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Title: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. BAOR AA teams.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on September 24, 2020, 07:54:01 AM
We are today releasing a new 28mm moderns range which is Cold War figures and vehicles for the late 1970's and early 1980's.
First releases are five packs of British Army Of the Rhine - BAOR- figures which include 12 armed with SLR and an L16 81mm mortar crew and a GPMG fixed mount crew.

These packs will be added to and more are currently being sculpted.

Moving on the range will cover more troops for this particular 'conflict' armed with more SLR, GPMG, BRENs, Karl Gustav, Command, 2" mortar, as lots more.

It will also include vehicle crews to go with our large range of British vehicles for the period and we have a 1/50 scale Chieftain just about to go into moulds. 

The range will move onto include other areas of conflict at the time such as the Falklands War.

It will also include a range of Soviet Paratroops in a few months and we have a great many vehicles for that as well.

Worth checking out is Underfire Miniatures who also have Soviet and other troops from the same sculptor that work.

Enough chatter here are the first figures to be released.


https://www.empressminiatures.com/cold-war-baor---early-1980s-131-c.asp

Title: Re: Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: Ewan on September 24, 2020, 08:09:48 AM
They do look good, perfect for Cold Wars that have gone hot and Winter of 79 as well as Twilight 2000  :)
Title: Re: Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: commissarmoody on September 24, 2020, 08:26:39 AM
They do look good, perfect for Cold Wars that have gone hot and Winter of 79 as well as Twilight 2000  :)
Yes to all of that.  :D
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Post by: juergen c. olk on September 24, 2020, 09:39:40 AM
very nice work..
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Post by: carlos marighela on September 24, 2020, 10:17:31 AM
Ooh shiny! I do like those!

Any chance of some plain scrimless tin hats for IS and not quite war scenrios? Really looking forward to seeing the rest of this range.
Title: Re: Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on September 24, 2020, 10:27:31 AM
Do you mean the para helmet?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: carlos marighela on September 24, 2020, 11:03:52 AM
Nope MkV helmet but without hessian scrim as per NI and elsewhere. Para helmets and berets would be nice as well but I just assumed you would be adding those for the South Atlantic.

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on September 24, 2020, 11:09:14 AM
Got you.

Probably the odd figure depending on his job. ie gate guard.

As a major range release ie Northern Ireland, its not planned. We could do a head sprue.   
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: carlos marighela on September 24, 2020, 11:38:01 AM
Head sprue would be ace!
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on September 24, 2020, 11:59:21 AM
Your wish is our command.

Also check the beret head sprues in the Ultra Modern Brits room as they will work. I plan to try a few ASAP.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: tomrommel1 on September 24, 2020, 12:57:16 PM
nice indeed. Remind me of my childhood days in the late 70s.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: Rick F on September 24, 2020, 01:15:00 PM
These are great, more expense to hide from the wife lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on September 24, 2020, 04:58:21 PM
Head sprue would be ace!
What he said.

Do the figures have separate or integrated heads?

Nice set of figures, I will get an order off.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on September 24, 2020, 05:10:36 PM
Good question.

All heads come attached.  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on September 24, 2020, 05:24:09 PM
All heads come attached.  ;)
Thanks.

For the less knowledgeable (like me), can we have a brief description of the kit they are wearing?

Thanks.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: Rick F on September 24, 2020, 05:27:57 PM
Thanks.

For the less knowledgeable (like me), can we have a brief description of the kit they are wearing?

Thanks.
DMS boots and puttees, 68 pattern Disruptive Pattern Material (DPM camouflage)suit, 58 pattern webbing, steel helmet with netting and Hessian strips.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on September 24, 2020, 05:42:31 PM
DMS boots and puttees, 68 pattern Disruptive Pattern Material (DPM camouflage)suit, 58 pattern webbing, steel helmet with netting and Hessian strips.
Excellent, thanks.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: carlos marighela on September 24, 2020, 08:16:34 PM
Bit of minor surgery, filing off sleeve pocket and the right thigh pocket and with a solid green paint job you could probably get away with a fair proxy of the 1960 pattern combat suit, allowing you to do the 1960s as well.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on September 25, 2020, 10:36:59 AM
Helmet with out cover etc being done .

Also doing a sprue in the respirator.  ;) Just for people who do not like painting faces.  lol

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: carlos marighela on September 25, 2020, 11:03:32 AM
I reckon you’ll sell quite a few of those bare helmets. If they fit Paul’s WW2 Brits in windproofs they’ll be useful for Korea. In fact they’ll allow for a lot of conversions.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: commissarmoody on September 25, 2020, 11:24:35 AM
I reckon you’ll sell quite a few of those bare helmets. If they fit Paul’s WW2 Brits in windproofs they’ll be useful for Korea. In fact they’ll allow for a lot of conversions.
Oh good idea, it totally slipped my mind.  :o
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on September 25, 2020, 05:31:33 PM
Helmet with out cover etc being done .

Also doing a sprue in the respirator.  ;) Just for people who do not like painting faces.  lol

Excellent, especially the respirators.

Actually respirator heads for a number of your existing heads would be nice for those venturing into Zona Alfa etc.

Still waiting for Crooked Dice to restock their SAS respirator heads...
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on September 26, 2020, 06:42:06 AM
And ordered. 
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: ErikB on September 27, 2020, 05:57:52 PM
Fantastic!

Got a good tutorial for that cool looking DPM?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on September 30, 2020, 07:32:25 AM
I had a play with some of our modern heads sets for Fusiliers and Scots troops.

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: Dragonstriker on September 30, 2020, 09:55:50 PM
Are Para/RM helmets on the way?
And one more request;
Cold War Gurkhas please!
In fact if you wanted to do a whole Konfrontasi / Operation Claret range of tropical pattern troops I wouldn’t complain. The VN RAR could be repurposed but would need L7 to replace the M60s (not sure how different the uniforms would look).
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on October 01, 2020, 06:51:02 AM
Para uniforms are different to infantry so we will do Paras as complete figures at some point.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: carlos marighela on October 01, 2020, 10:41:55 AM

In fact if you wanted to do a whole Konfrontasi / Operation Claret range of tropical pattern troops I wouldn’t complain. The VN RAR could be repurposed but would need L7 to replace the M60s (not sure how different the uniforms would look).

Why reinvent the wheel when there’s already a suitable range in existence? Oh and the webbing is quite different too.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on October 01, 2020, 01:48:33 PM
Why reinvent the wheel when there’s already a suitable range in existence? Oh and the webbing is quite different too.

Don't worry we are not going in that direction we have a enough to be getting on with  lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: carlos marighela on October 01, 2020, 09:21:16 PM
Oh not worried, I thought as much all along just wanted to give the chap a clue that what he wants already exists.  :)

Now you said Soviet Paras but for nostalgia’s sake and memories of warm afternoons spent in stuffy huts watching training films, trying to stay awake then surely you want something more like the ‘enemy’ in this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciFnTiacaDU

Maybe Polish paras?  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: Rick F on October 01, 2020, 09:58:40 PM
Oh not worried, I thought as much all along just wanted to give the chap a clue that what he wants already exists.  :)

Now you said Soviet Paras but for nostalgia’s sake and memories of warm afternoons spent in stuffy huts watching training films, trying to stay awake then surely you want something more like the ‘enemy’ in this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciFnTiacaDU

Maybe Polish paras?  ;)
Oooh that brings back so many memories, we don't get training videos like that any more, a pity.  Also, that film just shows that there was no need to adopt MTP, just go back to what DPM was like in the early years, not that dark 95 crap it turned into.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on October 02, 2020, 07:37:28 AM

Now you said Soviet Paras but for nostalgia’s sake and memories of warm afternoons spent in stuffy huts watching training films, trying to stay awake then surely you want something more like the ‘enemy’ in this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciFnTiacaDU

Maybe Polish paras?  ;)

Thats brilliant. So good I am pinching it  lol

I think Underfire are going to do Polish. Empress are going for Soviets.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on October 02, 2020, 07:41:15 AM
Also looks like we are going to have to do prone figures.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: carlos marighela on October 02, 2020, 09:41:56 AM
We want a Corporal Rooney figure. The world needs a character figure who explains his concept for the assault as getting into ‘grenade chucking range’.

Tis a pity his fame was over shadowed by his distant relative, Shrek, the fat, mildly talented footballing twat. The boy had a natural on screen presence.
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on October 02, 2020, 10:19:37 AM
I bet that film provided lots of laughs for you Aussies when you saw it?
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Post by: carlos marighela on October 02, 2020, 11:42:25 AM
Well, the odd giggle maybe but it was better than nothing. We used quite a few British Army films. Minor weapons and section organisation differences aside, the same principles applied and the film is pretty much how section attacks in Initial Employment Training were taught. Commonwealth Armies had/have a lot in common and certainly had more so than with our Trans-Pacific/ Trans-Atlantic cousins. I think in general terms the British Army was and probably still is highly regarded as a professional army with a lot of experience to draw on.

Come to think of it, I’m struggling to recall any Australian Army training films that were locally made.  Sure there must have been something but I don’t recall seeing them. Probably little need, the British ones were good enough and well pitched at soldier level. They don’t insult the audience’s intelligence and convey the information in good bite sized chunks. There’s a bloody good one I can recall on conducting a recce patrol. Well worth taking a gander.

By the by, when you bought the HLBSC vehicles, didn’t you acquire their FV432? I just had a look at the vehicles section and couldn’t find it.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on October 02, 2020, 11:46:18 AM
Re the FV432 yes we did and we are moving through the entire garage making new moulds. As they become available we put them back in the shop.

Sadly ( well kinda of) we sold the last of the 'old' stock a couple of weeks back.

The FV432 and similar vehicles are ready to start this process as they all arrived here yesterday.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: carlos marighela on October 02, 2020, 12:57:26 PM
Cool, I can wait, I have a few more of your vehicles to build yet anyway. Are you going to do a Peak turret or some sort of conversion to slot in the Scimitar turret for those who gancy doing the Berlin Brigade? I must admit I don’t fancy the idea of painting the Berlin cam scheme. Looks good but would be a bugger to execute well.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on October 02, 2020, 01:09:59 PM
At the moment we are just ploughing through the range as it exists as we have such a lot going on in resin with this range and everything else.

However when the dust settle we will revisit everything and see what we can do to 'add' to the vehicles across the range. TBH we could probably spend a year simply going through all our ranges and seeing what we could do but that's not going to happen unless the change is relevant. 

Got the next 12 figures from this range due to land today.

Onwards and upwards.
 
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: ErikB on October 02, 2020, 07:34:44 PM
I always wondered why the Brits seem to be the only ones with cloth strips and/or foliage on their helmets.  It's a good idea, just why only them?
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Post by: Ash on October 02, 2020, 08:50:50 PM
I always wondered why the Brits seem to be the only ones with cloth strips and/or foliage on their helmets.  It's a good idea, just why only them?

The US went through a phase at the end of the 80's. Lots of pics from Operation Just Cause in Panama of scrimmed up helmets.

(https://i.ibb.co/3z6Lf3f/628a243fa10e9160fb2766605159314f.jpg)
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Post by: carlos marighela on October 02, 2020, 11:50:12 PM
I think that was largely a fashion with their so-called Light Infantry Divisions, they called it the cabbage patch hat or some such thing.

Pre the current century and post WW2 tin hats were rarely worn outside of grenade and anti-armour ranges in the Australian Army but they did get the scrim and hessian treatment at times.

Funnily enough during WW2  there was a widespread belief amongst the diggers in New Guinea and the islands that adding hessian was undesirable as it could be carried into any wound if the helmet was penetrated.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: Dragonstriker on October 03, 2020, 09:34:29 AM
Why reinvent the wheel when there’s already a suitable range in existence? Oh and the webbing is quite different too.
I know about the commando miniatures range, but more choice is always better.

The Op Claret was an aside really, I want Paras and Gurkhas for late 70s & early 80s in temperate gear if I’m wishlisting. And another M60 team for the VN ANZAC range, so I can make a full platoon.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: carlos marighela on October 03, 2020, 09:50:26 AM
Nope. Try the Eureka Aden range. OK, they aren’t wearing jungle boots but a file and some paint fixes that. Apart from that they are perfect for Borneo, right webbing, right kit, including the GPMG. If you want AR15s you will need to catch and kill your own.
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Post by: Dragonstriker on October 04, 2020, 10:03:13 AM
Thanks @carlos
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Post by: Mako on October 04, 2020, 10:46:37 AM
If you do prone troops firing, observing, and crawling, I'll happily buy some.

Kneeling and firing would be nice too, and we'll need a Carl Gustav, and/or LAW gunner firing as well.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on October 04, 2020, 10:57:36 AM
Nope. Try the Eureka Aden range. OK, they aren’t wearing jungle boots but a file and some paint fixes that. Apart from that they are perfect for Borneo, right webbing, right kit, including the GPMG. If you want AR15s you will need to catch and kill your own.

Yes I have to say I do like the look of the Eureka Aden figures. ;)
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on October 04, 2020, 10:59:29 AM
If you do prone troops firing, observing, and crawling, I'll happily buy some.

Kneeling and firing would be nice too, and we'll need a Carl Gustav, and/or LAW gunner firing as well.

Yes we will do prone as its a must. Many players hate prone figures and I can understand why but as most soldiers spend their time in action prone its only logical, especially with this range.

As said AT support weapons will feature significantly.  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: carlos marighela on October 04, 2020, 07:54:34 PM
Carl Gustavs and Milans are a given, any chance of a WOMBAT, ConBAT or MoBAT RCL?
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on October 05, 2020, 08:35:05 AM
Yes to the WOMBAT as it a must at this period.

Were they deployed by ANZACS in Vietnam?
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Post by: carlos marighela on October 05, 2020, 10:46:54 AM
Nup. They only took the M40 106mm and the C. Gustav 84mm RCLs to Vietnam. The latter got sent back to Oz as the Swedes wouldn’t supply ammo so for a while it was replaced by US M67 90mm RCLs. They didn’t see a great deal of service being very occasionally humped out for bunker busting.

The M40s saw even less service, they were mostly kept in store at Nui Dat, with a couple serving as display cannon outside 5RAR’s BHQ. 5RAR converted the AT platoon into a recce platoon and I think the only time they fired the 106s was in a semi- indirect fire test from the top of Nui Dat hill. Most of the other battalions dual-roled the AT platoon as tracker platoons.

The Landies that carried them were armed with M60s and became known as ‘sports cars’.

Interestingly enough the US M40 saw service with the British Army in the 1950s and early 1960s. Weight ruled out use of the early BAT series in an airborne role so the Parachute regiment was kitted out with US M40s. They used them at Suez. Carried on Austin Champs ,sometimes towed in a trailer behind a Champ and then for a while carried on Landies. Arguably the weapon saw more active service with the British Army than the Australian Army but a great bit of kit for what-ifs.
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Post by: carlos marighela on October 05, 2020, 11:07:49 AM
There is some footage of 8RAR firing the Wombat on the range in Terendak in Malaysia in the mid/late 1960s. I think the weapons were borrowed for the occasion.

Here’s the footage: https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04287/

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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on October 05, 2020, 11:20:33 AM
This is a good 'fun' film as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-QJYdIJM5E
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: tomrommel1 on October 05, 2020, 12:58:21 PM
Paul , are you thinking about doing Bundeswehr figures for the same timeframe? Would be nice.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on October 05, 2020, 01:31:19 PM
No but I think Underfire Miniatures may do them. They certainly do East German.
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on October 05, 2020, 02:56:56 PM
A preview of the civilian and military Landrovers for the range.

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Post by: Ewan on October 05, 2020, 03:22:37 PM
Landrovers  :-*
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Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on October 05, 2020, 05:28:31 PM
Paul , are you thinking about doing Bundeswehr figures for the same timeframe? Would be nice.
No but I think Underfire Miniatures may do them. They certainly do East German.
Yup.
http://ultravanillasmurf.blogspot.com/2018/11/under-fire-miniatures-cold-war.html (http://ultravanillasmurf.blogspot.com/2018/11/under-fire-miniatures-cold-war.html)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR CHIEFTAIN MBT released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on November 17, 2020, 08:57:35 AM
We have just released our Chieftain MBT.

Its  1/50 SCALE VEHICLE  - 28mm made in high quality resin and pewter parts.

Currently my favourite Empress Miniatures model and looks the part. My love is possibly tainted as its the only MBT I have driven. 😆
This fits into our BAOR Cold War range alongside our figures and existing vehicles.

More figures and vehicles soon.

https://youraccount.44.ekm.net/ekmps/shops/shop.asp...

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Post by: commissarmoody on November 17, 2020, 10:18:38 AM
sexy beast.  :-*
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Post by: tomrommel1 on November 17, 2020, 01:38:41 PM
nice
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR CHIEFTAIN MBT released.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on November 17, 2020, 06:07:05 PM
Nice.

Which mark of Chieftain?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR CHIEFTAIN MBT released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on November 18, 2020, 08:26:48 AM
Its a version around in the late 70's and early 80's. No Still Brew armour which was later.

The Mark does not matter at this period as the changes were internal and mainly linked to the engines.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR CHIEFTAIN MBT released.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on November 18, 2020, 07:01:41 PM
The Mark does not matter at this period as the changes were internal and mainly linked to the engines.
I just wondered (I had assumed 5-8).
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR CHIEFTAIN MBT released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on November 23, 2020, 11:34:09 AM
I just wondered (I had assumed 5-8).

Yes and probably also 9.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR CHIEFTAIN MBT released.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on November 23, 2020, 04:15:48 PM
I just wondered (I had assumed 5-8).
Yes and probably also 9.
Cool.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR CHIEFTAIN MBT released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on November 24, 2020, 09:28:52 AM
Also just researching the crew for dismounted and dismounted. Brit Tankies are always bloody difficult to do because what they are wearing in pictures is rarely what they would wear in battle as the real expensive fireproof kit is too expensive to come out in peacetime. However got some excellent information that answered a lot of questions from a customer so we are ready to put them on the list.

Just sending a lot more infantry sculpts off to the moulder as well.
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Post by: carlos marighela on December 02, 2020, 10:22:01 AM
GPMGs and Carl Gustavs?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR CHIEFTAIN MBT released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on December 02, 2020, 10:49:35 AM
At the moulders  ;)
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Post by: carlos marighela on December 02, 2020, 12:15:19 PM
Excellent!  :)
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Post by: Cypher226 on December 03, 2020, 11:41:30 AM
At the moulders  ;)

And now I'm going to be scraping pennies together to order a full platoon  :D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR CHIEFTAIN MBT released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on December 03, 2020, 11:59:19 AM
I will put some pictures of the sculpts going through the moulding process up in a few days.

My favourite is the Bren gun pack.  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR CHIEFTAIN MBT released.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on December 03, 2020, 10:38:21 PM
At the moulders  ;)
Yay!
I will put some pictures of the sculpts going through the moulding process up in a few days.

My favourite is the Bren gun pack.  ;)
Excellent.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War BAOR CHIEFTAIN MBT released.
Post by: carlos marighela on December 29, 2020, 11:45:52 PM
Piccies?

Wanted:

Sniper pair.

Milan team.

Blowpipe / Javelin Team.

Riflemen carrying 66mm rocket launchers.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War more BAOR packs released. released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on December 31, 2020, 03:59:32 PM
Well lets welcome in 2021 in a way that is how we plan to beat the doom and despondency that the world insists on throwing at us all.

WITH SOME NEW RELEASES.

We have seven new packs of British Army Of the Rhine just released in the shop.

These guys are three packs of infantry variation with respirator bags, a few iconic taches, some more helmet cammo and a spread of LAWS.

Plus a Carl Gustaf , GPMG and L4A4 (BREN) packs.   

Plus a head sprue with the standard helmet without cammo or netting.

Have a great New Year everyone!!!

https://www.empressminiatures.com/cold-war-baor---early...

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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on December 31, 2020, 04:04:05 PM
MORE!!!

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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on December 31, 2020, 04:07:54 PM
EVEN MORE!!!!

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War more BAOR packs released. released.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on December 31, 2020, 06:45:32 PM
Excellent, an order will be on its way next year ^__^.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War more BAOR packs released. released.
Post by: carlos marighela on December 31, 2020, 10:55:46 PM
Marvellous stuff!  :-* :-* Order going in this week.

Platoon command, sig, 2” mortar numbers etc in the near future?
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Post by: commissarmoody on January 01, 2021, 12:29:53 AM
Great to hear and great to see! Happy new year!  :D
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on January 02, 2021, 01:17:13 PM
Thanks guys.


Marvellous stuff!  :-* :-* Order going in this week.

Platoon command, sig, 2” mortar numbers etc in the near future?

All of those just being sculpted plus more such as snipers and M79's. 
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Post by: carlos marighela on January 02, 2021, 01:40:04 PM
This has actually worked out pretty well for me. I haven’t got around to painting most of the last lot I bought, so the old ones will get a little retro work to make them suitable for the 1960s and the new batch will be my ‘80s platoon.  The Brens will prove handy. My Berlin ‘61 platoon will now proceed. Found my Ferrets and old FoA Centurions.  :)

Your late war GIs are suitable (with a bit of work) for 1961. There’s even a chap in Canada who makes suitable Checkpoint Charlie type signs, the ‘You are now Leaving the American Sector’ ones.

I just wish there were some suitable French out there, for both the 1960s and for the 80s. I enjoyed traipsing around Wedding and would love to stage a game there.
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Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on January 04, 2021, 07:05:08 PM
And ordered (even though I have not started on the previous batch).
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Post by: carlos marighela on January 14, 2021, 10:28:06 AM
Could I make a special request? Hopefully it’s in keeping with the theme.

What I would really like would be some unarmed chap or chaps to use as exercise umpires/ directing staff. Combats, beret, a brassard or bit of coloured cloth tied to the arm, maybe a map case. Pointing at squaddies, lobbing smoke grenades orcthunder flashes, handing out chits for the ‘dead’ and ‘wounded’. I’ve searched high and low for such a figure or figures.

I’ve started building up a platoon of Bundeswehr panzer grenadiers as ‘Orange Force’ and I’m looking to ‘refight’ bits of various exercises like Crusader/Spearpoint ‘80 and Lionheart ‘84. Somehow playing a game with little soldiers about a big game with big soldiers seems about right for the era. It’s also a bit of nostalgia for the 1970s 1/32 Airfix figures where the available options were British Army and Bundeswehr with maybe the odd Britains figure thrown in.
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on January 14, 2021, 11:59:21 AM
This type of thing;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-QJYdIJM5E

Possibly. We will be getting into support types such as Military Police, medics, etc so some of those would no doubt fit the bill.
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Post by: carlos marighela on January 14, 2021, 02:59:25 PM
This sort of thing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuIw8Q5G1kc&list=PLXfy-6JidhovxfrS3F4wY7-5f0KhoSbOb&index=5

Circa 3.30 and onwards.

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Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on January 14, 2021, 06:26:38 PM
ANZACS Landrover crews AND other packs. However difficult to do a time line as the plague etc is messing everything up so its difficult to do a time line.
Cool, what about BAOR crew?
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on January 15, 2021, 08:58:44 AM
Cool, what about BAOR crew?

Yes to the Landrovers being crewed by relevant BAOR types. Also some civilian crews.

We are getting the WOMBAT made so that we can put it in the back or be towed with the crew for both.

Re armoured vehicle crew yes they are being done, infact may now be at the top of the list.

One of the interesting things about the 1978 - 85 period is that it was a period of great change where a lot of the WW2 type weapons and equipment changed. So we got hung up on the what the crew wore on their heads. berets or bone dome helmet. The pictures are difficult to get answers from as they are difficult to date specifically and in a way do not really answer the question as they are taken on exercise so not really a war footing. For example the expensive fire resistant tankie overalls were kept in store as they were too expensive to wear and from what we were told only to be issued in time of war. As for the helmet one was issued per crew. Logically the tank commander wore it. However it was described as bloody uncomfortable and as the commander had the rank he wore what he wanted so chose the beret. Thus the helmet is not shown in pictures as often as it would perhaps appear in time of war. Thus an element of confusion.

Obviously a great many veterans of this period exist and we have been sent lots of opinions on what they wore or were armed with which has been both helpful and confusing. Again military exercises have created confusion. eg many have mentioned they had a Stirling. However a lot said they used in on exercise as it was light but if they were going to war they would have grabbed their SLR. Stirlings were pretty rare with infantry units and senior battalion officers were not officially issued with them. However the soldier will always find a way and many were got from trading or pulling rank. So we will be doing a pack of Stirling types which gamers will want but were probably not that common really.  ;) My favourite story was a unit that discovered that the newly issued strobe torch actually fitted in the chamber of a Stirling and so Star Wars was regularly played  lol

In all its been a really interesting exercise.   :o       
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Post by: carlos marighela on January 15, 2021, 09:49:09 AM
I think I’ll form part of that minority that doesn’t want much in the way of SMGs, save for the RMP types and should you do Paras for the Falklands, one to arm a notable Lt Colonel.

That said, they do pop up a lot more in photos from the 1960s, so I will probably want at least one packet for my RGJ 1961 platoon.

Wombat and crew is excellent news  Need one for the Berlin ‘85 force. Looking forward, albeit with a certain amount of trepidation, to painting the Berlin Brigade camo scheme.
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Post by: Rick F on January 15, 2021, 02:27:12 PM


Obviously a great many veterans of this period exist and we have been sent lots of opinions on what they wore or were armed with which has been both helpful and confusing. Again military exercises have created confusion. eg many have mentioned they had a Stirling. However a lot said they used in on exercise as it was light but if they were going to war they would have grabbed their SLR. Stirlings were pretty rare with infantry units and senior battalion officers were not officially issued with them. However the soldier will always find a way and many were got from trading or pulling rank. So we will be doing a pack of Stirling types which gamers will want but were probably not that common really.  ;) My favourite story was a unit that discovered that the newly issued strobe torch actually fitted in the chamber of a Stirling and so Star Wars was regularly played  lol

I've had to be very quiet lol I think the old "you can please some of the people" saying is very appropriate here. I think we have to remember that they're gaming pieces, it's all too easy to pick them apart. 100,000 soldiers will have 100,000 opinions on what's realistic, Gamers "ooh they're nice"  :)
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on January 15, 2021, 02:59:57 PM
I've had to be very quiet lol I think the old "you can please some of the people" saying is very appropriate here. I think we have to remember that they're gaming pieces, it's all too easy to pick them apart. 100,000 soldiers will have 100,000 opinions on what's realistic, Gamers "ooh they're nice"  :)

TBH we have not had any negative comments just Oh I carried this or that.

Some of the stories have been very funny such as the one mentioned or the description of the Stirling being made out of fish hooks as it caught on every possible thing especially cammo net.  lol

Just got the next load of sculpts so I will put a picture up on Monday. Mind you got a lot of new releases in the Nam section next week so will probably sit on them a bit.
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Post by: Rick F on January 15, 2021, 03:48:11 PM
Looking forward to all of them Paul :)
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Post by: Ewan on January 15, 2021, 04:08:56 PM
Yes to the Landrovers being crewed by relevant BAOR types. Also some civilian crews.       

Civilian crews as in Winter of 79 type civilian crews?
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Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on January 15, 2021, 10:53:11 PM
Excellent.

Civilian crews as in Winter of 79 type civilian crews?
That would be useful, but then there is the question of what are they wearing?
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Post by: carlos marighela on January 15, 2021, 11:46:03 PM
Shell suits and Reeboks? Milwall shirts or worse, Chelsea shirts and Doc Martens?

Maybe they could do a ‘my other car is a Range Rover’ set in Barbour jackets, flat caps and wellies.

 :D
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on January 16, 2021, 11:54:51 AM
Well its all possible.

Christine wants to design this section of the range so I suspect short skirts and big shoulder suits will feature.........and that's just the  :)men.
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Post by: carlos marighela on January 16, 2021, 07:24:28 PM
Not sure that Eddy Izzard had much of a profile in 1985 but the diehard Boy George fans will be thrilled.
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on January 17, 2021, 12:41:38 PM
Not sure that Eddy Izzard had much of a profile in 1985 but the diehard Boy George fans will be thrilled.

Boy George is tempting.

I wondered about The Queen and Prince Phillip in the Landrover and perhaps also standing figures. Perhaps out on a shooting fishing trip. They would actually pass for country types in general. 
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Post by: Ewan on January 17, 2021, 02:00:38 PM
Excellent.
That would be useful, but then there is the question of what are they wearing?
Donkey jackets and anaroks
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Post by: carlos marighela on January 17, 2021, 03:03:39 PM
Boy George is tempting.

I wondered about The Queen and Prince Phillip in the Landrover and perhaps also standing figures. Perhaps out on a shooting fishing trip. They would actually pass for country types in general.

Liz and Phil would be OK but if you are going to do the Royals in the ‘80s it really has to be Princess Ditz, the Queen o’ Hearts AKA our English Rose etc, etc cough, splutter, upchuck. Fortunately or otherwise, according to taste, she was Colonel-in-Chief of The Royal Hampshires (The Tigers) and there’s a reasonably well known photo of her driving an FV 432 in Berlin, one of the version sporting a Fox turret with the 30mm Rarden. If only she’d stuck to that as her mode of transport......

