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Offline Ultravanillasmurf

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Re: Elbowski starts Battlegroup Soviets (again...)
« Reply #15 on: July 27, 2020, 06:21:13 PM »
Nice.

Yes BA-64s are cute.

Offline Elbows

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Re: Elbowski starts Battlegroup Soviets (again...)
« Reply #16 on: July 28, 2020, 06:16:11 PM »
While not a perfect facsimile...I bashed some BM-8-24 rocket launcher vehicles from some Katyusha and T-70 kits.



Basically obsolete T-60 chassis were outfitted with Katyusha style launchers...a bit shorter, and sometimes on a turntable.  These T-70s are incorrect chassis, but close...and the launchers are something I'd argue would have been feasible.



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Offline Elbows

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Re: Elbowski starts Battlegroup Soviets (again...)
« Reply #17 on: August 22, 2020, 01:32:40 AM »
Well, a lot of stuff has been going on for the Soviets.

Two Su-85 tank hunters (Battlefront minis).


A handful of 4Ground cabins assembled, some painted - and ghetto thatch roofs added


Two more Zis-42M halftracks, two M3 White Scout cars, and a third Su-76 (to complete the platoon)


Three more KV-1's (one with a ghetto turret)


Two Zis-42M halftracks and one Zis-5 truck (several more of those on the way!)


Some halftracks with "supply" inserts - I've assembled some other inserts to swap duties between trucks and halftracks (they share the same bed size)


Another insert - this is a kit-bashed crane (no real reference was used...just...bored).  Used for repair/recovery duty.

Offline Splod

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Re: Elbowski starts Battlegroup Soviets (again...)
« Reply #18 on: August 22, 2020, 02:39:12 AM »
Lovely work! Although I have to ask what makes just one of the KV-1S turrets 'ghetto'? I understand what you mean with the thatch roofs, but the turrets have me stumped.

Offline Elbows

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Re: Elbowski starts Battlegroup Soviets (again...)
« Reply #19 on: August 22, 2020, 03:25:02 AM »
I started building one of the three as a KV-1S...then abandoned it mid-build (why it has the S rear and fuel cans) - I had also assembled the S turret...so the KV turret got the wrong gun (and it doesn't technically match the vehicle's other bits).

Offline Splod

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Re: Elbowski starts Battlegroup Soviets (again...)
« Reply #20 on: August 22, 2020, 06:42:17 AM »
I started building one of the three as a KV-1S...then abandoned it mid-build (why it has the S rear and fuel cans) - I had also assembled the S turret...so the KV turret got the wrong gun (and it doesn't technically match the vehicle's other bits).

Yep, I see it now!

Ah well. You've still done a cracking job  :D

Offline sundayhero

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Re: Elbowski starts Battlegroup Soviets (again...)
« Reply #21 on: August 22, 2020, 07:14:03 AM »
Great army. I like the support vehicles especially !

Offline Sarmor

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Re: Elbowski starts Battlegroup Soviets (again...)
« Reply #22 on: August 29, 2020, 07:55:57 PM »
Wonderful force with some really cool conversions. :) Who makes the ZiS halftracks?

Offline Paratrooper 42

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Re: Elbowski starts Battlegroup Soviets (again...)
« Reply #23 on: August 30, 2020, 11:50:18 PM »
that's an impressive collection you're putting together there.

Offline Elbows

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Re: Elbowski starts Battlegroup Soviets (again...)
« Reply #24 on: September 01, 2020, 06:41:32 AM »
Wonderful force with some really cool conversions. :) Who makes the ZiS halftracks?

The Zis are from the Axis and Allies miniatures game.  They did a Zis-5 truck and a Zis-42M halftrack.  They're some of the nicer miniatures from that game.  I picked eBay clean of a bunch of them as they're robust/simple/nicely sculpted.

I grabbed mine for around $4 a pop which is the same as the cheap Zvezda kits - but less work (and Zvezda trucks are reaaaaallly fragile).

Offline Digits

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Re: Elbowski starts Battlegroup Soviets (again...)
« Reply #25 on: September 01, 2020, 08:16:32 AM »
Really snazzy collection.  Wonderfully put together and painted.
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Offline Elbows

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Re: Elbowski starts Battlegroup Soviets (again...)
« Reply #26 on: September 01, 2020, 05:21:15 PM »
I've been churning through stuff lately.

I traded my buddy for his log entrenchments and then repainted them.  Feels more properly Soviet.


Picked up a couple Axis & Allies Su-122s and "prettied" them up slightly so they better match proper 15mm miniatures.


They ended up pretty good - despite the detail being really soft on them.


Testing some new 3mm Sintra roads I made.  My Fat Franks ones from eBay curl a bit more than I like, so I'm messing around with a stiffer solution.  That causes its own problems...but we'll see.  Will play test with my "new" roads for a bit.

Offline Elbows

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Re: Elbowski starts Battlegroup Soviets (again...)
« Reply #27 on: September 08, 2020, 05:43:51 PM »
Spent the last two days going back and touching up a bunch of vehicles, adding decals and re-doing some colours to match the ones I've settled on.

Also knocked out another five vehicles.



1x Zvezda KV-1
2x Battlefront Su-100
2x PSC M5 Halftracks

Offline Elbows

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Re: Elbowski starts Battlegroup Soviets (again...)
« Reply #28 on: September 12, 2020, 10:16:06 PM »
An additional group of T-34/43's.



And a single picture from a 500 point game of Kursk today:

Offline Elbows

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Re: Elbowski starts Battlegroup Soviets (again...)
« Reply #29 on: September 16, 2020, 05:25:25 AM »
I went back with my last T-34's on hand...and decided to make some specialized units.  An OT-34 (flamethrower version), a T-34 ARV (armour recovery vehicle), and a Forward HQ version (with spare turret to run as a normal tank).


 

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