|Soviet armoured column rumbles through a town..|
|"Army" box from Battlefront - lots of toys in this one|
|Painted with a mix of Vallejo and GW paints|
|Lots of tank commander figures included for you|
|Mine plows! Nice touch...|
|Mi-24s ready to attack!|
|Fiddly, but fun to have|
The Mi-24s, like the tanks, are also a little tricky to assemble. But you can't fault Battlefront for lack of ambition with these suckers - you even have the option to model them with the landing gear down! And you get magnets to assist with mounting on the base as well as mounting the main rotors. The small parts are sure tricky, but compared to other 15mm options out there for Mi-24s - and I'm not really aware of any beyond QRF - this takes the cake, and whatever my challenges with the models it is a very nice treat to have these pieces of iconic Cold War kit ready to stalk the table.
|Clear discs would look nicer than static rotors, but still, overall, these are nice kits, nicer than any available competitor|
Areas for improvement with the helos? Well, as with the other kits, they could improve the plastics. Again, the risk of the parts snapping on the sprue is high. In fact, one small piece meant for the rotors was broken on the sprue while in the box for both of the helos. Fortunately, it is not visually that significant, so no big deal, but again, !#$!$## plastic!!! And while I on the subject of the rotors...I find the static rotors don't look very compelling when the model is sitting there on the flying base. An acrylic disc would look better, and probably be easier to model. Maybe something I can look into in the future.
|T-72s advance in propaganda photos|
|I modelled the Hinds with the gear down, so they can land on the table to drop off troops|
On the whole, I find the effort to create multi-part plastic models of 15mm tanks a significant effort to re-invent the wheel. When it comes to tanks, I much prefer the simpler mixed-media kits which are still very nice (for example, the tanks available from Khurasan) that probably would have arrived a lot sooner to store shelves.
|T-72s roll out|
Up next - some Soviet motor rifles!