Despite the military connection Andy is out for obvious reasons and if you do the Kents, people will just colour them in wearing German uniforms. I s'pose Anne is an option if you are looking for another tank commander figure.

I’d stick with Mr O’Dowd if I was you..

How’s this for an amusing diorama piece?

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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on January 18, 2021, 08:50:55 AM
Think I will give that a miss  lol
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Post by: carlos marighela on January 19, 2021, 02:43:21 AM
Fair enough. I think I will too :D

Now some inspiration and a ready made scenario for those wanting to play with your new toys. You should enjoy this, even if it does lead to calls for a 1/50 Volkswagen and two suspicious looking German figures. It’s almost the perfect gaming scenario.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kspwZdqqCjg

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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on January 19, 2021, 08:54:12 AM
The next crop of BAOR sculpts off to the moulders. So a sneak preview.
Figures include;

Officer and RTO x 2
Two snipers.
 2" mortar  firing and moving.
LAWS firing.
m79 firing and loading.

Next to be sculped.
4 x prone riflemen.
4 Stirling SMG types.
4 x Tank crew mounted.
4 x Tank crew dismounted.

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Post by: carlos marighela on January 19, 2021, 11:16:22 AM
Luverly!   :-* :-*

Bit surprised the snipers aren’t in ghillies but happy to have them regardless.
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Post by: carlos marighela on January 19, 2021, 11:25:34 AM
BTW any chance of Rich making an AVRE version of the Centurion? Mostly just a new gun, dozer blade and fittings.
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on January 19, 2021, 12:57:29 PM
Luverly!   :-* :-*

Bit surprised the snipers aren’t in ghillies but happy to have them regardless.

Most of the picture references we had for the 10 year period had them as shown. Also the smock is a specially issued sniper smock which I think is the only time that a special bit of kit was issued to them. Therefore we thought it worth showing it as its a one off  ;)
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Post by: carlos marighela on January 19, 2021, 01:55:42 PM
Fairy nuff.
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Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on January 19, 2021, 10:31:36 PM
Cool.

BTW any chance of Rich making an AVRE version of the Centurion? Mostly just a new gun, dozer blade and fittings.

I second that request.

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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on January 20, 2021, 08:05:26 AM
Quite happy to get the Antiques Roadshow Centurion AVRE on the road but Richard is very busy at the moment.  :'(
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Post by: Ewan on January 20, 2021, 01:19:52 PM
Quite happy to get the Antiques Roadshow Centurion AVRE on the road but Richard is very busy at the moment.  :'(
This is the 21st Century can we not clone Richard  lol
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on January 21, 2021, 11:50:46 AM
This is the 21st Century can we not clone Richard  lol

Just finished the second series of West World and that's a scary prospect  ;D
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Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on January 22, 2021, 10:41:34 PM
Just finished the second series of West World and that's a scary prospect  ;D
So you might understand my comments on your Old West thread...
Now I wonder about Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Harris and James Marsden (and some ultramoderns with P90s)...
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on January 25, 2021, 10:38:24 AM
Tempted by the Ed Harris character if only for the Le Matt, which was completely inaccurate as it was cap and ball not cartridge, but I suppose that he could have got one engineered considering what else they created  lol. However does that make him a western figure or a modern figure?
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Post by: carlos marighela on February 12, 2021, 07:06:20 AM
Any chance of a pack with SUIT/Trilux sights or even some loose sights to retrofit onto the existing packs?
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on February 12, 2021, 08:22:25 AM
Possibly. We are concentrating of the Cold War period first, then moving onto The Falklands and some other linked areas so we can look at these as a retro fit. Will give it some thought.  ;)

http://www.deactivated-guns.co.uk/militaria/pre-falklands-war-british-army-slr-l1a1-suit-trilux-l2a2-scope-mount/prod_6837.html

At the moment still working through an ever growing list  lol
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Post by: carlos marighela on February 12, 2021, 11:59:46 AM
Well, they were certainly in service during the Cold War, ‘70s and ‘80s and they were most certainly used in the Falklands. It’s the L2A2 Trilux sight I’m talking about, the one fitted to the SLR not the SUSAT for the L85.

M79s on the other hand were, I believe, a real bit of exotica in the British Army. Apart from the Paras usage in the Falklands I understood they were mostly used in NI as point defence weapons for VCPs and base defence.

Any rough time frame for the FV432s being back in production? The OPFOR all have rides and my squaddies are feeling a bit left out.
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Post by: carlos marighela on February 12, 2021, 12:02:37 PM
Oh and will there be Argentines for the Falklands? I do hope so. The old MoFo ones are a bit on the wee side when compared to the Boustead sculpts.
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on February 12, 2021, 12:38:14 PM
Well, they were certainly in service during the Cold War, ‘70s and ‘80s and they were most certainly used in the Falklands. It’s the L2A2 Trilux sight I’m talking about, the one fitted to the SLR not the SUSAT for the L85.

M79s on the other hand were, I believe, a real bit of exotica in the British Army. Apart from the Paras usage in the Falklands I understood they were mostly used in NI as point defence weapons for VCPs and base defence.

Any rough time frame for the FV432s being back in production? The OPFOR all have rides and my squaddies are feeling a bit left out.

You have to take into account that the range is for a war that did not happen therefore a lot of kit would have come into use that was not issued during exercises in Europe. The issue of the M79's in the Falklands is an example of the unusual popping up when the shooting starts.

If you want to think exotic how about crossbows? Have found concrete evidence to their issue in the late 1970's and not to special forces. ;)   

FV432's will be out soon as just sorting an issue with the track and then stocking up for proper release. Got the SAMSON out very soon as well. Stay tuned. I am behind with my photography so trying to catch up so I can release. ;)   

 
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on February 12, 2021, 12:40:38 PM
Oh and will there be Argentines for the Falklands? I do hope so. The old MoFo ones are a bit on the wee side when compared to the Boustead sculpts.

Would be a bit weird not to. However I suspect The Falklands figures may be next year as we have a lot of European theatre to do first. TA, Paras, SAS, Soviets, specials etc.
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Post by: carlos marighela on February 12, 2021, 07:11:33 PM
That’s fine, 40th anniversary of the war next year.
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Post by: Ewan on February 12, 2021, 08:17:28 PM
If the Falklands range has even a couple of the variations of standard uniform as in this picture I’ll be happy
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on February 12, 2021, 08:45:18 PM
That’s fine, 40th anniversary of the war next year.

That makes me feel old. ::)
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on February 24, 2021, 08:54:58 AM
FV106 SAMSON ARV.

Re released from the HLBSC stable. 28mm scale 1/48, ( just a few mm between that and our usual 1/50. )

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Post by: commissarmoody on February 24, 2021, 10:32:23 AM
NIce!
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on February 25, 2021, 08:47:56 AM
Todays Cold War vehicle is FV102 STRIKER.

Firing the Swingfire wire-guided anti-tank missiles. It had five loaded and five in reserve.

28mm scale 1/48 scale.



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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on February 26, 2021, 09:49:21 AM
Todays release. Well re release. lol

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures FV103 SPARTAN.
Post by: commissarmoody on February 26, 2021, 02:05:48 PM
Very nice. I will have to pick some of those up some day.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures FV103 SPARTAN.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on March 01, 2021, 08:29:53 AM
FV105 SULTAN  British army command and control armoured vehicle is in the shop.🤪

https://www.empressminiatures.com/vehicles-41-c.asp

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures FV105 SULTAN.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on March 01, 2021, 10:41:04 PM
They look a lot better than the original HLBSCo version.
https://ultravanillasmurf.blogspot.com/2019/07/hlbsco-spartan-apc.html (https://ultravanillasmurf.blogspot.com/2019/07/hlbsco-spartan-apc.html)

Is there any indication on the lower hull where the loose road wheels (two and four) go?
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on March 02, 2021, 08:11:19 AM
They fit exactly i9n the middle of the gap tbh.  ;)
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on March 02, 2021, 09:58:58 AM
Todays releases are some more packs of 28mm British Army of the Rhine.

Packs include two officer and signaller teams. M79 Grenade Launchers, Laws, 2" mortar moving and firing, and sniper moving and firing.

https://www.empressminiatures.com/cold-war-baor---early...

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Post by: commissarmoody on March 02, 2021, 10:27:37 AM
Lovely, sets really comeing together. How many more are coming out for this range?
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on March 02, 2021, 11:20:17 AM
Next out and currently being sculpted are;

4 x STIRLING gunners.

4 x Prone riflemen.

4 x Armoured crew mounted.

4 x Armoured dismounted.

Then more for the range  ;)
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Post by: carlos marighela on March 02, 2021, 01:58:48 PM
Excellent! :) I can finish off my platoon(s) now!
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Post by: Ash on March 02, 2021, 04:02:57 PM
Looking good.
Are they all going to have that strap going across the torso?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures NEW infantry packs released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on March 02, 2021, 04:12:13 PM
Looking good.
Are they all going to have that strap going across the torso?

The diagonal one?

Figures with respirators yes, without no. First three packs codes without and a few figures in other packs no.

Why?

Out. o_o
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Post by: Ash on March 02, 2021, 06:49:00 PM
The diagonal one?

Figures with respirators yes, without no. First three packs codes without and a few figures in other packs no.

Why?

Out. o_o

Respirator pouch has a large belt loop on the rear, so just gets added to webbing by sliding onto the belt, usually behind the left side ammo pouch.
There is a strap (with a QR clip that can be stored in the little pouch on the side of the haversack ), but probably only of use if carrying the haversack without webbing.
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Post by: Rick F on March 02, 2021, 08:42:41 PM
Respirator pouch has a large belt loop on the rear, so just gets added to webbing by sliding onto the belt, usually behind the left side ammo pouch.
There is a strap (with a QR clip that can be stored in the little pouch on the side of the haversack ), but probably only of use if carrying the haversack without webbing.
I wanted to say this as well, but didn't want to be "that guy" lol All the infantry units that I can remember had the respirator permanently fixed to the webbing, mechs etc who didn't have to wear webbing all the time would have it on a strap. I can live with buying the first packs and green stuffing them on.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures FV105 SULTAN.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on March 02, 2021, 10:46:28 PM
Nice figures.
They fit exactly i9n the middle of the gap tbh.  ;)
I wil have to give it a go.
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Post by: carlos marighela on March 02, 2021, 11:38:04 PM
The strap can be conveniently used for other things. If you have spare 66mm rockets you can use it as a strap for them, it can be also used as an SLR sling for the Carl Gustav gunner or with a little bit more work  you can use it or hide it under a little green stuff as GPMG belt. To be honest once painted up it's not that noticeable anyway.
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on March 03, 2021, 08:27:35 AM
Ash and Rick you are partly correct....... but not completely. ???

In the 70's and 80's there are original images of troops wearing the pouch with the shoulder belt. As previously stated this range unique. Its based on a war that never happened and so its difficult to research. Looking at troops on exercise or training or standing around barracks is not the same as when on campaign. Soldiers do things differently at the sharp end. The main source for actual photographs has therefore been the Falklands War. If you look at those and compare them with other pictures the troops look very different. Obviously taking into account the weather conditions.

Also chatting to friends and vet in general about what they did. A mate of mine said he preferred the shoulder belt as he felt it was easier to get to when he needed to use it. From the mid 80's a lot of things seem to change and when into the 90's they have actually changed a lot even though a lot of the kit is the same. Have found NO evidence of the strap being worn then. Perhaps the First Gulf War had a huge effect gained from experience. Not sure as not looked into that.......yet.....possibly.

However you guys have the simple power. If you do not like them don't buy them  ;) Thats not a sulk  lol However I have been told so much crap about what people wore and what they carried and importantly what they did and could not do and most of the time found overwhelming evidence that proves them wrong in that they may not have done but obviously others did. I recently got told by a retired senior officer that it was virtually impossible to fire an M60 without being prone and using the bipod. There are so many original images  confirming this statement to be incorrect that its not worth the discussion.  ;)

I am reminded of a manufacturer who sold his company a few years back and explained to us that he got bored with customers telling him his SAS figures were incorrect for the 1990's as they should not wear such and such or use such and such weapon. He was ex SAS from the period with an amazing record of operations.  :o

Onwards and upwards  ;)

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures NEW BAOR infantry packs released.
Post by: Rick F on March 03, 2021, 08:55:25 AM
Ash and Rick you are partly correct....... but not completely. ???

In the 70's and 80's there are original images of troops wearing the pouch with the shoulder belt. As previously stated this range unique. Its based on a war that never happened and so its difficult to research. Looking at troops on exercise or training or standing around barracks is not the same as when on campaign. Soldiers do things differently at the sharp end. The main source for actual photographs has therefore been the Falklands War. If you look at those and compare them with other pictures the troops look very different. Obviously taking into account the weather conditions.

Also chatting to friends and vet in general about what they did. A mate of mine said he preferred the shoulder belt as he felt it was easier to get to when he needed to use it. From the mid 80's a lot of things seem to change and when into the 90's they have actually changed a lot even though a lot of the kit is the same. Have found NO evidence of the strap being worn then. Perhaps the First Gulf War had a huge effect gained from experience. Not sure as not looked into that.......yet.....possibly.

However you guys have the simple power. If you do not like them don't buy them  ;) Thats not a sulk  lol However I have been told so much crap about what people wore and what they carried and importantly what they did and could not do and most of the time found overwhelming evidence that proves them wrong in that they may not have done but obviously others did. I recently got told by a retired senior officer that it was virtually impossible to fire an M60 without being prone and using the bipod. There are so many original images  confirming this statement to be incorrect that its not worth the discussion.  ;)

I am reminded of a manufacturer who sold his company a few years back and explained to us that he got bored with customers telling him his SAS figures were incorrect for the 1990's as they should not wear such and such or use such and such weapon. He was ex SAS from the period with an amazing record of operations.  :o

Onwards and upwards  ;)
It wasn't a whinge Paul, I keep having to remind people that these are figures for gaming and represent a fairly long period of time, it would be impossible to be absolutely historically correct for every small kit change in the 70s and 80s. My period of service for the S6 was 85 onwards, I'm perfectly happy changing them as I need to for whatever week I'm representing lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures NEW BAOR infantry packs released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on March 03, 2021, 09:08:54 AM
But you are suggesting the figures are wrong and we are saying they are not.  ;)
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Post by: carlos marighela on March 03, 2021, 09:09:01 AM
“ I recently got told by a retired senior officer that it was virtually impossible to fire an M60 without being prone and using the bipod.”

 lol lol lol. Nobody told us that. Participated in my fair share of range shoots where yippee shoots were conducted at the end to use up left over ammo indented for but unused. It’s the time and place where instructors and safety officers get to let their hair down a little and try all the cool stuff, like firing from the hip, the shoulder etc. The thing is heavy and its a beast to keep on target but of course its perfectly doable.

For my part I’m quite happy with the figures. Just patiently waiting for their rides.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures NEW BAOR infantry packs released.
Post by: Ash on March 03, 2021, 11:01:00 AM
Ash and Rick you are partly correct....... but not completely. ???

In the 70's and 80's there are original images of troops wearing the pouch with the shoulder belt. As previously stated this range unique. Its based on a war that never happened and so its difficult to research. Looking at troops on exercise or training or standing around barracks is not the same as when on campaign. Soldiers do things differently at the sharp end. The main source for actual photographs has therefore been the Falklands War. If you look at those and compare them with other pictures the troops look very different. Obviously taking into account the weather conditions.

Also chatting to friends and vet in general about what they did. A mate of mine said he preferred the shoulder belt as he felt it was easier to get to when he needed to use it. From the mid 80's a lot of things seem to change and when into the 90's they have actually changed a lot even though a lot of the kit is the same. Have found NO evidence of the strap being worn then. Perhaps the First Gulf War had a huge effect gained from experience. Not sure as not looked into that.......yet.....possibly.

However you guys have the simple power. If you do not like them don't buy them  ;) Thats not a sulk  lol However I have been told so much crap about what people wore and what they carried and importantly what they did and could not do and most of the time found overwhelming evidence that proves them wrong in that they may not have done but obviously others did. I recently got told by a retired senior officer that it was virtually impossible to fire an M60 without being prone and using the bipod. There are so many original images  confirming this statement to be incorrect that its not worth the discussion.  ;)

I am reminded of a manufacturer who sold his company a few years back and explained to us that he got bored with customers telling him his SAS figures were incorrect for the 1990's as they should not wear such and such or use such and such weapon. He was ex SAS from the period with an amazing record of operations.  :o

Onwards and upwards  ;)

It wasn't my intension to tell you they were wrong, I asked if they were all going to have the strap.

Looking good.
Are they all going to have that strap going across the torso?

When asked why I just pointed out that when the haversack is worn on your webbing the shoulder strap is not needed, in fact if the haversack is attached to the belt then using the shoulder strap aswell as the yoke would make it rather a palaver to be able to drop your kit. If however the haversack is being worn as a separate ancillary item (not attached to the belt) then the use of the provided shoulder strap makes perfect sense ( the Mk 1 version of the S6 pouch had no belt attachment, so using the strap was the only option).
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures NEW BAOR infantry packs released.
Post by: commissarmoody on March 03, 2021, 12:08:33 PM
I've see it done both ways in film. I can't add any more to the conversation because I only used my NBC gear 3 times In training and never in the field.  ::)
But my promask made for a nice honist to God rats nest in Afghanistan. Hosed it out and cleaned it up to done it once in training state side to just keep it in the bottom of my B bag in Iraq, out of site and mind. When I turned it back in at the end of rotation it had dry rotted and flaked apart in my hands.  :o
Happy I never had to use it in anger because I really don't trust that my one was up to the test.  ;D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures NEW BAOR infantry packs released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on March 04, 2021, 10:38:09 AM
Scorpion / Scimitar is in the shop.

This is 28mm - 1/48 scale and come with the option of three weapons;

30mm Rarden gun.
76mm Scorpion gun.
90mm Cockerill gun.

The FV432 plus Soviet ACVR and MTLB are arriving soon.



Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures NEW BAOR infantry packs released.
Post by: carlos marighela on March 04, 2021, 11:29:24 AM
Hmm now I’m torn.  Do I get the 1/50 ex Imprint Scimitar or this one?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures NEW BAOR infantry packs released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on March 04, 2021, 11:41:33 AM
Hmm now I’m torn.  Do I get the 1/50 ex Imprint Scimitar or this one?

Best to get both  lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures NEW BAOR infantry packs released.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on March 04, 2021, 10:40:30 PM
Hmm now I’m torn.  Do I get the 1/50 ex Imprint Scimitar or this one?

If you want to fight giant robots, I would choose this one (as a Scorpion).
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures NEW BAOR infantry packs released.
Post by: carlos marighela on March 04, 2021, 11:12:49 PM
Giant robots? Not so much. Rather tall Germans and Russians? Yes and I suppose I can always keep the giant robots as a reserve option.  :)

You’re right though, I should go with this one as eventually I’ll want a Scorpion too and it will  be nice for them to match. Probably fit better with my 1/48 Chieftains too, not that they are likely to appear together.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures NEW BAOR infantry packs released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on March 05, 2021, 08:09:32 AM
Having put the 1/50 and 1/48 versions together there is not much in it TBH. 
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] ACRV RE RELEASED.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on April 13, 2021, 08:42:12 AM
The HLBSC ACRV has now been re released ready for the Soviet troops to play with.

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] NEW BAOR SCULPTS PREVIEW.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on April 20, 2021, 10:42:29 AM
Going through the sausage machine, along with 21 other projects so not sure when they will be released.  o_o

 
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on April 20, 2021, 10:43:09 AM
Plus.
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Post by: carlos marighela on April 20, 2021, 10:57:42 AM
Nice!  :-*

Hopefully by the time those are released Nathan will have sorted out his website.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] NEW BAOR SCULPTS PREVIEW.
Post by: carlos marighela on April 20, 2021, 11:00:00 AM
By the by are those DILAC caps and para helmets I espy?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] NEW BAOR SCULPTS PREVIEW.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on April 20, 2021, 11:03:11 AM
Crap hats and Para helmets yes.

Some of the recce infantry were issued with Para helmets as it was easier to wear in vehicles.

Nathan has a new order just left with the update stock on BAOR etc. Not these of course.  ;)
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Post by: Ash on April 20, 2021, 04:04:43 PM
The pack of blokes with the Sterling SMGs look very nicely done.
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on April 21, 2021, 08:37:20 AM
The pack of blokes with the Sterling SMGs look very nicely done.

Thanks. I suspect the purists will whinge as there were very few Sterlings within an infantry unit but we felt the need. The figures do work for specials such as RSM, CO etc. Although they were not issued them either.

The pack we expect some comments about are the prone figures but having looked at training films of the period it brings it home how much time soldiers spend prone.

Credit Carlos with this film.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciFnTiacaDU&t=29s

Now onto Paras.



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Post by: carlos marighela on April 21, 2021, 09:55:21 AM
Sterlings are useful and appreciated for.
 
a) Sappers, RAME, RMP (with head swaps) and all sorts of odds and sods and hangers on that can still be incorporated into a platoon plus sized game.

b) 1960s infantry where use of the Sterling by JNCOs seems to have been much more of a thing, at least  period photos seem to suggest as much. Shave off the right trouser pocket, remove the sleeve pocket on the jacket, paint green and there you have it. Chaps to defend Berlin in 1961 or repelling Jack Lynch’s mooted invasion by the Irish Army of Norn Irn in 1968.* I have a second platoon’s worth so converted.




* The aptly named Exercise/ Operation Armageddon. Look it up. Utterly bizarre and suicidal for the Irish Army, had it taken place but good gaming fodder, the Irish even get Comet tanks.

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] NEW BAOR SCULPTS PREVIEW.
Post by: AKULA on April 21, 2021, 03:37:47 PM
Another beautiful looking range Paul ... and you’ve tipped me over the edge on this one.

Going to put an order in today, starting with some minis, while I drool over the vehicle pictures for a little longer - thinking of using them for a Twilight 2K sort of game

 8)
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on April 22, 2021, 07:27:48 AM
Thanks muchly  ;)

You will not regret it  :D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] NEW BAOR SCULPTS PREVIEW.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on April 22, 2021, 10:24:09 AM
Akula is this the truck you were after?

http://www.military-today.com/trucks/bedford_m_series.htm
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Post by: carlos marighela on April 22, 2021, 10:47:09 AM
Corgi did a Bedford TM in 1/50. Truck bed is way too long but a bit of surgery to the chassis and some plastic card should fix that.
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on April 22, 2021, 12:06:25 PM
Corgi did a Bedford TM in 1/50. Truck bed is way too long but a bit of surgery to the chassis and some plastic card should fix that.

I think that' s why Akula was aski9ng if we were going to make one  lol

We will have the Stolly - Stalwart.
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Post by: AKULA on April 22, 2021, 12:32:50 PM
Akula is this the truck you were after?

http://www.military-today.com/trucks/bedford_m_series.htm

It is indeed  :)

Corgi did a Bedford TM in 1/50. Truck bed is way too long but a bit of surgery to the chassis and some plastic card should fix that.

Yeah, I’ve got a couple...long since OOP...not sure if I can face hacking them about...especially if I could persuade someone to release a resin one.


I think that' s why Akula was aski9ng if we were going to make one  lol

We will have the Stolly - Stalwart.

You know me too well  lol

I could find a use for the Stalwart, but I’d still be hankering after a Bedford MK....or half a dozen


(https://i.imgur.com/rweFoin.jpg)


Is anyone else’s interested in the Bedford MK....? Perhaps, with sufficient interest we could persuade Paul....

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] NEW BAOR SCULPTS PREVIEW.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on April 23, 2021, 07:27:39 AM
Obviously not   o_o

Clocks ticking  lol
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Post by: carlos marighela on April 23, 2021, 08:01:33 AM
Well normally I would but I have the Corgi one and a hacksaw and I doubt I will ever need more than one.

There are some trucks that I would like. Zil-151 or Zil-157s or even a Gaz-63 to use with your Vietnam range. Useful targets for your MACV SOG and even the marines.

Cold War vehicles my top priority would be a T-64 but that probably doesn’t fit with your plans.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] NEW BAOR SCULPTS PREVIEW.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on April 23, 2021, 01:14:00 PM
Just working on the crews for the Landrovers with the WOMBAT.

Plan to do both an infantry and Para crew for them.

Paras certainly had them, even took some to the Falklands but did not use them.

Infantry is a slightly different matter as they had pretty much been replaced with MILAN's but, and here is the BUT!!!!

TA units were issued with anything available and so would have turned up in Europe with them. Plus there were some kept in store in Berlin as a just incase measure. ( also heard that that there were MOBATS)

Therefore will do the infantry crew first then the Paras.

Any comments from the Hive mind?????? 
 
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Post by: Rick F on April 23, 2021, 02:17:08 PM
You need at least one figure with a highly polished steel para helmet, doubling with a WOMBAT shell above his head. A tradition carried on well into the 90s lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] NEW BAOR SCULPTS PREVIEW.
Post by: AKULA on April 23, 2021, 05:19:54 PM
Obviously not   o_o

Clocks ticking  lol

Yeah, looks like it’s just me that wants a Bedford MK....oh well, I’d better find that hacksaw and chop up my corgi diecast  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] NEW BAOR SCULPTS PREVIEW.
Post by: carlos marighela on April 23, 2021, 06:29:57 PM
Happy with infantry crew for the Wombat being first. They were also on issue in Berlin, as Milan was a trickier proposition to use in an urban environment. Would be even happier if there was a Mobat as well.  :D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] NEW BAOR SCULPTS PREVIEW.
Post by: AndyG on April 23, 2021, 06:33:27 PM
The TA infantry who reinforced BOAR in early 1980s were  part of 7 Field Force which was a mixed TA and Regular Formation

My battalion when I joined in 75 had a home Defence role so it had a HQ and 4 rifle companies no support company and LMGs rather than GPMGs.

As soon as we were allocated to BOaR in Late 1978 we were reorganised on the same TOE as as regular 650 light infantry battalion and we formed a support company taking over a mortar platoon from 5 Royal Anglian and setting up a AT platoon initially equipped with WOMBAT,  however by the time we deployed on Exercise Crusader/spearpoint 80 the WOMBATs had been replaced by Milan, and my god did the AT platoon moan when they lost their WOMBATs.

Yes make the wombat because pre 1980 they would have been used but be careful  of the myth the TA or at least those slated to deploy to Germany were not well equipped

Talking to Friends in other battalions they followed the same path as us.

For completeness by the time I left in 1983 we had exchanged Larkspur for Clansman.

On the subject of sterlings, we had enough in the armoury to issue them to all signallers drivers HQ odds and sods  etc, however in practice there were enough SLRs so  those who could draw Sterling could choose their personal weapon.




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Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on April 24, 2021, 09:51:46 PM
That ACRV looks good.

Nice sculpts on those British.

A Bedford would be nice (and some Soviet softs especially UAZ 469).

Looking forward to the Landrovers (even if my bank account is not).
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] NEW BAOR SCULPTS PREVIEW.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on April 26, 2021, 08:52:57 AM
The TA infantry who reinforced BOAR in early 1980s were  part of 7 Field Force which was a mixed TA and Regular Formation

My battalion when I joined in 75 had a home Defence role so it had a HQ and 4 rifle companies no support company and LMGs rather than GPMGs.

As soon as we were allocated to BOaR in Late 1978 we were reorganised on the same TOE as as regular 650 light infantry battalion and we formed a support company taking over a mortar platoon from 5 Royal Anglian and setting up a AT platoon initially equipped with WOMBAT,  however by the time we deployed on Exercise Crusader/spearpoint 80 the WOMBATs had been replaced by Milan, and my god did the AT platoon moan when they lost their WOMBATs.

Yes make the wombat because pre 1980 they would have been used but be careful  of the myth the TA or at least those slated to deploy to Germany were not well equipped

Talking to Friends in other battalions they followed the same path as us.

For completeness by the time I left in 1983 we had exchanged Larkspur for Clansman.

On the subject of sterlings, we had enough in the armoury to issue them to all signallers drivers HQ odds and sods  etc, however in practice there were enough SLRs so  those who could draw Sterling could choose their personal weapon.

Thanks for that. As the range also works for late 1970's and its based on a war situation it would seem rude not to have a Landy with WOMBAT with Brit infantry crew. If only for home/ Berlin defence.

In reference to the TA don't worry I do not see the TA as bare foot and weaponless and you are not the first to confirm that some were equipped to regular standards. However from research there were very different standards depending on the nature of the TA unit. Some of them were pretty badly supplied, although I am beginning to suspect that they may have used some of this as an excuse to do their own thing. As one veteran of the TA described them to me, some units were very much 'Saturday Night Soldiers' whilst others were the equal of the regular units.

 The UK was financially in a bad way late 1970's and cabinet papers released a few years ago did show an interesting pencilled note written by then PM Jim Gallaghan regarding defence budgets. or the lack of one, as something like "We are F***ed" Which does tend to sum up the situation, although the militaries fighting fitness was shown very well in the Falklands although in no small part to the professionalism and courage of the military. 

