Saturday, October 15, 2022

KV-1 and KV-2 Soviet Heavy Tanks

    The KV tanks were Soviet heavy tanks named after Kliment Yefremovich Voroshilov, who was a military officer and politician during the Stalin era.

   The Warlord Games plastic box set has all the parts to create one KV tank body and both turrets, one for the KV-1 and one for the KV-2. 

KV-2

Kliment Voroshilov


   The KV-2 tank had a 152mm howitzer and it was developed for close support against infantry, guns and bunkers.

"For the Μotherland"


KV-1


   The KV-1 tank had a 76.2mm cannon and was highly resistant to anti-tank weapons.

"For Stalin"



   The commander comes from the soviet tank crew set of Warlord Games as well. 


   The Cretan cuisine among other dishes, is famous for its roasted lamp and the stuffed vegetables. When the above are cooked in a wooden oven the result is excellent!


Lamp and potatoes

Stuffed vegetables

accompanied by Greek Feta cheese!

   That's it for today! Stay tuned for more!

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Soviet Siberian Veterans

    Siberian veterans were tough and battle-hardened warriors, who fought against Japan in the east and the forces of the Third Reich in the west during the WWII.   


   I followed the same painting scheme for my veterans as I did for the rest of my Soviet army. I wanted them to look as war experienced warriors, so I gave them plenty of weapons (submachine guns, light machine guns, etc.) and some German captured ones among them. 


   I used a head from the Steppe Warriors sprue of Fire Forge Games for the NCO because I wanted him to have a cruel brutal appearance! The head was bold so I put a shapka ushanka on it. I also gave him a German MP40 submachine gun as a war trophy. 

Degtyaryov light machine gun DP-28

A captured MG34 light machine gun

Panzerfaust anti-tank rockets

A variety of submachine guns

The family photo

Our cat

"I see you!"

   That's it for today! Stay tuned for more!

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Soviet Inexperienced Rifle Squad

    These are my inexperienced infantrymen for my Bolt Action games. According to the special rule "Quantity has a Quality all of its own" of the Red Army, they cost no points. So, anyone who plays Soviets can add a twelve-men squad, like this one, to his army for free.


   The above squad consists of thirteen men because some times I include the banner bearer to the squad and remove a rifleman, some others I don't. When I do, my squad takes advantage of the "Rally to the Colours!" special rule.

The squad's NCO

The banner bearer

Tank hunters with Molotov cocktails

Riflemen


   I gave a green tone to the uniforms of this squad to distinguish them from my rest Soviet infantrymen.

   That's it for today! Stay tuned for more!    

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Soviet casualties and Souda Bay War Cemetery

   In Bolt Action games there is always the need to point out somehow your army's casualties. Some people are using tokens, other - dice, and some a combination of the two. This is the case here, tokens with a socket for dice! 
   I had five Soviet casualties from Black Tree Design and wanted to use them as tokens. The five casualties came in three variants so I added helmets and weapons to differentiate them.

The tokens

   As usually, I used putty, little rocks and sand for the base. For the sockets I used matches.

A rifleman

A Guard with submachine gun

A sniper

A Guard with a captured Panzerfaust

A Siberian veteran


   It is estimated that the Soviets have suffered the highest number of casualties during WW2 with roughly 11.4 million military deaths! 



   Speaking of military deaths, recently a good friend of mine came from the States and we visited the War Cemetery of World War 2 in Souda Bay of Crete.





   That's it for today! Stay tuned for more!

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Soviet scout squad

    The specialised Soviet scout units of the Red Army during World War II were forerunners of the modern Spetznaz. The first days of the war, a group of experienced scouts was allocated from the First Directorate of the People's Commissariat for State Security (НКГБ) of the USSR to conduct reconnaissance and sabotage behind enemy lines.

Scout squad

Sniper and NCO

Two variants of amoeba uniform (summer and winter)



The family photo

   That's it for today! Stay tuned for more!

Saturday, April 16, 2022

More wooden fences

    Fences are very useful terrain pieces in wargames. In Bolt Action in particular, wooden fences provide soft cover to infantry squads so it is nice to have a sufficient amount of them.

   

   Fences are very easy to make. I used balsa wood, white glue, putty, sand and some little rocks. I made three different types of wooden fences.


Fences A



Fences B



Fences C


and our cat!

   That's it for today! Stay tuned for more!  

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