matter of time before I picked up a WW2 game. Flames of War is probably the most popular, and I hope to get many games in. The ability to command a full army with tank and artillery support is something that really appeals to me.

I'm very happy to see that Adepticon is offering a small tournament in 2010, and I have been slowly and steadily working on what initially started out as a side project, but has become somewhat of a front-burner army lately.

So here are my first 1000 or so points of Flames of War Soviets. I feel very accomplished to have gotten these done to a photographable level. I would still like to add another level of highlights to all the infantry, but for now, I'm calling them completed to a table top standard.

I still have another 3 Strelkovy Platoons (that are about 1/3 of the way done), 5 t-34s, some artillery and a company of Stalin's Organs (Katayushas) to finish up. That will pretty much be a completed 2000 point army.

The 122s have freehand numbering, and some additional grab bars and chains that I slapped on during assembly. The one to the left says "victory!" in Russian. I like the way that that weathering came out, and while I was worried that it was going to be excessive, they actually look better in person than they do in the pictures. I spent an evening on these from start to finish, and it didn't feel rushed at all.

I love the way that 15mm paints up. Very quick, but large enough to leave some room for additional details like the sand bags on the ZIS-3 gun in the foreground.

Oh, and I still haven't gotten a single game in with them yet... So cross your fingers for me, and hopefully they don't totally suck!!! I mean, they're meant to die in droves, but hopefully with some effect. Death to the hitlerites!

ZIS-3 Guns: "Baby Gods of War"

ISU-122 Heavy Assault Gun Company

Strelkovy Battalion

Scout Platoon

The entire force, awaiting battle (very patiently).


Pedro Kantor said...

those are awesome. Thats so funny too, my first intro to model building and painting came from building German WWII tanks and planes as I wanted to impress one of my uncles (who also build german tanks and planes) Also testors right out of the bottle, actually my first 40k army was a Chaos Undivided army (unnamed) that I exclusively used testors on. Back then I could see spending that much money on GW paint when i could buy a whole set of testors paints for the cost of like 2 pots of GW paint. I don't think I could go back now though... ha

Dasanton said...

I cringe thinking about the sheen that testors paints leave. I'm sure that they have their uses; model cars and such, but nothing that I would use them for...

BT said...

Well done. My wargaming story is pretty much the same, Warhammer started back in '88 for me.

I have about 6-7000 points of Midwar Soviets painted.

Few thousand of german infantry and Panzer forces of Stalingrad-Kursk Germans.

And someday maybe I will paint my Romanian infantry.

Flames of War is an awesome game, in many ways drastically improves upon GW's retreaded rules.

You'll like it a lot. What are you waiting for?

BTW, those ISU-122's are LATE war Assault guns. Looks like you have a midwar strelkovy batalon. The SU-122 is a midwar vehicle. Same chassis but short barreled low velocity 122mm gun on it.

Soviets are awesome to play. Good choice!

Here are some JSII's to gander at. I should probably take pictures of the rest of the stuff:


If you make it to Indy, I have table to game in the factories and rubble of Stalingrad. Drag Nicky Badballs ass down here too!


Dasanton said...


Thanks for the info, I actually figured that out myself as I was looking through the army books. I've settled on playing an Udarny Strelkovy Battalion, which will allow me to use everything that I have painted so far. I'm realizing that I need some other support options, so I'm in the process of working on some flamethrowers and some PTRDs, as well as some Katys and artillery. I've got t-34s done, and might want to run them as flame-tanks... we'll see. I wish there was a way to work Cossacks into the list, because I think they're really cool, but I can't see any way to make it happen with the army lists I've been looking over. Oh well!

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