Therefore the well equipped TA units are covered by the existing regular units but there will be some figures that specifically link to detailed information on TA units that is somewhat less than standard issue.   

Cheers, Paul ;)

   
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Post by: carlos marighela on April 26, 2021, 09:56:59 AM
I recall reading somewhere that at least into the ‘70s some TA units were still issued with ‘37 pattern webbing. I’d happily add a platoon’s worth of chaps so equipped.
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Post by: AndyG on April 26, 2021, 10:21:02 AM
Hi

Just to confirm albeit only for a short period as a BAOR reserve Bn we did have wombats, it’s just they were gone by 1980, so no problem justifying them for the 70’s and as has been said in a war I’m sure all sorts of stuff would have been dug out if we’d lasted.

Yes when I in joined in 75 we still had 38 pattern  webbing, however many of us myself included bought our own 58 pattern webbing so the battalion  wore a mix overall.

The 38 webbing was blacked but we had an attached yeomanry   squadron serving as one of our infantry companies and they insisted on using brown polish on their webbing.

The comment about Saturday night soldiers is interesting there is no doubt in my mind the whole ethos changed  after we re-rolled, the less competent disappeared, training days were stepped up, and there was strict insistence on having completed the right courses before promotion and passing the fitness tests. I’d estimate including annual camp I did about about 60 days a year.



Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] NEW BAOR SCULPTS PREVIEW.
Post by: AKULA on April 26, 2021, 06:09:29 PM
My first order of BAOR arrived today...lovely minis Paul...beautifully sculpted/cast and perfect sizewise for my “little” project.

Just a scouting party...proper order to follow in due course...looking forward to seeing the land rovers  :)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] NEW BAOR SCULPTS PREVIEW.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on April 28, 2021, 09:49:11 AM
My first order of BAOR arrived today...lovely minis Paul...beautifully sculpted/cast and perfect sizewise for my “little” project.

Just a scouting party...proper order to follow in due course...looking forward to seeing the land rovers  :)

Glad they all arrived safely  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] NEW BAOR SCULPTS PREVIEW.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on April 29, 2021, 09:30:01 AM
We have just re released the MTLB Soviet armoured vehicle.

28MM 1/48 scale. Fantastic for our impending Soviet Cold War range, or its sister range at Underfire Miniatures or to compliment our existing ultra moderns range.

Used by a large number of countries and still in service with many.

https://www.empressminiatures.com/vehicles-41-c.asp

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress MTLB and FV432 released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on April 29, 2021, 09:49:04 AM
We have re released the FV432, 1/48 scale and perfect for our BAOR range of figures.

The FV432 is the armoured personnel carrier variant in the British Army's FV430 series of armoured fighting vehicles. Since its introduction in the 1960s, it has been the most common variant, being used for transporting infantry on the battlefield. In the 1980s, almost 2,500 vehicles were in use, with around 500 now remaining in operation - mostly in supporting arms rather than front-line infantry service.

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress MTLB and FV432 released.
Post by: carlos marighela on April 29, 2021, 10:10:52 AM
Good man, that’s what I wanted! Now kindly get cracking on a Peak Turret. Otherwise I’ll only buy two instead of four.  :D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress MTLB and FV432 released.
Post by: carlos marighela on April 29, 2021, 10:43:17 AM
Damn it! I just remembered I’ll want one with a Fox turret for my Berlin Brigade. Make that five.  >:(
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress MTLB and FV432 released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on April 29, 2021, 12:35:00 PM
Excellent. I will plan my retirement  lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress MTLB and FV432 released.
Post by: carlos marighela on April 30, 2021, 06:47:50 AM
Hmm, must have misread the price tag. £260,000 each?

Will there be crew and GPMGs coming? I assume there will. Might be worth looking at the Wombat conversion, if the rear hatch is openable and has a void of sufficient volume.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress MTLB and FV432 released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on April 30, 2021, 07:40:27 AM
Yeah there will be one in the crew pack being moulded.

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress MTLB and FV432 released.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 01, 2021, 07:05:04 AM
Are the hatches etc going to be resin or metal (my HLBSCo Spartan has resin hatches but your release photograph of the Spartan had metal hatches)?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress MTLB and FV432 released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on May 03, 2021, 09:33:01 AM
All the smaller parts such as hatches are now in metal.

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress MTLB and FV432 released.
Post by: carlos marighela on May 03, 2021, 02:18:47 PM
Yeah there will be one in the crew pack being moulded.

I take it that’s another crew pack not the ones previewed earlier? After gunners in tin hats.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress MTLB and FV432 released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on May 03, 2021, 02:42:16 PM
With the crew going into moulds now.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress MTLB and FV432 released.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 03, 2021, 02:53:11 PM
All the smaller parts such as hatches are now in metal.

Excellent.

Might add one if there is room between the Land Rovers...
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress MTLB and FV432 released.
Post by: carlos marighela on May 07, 2021, 01:57:45 AM
Excellent. I will plan my retirement  lol

Sorry, could only come up with a hundred quid order this time around but hopefully that tides you over until the weekend.  :D Some more FV432 variants could easily see that double or more.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress MTLB and FV432 released.
Post by: Wyrmalla on May 07, 2021, 05:16:57 AM
With these re-releases I take it there's no plan to sort out inaccuracies with those old HLBS models? I've mentioned it here before, but some of them are pretty major - from certain angles being completely wrong, to major details that are missing entirely. Which to an extent is par for the course with wargaming models, however the faults with that former HLBS stuff are more what you'd expect with a model at 15mm scale rather than 1/48th.

There's likely no market for some sort of "upgrade" kit to resolve these faults - nor would most modellers be willing to take a saw to some of the worse areas which need replacing entirely - so its a shame to not see these faults resolved, rather than being carried over to any potential new moulds. But I guess cost and whether there's actually enough customers who'd care are a major factor here. :/
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress MTLB and FV432 released.
Post by: AKULA on May 07, 2021, 11:18:22 AM
With these re-releases I take it there's no plan to sort out inaccuracies with those old HLBS models? I've mentioned it here before, but some of them are pretty major - from certain angles being completely wrong, to major details that are missing entirely.

Not sure what inaccuracies you mean...personally it’s clear what the models represent, so I’d hope Empress spend any spare cash on releasing new figures/vehicles rather than “fixing” something that most of us probably don’t realise needs “fixing” in the first place.

Please don’t take offense, as my response isn’t meant as a dig, I appreciate there are LAF’ers with an encyclopaedic knowledge of arms/armour/kit etc...I’m just in it for the laughs.

 :)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress MTLB and FV432 released.
Post by: Wyrmalla on May 07, 2021, 07:20:09 PM
From a distance the models look like the vehicle's they're based on. However as I mentioned, its in the details and shape of components which is wrong. Off the top of my head the MT-Lb's missing the aforementioned water sluices at the front (or whatever they're called), the roof access hatch is too short (which leads to roof components being in the incorrect places), all of the large tie down points are missing, all of the large rivets/ bolts on the hull sides are missing - with instead the hull sides being devoid of any detail. Oh and you need to drill and pin the turrets on these HLBS kits, as for some reason all of the ones I've encountered have turrets which are completely flush with the hull (i.e. there's nothing holding them on)...

Details which would be excusable on a smaller scale model - but 1/50th is so massive that such large details being wrong or missing is just plain weird. So my view isn't really that of someone who knows all the ins and outs of particular vehicles. Rather that with what's available out there, asking for some major details to be done right in these larger scales shouldn't be a big ask. Understanding that the model's designed for wargaming I'm not looking for etched brass upgrades and what not, but the amount of problems with the HLBS Soviet range at least kind of puts some of the more notorious 1/72nd scale kits to shame in terms of their lack of detail. :/

So not to dig at the range. Certainly there's a lack of options in the scale, so modellers take what they can get. Its just a shame that if you want the models to be accurate to a minimum degree - without going into the depths of tiny details and etched brass - it takes hours of work and a deal of experience on the modeller's end.

Edit: Just to visually illustrate what I'm talking about. Here's a BMD-2's rear (first image nicked from ultravanillasmurf btw, with the third being a 1/144th scale resin cast for comparison - ah, because I couldn't find a clear image of the 1/56th Sloppy Jalopy one, or a 1/72nd Red Tank Miniature's one). On the real vehicle the back is angled with a pair of raised pieces in the middle - along with a pair of exhausts on either side. On the HLBS model this area is instead at a right angle with the raised areas being indented. The exhausts are completely missing, as are other large details either missing or simplified (which carries through to the rest of the model). When compared to available 1/48th kits from larger manufacturers, or more modern 1/50th stuff coming out of a few wargaming companies, these extent of these problems are more something I'm used to seeing on tiny models, rather than stuff in this larger category (even 1/56th manages fairly well these days). Which is to say that without these old former HLBS kits really having any competition in 1/48 - 1/50th currently, they're the best that's available, but I'd have to say that begrudgingly after all the time I sunk into trying to fix their problems (before, well, personally abandoning the range entirely and selling off what I had).

(https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-UWZYRdG8nz4/XEzjYE1wzyI/AAAAAAAAEsg/kySg7sEYc2AzyEWGiKunJljctRc0RUOgwCLcBGAs/s1600/bmd2-1-18.png)
(https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-yUiKenUcE0U/VhhXEot7w0I/AAAAAAAAD60/q1Z-39N61N0/s1600/bmd-2%2Brear.jpg)
(https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/BxEAAOSwa~JbOS8O/s-l1600.jpg)

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress MTLB and FV432 released.
Post by: AKULA on May 07, 2021, 07:54:58 PM
To be fair, in the time that you took to write that post you could probably have built one from scratch  lol ;)

As I don’t wake up in the night bathed in sweat (from a lack of water sluices) and the square bit on the BMD would take about 5 seconds to fix with a craft knife, I’d consider buying a number, but it’s a free world

 :)

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress more army figures released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on May 24, 2021, 11:59:30 AM
Some more 28mm figures added to our BAOR Cold War range for the late 1970's and 80's.

4 prone riflemen, because thats what soldiers tend to do a lot.

4 Stirling SMG armed chaps.

Both packs in the shop here;
https://www.empressminiatures.com/


Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress more army figures released.
Post by: TripleBackflip on May 24, 2021, 03:20:29 PM
They would work perfectly as UNIT soldiers, I'm aware that empress stuff can be a little big though, I have 2 UNIT guys from Black Tree Design. Does anyone know how they scale up?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress more army figures released.
Post by: Kikuchiyo on May 24, 2021, 03:33:20 PM
Do all Empress miniatures come with separate heads or is it just the universal-soldier range?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress more army figures released.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 24, 2021, 05:46:31 PM
They would work perfectly as UNIT soldiers, I'm aware that empress stuff can be a little big though, I have 2 UNIT guys from Black Tree Design. Does anyone know how they scale up?
(https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_yw5d2a9xjY/WC3s_NHSk5I/AAAAAAAABmE/FRC2te6lHqQtiyL52mRFogPIdF2a8vQpwCLcB/s1600/williamandothers.png)
It is worth looking at this thread:
https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=130930.msg1660872#msg1660872 (https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=130930.msg1660872#msg1660872)

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9MAOQezeu44/YISMeW8QvII/AAAAAAAAH0U/BWZDVaI62wAPDfiC5pSJOW0T_LDL_CUjQCLcBGAsYHQ/s500/comparison-empress-1.png)

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dPTvZraQfXU/YISMfGjk9qI/AAAAAAAAH0Y/7aBVQSKvpHE9V-s6eWdVvzqWrgRhfgDhwCLcBGAsYHQ/s500/comparison-empress-4.png)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress more army figures released.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 24, 2021, 05:48:02 PM
Do all Empress miniatures come with separate heads or is it just the universal-soldier range?
A number of their ranges have separate heads, but all the BAOR ones have integrated heads (assuming this bunch also have integrated heads).
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress more army figures released.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 24, 2021, 05:49:02 PM
Nice, now Land Rovers and crew?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress more army figures released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on May 25, 2021, 07:08:29 AM
Nice, now Land Rovers and crew?

Brilliantly answered questions  ;)

Landrovers just being crewed. Both civilian and military. Plus other stuff. More releases later. ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress more army figures released.
Post by: Ewan on May 25, 2021, 07:44:53 AM
Brilliantly answered questions  ;)

Landrovers just being crewed. Both civilian and military. Plus other stuff. More releases later. ;)

When you say civilian crews do you mean western civilians and armed or unarmed  ;D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress more army figures released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on May 25, 2021, 07:52:19 AM
in the landrover and dismounted versions.

We will be doing civilians for the range.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress more army figures released.
Post by: carlos marighela on May 25, 2021, 09:25:41 AM
Some German civvies would be nice*, everyone needs refugees or rubberneckers/bystanders for exercises. But I really, really do want a Milan team.





* Preferably not in dirndls and lederhosen.  :D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress more army figures released.
Post by: AKULA on May 25, 2021, 09:47:18 AM
Some German civvies would be nice*, everyone needs refugees or rubberneckers/bystanders for exercises. But I really, really do want a Milan team.

* Preferably not in dirndls and lederhosen.  :D

100% this (no lederhosen).

I’d go as far to humbly suggest two types - refugees (ie walking, coats, belongings), and bystanders/protestor types (stationary, no additional belongings).
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress more army figures released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on May 25, 2021, 09:49:33 AM
Tempted to just copy the civilians from the Soldier Soldier series, although they are late 80's early 90's so more shoulder pads needed.

Yes to a Milan team.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress more army figures released.
Post by: carlos marighela on May 25, 2021, 10:23:31 AM
German civilians with porn ‘taches and at least one with a mullet.

Of course that might lead to three Geordies, at least one of whom looks remarkably like Jimmy Nail.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress more army figures released.
Post by: carlos marighela on May 25, 2021, 10:27:42 AM
Fuck it, the cast of AWP would make a brilliant character set or sets. :D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress more army figures released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on May 25, 2021, 10:50:35 AM
Fuck it, the cast of AWP would make a brilliant character set or sets. :D

Now thats a good idea  :)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress more army figures released.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 25, 2021, 05:17:14 PM
German civilians with porn ‘taches and at least one with a mullet.
I suggest Deutschland '83 for some period inspiration (okay, possibly a bit late but...).
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress more army figures released.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 25, 2021, 05:21:24 PM
Fuck it, the cast of AWP would make a brilliant character set or sets. :D

Trapped behind Enemy lines....
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress more army figures released.
Post by: Ewan on May 25, 2021, 06:06:45 PM
Now thats a good idea  :)

Red Army takes on Oz and the boys  :-*
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress more army figures released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on May 26, 2021, 06:42:28 AM
Todays release for our 28mm BAOR range are some mounted and dismounted BAOR armoured vehicle crews.

These are designed to fit into the Empress range of 1/50 scale armoured vehicles also available.
We also have two head sets.

The M76 parachute helmet heads which was issued from 1979 replacing the old WW2 type. Also worn by Israeli and Indian paratroopers.
The famous 'Crap' Hat.

https://www.empressminiatures.com/cold-war-baor---early...

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress more army figures released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on May 26, 2021, 06:43:52 AM
 ::)

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress more army figures released.
Post by: Rick F on May 26, 2021, 06:49:51 AM
Ordered a few. mk6 helmets would be nice as well, apart from a few units in N Ireland most people still had SLRs, 58 webbing and mk6 helmets in the mid to late 80s, TA etc even into the 90s.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress more army figures released.
Post by: AKULA on May 26, 2021, 09:35:53 PM
Useful additions to the range.

 8)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress more army figures released.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 26, 2021, 09:45:52 PM
Neat.

Those caps look weird.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress more army figures released.
Post by: carlos marighela on May 27, 2021, 12:05:59 AM
Which I believe was the general view of the actual item. Unkindly described by some as the DILAC hat (Don't I Look like A C**t in this cap).

That tanky with the Sterling has, with a  bit of surgery,  become my number one candidate for an exercise umpire.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress more army figures released.
Post by: Rick F on May 27, 2021, 07:01:33 AM
Which I believe was the general view of the actual item. Unkindly described by some as the DILAC hat (Don't I Look like A C**t in this cap).

That tanky with the Sterling has, with a  bit of surgery,  become my number one candidate for an exercise umpire.
We used to call them "Tw#t hats" They've been reissued in MTP, but in the 10 years we've been wearing it I've only seen one person wearing one, he was soundly mocked for it lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress more army figures released.
Post by: carlos marighela on May 27, 2021, 09:16:06 AM
Don’t worry, the Australian Army came up with something even more dire, a daft looking kepi complete with havelock. Public appearance provoked questions as to whether mummy had dressed the wearer that day. It was supposedly only for issue to armoured crews and regional surveillance units. I think that was based on the logic of out of sight, out of mind.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress more army figures released.
Post by: Kikuchiyo on June 12, 2021, 12:01:34 PM
can anyone help

I'm looking at the empress miniatures nva range - i've read somewhere they are scaled smaller

anyone have any Eureka minis they can compare the EM minatures to?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress more army figures released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on June 12, 2021, 12:41:27 PM
The Vietnam range, note there is a Vietnam thread that may have been better to post on to save confusion  :),  is 28mm.

Its true 28mm size so not small. The figures are sculpted accuratly so that western figures such as US forces are taller than the Vietnamese figures as was, is, accurate.

The Eureka range tends to be smaller and I have heard its more 25mm but I do not own any so I will stop there. I am sure that someone will be along to give exact comparison between Empress and Eureka.



Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress more army figures released.
Post by: Kikuchiyo on June 12, 2021, 01:19:00 PM
sorry didn't realise there was a seperate thread, I'll go ask there

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress more army figures released.
Post by: carlos marighela on June 12, 2021, 02:25:19 PM
Depends which Eureka figures you are talking about. The Mike Broadbent sculpted Vietnam range are smaller but not by huge amount. In fact, with the addition of strip of plasticard under the base, the Vietnam Australians can be made to match height wise.

The Eureka ZANLA and the more recent modern ranges match the Empress Marines and Australians very well in terms of height and proportions.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress more army figures released.
Post by: Kikuchiyo on June 12, 2021, 03:13:24 PM
Thanks

I'm mainly thinking where they might fit in with the soviet range

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress more BAOR figures released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on June 15, 2021, 01:44:51 PM
Empress Miniatures has just released both the Ferret and Saladin Armoured Cars.

These 28mm -  1/48 scale models link into our moderns range and especially our developing Cold War range. 

Both iconic vehicles that saw very long service with the British Army as well as many other forces around the world.

The figures shown are for scale only and not included with the vehicles. They are from our BAOR19 pack.

https://www.empressminiatures.com/vehicles-41-c.asp


Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress SALADIN & FERRET released.
Post by: CapnJim on June 15, 2021, 05:03:46 PM
Hmm.  I have a Solido Saladin (say that 3 times fast!)  I wonder how they'd compare, size wise...I might have to do some math....
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress SALADIN & FERRET released.
Post by: carlos marighela on June 15, 2021, 07:48:33 PM
Probably my two favourite wheeled AFVs of all time. I think I can probably justify at least one more Ferret.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7HnKmT2WgM

Capn Jim, to the best of my knowledge there never was a Solido Saladin. Corgi produced a very nice one in something around 1/56 and there was a Crescent Root Saladin that scales in as ‘huge’, somewhere around 1/40 or more.


Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress SALADIN & FERRET released.
Post by: CapnJim on June 16, 2021, 02:05:32 AM
Capn Jim, to the best of my knowledge there never was a Solido Saladin. Corgi produced a very nice one in something around 1/56 and there was a Crescent Root Saladin that scales in as ‘huge’, somewhere around 1/40 or more.

Upon further review, the call on the field is reversed.  The Saladin in question is indeed a Corgi.  carlos marighela will not be charged a time-out   :)

Oops...I was confused.  My Panhard is a Solido, not my Saladin.  Thanks for the correction, carlos.   8)

In any event, I may have to get one of these Saladins.  My African forces could always use another armored car...
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress SALADIN & FERRET released.
Post by: Marine0846 on June 16, 2021, 04:10:18 AM
Sweet, love them. :-*
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress SALADIN & FERRET released.
Post by: carlos marighela on June 16, 2021, 08:38:18 AM
Upon further review, the call on the field is reversed.  The Saladin in question is indeed a Corgi.  carlos marighela will not be charged a time-out   :)


I think I get the gist of all that, though ‘tis in a foreign tongue. Something about VAR?

One day our American cousins will discover actual football and after a rather bleak period of introspection that makes them question why they have wasted their lives watching insipid games like rounders or that even dafter fucking game where they all wear crash helmets and fart about to know appreciable purpose, they will come to to realise the joys of an actual sport like football. What’s not to like about watching Argentina only mange a draw aginst Chile or watching that twat Jogi Löw sink into depression as France best his side? Brightened my morning at any rate.  ;)

An added side benefit maybe that we might even speak the same language or at least have mutually understandable sports idioms.  :D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress SALADIN & FERRET released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on June 16, 2021, 09:23:29 AM
Upon further review, the call on the field is reversed.  The Saladin in question is indeed a Corgi.  carlos marighela will not be charged a time-out   :)

Oops...I was confused.  My Panhard is a Solido, not my Saladin.  Thanks for the correction, carlos.   8)

In any event, I may have to get one of these Saladins.  My African forces could always use another armored car...

The Panhard is just going into moulds so you can sell you other one  lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress SALADIN & FERRET released.
Post by: CapnJim on June 16, 2021, 01:43:09 PM
The Panhard is just going into moulds so you can sell you other one  lol

Nah.  I think I'll keep her.  My wargame vehicles don't get jealous when I get new ones... :)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress SALADIN & FERRET released.
Post by: CapnJim on June 16, 2021, 01:48:34 PM
An added side benefit maybe that we might even speak the same language or at least have mutually understandable sports idioms.  :D

While that old adage regarding 2 great nations being separated by a common language was about the US and the UK, I think it also applies to nations like Australia and Canada, etc. (those spawned by the mother ship that is the UK).  Hell, even just here in the US, there are some regional dialects that required sub-titles on TV... ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress SALADIN & FERRET released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on June 16, 2021, 02:11:41 PM
Not sure if you can get it on Prime in the USA or Australia but Jeremy Clarkson has a new series out which is about his year on his farm trying to manage things on his own with the help of some locals. Its set not far from where Empress is in the Cotswolds and there is a character with a VERY strong regional accent that is impossible to understand. Its had me crying with laughter every episode. If you can get it its worth a watch   ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress SALADIN & FERRET released.
Post by: Rick F on June 16, 2021, 10:47:29 PM
Not sure if you can get it on Prime in the USA or Australia but Jeremy Clarkson has a new series out which is about his year on his farm trying to manage things on his own with the help of some locals. Its set not far from where Empress is in the Cotswolds and there is a character with a VERY strong regional accent that is impossible to understand. Its had me crying with laughter every episode. If you can get it its worth a watch   ;)
Gerald, security consultant, dry waller and combine driver. Didn't understand a word he said, but I knew he meant "Clarkson, you're a fool" lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress SALADIN & FERRET released.
Post by: commissarmoody on June 17, 2021, 06:15:45 AM
 Yep, I have traveled all across the US, Australia, Canada and to London. And the worst accents I ran into so far in the US were from backwords Louisiana, and Massachusetts/Boston.
No problem with the Canucks or Auzzes I have met. But I know for a fact lots of the kids I met in London were not speaking any version of English I have ever heard before.  lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress SALADIN & FERRET released.
Post by: carlos marighela on June 17, 2021, 09:08:24 AM
Youse right bruv. Innit? ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress SALADIN & FERRET released.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on June 19, 2021, 06:52:36 AM
The accents on Teeside is pretty impenetrable, it is like they phased in from a separate continuum.

That Saladin looks great.

How do the wheels attach on the Saladin. I have dry assembled the HLBSCo Ferret (bought from you rather an embarrassingly long time ago) and the axle system is great.
https://ultravanillasmurf.blogspot.com/search?q=ferret (https://ultravanillasmurf.blogspot.com/search?q=ferret)

The HLBSCo BRDM wheel attachments were less good - hopefully when you reintroduce them they will be improved.

So now the Saladin is in play, will there be some Aussie hardware (FSV, APC etc.) for Vietnam?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress SALADIN & FERRET released.
Post by: AKULA on June 23, 2021, 12:20:01 PM
Like the new additions...particularly the Ferret.

Any more news on the eta for the landies...thinking of both military and civvie uses  :)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress SALADIN & FERRET released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on June 23, 2021, 12:47:49 PM
Getting there  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress SALADIN & FERRET released.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on June 23, 2021, 09:43:20 PM
Any more news on the eta for the landies...thinking of both military and civvie uses  :)
Getting there  ;)
Oooh...
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress SALADIN & FERRET released.
Post by: swiftnick on June 26, 2021, 08:04:51 AM
Yep, I have traveled all across the US, Australia, Canada and to London. And the worst accents I ran into so far in the US were from backwords Louisiana, and Massachusetts/Boston.
No problem with the Canucks or Auzzes I have met. But I know for a fact lots of the kids I met in London were not speaking any version of English I have ever heard before.  lol

I work for an American company and used to spend a lot of time in Morgan city. The Louisiana accent is a hard one too follow. But after a while you tune into it and appreciate it.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress SALADIN & FERRET released.
Post by: CapnJim on June 26, 2021, 05:53:28 PM
Hmm.  Land Rovers.  Hmm.  I have a couple Defenders, but my African forces could use something with a little firepower.  Waiting to see what you guys come up with, Paul...
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress SARACEN released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on July 08, 2021, 08:37:51 AM
One of my personal favourites as they were every where when I was young.

We have just released a 28mm - 1/48 scale Saracen Armoured Car.

The SARACEN was in service from 1952 until the present day.

Used by many countries and was a very common sight in Northern Ireland during the troubles.


https://www.empressminiatures.com/vehicles-41-c.asp

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress SARACEN released.
Post by: carlos marighela on July 08, 2021, 09:51:18 AM
Best looking APC ever and oh so tempting. Is the Fox anywhere close on the update list?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress SARACEN released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on July 08, 2021, 09:55:08 AM
Best looking APC ever and oh so tempting. Is the Fox anywhere close on the update list?

Yep. Coming in a few weeks.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress SARACEN released.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on July 13, 2021, 09:17:11 PM
Nice and ...
oh so tempting.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Just released the Panhard AML-90 AC.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on July 16, 2021, 12:20:34 PM
And another;

Just released the Panhard AML-90 AC - 1/48 scale.

One of those cute military vehicles that was used virtually everywhere.

https://www.empressminiatures.com/vehicles-41-c.asp

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Just released the Panhard AML-90 AC.
Post by: Ash on July 16, 2021, 02:53:00 PM
Very nice, added to my 'wish list'.

Anyone know of a source for .30 cal Brownings in 28mm?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Just released the Panhard AML-90 AC.
Post by: carlos marighela on July 16, 2021, 10:29:04 PM
Hauler do them in resin in 1/48 as well as brass etched ammo belts and ammo boxes.

There’s also an aftermarket company called GasPatch who do insanely detailed resin .30 cals. 

https://www.bnamodelworld.com/parts-decals-for-aircraft-1:48-gaspatch-models-gas16-48101?zenid=70c3c40aad3909271675fa183ae12185

If you feel up to making your own receiver (basically an oblong) then Aber make .30 barrels and barrel shrouds in 1/48.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have had Nic at Eureka let me rummage through the weapons boxes so I have picked up a few 1/56 versions in the past. If you want 1/56 ask around for anyone with Rubicon Allied kits, many have an abundance of .30 cals, the LVTs in particular. Hell, you could even justify one to go with your late war Scots.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Just released the Panhard AML-90 AC.
Post by: Blackwolf on July 17, 2021, 02:09:58 AM
I can heartily recommend the Gaspatch MGs and belts,however they are true 1/48 :)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Just released the Panhard AML-90 AC.
Post by: Ash on July 17, 2021, 08:32:02 AM
...Rubicon Allied kits, many have an abundance of .30 cals, the LVTs in particular.

Hell, you could even justify one to go with your late war Scots.

Now you've done it... (should that be with or without a Polsten?)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Just released the Panhard AML-90 AC.
Post by: carlos marighela on July 17, 2021, 01:48:04 PM
With (natch).
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Just released the Panhard AML-90 AC.
Post by: TripleBackflip on July 17, 2021, 06:08:42 PM
Awww, that's so cute, I want to hang it on my wall  :-*
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Just released the Panhard AML-90 AC.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on July 20, 2021, 10:12:52 AM
Very nice, added to my 'wish list'.

Anyone know of a source for .30 cal Brownings in 28mm?

