|Up next for the "Team Yankee" project|
|T-72 test model - plastic kit from Battlefront|
The main starting force for the Soviets is the "Potecknov's Bears" box - seems to be named on a Soviet character from the "Team Yankee" novel, although I haven't read the novel, so I don't know for certain if he is in there :) The box is a big ol' pile of plastic models - 9 T-72s (you get a bonus one if you purchased the box early enough) and two Hind attack helicopters.
|Plastic is soooooo overrated for 15mm gaming stuff...so much effort to reinvent the wheel|
|A completed T-72, before receiving primer/base coat|
A final, very delicate frustration with these models is the smoke launchers, which sit on the front of the turret on either side. You will need some very, very delicate clippers to get these removed safely from the frames, and while there is flash on them, the removal of that flash, without snapping them apart, is almost impossible. Fortunately, once you paint them, the flash is not that noticeable.
|T-72 test model - note the "bog log" had to be re-glued to a part of the model which was more realistic for extended use...|
|Soviet motor rifles - infantry from Eureka, BMP-2 from Battlefront|
To be "motor rifles" you'll need, well, something with a motor! Enter the BMPs. Battlefront has released multi-part plastic models for these, which you can build as either a BMP-1 or BMP-2. Again, very fiddly to assemble - and in the case of the BMP-2, the assembly instructions overlook the IR searchlight beside the gun on the turret. But 10 BMPs is 10 BMPs, and so the work goes on...again, with patience and a careful set of hobby clippers, you'll be in good shape.
|Just need to repeat this another 20 times or so and I'll have a motor rifle battalion ready!|