Just putting the 30 cal, both vehicle and ground mount, and the GPMG with vehicle mount into moulds so will be released as a pack in the not to distant future.   
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Just released the Panhard AML-90 AC.
Post by: Cubs on July 20, 2021, 10:21:02 AM
They actually had a gun that size?! It looks like a WH40K model! It can't have been pleasant inside the turret when that thing went off.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Just released the Panhard AML-90 AC.
Post by: Cypher226 on July 20, 2021, 10:26:10 AM
They actually had a gun that size?! It looks like a WH40K model! It can't have been pleasant inside the turret when that thing went off.

The French have always had some interesting ideas when it comes to armoured vehicle design!
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Just released the Panhard AML-90 AC.
Post by: Ash on July 20, 2021, 12:12:50 PM
Just putting the 30 cal, both vehicle and ground mount, and the GPMG with vehicle mount into moulds so will be released as a pack in the not to distant future.

Brilliant, all of those will be very useful.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Just released the Panhard AML-90 AC.
Post by: CapnJim on July 20, 2021, 05:31:23 PM
Well, there's another couple for the "to buy" list.... :)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Just released the Panhard AML-90 AC.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on July 25, 2021, 01:01:36 PM
Just putting the 30 cal, both vehicle and ground mount, and the GPMG with vehicle mount into moulds so will be released as a pack in the not to distant future.
Any chance of an MG3 (or MG42) on a vehicle mount suitable M113Gs?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Just released the Panhard AML-90 AC.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on July 25, 2021, 01:05:33 PM
That AML looks great - it is now a question of justification...
Will you have a matching French wheeled APC of the period in the future?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Just released the Panhard AML-90 AC.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on July 26, 2021, 08:39:24 AM

Will you have a matching French wheeled APC of the period in the future?

No plans to.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Just released the Panhard AML-90 AC.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on July 27, 2021, 07:51:27 AM
Some better pictures of the Panhard.

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Just released the Panhard AML-90 AC.
Post by: CapnJim on July 28, 2021, 03:09:10 PM
Yup - def on the list now...
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE BAOR WOMBAT AND CREW.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on July 30, 2021, 09:36:41 AM
We have just released the 28mm BAOR crewed WOMBAT Recoilless Rifle for the Cold War range.

120 mm BAT recoilless rifle replaced the 17pdr and in its WOMBAT form was a new build weapon with a lightweight carriage, which meant that it was usable by all air Mobile (Infantry Battalions) plus mobile troops, such as the Parachute Regiment and Royal Marines. It was also fitted to vehicles, such as the FV432 or a 3/4 ton portee Land Rover.

When fitted with an M8C .50 cal spotting rifle which fired a zirconium-tipped spotter tracer round visible past 2,000 yards, it could engage targets out to 2,000 m (2,200 yd). The strike was observed by the No. 1, who called the fall of shot. The No. 2 maintained the spotting rifle and observed the back blast area. The WOMBAT entered service in 1964, rapidly replacing earlier versions in service with the regular army.

It was phased out of the Regular Army in the early 1980's being replaced by the Milan ATG although continued in service with many being kept in stores for use in time of war.

The Parachute Regiment took three to the Falklands but they were never deployed. 

https://www.empressminiatures.com/baor21-wombat-with-crew...


Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE BAOR WOMBAT AND CREW.
Post by: AKULA on July 30, 2021, 11:44:36 AM
Keep them coming Paul, this range just gets better and better :)

The Saracen is definitely going to find its way onto my shopping list, along with the FV432 and a bunch of land rovers when they are ready, and I’m sure I can find a use for the wombat.

Quick question on TA units at the time...are the current minis perfect for them, or would there have been differences in terms of kit? While stationed in the UK, before deployment, would helmets have been uncovered etc?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE BAOR WOMBAT AND CREW.
Post by: carlos marighela on July 30, 2021, 12:07:52 PM
Yup. Want one of those.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE BAOR WOMBAT AND CREW.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on July 30, 2021, 12:44:43 PM
Keep them coming Paul, this range just gets better and better :)

The Saracen is definitely going to find its way onto my shopping list, along with the FV432 and a bunch of land rovers when they are ready, and I’m sure I can find a use for the wombat.

Quick question on TA units at the time...are the current minis perfect for them, or would there have been differences in terms of kit? While stationed in the UK, before deployment, would helmets have been uncovered etc?

Cheers mate.

In theory the TA were equipped and armed exactly the same by 82 and so yes they work for both.

However some TA units were not as well equipped as the regulars but this was the simple process of them needing to catch up on issue. So the WOMBAT probably lingered longer in TA and with your scenario they would have been rolled out of stores along with all sorts of kit.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE BAOR WOMBAT AND CREW.
Post by: carlos marighela on July 30, 2021, 01:08:56 PM
Would still love to see some TA with ‘37 pattern webbing.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE BAOR WOMBAT AND CREW.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on July 30, 2021, 02:01:12 PM
Would still love to see some TA with ‘37 pattern webbing.

Yep  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE BAOR WOMBAT AND CREW.
Post by: Dags on July 30, 2021, 02:10:39 PM
You'd need to make them fatter for sTAbs  ;)

Lovely job on the Wombat  8)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE BAOR WOMBAT AND CREW.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on July 30, 2021, 02:51:30 PM
You'd need to make them fatter for sTAbs  ;)


 lol lol lol lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE BAOR WOMBAT AND CREW.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on August 08, 2021, 03:37:44 PM
That WOMBAT looks great.

It is going on the "Not Colours 21" list.

landrover, landrover, landrover.........

Oh, and another wishlist item: a BAOR rider for your Quadbike. They were in use during Key Flight '89 (Tankograd page 61). Slightly late for the current SLR armed range, but....

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE BAOR LANDROVER WOMBAT AND CREW.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on August 11, 2021, 09:04:09 AM
Just released and in the shop a 28mm - 1/50 scale Land Rover with WOMBAT and crew.

Landrover with a WOMBAT for both 'shoot and scoot' AT firing and also to transport the WOMBAT which can then be dismounted and hidden, until it fires and then everyone can see it. 😆 

BAOR21 pack contains a WOMBAT and firing crew.

The model comes with the Landrover which is made in high density resin and white metal parts and stowage.

There is a windscreen which was sometimes used but usually detached.

Stowage includes the personal kit and weapons of the crew.

The doors of the Landrover are spare and can be removed if wished.

https://www.empressminiatures.com/cold-war-baor---early-1980s-131-c.asp

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE BAOR LANDROVER WOMBAT AND CREW.
Post by: AKULA on August 11, 2021, 09:33:55 AM
  :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*

{cough} yeah...I suppose it’s alright.  ;)

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE BAOR LANDROVER WOMBAT AND CREW.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on August 11, 2021, 09:40:21 AM
  :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*

{cough} yeah...I suppose it’s alright.  ;)

 ::)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE BAOR LANDROVER WOMBAT AND CREW.
Post by: AKULA on August 11, 2021, 01:47:08 PM
Seriously though, I’ll definitely go for a couple with the wombat, and then look at whatever other options you offer, in terms of both the LWB and SWB variants...I can use a couple for civvies as well  :)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE BAOR LANDROVER WOMBAT AND CREW.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on August 11, 2021, 02:30:23 PM
Seriously though, I’ll definitely go for a couple with the wombat, and then look at whatever other options you offer, in terms of both the LWB and SWB variants...I can use a couple for civvies as well  :)

Was thinking of doing the Queen and Prince Phil as per 1980. What do you reckon?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE BAOR LANDROVER WOMBAT AND CREW.
Post by: AKULA on August 11, 2021, 02:45:12 PM
Was thinking of doing the Queen and Prince Phil as per 1980. What do you reckon?

Personally I’m after more generic civilians/farmers etc and would buy multiples thereof, but you should definitely pursue the Royal idea as an option....the funny way these things work, it might become your best selling pack for a non-wargaming audience  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE BAOR LANDROVER WOMBAT AND CREW.
Post by: Ewan on August 11, 2021, 03:15:58 PM
Personally I’m after more generic civilians/farmers etc and would buy multiples thereof, but you should definitely pursue the Royal idea as an option....the funny way these things work, it might become your best selling pack for a non-wargaming audience  ;)

Farmers with shotguns would be good and maybe some armed civvies
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE BAOR LANDROVER WOMBAT AND CREW.
Post by: carlos marighela on August 11, 2021, 07:41:26 PM
Was thinking of doing the Queen and Prince Phil as per 1980. What do you reckon?

I think Phil and her Maj’s sporting instincts would have precluded the use of a Wombat during grouse season at Balmoral although the spotting rifle might have come in handy for deer. As for the Landy, surely the Royals would have upgraded to a Series III by 1980 not some tatty old Series II.  :D

Very nice btw. Sadly this means yet another vehicle I will feel constrained to daub in the Berlin Brigade scheme.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE BAOR LANDROVER WOMBAT AND CREW.
Post by: Rich H on August 11, 2021, 09:29:47 PM
Nice - looks good with all the extras.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE BAOR LANDROVER WOMBAT AND CREW.
Post by: CapnJim on August 12, 2021, 02:12:47 PM
Hmm.  I bet my Peoples' Republic of Northern Gambola could use 1 or 2 of those Landies in their army.  Who knows?  Maybe the rebels could end up with one.  Of course, how they could end up with Wombats would have to be classified....
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE BAOR LANDROVER WOMBAT AND CREW.
Post by: AKULA on August 13, 2021, 02:23:57 PM
Ordered a couple of the landrovers...for starters, plus a few more packs of Infantry  :)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE BAOR LANDROVER WOMBAT AND CREW.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on August 14, 2021, 06:32:24 AM
Very nice btw. Sadly this means yet another vehicle I will feel constrained to daub in the Berlin Brigade scheme.
That we want to see.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE BAOR LANDROVER WOMBAT AND CREW.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on August 14, 2021, 06:45:53 AM
The Landrover + Wombat foretells a conjunction of my card and the Empress website (and much wailing from my bank manager)...

So what angles could you fire the WOMBAT mounted on a land rover (Recoiless Rifles aren't)?

I am reminded of a GDW/Frank Chadwick boxed game (the name of which escapes me at the moment) that covered conflicts over the latter half of the previous century (the century it was published). One of them(North-ish Africa) involved "jousting" Technicals charging towards each other. There was a special rule for that scenario that allowed firing on the move.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE BAOR LANDROVER WOMBAT AND CREW.
Post by: carlos marighela on August 14, 2021, 07:44:50 AM
That we want to see.

Have to manage the courage to tackle the Chieftain first. Luckily for me lockdown means I can’t pop over to Metro Hobbies to pick up some paint. Well that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it for now. :D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on August 16, 2021, 02:43:44 PM
We have just released a 28mm  - 1/48 scale Soviet ZSU-23-4 'Shilka' AA tank.

Originally coming into service in 1960 this beast is still in service around the world. 

Known for its staggering fire power that can be used for ground support as well.

This model is made in resin and white metal.

 https://www.empressminiatures.com/vehicles-41-c.asp

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: AKULA on August 17, 2021, 10:08:26 AM
That’s a beast   :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: AKULA on August 17, 2021, 03:40:53 PM
The landrovers arrived today - lovely crisp castings - looking forward to painting them up shortly.

Re: interiors, am guessing the same base green as the exterior, plus darkish brown for the seats?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: CapnJim on August 17, 2021, 09:52:25 PM
Re: interiors, am guessing the same base green as the exterior, plus darkish brown for the seats?

That's what I'd do.  And it's how the US painted MUTTs and Humvees (the NATO tri-color ones used the green color for the interior).  I've only ever seen one military Land Rover up close and in person, and it was an Australian Defender that some guy near Park City, Utah had sitting out by the street for sale a few years ago. Same - interior was the tan exterior color, with green-brown canvas.  I actually considered buying it, but my rational side kicked in... 8)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: Blackwolf on August 17, 2021, 10:35:55 PM
The Shilka is a must have 8)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on August 20, 2021, 09:33:36 PM
That is a great paint job.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on August 23, 2021, 08:30:16 AM
That is a great paint job.

Many thanks  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: AKULA on August 24, 2021, 06:28:07 PM
So...not that I’ve got an insatiable habit that needs a fix...but what’s next in the release pipeline?

 ;) :D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: Jemima Fawr on August 25, 2021, 03:10:50 AM
The landrovers arrived today - lovely crisp castings - looking forward to painting them up shortly.

Re: interiors, am guessing the same base green as the exterior, plus darkish brown for the seats?
Yes, all the ones I've driven had interiors the same ORIGINAL base colour as the outside, whether green or airfield yellow.  That however meant that I drove at least one that was canary yellow on the inside and green on the outside!  lol

All the seat cushions I saw were black 'pleather'.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: carlos marighela on August 25, 2021, 05:21:44 AM
Yep black pleather, although I recall local ones in green pleather.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: carlos marighela on August 25, 2021, 05:24:19 AM
Shilka is nice but what we really need is a T-64. Most common tank in the GSFG in the ‘80s  and with the exception of Butler’s Plaited Manure nobody makes one.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on August 25, 2021, 07:52:57 AM
Just going into resin moulds - 2 versions of landrover, Stalwart, Fox.

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War more BAOR packs released. released.
Post by: carlos marighela on August 25, 2021, 09:26:41 AM
Quite happy to get the Antiques Roadshow Centurion AVRE on the road but Richard is very busy at the moment.  :'(


He says he just requires the go ahead from you.  :)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on August 25, 2021, 10:09:26 AM
Richard has a list of things to do first  lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: Westfalia Chris on August 25, 2021, 10:38:19 AM
(...)  and with the exception of Butler’s Plaited Manure nobody makes one.

Tut-tut-tut, Charlie, old boy!  :` ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: AKULA on August 25, 2021, 01:48:19 PM
Just going into resin moulds - 2 versions of landrover, Stalwart, Fox.

Excellent, both landrovers will definitely be buys for me - the wombat versions are in my build queue currently.

Am sure I can justify a Stollie (or two)...IIRC Fox was mainly used by BAOR armoured formations, so less interest personally, but great to see the range continue to grow.


what we really need is a T-64. Most common tank in the GSFG in the ‘80s  and with the exception of Butler’s Plaited Manure nobody makes one.

Makes sense, especially given the breadth of models that Empress already have for Sovs. I could even be tempted to broaden my project to include some russkis
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on August 25, 2021, 01:52:21 PM
Excellent, both landrovers will definitely be buys for me - the wombat versions are in my build queue currently.

Am sure I can justify a Stollie (or two)...IIRC Fox was mainly used by BAOR armoured formations, so less interest personally, but great to see the range continue to grow.


Makes sense, especially given the breadth of models that Empress already have for Sovs. I could even be tempted to broaden my project to include some russkis

You have to have an invasion force surely?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: AKULA on August 25, 2021, 02:02:03 PM
You have to have an invasion force surely?

Well, some Naval Infantry would go well with those airborne troops you’ve promised us.... lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: Jemima Fawr on August 25, 2021, 02:59:04 PM
Yep black pleather, although I recall local ones in green pleather.
Yes, green pleather was also definitely a 'thing', now you come to mention it (I think on the more modern ones (Series 3)?).
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on August 25, 2021, 09:27:49 PM
... but what we really need is a T-64. Most common tank in the GSFG in the ‘80s ...
An uparmoured T55?
Well, some Naval Infantry would go well with those airborne troops you’ve promised us.... lol
They are on period lists...
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on August 25, 2021, 09:29:36 PM
Received the land rover, etc (with thanks), now to decide what happens to my build queue....
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: carlos marighela on August 26, 2021, 12:35:14 AM
An uparmoured T55? They are on period lists...

Group of Soviet Forces in Germany.  While there were a few T-62 kicking around, notably in the Soviet 6th Separate Guards Motor Rifle Brigade in Berlin, the vast majority of Soviet tanks stationed in the early 1980s were T-64 types. T-80 was a growing presence and by the end of the decade would have largely supplanted the T-64 as the MBT of choice in East Germany. No T-72 in GSFG. The only T-72 in Germany were NVA vehicles and they were something of a minority, concentrated mostly in the two panzer divisions.

Leaving aside specialist variants like engineering vehicles there would have been very few T-55 in the Soviet tank park in Germany. A few in training units.  Of course for the Warsaw Pact allies it was the main MBT but East Germans aside nobody makes any WP troops, Poles, Czechs etc.

As an aside I see one of the aftermarket companies has released a set of KMT mine rollers in 1/48. Aimed at the Tamiya kit but might work with the Empress 1/50 version.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on August 26, 2021, 08:36:22 AM
Don't worry the T62 is on the list to do.

1/50 scale of course.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: Ursus Maior on August 26, 2021, 08:46:55 AM
We have just released a 28mm  - 1/48 scale Soviet ZSU-23-4 'Shilka' AA tank.
Again, a wonderful model! What a pity, that the scale is so huge. That makes it practically impossible to mix with other vehicles in 28 mm range. We put a BMP-1 next to a T-34, which has almost exactly the same real-life dimensions, and the BMP-1 dwarves the tank.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on August 26, 2021, 08:53:56 AM
Really? Interesting negative first post.

Our vehicles are 1/50 and the HLBSC 1/48 and match perfectly well.

We do not sell a T34 so not sure what you are using? Presumably a 1/56 scale which do work with true or larger 28mm figures. Which is why we use the larger scales.  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: carlos marighela on August 26, 2021, 09:19:30 AM
Don't worry the T62 is on the list to do.

1/50 scale of course.

Hmm have a T-62. T-64 pretty please?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: AKULA on August 26, 2021, 09:24:39 AM
What an odd first post...  :?

Anyway...back to the thread...

I was wondering if there would be any mileage in a single figure (or pack) with empty hands?

I can think of a lot of uses for a squaddie not holding a weapon...and it would offer a load of simple conversion opportunities ... off duty, unloading, stretcher bearer.  Add an officer type, and you’ve got an exercise marshal etc

If you wanted to go the whole hog, you could have a sprue with some alternate hand options holding an entrenching tool, field dressing etc

Just a thought

 :)

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on August 26, 2021, 09:39:58 AM
Hmm have a T-62. T-64 pretty please?

me me me  lol

Yeah we are doing a T64.  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on August 26, 2021, 09:44:24 AM
What an odd first post...  :?

Anyway...back to the thread...

I was wondering if there would be any mileage in a single figure (or pack) with empty hands?

I can think of a lot of uses for a squaddie not holding a weapon...and it would offer a load of simple conversion opportunities ... off duty, unloading, stretcher bearer.  Add an officer type, and you’ve got an exercise marshal etc

If you wanted to go the whole hog, you could have a sprue with some alternate hand options holding an entrenching tool, field dressing etc

Just a thought

 :)

Yes indeed it is a strange post. ;)

We are releasing the WOMBAT firing crew as they are useful empty handed chaps. I just need to do some pictures and put them on the site.

As we go along there will be other suitable figures so we could make a special pack from those. Do not want to do anything too special as it costs a lot of money and more importantly takes time that we can spend on more fun things such as the MILAN pack.

I want to get onto the Soviet paras ASAP but Tony is just crewing a western stage coach plus some other stuff. busy, busy, busy. 
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: AKULA on August 26, 2021, 10:01:35 AM
Your suggestion about grouping existing empty handed figures into a pack would be a great option...and can’t wait to see the paras  8)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: carlos marighela on August 26, 2021, 08:34:41 PM
“ I want to get onto the Soviet paras ASAP but Tony is just crewing a western stage coach plus some other stuff. busy, busy, busy. ”

It’s not often that we get insights into the sculptor’s day jobs but I suppose this shortage of heavy haulage drivers is clearly starting to bite.  :D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on August 26, 2021, 09:54:18 PM
An uparmoured T55? They are on period lists...
Group of Soviet Forces in Germany.  While there were a few T-62 kicking around, notably in the Soviet 6th Separate Guards Motor Rifle Brigade in Berlin, the vast majority of Soviet tanks stationed in the early 1980s were T-64 types. T-80 was a growing presence and by the end of the decade would have largely supplanted the T-64 as the MBT of choice in East Germany. No T-72 in GSFG. The only T-72 in Germany were NVA vehicles and they were something of a minority, concentrated mostly in the two panzer divisions.
I stand corrected on GSFG, but one of the period lists (Frank Chadwick's Combined Arms - 1988 - page 89) has non GSFG Category III divisions with T55s (~39% of army inventory).
I vaguely remember T55s being on the Bruce Rea Taylor lists (which was the period list I was thinking of) but I put them back in their box file a while bac so cannot checkk.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on August 26, 2021, 09:57:02 PM
Re-scale: unfortunately a company named after an Italian river chose wrong in continuing with 1/56 for Vietnam and beyond - doubly irritating as they are doing the Chinese Type-63 APC.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: Rick F on August 26, 2021, 09:58:22 PM
"We are releasing the WOMBAT firing crew as they are useful empty handed chaps. I just need to do some pictures and put them on the site."

Great news Paul, I've got loads of uses for those :)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: carlos marighela on August 26, 2021, 10:15:37 PM
Indeed there would have been lower readiness category divisions in the Western part of the Soviet Union as well as elsewhere that still had T-55 but remember that by the 1980s the T-72 was being fielded in greater numbers than the T-64 as the principle tank in what would have been follow up formations.

It’s instructive to note that the Soviets in Afghanistan almost exclusively utilised T-62s, at least after the initial invasion. That’s despite there being no shortage of T-55 tanks in the Turkestan MD where the bulk of 40th Army/ LCSFA was drawn from. You would think that for the purposes of counter insurgency warfare that a T-55  is as good as a T-62 (which for all practical purposes is an up-gunned T-55) but clearly the Soviets chose to use the best available resource whilst not depleting their first line resources pegged for use in a conventional war.

None of is to say that the Soviets would not have used T-55 had a war lasted long enough and force depletion required their use but I doubt they would gave been anywhere close to a battlefield in Germany in the sort of war the Soviets were planning for at least not with the Soviets.

Now the T-55 did linger on in frontline service with the Naval Infantry so if you hanker for them as Soviet crewed items there’s always Norway and Denmark.


* There were still T-34, T-44 and T-10M in Soviet warehouses in the 1980s apparently. The T-34s were still being provided as foreign aid into the 1970s just like the T-54 and T-55.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: carlos marighela on August 26, 2021, 10:17:42 PM
"We are releasing the WOMBAT firing crew as they are useful empty handed chaps. I just need to do some pictures and put them on the site."

Great news Paul, I've got loads of uses for those :)

 Indeed that is good news. Useful for a range of stuff.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: AKULA on August 26, 2021, 10:45:51 PM
Quick question - is the BTR70 that Empress does basically the same as a BTR60PB ...I seem to recall the chassis/turret is identical and that the differences  were internal?

Toying with the idea of some Naval Infantry...

 :?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: carlos marighela on August 27, 2021, 02:48:09 AM
Nope, quite a bit of external difference. Micromir do a nice 1/48 kit if you want a BTR-60
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on August 27, 2021, 11:13:15 AM
Quick question - is the BTR70 that Empress does basically the same as a BTR60PB ...I seem to recall the chassis/turret is identical and that the differences  were internal?

Toying with the idea of some Naval Infantry...

 :?

Our Soviets will be airbourne and we have BMD's so you could do that.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: AKULA on August 27, 2021, 12:36:02 PM
Our Soviets will be airbourne and we have BMD's so you could do that.

Sov airborne (& BMDs) are definitely on my todo list...just thinking about vehicles for a group of naval infantry to link up with them  :)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on August 27, 2021, 04:43:21 PM
Sov airborne (& BMDs) are definitely on my todo list...just thinking about vehicles for a group of naval infantry to link up with them  :)

Landed by submarine and requesition local vehicles.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: AKULA on August 27, 2021, 05:25:43 PM
Landed by submarine and requesition local vehicles.

Damn...do I need to make a submarine then  ;) lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: commissarmoody on August 27, 2021, 07:58:02 PM
Damn...do I need to make a submarine then  ;) lol
Empress makes a U-boat if your don't mind that being off by a few decades.  lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE BAOR LANDROVER WOMBAT AND CREW.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on August 28, 2021, 03:51:05 PM
Okay, this may sound like a stupid question, but looking at the Land Rover, which side of the chassis are the differentials? Are they on the same side fore and aft?
(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aVrSHYyCTDQ/YSpZpM5TRGI/AAAAAAAAINE/oq3CKAAH-JEry9q9gcSSLzwXWEqrD39MQCLcBGAsYHQ/s535/landrover-3-1.png)
Evidently my Google Fu is weak.

Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE BAOR LANDROVER WOMBAT AND CREW.
Post by: AKULA on August 28, 2021, 04:12:06 PM
Okay, this may sound like a stupid question, but looking at the Land Rover, which side of the chassis are the differentials? Are they on the same side fore and aft?

No idea, but if you’ve got a mate that peers underneath your vehicles and points out that sort of thing, then I’d seriously consider who I class as a mate  ;) :D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE BAOR LANDROVER WOMBAT AND CREW.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on August 28, 2021, 04:39:50 PM
No idea, but if you’ve got a mate that peers underneath your vehicles and points out that sort of thing, then I’d seriously consider who I class as a mate  ;) :D
^__^
I dread the day when someone points out the missing drive shaft on my CT15A.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: Rich H on August 28, 2021, 07:37:35 PM
(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1lUEmxdQq_E/Xt94wN4cRZI/AAAAAAAAg1I/rAq_BJpZ5lcwAhMwS8ATAfadbCnwqC5YQCLcBGAsYHQ/s640/Revell%2BLand%2BRover%2B09.jpg)  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on August 28, 2021, 09:12:34 PM
Thanks Rich.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: AKULA on August 31, 2021, 02:46:34 PM
Painted up the first of the land rovers I ordered - went together very easily, a lovely kit.

(https://i.imgur.com/LMNNSAV.jpg)


I fear that I may have got carried away with the camouflage though

(https://i.imgur.com/e9mzgQa.jpg)

The only modification (apart from the camo netting is a head swop of the guy sat at the back (gave him a Crooked Dice head).

(https://i.imgur.com/LtSAn7M.jpg)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: carlos marighela on August 31, 2021, 06:00:34 PM
Q: What do you call a Wombat gunner in a big pile of dead leaves?
A: Russell.

I think it looks pretty good and a fair approximation of the original. Nicely done!
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on August 31, 2021, 06:31:03 PM
As I mentioned on your thread nice.

The top shot is going to be very useful.

How does the muzzle blast and the cammo net interact?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: AKULA on August 31, 2021, 06:58:42 PM
How does the muzzle blast and the cammo net interact?

Badly I expect... :D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: Rich H on August 31, 2021, 08:35:34 PM
 :-*
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: CapnJim on August 31, 2021, 10:20:20 PM
Good work there, AKULA.  Love the camo net.  Just gotta watch where the backblast cone is pointed... :D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on September 01, 2021, 07:41:23 AM
Brilliant job.

Love the cammo net. If only we had thought of that with all our vehicles we could have just designed them all with no details  lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: carlos marighela on September 01, 2021, 10:23:50 AM
Brilliant job.

Love the cammo net. If only we had thought of that with all our vehicles we could have just designed them all with no details  lol

There’s another crowd that’s beaten you to the punch on that one.  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on September 01, 2021, 01:22:37 PM
There’s another crowd that’s beaten you to the punch on that one.  ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtWC5L1sXt8
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: AKULA on September 09, 2021, 05:28:31 PM
Any sneak peeks/more details on the new (new) landies?

Also any thoughts about how wide the planned Soviet Airborne range will be? Will you be covering off the company-level support weapon options, grenade launchers, MGs, mortars and ATW?

I know I’m impatient but you’ve sold me on the idea of fielding a force of VDV now  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: commissarmoody on September 09, 2021, 09:29:59 PM
Since we are talking about WW3 forces for the 80s. Are you guys planning on producing a M60 series tanks? Especially the m60a3 variant for my mid 80s US force?  :D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on September 10, 2021, 07:27:09 AM
Since we are talking about WW3 forces for the 80s. Are you guys planning on producing a M60 series tanks? Especially the m60a3 variant for my mid 80s US force?  :D

No plans for US vehicles at the moment. :(
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on September 10, 2021, 07:27:54 AM
Any sneak peeks/more details on the new (new) landies?

Also any thoughts about how wide the planned Soviet Airborne range will be? Will you be covering off the company-level support weapon options, grenade launchers, MGs, mortars and ATW?

I know I’m impatient but you’ve sold me on the idea of fielding a force of VDV now  ;)


In short yes. Same as the Brits which are nearly finished.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: commissarmoody on September 10, 2021, 07:29:12 AM
No plans for US vehicles at the moment. :(
  :( :( :( :( Hope for the future then.  :D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: carlos marighela on September 10, 2021, 08:03:10 AM
Personally speaking,  I'm curious as to what the VDV will be wearing. Seventies style jumpsuits and jump helmets? Berets or steel helmets?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: AKULA on September 10, 2021, 08:14:01 AM
Personally speaking,  I'm curious as to what the VDV will be wearing. Seventies style jumpsuits and jump helmets? Berets or steel helmets?

I’m hoping for the camo onesies plus Berets  :D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on September 10, 2021, 08:28:15 AM
Like this with a para beret?

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: AKULA on September 10, 2021, 08:48:02 AM
Like this with a para beret?

That’s the one  lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: AKULA on September 10, 2021, 08:52:26 AM
I know it falls out of the time period for the BAOR range given its contemporary, but are you considering adding a miniature of this fearsome RAF warrior to your range? From the latest RAF Press Release.


(https://i.imgur.com/53ZTaCm.jpg?1)

 :D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on September 10, 2021, 09:20:25 AM
That is something that I would have to think about  ???


NO!
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: AKULA on September 12, 2021, 08:18:03 AM
Also any thoughts about how wide the planned Soviet Airborne range will be? Will you be covering off the company-level support weapon options, grenade launchers, MGs, mortars and ATW?

In short yes. Same as the Brits which are nearly finished.

Excellent news  8)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on September 13, 2021, 09:34:20 AM
Start the week with some new releases.

Due to popular demand we have released the Wombat , crew and vehicle crew as separate packs. These are, as has been pointed out , very useful items on their own. 

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress RELEASE SHILKA AA AFV.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on September 13, 2021, 09:37:33 AM
Civilian Landrovers, both long and short wheel base are now available.

Manufactured in high grade resin and metal parts.

 https://www.empressminiatures.com/vehicles-41-c.asp


Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress NEW RELEASES INCLUDING LANDROVERS.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on September 13, 2021, 09:45:24 AM
We have also released a useful pack with 30 Cal and GMPG machine guns with vehicle and ground mounts.

These can be used for various vehicles. 

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress NEW RELEASES INCLUDING LANDROVERS.
Post by: carlos marighela on September 13, 2021, 10:23:40 AM
Fabulous! :-* I’ll be all over those like a cheap suit. Any news on crew for the FV432?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress NEW RELEASES INCLUDING LANDROVERS.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on September 13, 2021, 10:30:14 AM
Fabulous! :-* I’ll be all over those like a cheap suit. Any news on crew for the FV432?

Not yet working on a load of other stuff first then those and the MILAN crew.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress NEW RELEASES INCLUDING LANDROVERS.
Post by: commissarmoody on September 13, 2021, 11:21:32 AM
Very nice!
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress NEW RELEASES INCLUDING LANDROVERS.
Post by: Ewan on September 13, 2021, 04:37:00 PM
The civilian Landrovers look nice and I was wondering when they will be getting crews.  Thanks
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress NEW RELEASES INCLUDING LANDROVERS.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on September 14, 2021, 07:42:11 AM
The civilian Landrovers look nice and I was wondering when they will be getting crews.  Thanks

Yes various types from military to civilian. Just wading through lots of stuff so thought we would bow to pressure from fellow LAFer's an release these first.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress NEW RELEASES INCLUDING LANDROVERS.
Post by: AKULA on September 14, 2021, 07:27:31 PM
Love the new SWB landrover, and appreciate you releasing the wombat crew separately...going to have some fun thinking about different uses for them  :D

thought we would bow to pressure from fellow LAFer's an release these first.

Guilty as charged.... order placed, more to follow  :)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress NEW RELEASES INCLUDING LANDROVERS.
Post by: carlos marighela on September 14, 2021, 11:42:47 PM
Love the new SWB landrover, and appreciate you releasing the wombat crew separately...going to have some fun thinking about different uses for them  :D


Likewise. First thoughts, from left to right. RAMC medic, Royal Engineer demolitions party, RA Forward Observer. Last one just needs a kneeling signaller to go with him. I think I can manage that with what already exists. The first one could also work as RE, either laying/lifting mines or laying charges.

Really looking forward to Milan, now I need to get back to making more terrain.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress NEW RELEASES INCLUDING LANDROVERS.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on September 18, 2021, 06:45:55 AM
Excellent.

Those separate vehicle crew might fit some of the Empress Hotchkiss M201s I have lying about for TW2K (I have not started the Osprey Diet Bien Phu book to see if they had them there).

Has anyone tried the Empress Modern British crew in the civilian Land Rovers?

Must resist buying more Land Rovers until I have painted the first one...
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress NEW RELEASES INCLUDING LANDROVERS.
Post by: commissarmoody on September 18, 2021, 07:23:56 AM
Excellent.

Those separate vehicle crew might fit some of the Empress Hotchkiss M201s I have lying about for TW2K (I have not started the Osprey Diet Bien Phu book to see if they had them there).

Has anyone tried the Empress Modern British crew in the civilian Land Rovers?

Must resist buying more Land Rovers until I have painted the first one...
I didn't even think about using them for French Indo-China. Good idea.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress NEW RELEASES INCLUDING LANDROVERS.
Post by: AKULA on September 18, 2021, 10:30:07 AM
Just looking ahead to the Soviet Airborne, can anyone suggest what Humbrol spray colour would be the best match for Soviet vehicles as a base colour?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress NEW RELEASES INCLUDING LANDROVERS.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on September 20, 2021, 09:43:26 AM
Excellent.

Has anyone tried the Empress Modern British crew in the civilian Land Rovers?


With the odd leg bent and foot removed they do fit. ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress NEW RELEASE ALVIS STALWART.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on September 21, 2021, 10:37:26 AM
A new release in 28mm = 1/50 scale is the Alvis Stalwart.

The Stalwart, formally classified by the British Army as Truck, High Mobility Load Carrier (HMLC), 5 Ton, 6 x 6, Alvis/Stalwart and informally known by servicemen as the Stolly, and by former RCT as the Stally, is a highly mobile amphibious military truck. Built by Alvis Cars between 1963 and 1971, these vehicles served with the British Army from 1964 until 1993.
Whilst the Stalwart could be used for troop movement, it was more regularly used for carrying Packed fuel (over 300 Jerry cans) and ammunition.

https://www.empressminiatures.com/alvis-stalwart-2790-p.asp


Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress NEW RELEASE ALVIS STALWART & FOX CVR(W).
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on September 23, 2021, 08:20:22 AM
Todays new release is a Fox Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicle.

28MM = 1/48 Scale. Crew figures shown are not supplied but available in pack BAOR19

The FV721 Fox Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Wheeled) (CVR(W)) was a 4 × 4 armoured car manufactured by ROF Leeds, deployed by the British Army as a replacement for the Ferret scout car and the Saladin armoured car. The Fox was introduced into service with B Squadron, 1st Royal Tank Regiment (Aliwal Barracks, Tidworth) in 1975 and withdrawn from service 1993–94.

It had a crew of three and had a low profile rotating turret armed with a 30 mm L21 RARDEN cannon, which was manually fed with three-round clips; 99 rounds were carried. A coaxial L37A2 7.62 mm machine gun was mounted with 2,600 rounds. The weapons were not stabilised. This turret was also equipped with a set of two 4-barrelled smoke dischargers. The vehicle had a combat weight of 6.75 tonnes and was designed to be air-portable. The Fox had aluminium armour and was fitted with a flotation screen. It lacked protection against nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. Powered by a Jaguar 4.2-litre 6-cylinder petrol engine, the Fox was one of the fastest vehicles of its type.

The all-welded aluminium armour hull and turret protected against small arms fire and artillery splinters but not from heavy (.50 calibre) machine gun fire. The driver sat at the front and had an integral periscope/hatch cover that lifted and opened to the right. The centre mounted turret held the commander-loader on the left and gunner on the right. They each had a rear-opening hatch cover.
Without preparation, the Fox can ford one metre of water and a flotation screen can be erected in two minutes. Drive when floating was solely from the road wheels, giving poor performance and the screens were removed from most UK vehicles early in their service life. Air portable, three Foxes can be carried by one C-130 Hercules aircraft, two of which can be parachute dropped.

The Fox was principally used by the Royal and Queen's Own Yeomanry, the brigade reconnaissance regiments in 2 Div, BAOR's rear area formation. Small numbers were also attached to air mobile, armoured and mechanized infantry battalions to form a reconnaissance platoon.

https://www.empressminiatures.com/vehicles-41-c.asp


Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress NEW RELEASES INCLUDING LANDROVERS.
Post by: Ash on September 23, 2021, 10:39:19 AM
We have also released a useful pack with 30 Cal and GMPG machine guns with vehicle and ground mounts.

These can be used for various vehicles.

Which section are these in?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress NEW RELEASES INCLUDING LANDROVERS.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on September 23, 2021, 11:12:16 AM
Which section are these in?

Sadly I have had to remove them from the shop for a little while as demand was huge and I am going to need to make a larger mould and re release. Sorry about that although it should only be a few weeks.  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress NEW RELEASE ALVIS STALWART & FOX CVR(W).
Post by: carlos marighela on September 24, 2021, 10:05:14 PM
Fox on the run…..

Ordered.

Bit of online research shows that at different times the Foxes in the recce platoons of infantry battalions in Berlin sported both the standard British Army black/ green scheme or the distinctive Berlin Infantry Brigade scheme seen on Chieftans and FV432. That’s a relief, one less intricate masking and spraying job and double use for the Fox. Result!  :D

Now we just need the FV432 with the Fox turret.  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress NEW RELEASE ALVIS STALWART & FOX CVR(W).
Post by: AKULA on September 26, 2021, 01:49:57 PM
Great additions...certainly tempted by the Stolly in particular  :)

Thanks also Paul, my latest ordered arrived in record time - lovely crisp castings

 8)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress NEW RELEASE ALVIS STALWART & FOX CVR(W).
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on September 26, 2021, 05:44:29 PM
The Stalwart looks good, in the white resin it reminds me of the die-cast I had as a child. I think it was white with BP logos on the sides.

The Fox looks great.

But I must finish some of the Empress Mountain Range....
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress NEW RELEASE ALVIS STALWART & FOX CVR(W).
Post by: Ewan on September 26, 2021, 05:55:39 PM
The Stalwart looks good, in the white resin it reminds me of the die-cast I had as a child. I think it was white with BP logos on the sides.
Yep I had that one as well, I believe it was Matchbox who made it and mine is probably still in the shed at my parents.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress NEW RELEASE ALVIS STALWART & FOX CVR(W).
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on October 01, 2021, 02:56:48 PM
I know you guys like these questions so here you are. Just completed the design of the Soviet Paras and have got to the major decision which is;

Would you prefer them wearing the cammo jump suit with a mix of berets and leather helmets so they look like they just landed and went into action.

Or the para tunic - khaki - with berets only. Kinda summer wear.

Or swim suits. I have gone off the last idea.  lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures COLD WAR SOVIET PARA QUESTION.
Post by: Rick F on October 01, 2021, 03:05:14 PM
 lol
Cammo jump suits for me, that's what they always wore in our old SSVC training videos :)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures COLD WAR SOVIET PARA QUESTION.
Post by: carlos marighela on October 01, 2021, 04:03:22 PM
One piece, KLMK camo overalls would potentially make them easier to convert, given you already do Ssh-68 helmets and opens up the prospect of  making other types.

That said, the same sculptor already does helmeted Soviets in KLMK suits and Eureka do the same, with the addition of flak jackets for Afghanistan.

On balance, I’d go with the standard VDV tunic or even the classic one piece khaki jump overalls.You could do what you did with the Universal Soldier range and sell variants in either beret or steel helmet.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures COLD WAR SOVIET PARA QUESTION.
Post by: commissarmoody on October 01, 2021, 06:33:19 PM
Both, both is fine.  :D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures COLD WAR SOVIET PARA QUESTION.
Post by: AKULA on October 01, 2021, 06:47:51 PM
Camo jump suits and berets, plus a few jump hats and or a separate sprue of jump hats for conversions.

 :)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures COLD WAR SOVIET PARA QUESTION.
Post by: AKULA on October 01, 2021, 09:28:34 PM
Quick question - can the KLMK be used as the basis of snow-suited airborne?

The WW2 snow suits were 2 piece I think, but given the KLMK was one piece would the same apply to snow camo?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures COLD WAR SOVIET PARA QUESTION.
Post by: carlos marighela on October 01, 2021, 11:31:08 PM
I suspect that would rather depend on just how the figure was sculpted. Most of the depictions, photos and illustrations show the snow suit as having a fairly long hem, at least thigh length and often worn over their equipment. At any rate, I suppose you could justify it by saying they had tucked the skirts of the jacket into their trousers or you could go the route of putty or lead foil.

In the mid 70’s Soviets did introduce the KZS suit a two piece camouflage suit in a similar pattern to KLMK, but using a loose weave, burlap type material with a different colouration. This was popular in Afghanistan.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures COLD WAR SOVIET PARA QUESTION.
Post by: carlos marighela on October 02, 2021, 12:09:26 AM
My main hope is that the weapon mix for the packs is accurate, which given the research Empress usually put into these things, I’m confident will be achieved.

For some odd reason, the early packs of Soviets in the complementary line by another manufacturer has two RPKs in one pack, leading to a need to buy extras. Bizarrely, the East Germans, whose organisation did contain two RPK per squad only had one pose, requiring either conversions or the purchase of another three packs to gain three figures. Both ranges seemed to think that the PK was a squad option when, in fact, it was a company asset.

Hopefully these are useful.

https://www.battleorder.org/1986-ussr-airassaultco

https://www.battleorder.org/vdv-footmobile-1986






Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures COLD WAR SOVIET PARA QUESTION.
Post by: carlos marighela on October 02, 2021, 12:14:29 AM
Just note that for the ‘70s and early ‘80s you really want the RPG-16 but I doubt many people will complain if you go with RPG-7s.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures COLD WAR SOVIET PARA QUESTION.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on October 02, 2021, 09:08:41 AM
Just note that for the ‘70s and early ‘80s you really want the RPG-16 but I doubt many people will complain if you go with RPG-7s.

The plan is for RPG 16'S
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures COLD WAR SOVIET PARA QUESTION.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on October 02, 2021, 09:28:38 AM
My main hope is that the weapon mix for the packs is accurate, which given the research Empress usually put into these things, I’m confident will be achieved.

For some odd reason, the early packs of Soviets in the complementary line by another manufacturer has two RPKs in one pack, leading to a need to buy extras. Bizarrely, the East Germans, whose organisation did contain two RPK per squad only had one pose, requiring either conversions or the purchase of another three packs to gain three figures. Both ranges seemed to think that the PK was a squad option when, in fact, it was a company asset.


Aiming for the 1980 date as the mid point. So RPKS-74 LMG for the sections with a pack of 4 and a pack of two guys prone and two moving with the support PKM. Same fir the Grenade Launcher. Will even throw in a flame thrower for the scary effect.

Also an officer with a AKS74U.

Weapon types will be by pack so customers can do what they want as its always a toss up between history and gamers wants  ;)

Currently looking for things like equipment panniers etc. No idea if they used them but assume so. Any information gratefully received ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures COLD WAR SOVIET PARA QUESTION.
Post by: carlos marighela on October 02, 2021, 09:53:44 AM
Works for me. Happy with weapon type per pack arrangements, can always do something with the odd spare.

As for weapons panniers, I presume you are talking about air droppable canisters? The VDV jumped with its small arms which is largely why they went to to the trouble of making folding versions of everything including the RPG.

You can see this in the first few minutes of this Soviet film.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTty48SgJjM

Heavier weapons would most likely have been carried on the rocket retarded pallets they used for the BMDs. Not sure if they had WW2 style canisters for ammo etc. If using BMDs the vehicles would have been bombed up anyway.

Not done that frequently but worth remembering the Soviets did on occasion practice dropping their troops inside the BMD. That must have been fucking horrific. Not for the faint of heart or those prone to motion sickness.

A US flick that shows  BMDs being dropped on their pallets.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpzkQeoJn7k

Enjoy!

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures COLD WAR SOVIET PARA QUESTION.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on October 02, 2021, 10:59:09 AM
Its a mans life in the VDV.

What period do you think those films are. 1970's?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures COLD WAR SOVIET PARA QUESTION.
Post by: carlos marighela on October 02, 2021, 11:33:21 AM
Judging from the uniforms and weapons, early 1970s is my best guess.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures COLD WAR SOVIET PARA QUESTION.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on October 02, 2021, 05:13:52 PM
What is the timeline on this?

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on October 02, 2021, 06:37:39 PM
Sculpting starts this week.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: commissarmoody on October 02, 2021, 09:47:24 PM
As a former paratrooper watching those videos set off my health and safety radar. I wonder how many soviet paratroopers were killed and injured before making it to the ground or by their buddies in those training ground assaults.  lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on October 03, 2021, 08:25:52 AM
As a former paratrooper watching those videos set off my health and safety radar. I wonder how many soviet paratroopers were killed and injured before making it to the ground or by their buddies in those training ground assaults.  lol

I had the same feeling. Real basic stuff. Serious guts to do that.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: carlos marighela on October 03, 2021, 10:48:21 AM
That’s nothing. These VDV types are put through all the torments. Rock lifting, pole dancing, super fast disco dancing, surviving earthquakes, jumping out of planes so fast that the loadmaster gets dizzy and of course the obligatory Soviet schtick of jumping through flaming hoola-hoops and other burning shit. They take time out to do some soldierly shit as relaxation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYdCRm4M-l8

That said, I can only think of four American paratroopers off the top of my head. Jumpin’ Jim Gavin, Barry Sadler, Jimi Hendrix and commirsarmoody. Given that three out of those four are dead, I reckon they really earn that jump pay.  :D

Now for some ‘80s action:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJfCf9mnnWY
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: Sparrow on October 03, 2021, 01:50:14 PM
That said, I can only think of four American paratroopers off the top of my head. Jumpin’ Jim Gavin, Barry Sadler, Jimi Hendrix and commirsarmoody. Given that three out of those four are dead, I reckon they really earn that jump pay.  :D

Maxwell D Taylor, Matt Ridgeway and the cast of Band of Brothers  lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: carlos marighela on October 03, 2021, 10:17:07 PM
Odds are getting longer! lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: commissarmoody on October 03, 2021, 11:09:46 PM
True it can be dangerous at times. Seen my share of "accidents" while in. Along with my own few near brushes with destiny (chutes failing to open, a Helicopter just deciding to die 50 feet above the ground, a few IEDs, and a at least a dozen angry bullets sent my way.)  lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: Sparrow on October 04, 2021, 04:14:55 AM
Odds are getting longer! lol
  :o
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: Rich H on October 04, 2021, 06:21:05 PM
True it can be dangerous at times. Seen my share of "accidents" while in. Along with my own few near brushes with destiny (chutes failing to open, a Helicopter just deciding to die 50 feet above the ground, a few IEDs, and a at least a dozen angry bullets sent my way.)  lol

If the wings are moving faster than the fuselage it's probably a helicopter therefore inherently dangerous.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: Curassier on October 04, 2021, 06:56:22 PM
But pretty "camp" songs !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rAHrHd2lcw


Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: Curassier on October 04, 2021, 06:58:13 PM
VDV Hello from the sky !
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: AKULA on October 04, 2021, 08:09:17 PM
But pretty "camp" songs !


 lol

That could easily be a Eurovision contender
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on October 04, 2021, 09:48:26 PM
Sculpting starts this week.
Cool.
It might give me a chance to finish something off.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: commissarmoody on October 04, 2021, 10:03:29 PM
If the wings are moving faster than the fuselage it's probably a helicopter therefore inherently dangerous.
Yeah don't trust the things.  lol

And that song is as horrible as it is awesome!
Looking forward to picking up some VDV. 
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: cuprum on October 05, 2021, 08:24:09 AM
The boots of the Soviet paratrooper had a lacing or fastener so that the shoes would not be lost during a parachute jump.

(http://forma-odezhda.ru/image/data/get/9747/243879475.0/0_f0e6a_c1ae2fbe_L.jpg)

(http://forma-odezhda.ru/image/data/get/9104/243879475.1/0_f0e8e_b532164b_XL.jpg)

A flask combined with a pot (the flask was inserted inside the pot) - and a cloth cover for it.

(http://forma-odezhda.ru/image/data/get/9765/243879475.0/0_f0e6b_b4bbd7cb_XL.jpg)

Landing unit RD-54 (could be lowered and raised when donning, freeing up space for a parachute on the back.

(http://forma-odezhda.ru/image/data/get/9836/243879475.0/0_f0e6c_35be31b7_XL.jpg)

(http://forma-odezhda.ru/image/data/get/9749/243879475.0/0_f0e6f_1d944a6b_L.gif)

(http://forma-odezhda.ru/image/data/get/9058/243879475.0/0_f0e6e_1dcc0988_XL.jpg)

(http://forma-odezhda.ru/image/data/get/9314/243879475.0/0_f0e70_d2f95a12_XL.jpg)

The mask could have either a separate jacket and pants, or sewn in the form of a jumpsuit.

(http://forma-odezhda.ru/image/data/get/9104/243879475.1/0_f0e91_c8d298_XL.jpg)

(http://forma-odezhda.ru/image/data/get/9113/243879475.0/0_f0e71_bec55623_XL.jpg)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: cuprum on October 05, 2021, 08:26:05 AM
But pretty "camp" songs !

The singer is an idiot without a voice. And he has the same song  lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on October 05, 2021, 03:24:07 PM
The boots of the Soviet paratrooper had a lacing or fastener so that the shoes would not be lost during a parachute jump.

(http://forma-odezhda.ru/image/data/get/9747/243879475.0/0_f0e6a_c1ae2fbe_L.jpg)

(http://forma-odezhda.ru/image/data/get/9104/243879475.1/0_f0e8e_b532164b_XL.jpg)

A flask combined with a pot (the flask was inserted inside the pot) - and a cloth cover for it.

(http://forma-odezhda.ru/image/data/get/9765/243879475.0/0_f0e6b_b4bbd7cb_XL.jpg)

Landing unit RD-54 (could be lowered and raised when donning, freeing up space for a parachute on the back.

(http://forma-odezhda.ru/image/data/get/9836/243879475.0/0_f0e6c_35be31b7_XL.jpg)

(http://forma-odezhda.ru/image/data/get/9749/243879475.0/0_f0e6f_1d944a6b_L.gif)

(http://forma-odezhda.ru/image/data/get/9058/243879475.0/0_f0e6e_1dcc0988_XL.jpg)

(http://forma-odezhda.ru/image/data/get/9314/243879475.0/0_f0e70_d2f95a12_XL.jpg)

The mask could have either a separate jacket and pants, or sewn in the form of a jumpsuit.

(http://forma-odezhda.ru/image/data/get/9104/243879475.1/0_f0e91_c8d298_XL.jpg)

(http://forma-odezhda.ru/image/data/get/9113/243879475.0/0_f0e71_bec55623_XL.jpg)

FANTASTIC  :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: Rick F on October 05, 2021, 10:40:18 PM
Paul, you might find this website useful, I've used it for research, haven't a clue what it says but the pictures are good.
http://vichivisam.ru/?p=12257&_utl_t=lj&amp
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: cuprum on October 06, 2021, 01:23:58 AM
This article talks about the uniforms of the Soviet army in Afghanistan. Basically - about the special forces troops.
For most of the Soviet army that was not involved in this war, much of what is depicted here does not fit.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on October 07, 2021, 07:43:52 AM
Paul, you might find this website useful, I've used it for research, haven't a clue what it says but the pictures are good.
http://vichivisam.ru/?p=12257&_utl_t=lj&amp

It came up with a scary warning but I eventually plucked up enough courage to open it. Very good stuff. Mainly for Afghanistan but some useful pictures.  :-*

Thanks Rick.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: Ash on October 07, 2021, 09:04:44 AM
My computer clearly laughs in the face of danger, as it straight away opened the page and (bonus points) translated it into English....
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures COLD WAR SOVIET PARA QUESTION.
Post by: AKULA on October 09, 2021, 04:50:04 PM
Some great photos there, thanks for sharing.

 8)

Currently looking for things like equipment panniers etc. No idea if they used them but assume so. Any information gratefully received ;)

Have been searching for pannier photos but nothing yet, although there is a photo of an airdropped pallet on the wiki page for the An-12

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonov_An-12

Any plans to make an Antonov?  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: tin shed gamer on October 09, 2021, 05:16:36 PM
 'The Caravan Hunters'? If I remember it's set mid to late 80's I think the only comparrison I can make is it's sort a clunky Russian version of 'Tour of Duty'
It may prove a useful distraction .I suspect Cuprum may have seen it ( and thrown the remote at the telly) If nothing else
 It'll give you an idea of what Russia tv considered an acceptable representation of Uniforms in Afghanistan
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures COLD WAR SOVIET PARA QUESTION.
Post by: commissarmoody on October 09, 2021, 05:21:08 PM
Some great photos there, thanks for sharing.

 8)

Have been searching for pannier photos but nothing yet, although there is a photo of an airdropped pallet on the wiki page for the An-12

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonov_An-12

Any plans to make an Antonov?  ;)
I have a few AN-2s kicking about.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonov_An-2
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: cuprum on October 10, 2021, 02:12:22 AM
As far as I remember, the series "Caravan Hunters" depicts a special experimental uniform for the "special forces" troops - reconnaissance and sabotage units of the General Staff of the USSR Armed Forces. This is not the Airborne Forces. The rest of the army, including the Airborne Forces, did not use such a uniform. In addition, this uniform was created specifically for operations in the mountains of Afghanistan and was not used anywhere else. Its color (it was called "sand") was also unusual and was not used in the uniforms of other army units.

(http://c.radikal.ru/c05/2110/ed/d5fb000c0ee8.jpg)

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: carlos marighela on October 10, 2021, 08:31:22 AM
The one in the middle looks like a younger version of Putin but with a ‘tache. Of course young Vlad was bumbling around in the GDR during the Soviet Afghan War.

Yep, the Afghan War is not really a good source of details for Europe or elsewhere. Very theatre specific and fortunately enough there’s an existing range or two that cover it.

Looking forward to seeing the Empress figures. I have almost finished putting together my CVR(W) and I need something apart from the NVA in Spandau to use it against.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: Kourtchatovium104 on October 14, 2021, 12:21:24 PM
About the soviet paratroopers, I hope some of them wil have moustache! ;) lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on October 14, 2021, 01:19:32 PM
About the soviet paratroopers, I hope some of them wil have moustache! ;) lol

 lol lol lol lol lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on October 14, 2021, 01:21:47 PM
Take your pick

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: CapnJim on October 14, 2021, 08:35:20 PM
Now correct, but my vote is for the handlebars....but I'm specifically not authorized by higher HQ to have one though... :?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: carlos marighela on October 14, 2021, 08:58:32 PM
Surely joke shop moustaches were only authorised to GRU special forces? After all it was only the CIA that got the exploding cigars.

Still I can’t talk, after another two months of lockdown I now have ‘80s hair. Quite a bit longer than I wore it in the 1980s mind but I’m sure it’s helping me paint the BAOR figures. Any longer and I shall be forced to buy some brylcream, recede a further two decades into the past and fashion a DA at the rear.  :(
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: CapnJim on October 14, 2021, 09:56:32 PM
For fear of getting off-topic, please tell us you don't have a Farrah Fawcett wave.... :D

We had a guy in High School (late 70s) that had better hair than most of the girls....
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: carlos marighela on October 14, 2021, 10:55:33 PM
Not quite. It’s more shitty, early ‘eighties, new wave, synth band length. Not yer Phil Oakey length more like the dickhead who fronted OMD. Ironic, I loathed that musical genre back then.

Still, FFM might be something to aspire to. Give it a fortnight more and I’ll go stand in front of an electric fan.  :)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: CapnJim on October 14, 2021, 11:04:04 PM
Lol...

Meanwhile, back at the topic...

I'm trying hard not to do 28mm 1970s/1980s stuff.  Oddly enough, it would have been "my war". as I was in am M1 battalion in Germany from '84 to '87.  No moral qualms, but it'd be another era to collect and paint, and my wall of shame is big enough as it is...who knows, maybe some day...
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: carlos marighela on October 15, 2021, 05:09:59 AM
You know you want to. You know you must….  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on October 15, 2021, 07:58:29 AM
Lol...

Meanwhile, back at the topic...

I'm trying hard not to do 28mm 1970s/1980s stuff.  Oddly enough, it would have been "my war". as I was in am M1 battalion in Germany from '84 to '87.  No moral qualms, but it'd be another era to collect and paint, and my wall of shame is big enough as it is...who knows, maybe some day...

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: Kourtchatovium104 on October 15, 2021, 12:47:04 PM
 :D :D :D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: commissarmoody on October 16, 2021, 07:55:49 AM
:D :D :D
now those guys look spiffy.  :D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on October 23, 2021, 04:20:05 PM
That cammo is easier to paint than DPM.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on October 26, 2021, 09:32:44 AM
Ash asked when the GPMG and 30 Cal pack would be back in stock and it now is.

Cheers, Paul
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: AKULA on October 26, 2021, 11:55:57 AM
Any plans Paul for VDV riding on top of armoured vehicles?

 :)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: Soviet paras question.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on October 29, 2021, 07:43:22 AM
Any plans Paul for VDV riding on top of armoured vehicles?

 :)

No plans to but its an idea as they could also be used in helicopters etc.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: T64 QUESTION.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on October 29, 2021, 07:44:32 AM
Todays questions is;

If we were going to do a T64 to fit into the Cold War 1970's - 1980's European front what mark version should we do ?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: T64 QUESTION.
Post by: carlos marighela on October 29, 2021, 10:32:37 AM
Definitely the T-64A. With a bit of thought in the design you could include the gill armour, the rubberised fabric side skirts, the various turret stowage bins and smoke dischargers as separate parts and allow your customers to create the version or update they wish.

If you went with one of the reactive armour variants you would be putting it out of a significant portion of the desired time frame.

I would highly recommend the Zaloga authored Osprey on the T-64, it’s very good.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: T64 QUESTION.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on November 03, 2021, 09:36:58 AM
Definitely the T-64A. With a bit of thought in the design you could include the gill armour, the rubberised fabric side skirts, the various turret stowage bins and smoke dischargers as separate parts and allow your customers to create the version or update they wish.

If you went with one of the reactive armour variants you would be putting it out of a significant portion of the desired time frame.

I would highly recommend the Zaloga authored Osprey on the T-64, it’s very good.

Got the book so will sit down for a read ASAP  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: T64 QUESTION.
Post by: Arrigo on November 03, 2021, 02:05:47 PM
I would say the B without the ERA block, based on the aforementioned book it appears to be the most common version in GFSG.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: T64 QUESTION.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on November 03, 2021, 02:56:56 PM
Another question  ref the British issue Milan circa 1980.

There are details regarding a cooling device for the Milan thermal imaging sight. However the details are pretty rare to find and I wondered if it was something that came out originally but rapidly disappeared as not worth the hassle.

Does anyone know?????
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: MILAN QUESTION.
Post by: carlos marighela on November 03, 2021, 10:19:27 PM
I don’t save for the fact that MIRA like many other thermal systems uses an inert gas bottle system to cool the sight.

If you are looking for photos, I think you’ll find this is useful:

http://www.primeportal.net/armory/dieter_krause/milan_w_mira/

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: MILAN QUESTION.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on November 04, 2021, 08:44:39 AM
Cheers for that.

Will have a look.  ;)

THATS PERFECT  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: MILAN QUESTION.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on November 08, 2021, 10:53:17 AM
I don’t save for the fact that MIRA like many other thermal systems uses an inert gas bottle system to cool the sight.

If you are looking for photos, I think you’ll find this is useful:

http://www.primeportal.net/armory/dieter_krause/milan_w_mira/

Got the details we were after. For the reference the links above are not the Brit MILAN which is different.  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: MILAN QUESTION.
Post by: carlos marighela on November 08, 2021, 11:06:58 AM
Presumably they used the AC Milan?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: MILAN QUESTION.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on November 08, 2021, 11:29:50 AM
Presumably they used the AC Milan?

Ignoring that  :? ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: MILAN QUESTION.
Post by: has.been on November 08, 2021, 10:12:06 PM
Quote
Presumably they used the AC Milan?

Ignoring that  :? ;)

Paul! Aren't you going to kick it about a bit first? lol lol lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: MILAN QUESTION.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on November 09, 2021, 08:37:30 AM
Paul! Aren't you going to kick it about a bit first? lol lol lol

....and that  o_o
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: MILAN QUESTION.
Post by: SJWi on November 09, 2021, 02:17:19 PM
Paul, I have had the opportunity to check with the MILAN design team in France. From what they tell me circa 1980 the British system would have been the original with just an optical sight. The first Infra-Red sight known as MIRA didn’t complete development until early 1982 with production production being placed April of that year. When it went into service with the UK is probably c1984.

 
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: MILAN QUESTION.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on November 09, 2021, 03:32:20 PM
Paul, I have had the opportunity to check with the MILAN design team in France. From what they tell me circa 1980 the British system would have been the original with just an optical sight. The first Infra-Red sight known as MIRA didn’t complete development until early 1982 with production production being placed April of that year. When it went into service with the UK is probably c1984.

Many thanks for that.  :-*

We have actually found the thing we were looking for from information and pictures from a couple of operators of Brit MILAN in the early period. Its the location and look of the air bottles for the MIRA sight and their location. All sorted now.  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: MILAN QUESTION.
Post by: SJWi on November 09, 2021, 04:44:04 PM
Paul, OK fine. I was thinking about your earlier comment that you were after information circa 1980. From what I know the IR sight wasn’t in service until the mid ‘80s.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: MILAN QUESTION.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on November 09, 2021, 07:15:52 PM
Paul, OK fine. I was thinking about your earlier comment that you were after information circa 1980. From what I know the IR sight wasn’t in service until the mid ‘80s.

Yes I take your point.

I thought they were using MIRA in the Falklands but may need to check that. ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: MILAN QUESTION.
Post by: SJWi on November 09, 2021, 08:49:57 PM
Paul, 99.99% certain MIRA wasn't used in the Falklands as it hadn't completed development . Whether the army lashed up an IR sight under a UOR as with other capabilities is an interesting question...

Regards
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: MILAN QUESTION.
Post by: Mindenbrush on November 09, 2021, 10:51:20 PM
There appear to be some references to the Milan being used in the Falklands war
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205018243

https://www.eliteukforces.info/weapons/milan/

http://www.army-guide.com/eng/product2088.html

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: MILAN QUESTION.
Post by: carlos marighela on November 10, 2021, 12:34:36 AM
There's no question that Milan was used in the Falklands, it's well documented, the question is whether the thermal sighting unit (MIRA) was in service. Milan had a standard optical sighting unit and photos of Milan in the Falklands show it sans MIRA.

My 1982 edition of  Terry Gandler's Encyclopedia of The Modern British Army notes that the MIRA sight is currently under development, so mid 'eighties is more likely.

It's a obscured but if you look closely at this video of Princess Diana visiting the 1/Royal Hampshires in Berlin in late 1985 you can see a Milan at around 5.32. No MIRA sight fitted.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pDHKXjfohw
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: MILAN QUESTION.
Post by: SJWi on November 10, 2021, 05:24:00 AM
As has already been pointed out MILAN was definitely used in the Falklands. From what I have read it was used as a "bunker buster"! I have seen photos plus some specially commissioned paintings that show it without MIRA or any other IR sight. 
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: MILAN QUESTION.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on November 10, 2021, 07:23:04 AM
I agree guys no MIRA until mid 1980's.

The standard sight must have been pretty good as the paras were using them in night battles.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: MILAN QUESTION.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on November 10, 2021, 08:40:42 AM
As has already been pointed out MILAN was definitely used in the Falklands. From what I have read it was used as a "bunker buster"! I have seen photos plus some specially commissioned paintings that show it without MIRA or any other IR sight.

Those painting are what got me thinking, as well as your information. ;)

We may do the MILAN packs with both sights as an option.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: MILAN QUESTION.
Post by: carlos marighela on November 10, 2021, 09:14:04 AM
As has already been pointed out MILAN was definitely used in the Falklands. From what I have read it was used as a "bunker buster"! I have seen photos plus some specially commissioned paintings that show it without MIRA or any other IR sight.

Also used to engage Argentine AA guns at Goose Green.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: MILAN QUESTION.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on November 10, 2021, 01:52:07 PM
Also used to engage Argentine AA guns at Goose Green.

Also used to engage a walrus on South Georgia. (allegedly.)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War: MILAN QUESTION.
Post by: tin shed gamer on November 10, 2021, 02:33:12 PM
With a little recycling It's also possible to hide an artificial Christmas tree you found in one. Just incase anyone else wishes to re-fined it. :D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on November 17, 2021, 03:31:09 PM
This film is brilliant. Its a wargame in its own right although some of the cliché's are good for a giggle.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcYTM_PJ4rY
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range.
Post by: has.been on November 17, 2021, 05:39:22 PM
Thanks for posting.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range.
Post by: AKULA on November 17, 2021, 07:37:36 PM
Thanks for posting.

Yup, enjoyed watching that  :D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on November 19, 2021, 09:20:26 AM
Its better than Soldier Soldier  lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range.
Post by: AKULA on November 20, 2021, 07:35:00 PM
Its better than Soldier Soldier  lol

That is a low bar to be fair  lol

Any WIP photos of the Sovs ... need a fix  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range.
Post by: carlos marighela on November 20, 2021, 08:50:09 PM
But was it better than Spearhead? I’ve not seen it but I’ve gained the impression that was an even lower budget, land based, version of Warship. That said, Warship was quite an entertaining series and even has the germ of the occasional gaming scenario buried within.

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on November 21, 2021, 10:24:04 AM
That is a low bar to be fair  lol

Any WIP photos of the Sovs ... need a fix  ;)

No pics yet but sculpting continues. Current plan is to release a torrent, swathe, tsunami, in the first quarter of next year.  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range.
Post by: carlos marighela on November 21, 2021, 11:26:37 AM
Hmm. You should be working on a tsunami of Paras, Marines and Argentines. Fortieth anniversary fast approaching. Just saying….  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on November 21, 2021, 11:50:49 AM
Might be,  just saying  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on November 25, 2021, 09:46:05 AM
We have just released a 28mm head sprue with the WW2 MKII Para helmet.

This steel helmet was used during WW2 and worn into the mid 1980's.

Seen worn by some Paras in the Falklands War.

Also worn by  a few Territorial Army motorised British Infantry. 
 
https://www.empressminiatures.com/cold-war-baor---early...

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASE.
Post by: carlos marighela on November 25, 2021, 09:43:40 PM
Lovely! Plain ones much appreciated. Suez ‘56 au go go.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASE.
Post by: commissarmoody on November 26, 2021, 07:33:50 AM
Lovely! Plain ones much appreciated. Suez ‘56 au go go.
I for one would be interested to see what figs you use for that fight.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASE.
Post by: AKULA on November 26, 2021, 08:30:52 AM
Useful head sprue - I can make some progress on a RN Landing Party now as well

 :)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASE.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on November 26, 2021, 10:51:46 AM
I for one would be interested to see what figs you use for that fight.

Empress FIC for the French to start.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASE.
Post by: carlos marighela on November 27, 2021, 12:08:19 AM
My heart was set on the old Foundry paras but I suspect I’ll need to go bigger if I use those heads, so probably the Artizan range. The paras were essentially in WW2 kit for Suez. Naturally the Empress FIC for their Gallic counterparts. They are perfect, ready made for the job.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASE.
Post by: commissarmoody on November 27, 2021, 03:13:10 AM
Yeah, the FIC are a given in. Not a bad choice on the Artazain D figs. Now the Hard part, the Egyptians.  lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASE.
Post by: Ash on November 27, 2021, 08:55:43 AM
My heart was set on the old Foundry paras but I suspect I’ll need to go bigger if I use those heads, so probably the Artizan range.

The metal British Paratroop Section from Warlord may be of use.
They have the later model stens with the foregrip, No4 Mk1 Enfields etc. Could remove the 37 patt waterbottle and replace with something more 44 patern'ish.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASE.
Post by: carlos marighela on November 27, 2021, 10:41:30 PM
I have the old Paul Hicks sculpted Warlord paras and they are very petite. I suspect they would look like melon heads with these added. Have WG released something newer in metal? You are right about the Artizan chaps though, wrong model Sten. Quite bizarre really.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASE.
Post by: CapnJim on November 27, 2021, 11:17:07 PM
Dare I suggest WG's plastic Brit Paras?  Those heads might look OK on them.  Not sure about the Sten model on them - I'm not at my wargame building, but the Enfields are def No. 4s.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASE.
Post by: Ash on November 28, 2021, 10:52:33 AM
I have the old Paul Hicks sculpted Warlord paras and they are very petite. I suspect they would look like melon heads with these added. Have WG released something newer in metal? You are right about the Artizan chaps though, wrong model Sten. Quite bizarre really.

Good point, they would look a bit 'bobble-head'.

Dare I suggest WG's plastic Brit Paras?  Those heads might look OK on them.  Not sure about the Sten model on them - I'm not at my wargame building, but the Enfields are def No. 4s.

Here's a couple of plastic WG WW2 Marine bodies with EM heads, from the Ultra Moderns range. Sort of look ok...

(https://i.ibb.co/KXnmphB/Plastic-LRRP-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/NFs658Y/Plastic-LRRP-B-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASE.
Post by: FreakyFenton on November 28, 2021, 12:28:47 PM
Good point, they would look a bit 'bobble-head'.

Here's a couple of plastic WG WW2 Marine bodies with EM heads, from the Ultra Moderns range. Sort of look ok...

(https://i.ibb.co/KXnmphB/Plastic-LRRP-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/NFs658Y/Plastic-LRRP-B-LR.jpg)

That's a cracking conversion on those Warlord Games Marines, Ash!
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASE.
Post by: CapnJim on November 29, 2021, 04:47:58 PM
They do indeed look OK!  Hmm.  Idea forming... ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on December 11, 2021, 05:14:33 PM
We have just released a 28mm head sprue with the WW2 MKII Para helmet.
Cool, now they will go nicely with the WW1 13 pounder when it turns up...
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASE.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on December 14, 2021, 08:48:38 AM
Wrong thread but its all done except for the crew which we need to sculpt.  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASE.
Post by: commissarmoody on December 14, 2021, 09:52:44 AM
Wrong thread but its all done except for the crew which we need to sculpt.  ;)
Marvelous!  :D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range.
Post by: Ursus Maior on December 14, 2021, 10:33:56 AM

https://www.empressminiatures.com/cold-war-baor---early...
Hmm, did the link move? It leads nowhere, when I click on it.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASE.
Post by: Ash on December 14, 2021, 01:43:46 PM
They're in the BAOR section of the Ultra Moderns.

https://www.empressminiatures.com/baor30-mkii-para-helmet-heads-2814-p.asp

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASE.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on December 15, 2021, 10:06:13 PM
Wrong thread but its all done except for the crew which we need to sculpt.  ;)
Good to know.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASE.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on December 16, 2021, 08:56:28 AM
As an update we are working through the Soviet Paras and just about to start some SAS/ SBS. These will work for Europe and the Falklands.

 
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASE.
Post by: carlos marighela on December 16, 2021, 09:14:23 AM
Ooh that is good news. M16s and 203s or some of the more exotic stuff like HK53?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASE.
Post by: Ash on December 16, 2021, 01:23:35 PM
Ooh that is good news. M16s and 203s or some of the more exotic stuff like HK53?

Hopefully plus hooded smocks and eclectic belt kit.
I see having another go at painting DPM somewhere in my future...
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASE.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on December 16, 2021, 07:32:33 PM
As an update we are working through the Soviet Paras and just about to start some SAS/ SBS. These will work for Europe and the Falklands.
Cool.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASE.
Post by: Ben Waterhouse on December 21, 2021, 10:51:44 AM
As an update we are working through the Soviet Paras and just about to start some SAS/ SBS. These will work for Europe and the Falklands.

Corps Patrol Unit, excellent!
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASE.
Post by: AKULA on December 27, 2021, 01:27:49 PM
As an update we are working through the Soviet Paras and just about to start some SAS/ SBS. These will work for Europe and the Falklands.

Looking forward to seeing these  :)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASE.
Post by: CapnJim on December 27, 2021, 05:33:07 PM
As an update we are working through the Soviet Paras and just about to start some SAS/ SBS. These will work for Europe and the Falklands.

Just curious - how will the SAS/SBS chaps be kitted out?  M16s or SLRs?  Full rucks?  Boonie hats?  Inquiring minds want to know... ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASE.
Post by: carlos marighela on December 27, 2021, 10:38:14 PM
Because they are aimed at Falklands as well as Europe, I’m guessing M16 and M203 and wearing balaclava/cap comforters or DILAC caps. Just a guess.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASE.
Post by: CapnJim on December 27, 2021, 11:38:09 PM
Sounds about right.  We'll see what Paul says.  In any event, they may have to go on the list...
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASE.
Post by: carlos marighela on December 28, 2021, 01:09:57 AM
Already on mine. I fancy doing Pebble Island and South Georgia. There’s also an amusing Ambush Alley SAS raid on a Soviet command centre I've always fancied trying.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASE.
Post by: CapnJim on December 28, 2021, 01:32:20 AM
Yeah, I remember that one - I co-authored that scenario book!   :D   I haven't played that scenario yet, but the playtest reports looked fun!

The upcoming SAS/SBS may have a different role to play in my little world.  I'll figure that out once I have them in hand.... ;) 
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASE.
Post by: carlos marighela on December 28, 2021, 01:48:24 AM
Well if you fancy the classic SAS raid a la North Africa in WW2 but with a modern setting, Pebble Island is the one.

Interesting Argentine site here which has useful maps and photos.

http://www.histarmar.com.ar/AVIACION/EANCalderon.htm

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASE.
Post by: CapnJim on December 28, 2021, 02:04:58 AM
Nice site.  Got as dust off my Spanish though.

But methinks they'll get used a little closer to home.  Like I said, we'll see...
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASE.
Post by: Ash on December 28, 2021, 07:34:16 AM
...DILAC caps.

Not heard that for a long time. Thanks for the laugh.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. MILAN RELEASE.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on January 05, 2022, 02:31:37 PM
First release of the New Year is a BAOR MILAN AT missile team.

This team comes with two versions of MILAN AT Missile.

MILAN 1 Single, main shaped charge warhead (1972), calibre 103 mm

MILAN 2 Single, main shaped charge warhead, with standoff probe to increase penetration (1984) with the MIRA sight.
HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all.


Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. MILAN RELEASE.
Post by: carlos marighela on January 05, 2022, 08:57:24 PM
Lovely! Great start to the year.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. MILAN RELEASE.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on January 06, 2022, 08:18:01 AM
Cheers Carlos  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. MILAN RELEASE.
Post by: carlos marighela on January 06, 2022, 09:57:44 AM
Ship some out to Nathan at the earliest opp Paul. I’ve got a large order in for your GAPS range but it won’t get posted until Nathan gets back to Townsville from a work jaunt in early Feb. Might be able to combine postage that way.  :)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. MILAN RELEASE.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on January 06, 2022, 10:07:32 AM
Problem is that Nathan has to send us an order which he cannot as he is on holiday. A kinda catch 22  :)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. MILAN RELEASE.
Post by: carlos marighela on January 06, 2022, 10:11:09 AM
Bugger! I’ll email him a request.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. MILAN RELEASE.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on January 07, 2022, 10:28:01 PM
Nice.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. MILAN RELEASE.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on January 08, 2022, 12:12:32 PM
Nice.

Cheers ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARA PREVIEW.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on January 21, 2022, 10:23:45 AM
A rare thing for Empress to show but here are some preview sculpts of Soviet Paratroops circa 1980.
Lots more to come in this range and ready to land in a few weeks.

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARA PREVIEW.
Post by: commissarmoody on January 21, 2022, 10:34:08 AM
Hell yeah!  :D 
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARA PREVIEW.
Post by: Kikuchiyo on January 21, 2022, 10:53:40 AM
They look great
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARA PREVIEW.
Post by: carlos marighela on January 21, 2022, 10:54:49 AM
Very nice! Mix of jump suits and one and two piece camo suits by the look of it.

Little bit of work to some of them and they should work as Naval Infantry as well.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARA PREVIEW.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on January 21, 2022, 12:41:30 PM
Very nice! Mix of jump suits and one and two piece camo suits by the look of it.

Little bit of work to some of them and they should work as Naval Infantry as well.

Yeah their is a mix of uniform to give the units some mix in their looks. Command, RPG'S and LMG's just being done then everything in jump helmets. Plus some Falklands stuff of course  ;)

I really like the difference in look between the Brits and Ruskies. Makes for an interesting battlefield.  :)

 
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARA PREVIEW.
Post by: Cypher226 on January 21, 2022, 01:38:50 PM
Love 'em.  Will be ordering.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARA PREVIEW.
Post by: has.been on January 21, 2022, 05:58:11 PM
Quote
Soviet Paratroops circa 1980.
Lots more to come in this range and ready to land in a few weeks

I see what you did there (Paratroops/ready to land) lol lol lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARA PREVIEW.
Post by: Deedles on January 21, 2022, 10:18:10 PM
Ooh..
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARA PREVIEW.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on January 21, 2022, 10:32:25 PM
Nice.

Are they going to have integral or separate heads?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARA PREVIEW.
Post by: AKULA on January 21, 2022, 11:15:36 PM
REALLY looking forward to getting a whole bunch of these   :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARA PREVIEW.
Post by: carlos marighela on January 22, 2022, 02:36:34 AM
Some organisational detail to go with those.

https://www.battleorder.org/vdv-footmobile-1986

https://www.battleorder.org/1986-ussr-airassaultco

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARA PREVIEW.
Post by: CapnJim on January 22, 2022, 06:02:29 PM
I may have to get some of these guys. 

Good reference on the foot-mobile chaps there, Carlos!

According to my source (CASSS E614/1, Feb 1989), the TO&E of the BMD-mounted units differs, primarily in the number of dismounts (and. or course, the BMDs :)).  A company had 10 BMDs, with a Co HQ with 1 BMD, and 3 platoons of 3 BMDs.  The platoon BMDs dismounted squads of 5 men each.  Each squad had an RPG and an RPK.  The rest carried AKs.  Platoon leaders usually dismounted, and left a squad leader in the BMD.  A company also had a BMD M1979/1, with 2 AGS-17 grenade launchers and crews that could dismount.

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARA PREVIEW.
Post by: carlos marighela on January 22, 2022, 10:15:57 PM
The addition of the two piece suits is handy, as they could be readily converted or even just painted as gorka windproofs, so with a headswap, you could field these guys as spetznaz.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARA PREVIEW.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on January 24, 2022, 08:49:40 AM
Some organisational detail to go with those.

https://www.battleorder.org/vdv-footmobile-1986

https://www.battleorder.org/1986-ussr-airassaultco

Both very useful but on the fringe of the period we are aiming at. Not sure when the attached grenade launcher came into use?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARA PREVIEW.
Post by: carlos marighela on January 24, 2022, 09:57:57 AM
The GP-25 came into service in 1978. The VDV would have been early adopters.

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARA PREVIEW.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on January 24, 2022, 10:26:47 AM
Excellent info  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARA PREVIEW.
Post by: carlos marighela on January 25, 2022, 09:00:05 PM
You know the ex-Imprint ZU-23 you have in the Ultra Modern range? Might be time to give it a proper field carriage and crew. In fact, were you to do so, might be sensible to get crew for both the Soviet paras and the North Vietnamese.

There’s also an SPG-9 that could do with a VDV crew.

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARA PREVIEW.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on January 29, 2022, 07:33:49 AM
You are so right  lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARA PREVIEW.
Post by: carlos marighela on January 29, 2022, 11:32:46 AM
Does that mean you are doing these?  :)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARA PREVIEW.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on January 29, 2022, 12:06:15 PM
Its on the list..which is quite long  lol

Just bought the After the Battle Falklands War book which is huge and very inspiring.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARA PREVIEW.
Post by: AKULA on February 21, 2022, 08:27:21 PM
Paul are you hoping to have the VDV available for Hammerhead?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARAS RELEASED.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on March 02, 2022, 02:04:05 PM
Empress Miniatures also releases the first packs of our 28mm Soviet Paratroops,  VDV, for the circa 1980 Cold War era.

These chaps will make perfect fighting buddies on your table top when pitted against the Empress Miniatures Cold WAR BAOR range.

We also have many relevant vehicles in our range to complete the unit package. 

https://www.empressminiatures.com/cold-war-soviet-vdv...

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARAS RELEASED.
Post by: CapnJim on March 02, 2022, 04:09:10 PM
Nice figs, Paul.  Very nice.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARAS RELEASED.
Post by: AKULA on March 02, 2022, 07:31:14 PM
 :-* :-* :-* :-*

Order placed
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARAS RELEASED.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on March 03, 2022, 08:59:11 AM
Thanks chaps  :-*
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARAS RELEASED.
Post by: Wyrmalla on March 03, 2022, 07:55:50 PM
Had a hope that the prone figures might be casualties. Alas no.  :'(
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARAS RELEASED.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on March 06, 2022, 05:09:35 PM
Nice.

I will add them to my next order...
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARAS RELEASED.
Post by: AKULA on March 07, 2022, 10:39:53 AM
What’s next on the greens list - RPGs, LMGs...hopefully a mortar section?

 :)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARAS RELEASED.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on March 09, 2022, 10:00:49 AM
What’s next on the greens list - RPGs, LMGs...hopefully a mortar section?

 :)

Just about to arrive will be a command group and support weapons. Plus RPG and LMG packs.

Plus something else you will like very much.  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARAS RELEASED.
Post by: AKULA on March 09, 2022, 12:55:00 PM
Just about to arrive will be a command group and support weapons. Plus RPG and LMG packs.

Plus something else you will like very much.  ;)


Ooooh....is it a Bedford truck? Or a BTR60PB? Vehicle riders? More Landies? A Caspian Sea Monster?

 :D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARAS RELEASED.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on March 09, 2022, 01:49:13 PM
Octopus driving a double decker bus.  ;)

Lots of hand signals.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARAS RELEASED.
Post by: AKULA on March 12, 2022, 10:41:27 PM
Octopus driving a double decker bus.  ;)

Lots of hand signals.

More like lots of head scratching...confused now  lol

Come on you know how impatient we (meaning myself) are  :)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARAS RELEASED.
Post by: carlos marighela on March 13, 2022, 01:24:14 AM
I dunno, merging the thread with the Times cryptic crossword, saves a lot of flipping between tabs and a subscription to Rupert’s masthead. I like it. Either that or Paul was watching 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown as he was typing. Never have I felt so close to Roisin Conaty.  :D

Useful things for Soviet paras, list 2.

SPG-9 and crew.(admittedly I could easily convert existing models)

AT-4 or AT-5 and crew. Launcher already in the Empress stable, just needs new crew.

Grad-P single tube 122mm rocket and crew.

ZU-23 and crew. Paul has indicated this is likely already.

82mm Vasilek mortar and crew.

The BMD variants are already covered, so unless there are plans for a Gaz-66 truck or an ASU-85 SPG, the VDV are pretty much covered in terms of what would be useful on a wargaming table.

Prepared to be surprised though.  :)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARAS RELEASED.
Post by: AKULA on March 13, 2022, 09:01:46 AM
The ZSU-23 with crew would be excellent - already have a BTR-DG SPAAG on my todo list

Agree also on the 82mm mortars as I want to flesh out a company-level formation  :D

I’d add a RPU-14 rocket launcher to the mix...used by VDV and it’s not huge...a small towable/air droppable rocket launcher.

Did VDV have some sort of airdroppable supply canister?

Vehicle riders to sit on the BMDs would be a welcome addition, purely for the “cool” factor.

Other “nice to haves” would be:

A sprue of Soviet gas mask heads (could always greenstuff the bag on)

Some generic unarmed European civilians (coat/bag slung over shoulder).
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARAS RELEASED.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on March 14, 2022, 09:37:52 AM
Thinking of doing a LOA2 - 967M with the seats optional as either upright or laying down.

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARAS RELEASED.
Post by: AKULA on March 14, 2022, 10:31:38 AM
Would make sense given it was used variously as a weapons carrier or medevac

 :)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARAS RELEASED.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on March 15, 2022, 03:20:04 PM
Next batch of Soviet VDV paras.

The Bazooka looking thing is an RPO "Rys" Rocket-propelled Infantry Flamethrower "Lynx". Its a napalm rocket-propelled grenade launcher classified as flamethrower by Russian military. The RPO had first entered service in 1975 and it was intended to replace the obsolete LPO-50 flamethrowers.

The RPG is the RPG16. Designed for both special forces and VDV.

We also have the SA-7 Grail.




Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARAS RELEASED.
Post by: AKULA on March 15, 2022, 04:18:46 PM
 :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*

Lovely additions...all on my shopping list

When do you expect they will be in stock Paul?

 :)
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Post by: carlos marighela on March 15, 2022, 08:06:22 PM
Indeed! Cracking stuff.

Fairly certain that someone has a copy of the Osprey on the VDV.  ;)
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on March 16, 2022, 09:50:30 AM
Cheers guys.

Yes one of the better Osprey's  ;)
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Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on March 16, 2022, 10:51:48 PM
Cool skateboard.
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Post by: Wyrmalla on March 18, 2022, 12:19:41 AM
I like them. In fact I was recently redoing some of my modern figures, and these will fit in well with the Underfire Miniatures Soviets I'm already using I think. :)


On the note of all those RPGs. Has anyone at Empress considered adding figures firing RPGs to the Modern Russian range? All those figures have RPG-22 style launchers slung on their shoulders. A set of figures actually handling the tubes seems missing from that range.


A full ZU-23-2 would be great too. As far as I'm aware the closest we have in 28mm are Empress own ZU-23-2 mount for a technical and a similar one from Spectre Miniatures. However both lack the standard mount and instead have an improvised one so aren't suitable for most purposes. At least with Empress already having a model of the gun I guess they could just make an appropriate mount for it and modify the crew figures to have Soviet Military uniforms.

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Post by: commissarmoody on March 18, 2022, 12:47:17 AM

On the note of all those RPGs. Has anyone at Empress considered adding figures firing RPGs to the Modern Russian range? All those figures have RPG-22 style launchers slung on their shoulders. A set of figures actually handling the tubes seems missing from that range.

I would be down for a pose or two with RPG-7s as well.
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on March 18, 2022, 09:23:29 AM
I would be down for a pose or two with RPG-7s as well.

On out to do list.

Been trying to see if I could spot Russians using them in the current conflict but not noticed anything, although have not looked too hard tbh. All a bit sad  :'(
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Post by: cuprum on March 18, 2022, 10:05:48 AM
(http://u.9111s.ru/uploads/202203/17/95fae6a7b8f21b0be81b15788cdf6f96.jpg)
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on March 18, 2022, 11:02:12 AM
Perfect thanks for that  ;) Best we stay off the ultra modern stuff now though  :)

On another note we will be doing all the 1980's VDV wearing the jump helmet. This will not be the earlier smooth leather 'football' helmet but the ridged tankers helmet that seems to have been used from the early 1970's.

Time for Carlos to comment  lol 
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Post by: cuprum on March 18, 2022, 12:01:06 PM
It would be optimal to be able to use separate interchangeable heads in different jump helmets, steel helmets, berets and panamas (for Afghanistan)  ::)
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Post by: carlos marighela on March 19, 2022, 01:27:14 AM
I’m fine with your choices for the VDV, beret or padded jump helmet and I already have enough VDV for Afghanistan in helmets and panamas to keep me happy.

On the subject of your modern Russians, the thing that strikes me is the dearth of PKP machine guns. I think there’s one across all the packs in the range and I understood that they had replaced the RPK as the standard squad LMG som time back. Trouble with ultra moderns, real world buggers are always changing their kit.
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Post by: 1amaloney on March 19, 2022, 03:24:05 AM
The figures look mostly good, and I will be adding them to my collection at some point but to be honest they are very static or two dimensional looking, I would preferer some more moving/dynamic poses.
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Post by: Wyrmalla on March 19, 2022, 04:01:04 AM
(http://u.9111s.ru/uploads/202203/17/95fae6a7b8f21b0be81b15788cdf6f96.jpg)

To jump in here. Those aren't Russian soldiers, but Ukrainian separatists. Nor is that a Russian RPG-7, rather its a captured American produced RPG-7 clone (can't recall the name) that was provided to the Ukrainian Government.

I've yet to see an RPG-7 specifically carried by Russian forces these past few weeks. I've seen other tube fired weapons, just not RPG-7s. Though even those have all been found stowed on captured vehicles - instead of been carried by individual soldiers. Given the RPG-7 is still known to be in the inventory of the Russian Military and has been shown in their training videos, I'd imagine its still in use - but just hasn't been recorded in any of the content I've seen, or the Russian Military just didn't think it necessary to issue any RPG-7s to their soldiers (based on the messed up decision making around current events...).

I'd probably rather see figures firing RPG-22s. Radio Dish Dash's Ultracombat range of modern Russians are armed with RPG-7s I believe - all with tandem warheads - if that's relevant. But I guess how Empress models their figures is down to what they're looking to represent. As whilst they're attempting to be "Ultra Modern", keeping figures relevant to latest developments may be difficult. For instance Empress's Russian range comes with many RPKs, which have now been replaced (on paper) with PKPs. So either the range represents figures from a moment in time, or is looking to keep up to date. One would hope it would be the later - but keeping appraised of current events and hiring a sculptor to keep adding to ranges takes a lot of dedication (so much simpler to do historicals...).

Even then as current events have shown, basing figures on content from Official sources may not actually reflect what's being used in the field... Empress' Chechen Wars range remains relevant for the modern Russian Military it seems.  ::)



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Post by: commissarmoody on March 19, 2022, 06:10:05 AM
Yeah I mean even the US ultra modern line Is going to be long in the tooth soon. New helmets, new body armor, carl-Gs in regular line companies. And especially so if the US does something crazy and chooses to replace the M4 and M249 with a new rife in the New squad weapon program.  lol
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Post by: has.been on March 19, 2022, 06:50:42 AM
When I started wargaming a 'Modern' set of rules
referred to WW2!  lol lol lol

So I'll just stay out of this. :?
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Post by: commissarmoody on March 19, 2022, 08:12:58 AM
When I started wargaming a 'Modern' set of rules
referred to WW2!  lol lol lol

So I'll just stay out of this. :?
Its all good, When I started gaming Moderns meant Yugoslavia, Mogadishu, Gulf War one Etc... lol
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Post by: carlos marighela on March 19, 2022, 10:11:39 AM
Any advance on the Boer War?  :D
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Post by: commissarmoody on March 19, 2022, 10:22:40 AM
Any advance on the Boer War?  :D
I know I have a photo of Boar 75mm Krupp Quick Firing Field Gun L24 some where.  ::)
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Post by: AKULA on March 19, 2022, 10:23:11 AM
I’m fine with your choices for the VDV, beret or padded jump helmet and I already have enough VDV for Afghanistan in helmets and panamas to keep me happy.

100% this  :)


The figures look mostly good, and I will be adding them to my collection at some point but to be honest they are very static or two dimensional looking, I would preferer some more moving/dynamic poses.

Did you see the two packs of Advancing/Patrolling VDV that have already been released (on page 36)?

I’ve already got some of the initial release on my paint table, and in combination with the new greens personally I’d say they give a pretty good mix of fire and move  :)

When I started wargaming a 'Modern' set of rules
referred to WW2!  lol lol lol

To be fair when I started gaming I’m pretty sure that a couple of the old wrinklies at my local club probably thought of Late Imperial Romans as Modern  lol
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Post by: has.been on March 19, 2022, 11:01:23 AM
Quote
I know I have a photo of Boar 75mm Krupp Quick Firing Field Gun L24 some where.  ::)

Ah, but that was when holidays were a real adventure.  lol lol lol
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Post by: commissarmoody on March 19, 2022, 11:28:18 AM
To jump in here. Those aren't Russian soldiers, but Ukrainian separatists. Nor is that a Russian RPG-7, rather its a captured American produced RPG-7 clone (can't recall the name) that was provided to the Ukrainian Government.

I think they are called "PSRL-1".
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Post by: Golgotha on March 19, 2022, 01:09:22 PM
Quote
When I started wargaming a 'Modern' set of rules
referred to WW2!  lol lol lol

The Early Modern Times lasted from the end of the 15th century to the Industrial Revolution at the end of the 18th century, circa 1450/92 to 1750/92. Modern Times is the period from Enlightenment and the 18th century until today. From a historian's point of view...

I had a student who was surprised and evidently disappointed that a modern history unit at university had them looking at the Napoleonic wars -  lol
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Post by: has.been on March 19, 2022, 04:21:01 PM
Quote
I had a student who was surprised and evidently disappointed that a modern history unit at university had them looking at the Napoleonic wars -  lol

Well we do still have Income Tax, which was brought in as a
temporary measure to pay for defeating Napoleon.  lol lol lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SOVIET PARAS RELEASED.
Post by: carlos marighela on March 19, 2022, 09:19:38 PM
The UK has a fondness for hanging on the ‘temporary’ consequences of past wars. It took seventy odd years to get rid of licensing laws introduced in 1914. That said, a similarly bizarre regime existed here and took a good fifty years to kill off.
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Post by: Wyrmalla on March 20, 2022, 06:43:09 AM
Some evidence of the Russian Military using RPG-7 in 2022.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1505365541434839040

Obviously I brought it up, but I think we're going off topic discussing Empress' Modern range now instead of this Cold War stuff.   ::)

Empress, if Moderns aren't on the list currently, can you at least tick off something from my wish list and start doing casualty figures!?  :D

Edit: Another example.

https://twitter.com/CalibreObscura/status/1506556949684490241
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Post by: commissarmoody on March 20, 2022, 10:19:52 AM
Some evidence of the Russian Military using RPG-7 in 2022.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1505365541434839040

There you go then.  lol
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Post by: Kikuchiyo on March 22, 2022, 02:45:18 PM
Some evidence of the Russian Military using RPG-7 in 2022.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1505365541434839040

Obviously I brought it up, but I think we're going off topic discussing Empress' Modern range now instead of this Cold War stuff.   ::)

Empress, if Moderns aren't on the list currently, can you at least tick off something from my wish list and start doing casualty figures!?  :D

What on earth was that?
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Post by: Brummie on March 22, 2022, 10:35:16 PM
What on earth was that?

Poor drills.

Nice VDV, but I hope empress don't stop doing some sort of Ultra-moderns: just dodge the elephant in the room, plenty of other subjects to pursue.

We still haven't gotten over the Norman invasion btw. The Domesday book is the foundation for at least an aspect of property taxation still active in the U.K, specifically Plant and Machinery. Its a tradition no ones that fond of, but it is pretty funny going through the manual and discovering you can tax someone for having a moat or palisade.
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Post by: carlos marighela on March 22, 2022, 11:10:56 PM
Alas, the people who have moats tend to pay very little tax as the moat usually belongs to a shell company registered in the Cayman Islands.  ;)

IIRC a few years one of your more enterprising MPs was having maintenance on his moat come out of his constituency stipend. Creative and possibly a quite literal take on ‘every man’s home is his castle’.
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Post by: AKULA on March 23, 2022, 08:20:29 AM
{cough} anyway back to the thread, before the mods get unhappy  ;)

Lovely looking greens Paul  8)


Next batch of Soviet VDV paras.

The Bazooka looking thing is an RPO "Rys" Rocket-propelled Infantry Flamethrower "Lynx". Its a napalm rocket-propelled grenade launcher classified as flamethrower by Russian military. The RPO had first entered service in 1975 and it was intended to replace the obsolete LPO-50 flamethrowers.

The RPG is the RPG16. Designed for both special forces and VDV.

We also have the SA-7 Grail.
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on March 23, 2022, 08:47:08 AM
{cough} anyway back to the thread, before the mods get unhappy  ;)

Lovely looking greens Paul  8)

Thanks you. Glad you like them  ;)
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Post by: Wyrmalla on March 23, 2022, 04:48:53 PM
Did the RPG-16 see much use outside of the Afghanistan conflict? Wikipedia lists the War in Iraq - which implies that if stocks persists they'd be used throughout the region post-Iraq War.

Were they out of service with the Russian Military by the time of the Chechen Wars? I get the impression that they're inability to take larger warheads and proprietary ammunition put them out of service at the first opportunity - so stocks presumably are now in long term storage.

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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on April 07, 2022, 10:39:42 AM
We have some more packs of Cold War, circa 1980, VDV Soviet Paratroopers released today.

These are 28mm scale and link to our previous packs and all ready to take on our BAOR figures.

https://www.empressminiatures.com/cold-war-soviet-vdv...

Command Pack VDV5

Soviet Paratroopers -  VDV-  armed with AKSD folding stock assault rifles and one officer with a silenced AKS.
One radio operator and one squad communications trooper with an ear receiver.

Pack VDV6

RPK Light Machine Gun armed VDV.

Pack VDV7

Two snipers armed with Dragunov rifles.

One VDV trooper armed with a 9k32 Strela 2m shoulder launched Anti Aircraft missile launcher.

One VD trooper armed with a  The RPO Rys ("Lynx") is a reloadable rocket-propelled flamethrower weapon developed in the 1970s by the Soviet Union. It was one of the earliest weapons of its type, and also one of the largest and most powerful.

Pack VDV8

The RPG16 was developed for special forces and paratroopers in the late 1960's and became operational early 1970's.

Troops wear a mixture of the khaki coloured jump overalls and the light green coloured coveralls with hood.
The VDV beret is light blue.

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Post by: carlos marighela on April 07, 2022, 11:52:45 AM
Love’ em! :-*
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Post by: AKULA on April 07, 2022, 12:36:14 PM
Excellent additions Paul - order placed   8)
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on April 07, 2022, 02:21:05 PM
Excellent additions Paul - order placed   8)

Good man.  ;)
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on April 07, 2022, 02:21:26 PM
Love’ em! :-*

Cheers for that  ;)
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Post by: commissarmoody on April 08, 2022, 07:05:17 AM
Very nice. Now i am trying to figure out if I can use them as 40. Fallschirmjägerbataillon/Luftsturmregiment 40 "Willi Sänger".
Maybe if I can find a suitable jump helmet.  ::)
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Post by: carlos marighela on April 08, 2022, 07:50:29 AM
Apols for the thread diversion.

Funny you should mention them.  Uniform is really quite different from that of the NVA paras. I'm looking at adding a squad's worth myself. I have decided that with some weapon swaps and a little putty/ lead foil for pockets and pouches these should work:

https://www.copplestonecastings.co.uk/prod.php?prod=264

The berets and knitted cuffs and collars sold me on these as conversion fodder.

You can find quite a bit of useful info on them here:

https://www.nva-fallschirmjaeger.de/Broschuere.pdf

Until the late 1980s they were essentially organised to fight as small, commando-like, raiding groups of around 9-12 men, so a handy little force. Their other role was as security for SED Ministry of Defence in East Berlin, so I just have to have some.

Of course if Paul would like to produce some dedicated East German paras, I know I wouldn't say no.  ;)

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Post by: commissarmoody on April 08, 2022, 08:03:41 AM
Apols for the thread diversion.

Funny you should mention them.  Uniform is really quite different from that of the NVA paras. I'm looking at adding a squad's worth myself. I have decided that with some weapon swaps and a little putty/ lead foil for pockets and pouches these should work:

https://www.copplestonecastings.co.uk/prod.php?prod=264

The berets and knitted cuffs and collars sold me on these as conversion fodder.

You can find quite a bit of useful info on them here:

https://www.nva-fallschirmjaeger.de/Broschuere.pdf

Until the late 1980s they were essentially organised to fight as small, commando-like, raiding groups of around 9-12 men, so a handy little force. Their other role was as security for SED Ministry of Defence in East Berlin, so I just have to have some.

Of course if Paul would like to produce some dedicated East German paras, I know I wouldn't say no.  ;)
Yeah from my understanding they operated more as a commando style force then a traditional Para unit.
But then after 85, the Soviets had them expand into a regiment to take on a more conventional roll. And new units like 9. Volkspolizei-Kompanie  and Diensteinheit IX taken on the state security roll.
But Yeah, I would be down for a few East German Orenge Berets.
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Post by: AKULA on April 09, 2022, 07:25:09 AM
Keep the ideas coming...before you know it, we will have Paul representing every member of NATO & Warsaw Pact

 lol
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Post by: Rick F on April 09, 2022, 09:20:36 PM
Keep the ideas coming...before you know it, we will have Paul representing every member of NATO & Warsaw Pact

 lol
I do hope so, I'm looking forward to a baby Rick F of a 1987 vintage, in windproof, 58 webbing made of waterbottle pouches, German Para boots and a cocky swagger lol
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Post by: carlos marighela on April 09, 2022, 11:06:24 PM
Speaking of figures dressed and equipped in an ‘alternative’ fashion…..Any news on the mooted territorials in ‘37 pattern webbing? I’d really love to see those. That said I know you must be working on the Falklands at pres.
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Post by: FreakyFenton on April 10, 2022, 06:47:18 PM
I must say they look great. Especially the bloke with the Strela in VDV Pack 7 reminds me of the old Esci Soviet Paratroopers in 1/72 scale.
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on April 11, 2022, 08:37:18 AM
Keep the ideas coming...before you know it, we will have Paul representing every member of NATO & Warsaw Pact

 lol

Nope. Empress are doing BAOR and other British troops and Soviet VDV that all. Plus civilians of course.  ;)
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Post by: CapnJim on April 11, 2022, 06:33:41 PM
Nope. Empress are doing BAOR and other British troops and Soviet VDV that all. Plus civilians of course.  ;)

Civilians?  Civilians, you say?  You have my attention now... :)

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Post by: commissarmoody on April 11, 2022, 11:52:30 PM
Civilians?  Civilians, you say?  You have my attention now... :)
Wolverines!  ;D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. MORE SOVIET PARAS RELEASED.
Post by: carlos marighela on April 12, 2022, 09:03:17 AM
More likely to be Geordie builders. Instead of shouting out ‘Wolverines’ in teenage tones, you’ll have to yell out Wey-Aye man!  ;)

Civilians will be most welcome as would one or two armed ‘civilians’ either as HVA agents, sleepers or RAF like terrorists.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. MORE SOVIET PARAS RELEASED.
Post by: commissarmoody on April 13, 2022, 07:05:38 AM
More likely to be Geordie builders. Instead of shouting out ‘Wolverines’ in teenage tones, you’ll have to yell out Wey-Aye man!  ;)

Civilians will be most welcome as would one or two armed ‘civilians’ either as HVA agents, sleepers or RAF like terrorists.
I will be happy no matter what side of the Atlantic they are designed for.  :D
Of course, i am biased for North America. play out some games of Red Dawn and Southern Comfort.   
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Post by: Dr Bogo on April 13, 2022, 08:17:33 AM
A plus if you *do* model them after Geordies is that there's no need for any winter/summer clothing variants - tight t-shirts and jeans for the blokes plus miniskirts for the women all year round, and painting them is a treat, simple two-tone spray-tan orange.

(In all seriousness yes please to civvies).
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. MORE SOVIET PARAS RELEASED.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on April 13, 2022, 08:45:25 AM
A plus if you *do* model them after Geordies is that there's no need for any winter/summer clothing variants - tight t-shirts and jeans for the blokes plus miniskirts for the women all year round, and painting them is a treat, simple two-tone spray-tan orange.

(In all seriousness yes please to civvies).

 lol lol lol lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. MORE SOVIET PARAS RELEASED.
Post by: carlos marighela on April 13, 2022, 09:30:09 AM
A plus if you *do* model them after Geordies is that there's no need for any winter/summer clothing variants - tight t-shirts and jeans for the blokes plus miniskirts for the women all year round, and painting them is a treat, simple two-tone spray-tan orange.

(In all seriousness yes please to civvies).

 lol True but similar dress codes exist in Essex, give or take the odd puffer jacket.

Remember that these are for the ‘80s, spray tan was yet to be invented unless you were handy with a bottle of furniture polish, so shell suits and ashen grey/pasty white complexions, save for the odd, bright red one that’s just got back from Marbella.

Hmm now there’s scenario waiting to be played out. Soviet paratroopers land at Southend Pier and attempt to take the Kursaal. You could call it ‘Down by the Jetty’.  ;)

My only worry is that we’ll get German civilians indulging their passion for getting their kit off and lolling around on the sand.

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. MORE SOVIET PARAS RELEASED.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on April 13, 2022, 10:43:26 AM
lol True but similar dress codes exist in Essex, give or take the odd puffer jacket.

Remember that these are for the ‘80s, spray tan was yet to be invented unless you were handy with a bottle of furniture polish, so shell suits and ashen grey/pasty white complexions, save for the odd, bright red one that’s just got back from Marbella.

Hmm now there’s scenario waiting to be played out. Soviet paratroopers land at Southend Pier and attempt to take the Kursaal. You could call it ‘Down by the Jetty’.  ;)

My only worry is that we’ll get German civilians indulging their passion for getting their kit off and lolling around on the sand.

Being a local boy I can confirm with ease that the Soviet Paras would not have stood a chance in Southend in the 80's. Especially in the Kursaal and pirate ship. :D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. I painted me a BDRM2.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on April 26, 2022, 10:44:30 AM
Empress 28mm BDRM2.

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. I painted me a BDRM2.
Post by: FreakyFenton on April 26, 2022, 11:15:51 PM
Looks great. And I do like the weathering on it!
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. I painted me a BDRM2.
Post by: commissarmoody on April 27, 2022, 08:11:30 AM
Very Well done!  :D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. I painted me a BDRM2.
Post by: carlos marighela on April 27, 2022, 12:28:47 PM
Cute!
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. I painted me a BDRM2.
Post by: Golgotha on April 27, 2022, 12:41:15 PM
Very useful given that it has seen service in the most recent conflicts and has been exported extensively and is in use in at least 38 countries...
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. I painted me a BDRM2.
Post by: Kourtchatovium104 on April 27, 2022, 12:51:15 PM
Great! And it reminds me that I have one to finish... :)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. I painted me a BDRM2.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on April 27, 2022, 01:22:50 PM
Cheers chaps.

TBH it was a colour test for a load of BDM's I need to do for the 1980 VDV.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. I painted me a BDRM2.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on April 28, 2022, 09:40:35 PM
Very nice.
Great! And it reminds me that I have one to finish... :)
I still have one in a box...
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. I painted me a BDRM2.
Post by: AKULA on May 01, 2022, 04:46:07 PM
Useful model for so many different games - really like the weathered finish as well

 :)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. I painted me a BDRM2.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on May 03, 2022, 12:50:15 PM
Cheers chaps.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. I painted me a BDRM2.
Post by: CapnJim on May 03, 2022, 09:25:02 PM
Nice paint job on that BRDM.  But it ain't lying on its side, burned up, with "Wolverines" spray-painted on it... ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. I painted me a BDRM2.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on May 10, 2022, 08:32:57 AM
A little glimpse of something new in the pipe work.😉

28mm SAS/ SBS circa 1982.

A lot more to come in a couple of weeks.

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS PREVIEW
Post by: CapnJim on May 10, 2022, 07:23:17 PM
Hmm.  Interesting...
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS PREVIEW
Post by: carlos marighela on May 10, 2022, 09:40:00 PM
Hmmm fucking wonderful! No llores por mi Argentina.

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS PREVIEW
Post by: AKULA on May 10, 2022, 09:42:40 PM
 :-* :-* :-* :-*

Hell yes.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS PREVIEW
Post by: has.been on May 11, 2022, 06:30:19 AM
Quote
A little glimpse of something new in the pipe work.😉

28mm SAS/ SBS circa 1982.

A lot more to come in a couple of weeks.


Cheesh those guys are tough. It is soooo cold that ice has formed on his upper lip &
his arm has fallen off!!!! :o :o :o But he isn't even flinching!!!!
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS PREVIEW
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on May 11, 2022, 07:58:56 AM
Thanks guys for the gushing praise.

Here is another to tempt you;

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS PREVIEW
Post by: carlos marighela on May 11, 2022, 08:04:33 AM
Nice! Of course I see that this is another attempt to bankrupt me by forcing me to buy a 1/48 Pucara or two… or three.

That you knew I had just done last year’s tax return is worrying.  lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS PREVIEW
Post by: Blackwolf on May 11, 2022, 08:38:54 AM
You mean the Kittyhawk kit? It’s had rave reviews; vaguely interested, not nearly early enough for me however (Tempests and Meteors about the most modern…).


Edit: Kinetic is the kit maker.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS PREVIEW
Post by: Rick F on May 11, 2022, 10:11:29 AM
Excellent news, I've been waiting for these (and their Aussie cousins lol)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS PREVIEW
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on May 12, 2022, 12:47:11 PM
Time for another  ;)

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS PREVIEW
Post by: CapnJim on May 12, 2022, 06:21:43 PM
Lovely fellow, that.

And the guy with the 203 looks like he let off too long an auto burst.  His barrel is drooping a bit... :D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS PREVIEW
Post by: carlos marighela on May 12, 2022, 07:46:24 PM
There’s a pill for that these days apparently.. ;)

Very nice. While I understand the benefits/ requirements of casting, I suppose that like most people I’d prefer figures without separate arms where possible. That said, I like these and look forward to seeing more.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS PREVIEW
Post by: CapnJim on May 12, 2022, 08:19:41 PM
Methinks these chaps may see service against my late 80s/early 90s Soviets/Russians.  They are kitted out in cold weather(ish) kit too.
Paul, please tell me these SAS fellas will have some kind of AT capability...
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS PREVIEW
Post by: CapnJim on May 12, 2022, 08:21:07 PM
Belay that.  I see the LAW with the 203 guy...  8)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS PREVIEW
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on May 13, 2022, 08:37:32 AM
And here is another one with a LAW.



Its been 'interesting' reading some of the comments regarding these figures across the various places that I have shown them. Mainly regarding the weapons and the belief that the SAS/ SBS were only limited to UK weapons. To those in the know they obviously were not. A friend of mine was the gunnery officer on HMS Antrim during the Falklands War and, as he often laughed, 'commanded' the detachment that went to South Georgia and he said they walked up the gangplank carrying Addidas bags full of weapons of every description as they simply emptied the stores just incase.   

the only weapon that I cannot find them using is a Suppressed Stirling SMG so if anyone has a reference it would be interesting to know. (The Argentinian SF did of course use them.) 
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS PREVIEW
Post by: Blackwolf on May 13, 2022, 10:15:32 AM
Very odd. You can read plenty of accounts ,and they generally mention they carried M16 rifles,203 grenade launchers et cetera. It would suggest that on the other “places” they don’t read too deeply. One of my favourite SAS books is Eye of the Storm which goes into at some length. Can’t remember his name ,ended up as RSM.
Nice miniatures by the way.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS PREVIEW
Post by: Rick F on May 13, 2022, 11:28:07 AM
That's the good thing about SAS etc weapons and kit, whilst it's possible to prove they did use something, it's impossible to prove they didn't lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS PREVIEW
Post by: carlos marighela on May 13, 2022, 12:52:22 PM
It gets much more exotic than that. In Norn Irn they were tooled up with HK-53s and G-3s, GPMGs in addition to M16s.

I dunno which numpties are labouring under the belief that the SAS used only British kit. Frankly I would expect the range to have M16s as the default option.

As it happens Britain was one of the earliest users of the M16, before the US Army. The initial buys were for Confrontation, where they saw widespread use with battalions in Borneo. In the ‘ seventies and ‘eighties they were a standard item with infantry battalions Close Observation Platoons when deployed to NI. Any number of photos showing them in use.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS PREVIEW
Post by: CapnJim on May 13, 2022, 04:29:26 PM
Another LAW?  Very good then.  They'll need them against my Soviets'/Russians' BTRs and T55.... ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS PREVIEW
Post by: AKULA on May 13, 2022, 05:59:32 PM
Another LAW?  Very good then.  They'll need them against my Soviets'/Russians' BTRs and T55.... ;)

Some of those SAS are going to find their way into my “After the Bomb” project…driving around a post-apocalypse Yorkshire in landrovers

8)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS PREVIEW
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on May 16, 2022, 08:28:09 AM
And another.

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS PREVIEW
Post by: carlos marighela on May 16, 2022, 09:33:59 AM
Some of those SAS are going to find their way into my “After the Bomb” project…driving around a post-apocalypse Yorkshire in landrovers

8)

Well as three lads from Sheffield said back in the ‘eighties: ‘Let’s all Make a Bomb’. Not quite sure it’s quite what they meant though.  :D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS PREVIEW
Post by: CapnJim on May 17, 2022, 01:15:49 PM
Looks like another chap who means business there, Paul...
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS PREVIEW
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on May 17, 2022, 02:10:31 PM
New releases for our 28mm Cold War range.

This time something very different as we tackle some British special forces and they do not some more special than the SBS and SAS.

Modelled on pictures and illustrations of the Falklands War these chaps will be quite happy to fight in the Falklands or Northern Europe.
 
Pack SBS/SAS1

Figures come with attached heads.

One figure has a separate arm.

All Bergen - back packs are separate and need to be glued. 

Wearing cold wet weather kit, suitable for the Falklands War, these chaps will also work for northern Europe.

From left to right ;
M16A1
M16A1
CAR-15
MI6A1 - M2O3GL - LAWS.

Pack SBS/SAS2

Figures come with attached heads.

Two figures have separate arms.

All Bergen - back packs are separate and need to be glued. 

Wearing cold wet weather kit, suitable for the Falklands War, these chaps will also work for northern Europe.

From left to right ;

L1A1 SLR - LAWS.
M16A1
M16A1 M203GL LAWS.
M16A1 STARLIGHT NIGHT SCOPE.
In the shop here;

https://www.empressminiatures.com/cold-war-baor---early...




Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: carlos marighela on May 17, 2022, 04:42:23 PM
Excellent! I’ll be having some of those.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: v_lazy_dragon on May 17, 2022, 04:49:04 PM
Once again, Empress drags my mind back to Twilight 2000!
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 17, 2022, 09:20:03 PM
The SAS/SBS look very nice.
Are the backs of the figures sculpted or are the backpacks mandatory?

What it brought to mind was "Night of the Magpies" from Bruce Rea-Taylor's scenario book Battlezones (based on The Chieftains by Bob Forrest-West).

Once again, Empress drags my mind back to Twilight 2000!
Not sure my mind ever left there.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: CapnJim on May 18, 2022, 03:01:36 PM
Sculpted on or not, I will likely use the rucksacks.  They'll add the right look for what I may use them for.... :D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on May 19, 2022, 07:44:39 AM
The Bergen's are a separate item so can be left off although there are a few extra straps to hide but nothing major. 
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on May 19, 2022, 10:33:29 AM
I forgot to mention that there will be another pack in the not too distant future and also a lot more Soviet VDV even sooner  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: carlos marighela on May 19, 2022, 07:39:45 PM
GPMGs? Chap with a Stinger?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on May 20, 2022, 07:21:37 AM
GPMGs? Chap with a Stinger?

GPMG yes.

Stinger was discounted as they went down in a helo crash so not used from what I can see. ????
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: carlos marighela on May 20, 2022, 07:47:40 AM
Not quite. The one bloke trained in its use went down in the chopper crash. The Stingers, all six of them, were still available. Lucky first shot by someone just having a crack brought down a Pucara. No other successes.

No biggy, I have an alternative source of a Stinger if needs be. It’s a bit niche anyway.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: carlos marighela on May 20, 2022, 08:03:09 AM
Oh and apparently they bagged an Argentine Army Puma on Mt Kent as well.

https://en.mercopress.com/2002/04/12/argentine-puma-shot-down-by-american-stinger-missile
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on May 20, 2022, 08:17:57 AM
OK then tempting but as you say a bit niche.  :?

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: AKULA on May 23, 2022, 09:42:51 AM
Picked up the new SAS minis at Partizan this weekend, and they are even better in the flesh (or rather ..the metal).

Also didn’t realise how large the Armata was until I saw it on Paul’s stand - you get a lot of resin for your money.

 :)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 24, 2022, 09:53:35 PM
The Bergen's are a separate item so can be left off although there are a few extra straps to hide but nothing major.
Thanks.

GPMGs? Chap with a Stinger?
OK then tempting but as you say a bit niche.  :?
So I will not mention the MILAN or Carl Gustav for the Night of the Magpies scenario...

The GPMGs will come in handy.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on May 25, 2022, 12:51:05 PM
Some more VDV on the horizon.

Jump helmets plus some added kit.



Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: CapnJim on May 25, 2022, 03:42:37 PM
Hmm.  Those drop helmets sort of resemble AVF crew helmets.  One could conceivably use some of them for dismounted BMD crew, should their BMDs get whacked...
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: Dr. Zombie on May 25, 2022, 05:38:06 PM
(https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=127176.0;attach=173221;image)

Is that landmine boobs!?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: carlos marighela on May 25, 2022, 07:21:01 PM
‘70s era Soviet bra technology.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: Dags on May 25, 2022, 08:19:22 PM
Giant Licorice Allsorts.... that's how I'll paint them





(ducks and runs for cover)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: carlos marighela on May 25, 2022, 09:05:09 PM
I must admit, this presents a thorny dilemna. Berets or jump helmets? Decisions, decisions.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: AKULA on May 25, 2022, 09:32:57 PM
I must admit, this presents a thorny dilemna. Berets or jump helmets? Decisions, decisions.

Both   ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on May 26, 2022, 07:55:28 AM
Both   ;)

Yeah both  lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on May 26, 2022, 07:57:03 AM
(https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=127176.0;attach=173221;image)

Is that landmine boobs!?

Body armour for sensitive nipples.  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: carlos marighela on May 26, 2022, 10:21:25 AM
OK, I’m curious now. Discounting the giant liquorice allsorts and cardboard Wonderbra theories, WTF are those things?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: AKULA on May 26, 2022, 10:46:07 AM
OK, I’m curious now. Discounting the giant liquorice allsorts and cardboard Wonderbra theories, WTF are those things?

Drum mags for an RPD maybe? Not sure I’d want to stand next to him if they are land mines…

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on May 26, 2022, 11:05:32 AM
OK, I’m curious now. Discounting the giant liquorice allsorts and cardboard Wonderbra theories, WTF are those things?

Land mines.

Seriously brave/ stupid way of carrying them but they did.  o_o
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: Dr. Zombie on May 26, 2022, 11:11:49 AM
I always felt a bit apprehensive throwing myself to the ground with grenades in my pockets/pouches. But land mines that is a whole other level of danger.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: carlos marighela on May 26, 2022, 11:37:23 AM
Land mines.

Seriously brave/ stupid way of carrying them but they did.  o_o

That’s one way to get off yer tits I s’pose.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: AKULA on May 26, 2022, 11:44:02 AM
Land mines.

Seriously brave/ stupid way of carrying them but they did.  o_o

Ouch.

“Sergeant … what should I do if we come under fire”
“Throw yourself to the ground….and then about 200 feet up into the air”

 :o

Lovely minis - on the shopping list.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on May 27, 2022, 07:55:32 AM
Ouch.

“Sergeant … what should I do if we come under fire”
“Throw yourself to the ground….and then about 200 feet up into the air”

 :o

Lovely minis - on the shopping list.

I suppose that's the logic. Its for carrying not for wearing when getting shot at and not really different from a lot that is carried. Having said that I would not want to do it.  lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on May 27, 2022, 12:14:45 PM
Painted a few BDM's  lol

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: AKULA on May 27, 2022, 12:28:32 PM
I see we share the same definition of “a few”

Good work!

 lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: carlos marighela on May 27, 2022, 02:39:47 PM
 :o Which is a ‘few’ more than I was expecting. Impressive and very nicely finished.

Painters Tip: The live version of the Sagger was typically green. The bare metal ones were training versions, often used for parades. That said the silver coloured ones do look cool.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 27, 2022, 09:30:42 PM
Nice.
I must admit, this presents a thorny dilemna. Berets or jump helmets? Decisions, decisions.
Both   ;)
I suspect my next order will make Paul happy...
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: commissarmoody on May 28, 2022, 01:23:07 AM
Painted a few BDM's  lol
Only a few off from a full company.  :D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: CapnJim on May 28, 2022, 02:43:39 PM
Nice job on those BMDs.  Sure look the business....

Only a few off from a full company.  :D

A full company after contact...

And as for that guy with the mine bling, what happens if he takes a round in one of those mines? :o

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: has.been on May 28, 2022, 06:59:11 PM
Quote
And as for that guy with the mine bling, what happens if he takes a round in one of those mines? :o

'Here, & there & there & there, lies...'
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SAS/SBS released.
Post by: commissarmoody on May 29, 2022, 12:10:13 AM
Nice job on those BMDs.  Sure look the business....

A full company after contact...

And as for that guy with the mine bling, what happens if he takes a round in one of those mines? :o
A modern VDV company isn't that large at all. They are not really set up to absorb cassalties. Do the mission or die trying.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on May 30, 2022, 02:47:20 PM
Soviet era paratroopers (circa 1980.) 28mm released.

These chaps are wearing jump helmets and a few RPG18's have been added and a chap carrying land mines.

https://www.empressminiatures.com/cold-war-soviet-vdv---paratroops---early-1980s-152-c.asp

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: carlos marighela on May 31, 2022, 10:58:48 AM
Very nice but I’m still not buying the land mine thing. It’s a giant piss-take. In reality that bloke is a human beat box, I can see ghetto blaster speakers It’s a Soviet rap posse isn’t it? :D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on May 31, 2022, 04:51:26 PM
Very nice but I’m still not buying the land mine thing. It’s a giant piss-take. In reality that bloke is a human beat box, I can see ghetto blaster speakers It’s a Soviet rap posse isn’t it? :D

Its the Soviet Maddona period. Just a flatter bras  :o
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on June 07, 2022, 07:59:19 AM
First release of VDV painted by Dags.  :-*

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: CapnJim on June 07, 2022, 10:50:26 PM
A great paint job, on lovely figs.  Can't go wrong there!  Well done!
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on June 08, 2022, 07:47:04 AM
A great paint job, on lovely figs.  Can't go wrong there!  Well done!

Cheers for that  :-*
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: carlos marighela on June 08, 2022, 10:46:09 AM
The boy has done you proud.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on June 09, 2022, 07:47:31 AM
Next up;

Empress Miniatures 28mm BAOR Recce unit. This is a personal unit although created using the vehicle crew with the crap hat heads and the short Land Rover from the Empress range.

Figures painted by Jon Atter and vehicle by me.

The unit represents nothing specific but can act as a recce / artillery spotter unit for use in 1980ish games. Pretty versatile in its use and the team can park up, debus and go on foot if needs be. Honourable Artillery Company TA unit kinda fits the bill as inspiration. 

Cheers, Paul

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: CapnJim on June 09, 2022, 03:04:59 PM
More great work on lovely figures.  Especially like the Land Rover.... :D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: Rick F on June 09, 2022, 03:57:57 PM
Absolutely gorgeous
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on June 10, 2022, 08:29:08 AM
Thanks chaps. Greatly appreciated  :-*

I will post these up as well as they are part of the developing range and painted by Dags.

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: carlos marighela on June 10, 2022, 08:58:11 AM
Hmmm not sure how you are reading my mind but I spent some time last week working out what I needed to convert a LWB landy model into an SAS Pinky, albeit in green and black not pink.

Like what you’ve done there yours and a HAC stay behinf team is a brill idea!
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on June 10, 2022, 09:13:01 AM
Hmmm not sure how you are reading my mind but I spent some time last week working out what I needed to convert a LWB landy model into an SAS Pinky, albeit in green and black not pink.

Like what you’ve done there yours and a HAC stay behinf team is a brill idea!

Cheers for that.

Not found piccies of SAS Landy's in Europe (Belgium ones yes.) but they would have used them and as a lot of this is what if and recent showings of the lack of Soviet ability suggest that any conflict would have gone on longer that the perceived few days/ weeks so lots of opportunity for what ifs.

I have another section sized TA recce unit now finished based upon the  Sharpshooters, Kent & County of London. There are a couple of mods that I may yet do to the vehicle but I will post next week when complete.  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on June 13, 2022, 10:09:20 AM
A brace of Chieftains.

 
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: Cypher226 on June 13, 2022, 10:42:19 AM
 :-* :-* :-*

stunning work all round
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: carlos marighela on June 13, 2022, 10:55:57 AM
Very nice looking tanks!
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on June 14, 2022, 07:45:49 AM
Time for a bit of Ferret juggling.

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: carlos marighela on June 14, 2022, 10:22:40 AM
Quite the cutest wheeled military vehicle ever.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on June 15, 2022, 11:45:51 AM
I have always had an interest is the smallish different units that exist within armies. Not necessarily special forces but something a little different.

In this case I give you the Kent and County of London Yeomanry. 'The Sharpshooters.'

Small unit of Territorial Army created with Empress Miniatures figures and head swaps. The Saracen has also been slightly modified with a turret ring to the rear for mounting the Bren gun and a side cage for stowage.

Note the WW2 para helmets that were privately acquired to make it easier to jump in and out of the vehicle. Replacing the standard issue helmet at the time.



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Post by: has.been on June 15, 2022, 03:02:37 PM
Which one is you Paul?
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Post by: AKULA on June 15, 2022, 06:19:24 PM
So many excellent updates - firstly I’d like to doff my cap to Jon for exquisite brushwork

VDV, Reece spotters, SAS, Chieftains, Ferret, Saracen (especially the conversions/stowage)…the Yeomanry….so much to like.

That’s quite a force you are building there Paul - fancy a game sometime?   ;)
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Post by: Eclaireur on June 15, 2022, 10:55:02 PM
Ferret and Saracen looking fab there  ;D and remind me of various schemes I went out on. Recall the Royal Yeomanry had an infantry sub-unit in each squadron bussed around in Saracens. It was referred to as Boot Troop. Their recce troops had Fox at the time...
EC
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Post by: carlos marighela on June 16, 2022, 10:26:22 AM
Lovely stuff. I suspect Foxes and Spartans can’t be far off.
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on June 16, 2022, 11:53:21 AM
So many excellent updates - firstly I’d like to doff my cap to Jon for exquisite brushwork

VDV, Reece spotters, SAS, Chieftains, Ferret, Saracen (especially the conversions/stowage)…the Yeomanry….so much to like.

That’s quite a force you are building there Paul - fancy a game sometime?   ;)

Not to mentio0n my vehicle painting. Oh you didn't  lol

Yes to a game sometime  ;)
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on June 16, 2022, 11:56:33 AM
By popular demand the Fox.

An interesting vehicle with its fair to say a slightly top heavy problem is none the less confirms to the usual cute British military vehicle designs that are iconic in their own right.

 https://www.empressminiatures.com/vehicles-41-c.asp





Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: Dr Bogo on June 16, 2022, 12:12:53 PM
I have to say Paul these last few vehicles have been some of your best ever - great work mate.
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Post by: Dags on June 16, 2022, 12:46:15 PM
For fox sake that's pretty








(apologies, but someone was going to say it)
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on June 16, 2022, 01:59:56 PM
I have to say Paul these last few vehicles have been some of your best ever - great work mate.

Many thanks form that  ;)
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on June 16, 2022, 02:00:32 PM
For fox sake that's pretty








(apologies, but someone was going to say it)

 ::)
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Post by: AKULA on June 16, 2022, 05:28:19 PM
Not to mentio0n my vehicle painting. Oh you didn't  lol

Your excellent paint jobs on the vehicles is a given… ;)

Seriously, very nice indeed.

Yes to a game sometime  ;)

Great…I’d better start working on some reinforcements  ;)
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on June 17, 2022, 09:34:46 AM
Scorpion front and centre.

 
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on June 17, 2022, 09:37:49 AM
Landrover with WOMBAT and crew.

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Post by: carlos marighela on June 17, 2022, 10:26:26 AM
That Scorpion certainly got an upgrade. Did they nick a Belgian one?
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on June 17, 2022, 12:23:29 PM
That Scorpion certainly got an upgrade. Did they nick a Belgian one?

Yeah wrong gun. The model comes with three options and I picked the wrobg one.  Just changing it  ;)
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on June 17, 2022, 01:12:51 PM
The real Scorpion.

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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on June 17, 2022, 01:13:34 PM
 :)
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Post by: AKULA on June 17, 2022, 02:04:10 PM
Nice paint jobs Paul…especially the vehicles  ;)

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Post by: carlos marighela on June 17, 2022, 07:09:19 PM
Tis a fine looking beasty! Reminds me I should probably purchase another one.
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Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on June 17, 2022, 09:51:58 PM
Nice work on them.

Reminds me I must finish that Spartan.
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on June 18, 2022, 09:35:28 AM
Cheers guys.

Game on.

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Post by: commissarmoody on June 18, 2022, 09:54:45 AM
Shots out!  :D
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Post by: carlos marighela on June 18, 2022, 10:03:36 AM
Very atmospheric :-*
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Post by: AKULA on June 18, 2022, 10:14:35 AM
Great photos  8)
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on June 20, 2022, 07:53:32 AM
Thanks guys. It was a good game with a victory for the Soviet steam roller. I will put some more pictures up in a while. ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on June 20, 2022, 01:01:40 PM
Bit of a fun series of pictures rather than from a game.



Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: AKULA on June 20, 2022, 01:10:24 PM
Nice photos … that Sagger operator must be punching the air, or more probably legging it before the other Chieftain gets a bead on him.

 :)
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Post by: Marine0846 on June 21, 2022, 03:39:29 PM
Great photos.
When I start painting my US vs Russians 1980ish figures,
I now feel the need to add some British.
Damn, more money to spend with Empress. lol
(That's not a bad thing, just have to find more time to paint.)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on June 24, 2022, 07:56:02 AM
Cheers guys  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: CapnJim on July 01, 2022, 01:34:40 AM
Well, I leave for a couple weeks vacation, and you go on a painting spree....

Well done on all of it.  Well except for the Soviet win, that is... ;D 
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on July 01, 2022, 07:17:12 AM
Well, I leave for a couple weeks vacation, and you go on a painting spree....

Well done on all of it.  Well except for the Soviet win, that is... ;D

Tell me about it  >:(

I did some more work on the Scorpion.

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: carlos marighela on July 01, 2022, 09:57:09 AM
Looks marvellous! Gauze bandage as the camo net?
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on July 01, 2022, 10:01:12 AM
I used to do that but got lazy and bought some ready made stuff but the same material.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: carlos marighela on July 01, 2022, 10:17:05 AM
Know how you feel. Bought some commercial stuff you just scrunch up and glue in place. Works a treat though.
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on July 04, 2022, 09:00:49 AM
Some more vehicles.

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Post by: carlos marighela on July 04, 2022, 09:25:05 AM
Lovely work! :-* Ever thought about commissioning the Milan turret for the Spartan? Mid to late eighties IIRC but would be a nice addition to the range.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on July 04, 2022, 10:02:56 AM
Lovely work! :-* Ever thought about commissioning the Milan turret for the Spartan? Mid to late eighties IIRC but would be a nice addition to the range.

Lets just say its a possibility along with other variants. Its just fitting all this stuff into busy schedules and we are way behind with releases across the ranges as we wait for bits to be done.  ;)
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on July 06, 2022, 10:19:34 AM
Finally as promised some pictures of the recent 1980 Cold War game.

Simple game with the Soviet VDV ordered to push off the other side of the table in order to capture an airfield. BAOR defence force originally in place including some SAS were unable to hold them back and an infantry platoon plus supports arrived but held the steam roller back for a few moves but the VDV punched through.

Most of the reinforcements were generated by the Random Effects Chart and the Soviets had more luck with the rolls than the Brits. Both sides failed to get artillery support and the Brits got no tanks although did get one pass from a Harrier, whoosh BANG!!!

Great fun and here are some pictures.

   
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on July 06, 2022, 10:26:04 AM
The light greay smoke on the tanks is for light hits, the black burning for destroyed.

The big white smoke for smoke screens that the Brits adopted to try and hide as the Soviets got very close.

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on July 06, 2022, 10:30:25 AM
 :o

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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on July 06, 2022, 10:32:18 AM
Steady lads.

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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on July 06, 2022, 10:33:33 AM
Whoosh!!!!

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Post by: Marine0846 on July 06, 2022, 01:31:28 PM
Great set of photos.
Love them. :-*
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Post by: AKULA on July 06, 2022, 03:10:43 PM
Great looking photos Paul  8)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: CapnJim on July 06, 2022, 04:04:14 PM
Those are some great pics, Paul.  I presume you used Danger Close rules.  How'd they work for a fight of that size?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on July 07, 2022, 08:56:00 AM
Cheers chaps  ;)

CapnJim we used BOHICA as its pretty much the same period and weapons. It played very well TBH as the mechanisms are pretty much the same as Danger Close.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: carlos marighela on July 07, 2022, 09:22:02 AM
Looking good! Nice work on both the figures and the terrain.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on July 07, 2022, 08:52:49 PM
Looking good! Nice work on both the figures and the terrain.

Cheers  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: CapnJim on July 08, 2022, 01:24:02 AM
Cheers chaps  ;)

CapnJim we used BOHICA as its pretty much the same period and weapons. It played very well TBH as the mechanisms are pretty much the same as Danger Close.

Check.  Good to hear.  We might use BOHICA for other locales and wars...
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on July 13, 2022, 07:54:52 AM
Some more vehicles.

Samaritan.

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on July 13, 2022, 07:55:38 AM
Samson.

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: carlos marighela on July 13, 2022, 09:35:57 AM
Samson? Why, why, why Delilah?
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: carlos marighela on July 13, 2022, 09:36:37 AM
Nicely done btw. Quite a vehicle park you have there.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on July 13, 2022, 09:55:21 AM
Nicely done btw. Quite a vehicle park you have there.

Just working on the FV432's ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: carlos marighela on July 13, 2022, 10:50:00 AM
Any closer to crew for the FV 432s? Someone to man the GPMG would be good.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on July 13, 2022, 12:44:34 PM
If you look in the existing mounted crew chaps there are two figures that work for infantry vehicle types. Both wearing tunics and berets. One fiddling with the MG. 
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Post by: carlos marighela on July 13, 2022, 01:04:25 PM
I must be a bit dim cos I can’t see them. I have both the armoured vehicle crew and the chaps for the Landy. The  tank crew have three figures in tank suits and one chap in combats but he’s holding a radio handset. Nothing suitable for manning the GPMG that I can see. Looks like some kit bashing required.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. Soviet paratroops released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on August 03, 2022, 09:40:06 AM
A new vehicle to our Cold War motor pool and something a little different. The BV202 Bandvagen.

The model is in the best quality resin and white metal and is 1/48 scale to fit with our Cold War range of figures. Used in the Falklands War it add a little something different to your table. Beep! Beep!

The vehicle is formed by two rubber Kegresse track units with a multi-directional pivot in between. The front unit contains the engine and gearbox through which power is delivered to the front and, via a propshaft in the pivot mechanism, the rear tracks. A hydraulic ram on the pivot "bends" the vehicle in the middle to steer it—there is no braking of track units for steering as on conventional tracklaying vehicles. The controls are a conventional steering wheel on the left hand front of the vehicle. It can reach a speed of 35 km/h on land and 7 km/h (4 kn) on water.

The Bv 202 carries a driver and a commander in the front unit and 8–10 troops in the trailer unit. It can be adapted for other applications.

Production started in Arvika in 1964 and ended in 1981.

The Bv 202 was designed to transport troops and equipment through snow or boglands in the northern parts of Sweden. The last Swedish unit to use this vehicle was the cavalry who found that the manual gearbox Bv 202 was much quieter than the automatic transmission Bv 206.

In the Norwegian army units that had both Bv 202 and Bv 206 ran the Bv 202 as the first vehicle if the snow conditions were challenging. The Bv 202 performed better in deep and/or difficult snow conditions.
The Mk1 Bv 202 is powered by an 82.5 bhp (61.5 kW) Volvo B18 the MK2 by the 97 bhp (72 kW) B20. It has less ground pressure than a skier and is fully amphibious..

The Bv 202 was used by NATO forces, and replaced the older Swedish Snow Trac  ST4 Over-snow Vehicle, which was employed by the British Royal Marines under NATO.

A version of the vehicle was also used in the Falklands war. https://www.keymilitary.com/article/bandvagen-goes-war

https://www.empressminiatures.com/vehicles-41-c.asp

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. BV202 Bandvagen released.
Post by: AKULA on August 04, 2022, 07:05:38 AM
Another great addition to your range Paul  8)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. BV202 Bandvagen released.
Post by: carlos marighela on August 04, 2022, 11:41:19 AM
Paddy Ashdown action figure not included.

Seriously though that’s a great bit of kit. Wasn’t there talk of a Snow Trac at some stage?

Now for some winter clad booties.  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. BV202 Bandvagen released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on August 05, 2022, 08:48:28 AM

Seriously though that’s a great bit of kit. Wasn’t there talk of a Snow Trac at some stage?


Yes when we get to artic warfare Marines. ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. BV202 Bandvagen released.
Post by: AKULA on August 05, 2022, 05:20:51 PM
Yes when we get to artic warfare Marines. ;)

Excellent  :)
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on August 08, 2022, 09:18:23 AM
Excellent  :)

Cheers  :)
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on August 08, 2022, 11:00:24 AM
Two snipers armed with Dragunov rifles.

One VDV trooper armed with a 9k32 Strela 2m shoulder launched Anti Aircraft missile launcher.

One VD trooper armed with a  The RPO Rys ("Lynx") is a reloadable rocket-propelled flamethrower weapon developed in the 1970s by the Soviet Union. It was one of the earliest weapons of its type, and also one of the largest and most powerful.

Soviet Paratroopers -  VDV-  armed with AKSD folding stock assault rifles.

Troops wear a mixture of the khaki coloured jump overalls and the light green coloured coveralls with hood.


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Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on August 15, 2022, 09:20:54 PM
Nice.
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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on August 22, 2022, 09:34:03 AM
Nice.

 :)
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Post by: Wyrmalla on August 28, 2022, 12:38:40 PM
Ooh, good choice with the Strela. Wouldn't mind seeing some figures for the modern Russian range shouldering RPGs too - but the two figures from this set could work as a base for most modellers.

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. BV202 Bandvagen released.
Post by: commissarmoody on August 29, 2022, 03:54:34 AM
Ooh, good choice with the Strela. Wouldn't mind seeing some figures for the modern Russian range shouldering RPGs too - but the two figures from this set could work as a base for most modellers.
true, not a bad idea.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. BV202 Bandvagen released.
Post by: Wyrmalla on August 29, 2022, 08:29:19 AM
Heh, I wound up taking some of Paul Hicks' Soviet sculpts and updating them for the modern period - just as its been so long between the original Modern Russians release and now without any models of soldiers firing RPGs. Its fine having a few of them slung on figure's backs throughout a squad like in the real world, but for gaming having a model actually firing one is kind of necessary. :/
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. BV202 Bandvagen released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on August 31, 2022, 07:35:37 AM
Dags latest painted Soviets are with the Soviet Helmet head swaps available from all good Empress Miniatures stores.



Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. SBS/SAS Command Support.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on August 31, 2022, 09:31:16 AM
Another few guys to fight off the Soviet hoards.

Painted by Dags to a superb standard.

 
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Post by: AKULA on August 31, 2022, 02:12:06 PM
Useful additions to the range - those helmet swops look great as well

 :)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. BV202 Bandvagen released.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on September 06, 2022, 02:46:29 PM
New release is a pack of four figures for our Cold War SBS/ SAS figures. 28mm to match the rest of the range.
The pack includes;

Commander on satellite phone with trooper holding aerial.  Both with separate Bergen's.
Trooper with GPMG.

Trooper with night sight on M16.

https://www.empressminiatures.com/cold-war-baor---early...

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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on September 06, 2022, 03:01:39 PM
More Soviet VDV Paratroops for our 28mm Cold War range.

VDV17 Soviet Paratroops moving and firing grenade launcher.

VDV18 Soviet Paratroops vehicle riders.

VDV19 Soviet Paratroops LUAZ 967 Crew. These figures can also be used for other vehicles and situations. Pack contains two drivers in sitting upright and sitting laid back positions. Plus one casualty for the stretcher.

LUAZ 967 Airborne Vehicle. This vehicle comes with a large number of modifications so that you can choose how you wish to build it. The good news is its simple to build.

The windscreen can be up or down.

There seats to drive the vehicle upright, crouched down or even laying down.

Two passenger seats are provided and two stretchers and brackets.

On the side are two bridging panels.

This vehicle works with our pack containing drivers and casualty.

LUAZ 967 and Crew deal.

VDV20 Armoured vehicle crew.

https://www.empressminiatures.com/cold-war-soviet-vdv...


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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on September 06, 2022, 03:02:49 PM
 :D

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Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on September 06, 2022, 03:04:49 PM
 :)

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Post by: carlos marighela on September 06, 2022, 06:59:23 PM
Fabulous! Never seen a photo of the Plamya being carried before, although obviously it was. Seriously impressed by the detail. The Luaz is wonderful, I so want one. Super cute cute but there is a small inner voice saying

Tra la la, tra la la, la…

One banana, two banana, three banana, four
All bananas make a split, so do many more
Over hill and highway, the banana buggies go
Come along to bring you the banana splits show


Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASES.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on September 07, 2022, 07:53:15 AM
The carried Plamya came from the original Soviet manual so just had to be done  ;)

As for the Luaz cute is the word. It has so many variants so more to come in the not to distant future. However here are just a few to keep you true Cold War junkies going.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASES.
Post by: carlos marighela on September 07, 2022, 09:43:12 AM
Cool!

Any non- cold weather SAS in the offing? Been converting a few of my own but more always welcome.

By the by, dunno how commercial these are but would there be any chance of half figures for BAOR and the forthcoming Argentines in trenches? I know we can cut firing figures in half but I reckon a dedicated set or two would be nice. 
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASES.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on September 07, 2022, 01:38:37 PM
Cool!

Any non- cold weather SAS in the offing? Been converting a few of my own but more always welcome.

By the by, dunno how commercial these are but would there be any chance of half figures for BAOR and the forthcoming Argentines in trenches? I know we can cut firing figures in half but I reckon a dedicated set or two would be nice.

Yes to SAS question.

Will see when we get to them  ;)
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. BAOR AA teams.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on September 07, 2022, 01:39:20 PM
Another Cold War release;

Pack contains ;

Observer with binoculars.
GPMG on a pintle mount.
Soldier firing a BLOWPIPE ground to air missile. (described by Julian Thompson as trying to use a drain pipe to hit a pheasant.
https://www.empressminiatures.com/cold-war-baor---early...


Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. BAOR AA teams.
Post by: carlos marighela on September 07, 2022, 05:24:56 PM
Fabulous! Useful figures all three. Now I’ll have a pair of Blowpipes. Twice as useless as one.  :D
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASES.
Post by: carlos marighela on September 08, 2022, 08:30:37 AM
Yes to SAS question.

Will see when we get to them  ;)

I shall name the first 11 members of my Argentine platoon after Velez Sarsfield by way of thanks for the immense pleasure they have given me over the past week. 6-1 on aggregate and a spot in the final is a lot of pleasure.  ;)
 

Dá-lhe, Dá-lhe, Dá-lhe Ô!

Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASES.
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on September 09, 2022, 10:04:03 AM
I shall name the first 11 members of my Argentine platoon after Velez Sarsfield by way of thanks for the immense pleasure they have given me over the past week. 6-1 on aggregate and a spot in the final is a lot of pleasure.  ;)
 

Dá-lhe, Dá-lhe, Dá-lhe Ô!

 lol lol lol lol
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. NEW RELEASES.
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on September 10, 2022, 07:54:07 AM
As for the Luaz cute is the word.
It is very cute, weirdly the Wikipedia article has a photograph that does not show it in its full glory.
Title: Re: [COMMERCIAL] Empress Miniatures Cold War Range. BAOR AA teams.
Post by: AKULA on September 10, 2022, 09:43:16 AM
I really like all of the additions - look forward to adding them to my Cold War project

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