Saturday, 22 May 2021

Russian Them Out The Factory

I'm hopeful that Pete and I will be able to get back to our Stalingrad campaign fairly soon. As such, I've been putting together some units to help defend the Volgograd Tractory Factory.

The theatre selector for the scenario not only allows me to take up to two inexperienced T-34s, but also allows me to replace my free inexperienced squad with either another free inexperienced T-34 or a pair of inexperienced 37mm AA guns.

As you can see, I've chosen the latter.

The AA guns were actually 3D printed (FDM), as nobody appears to make these guns in 28mm.

Beyond the alternate turret for my other T-34/76, this are the first 3D printed miniatures I've painted, and it was interesting to see some of the potential and limitations of the medium. The ability to get your hands on obscure miniatures is great, but the clean up is significantly more of a pain than plastic, metal or resin.

As you can see, I need to source some crew, and, like the rest of my Soviet guns and vehicles, there's really nothing exciting to report about the painting.

The T-34/76 was actually a Christmas present that I've finally got round to. I asked Mrs Cheaphammer to surprise me with a Soviet tank, and fortuitously this is what brought, allowing me to exploit the interesting bits of the Tractor Factory theatre selector.

The kit is from Warlord, and although good, I do prefer the Rubicon T-34 kit for simplicity.

I have put it together as a 1941 model, as these were apparently made in Stalingrad, and it makes sense as the kind of tank that might be in the factory getting repaired when the German's attacked (the factory staff famously crewed some of the vehicles they were working on).

Not very exciting painting, but necessary. I'm counting the AA guns as painted, despite not having crew, as I counted them without crew on the acquired list. I'll count the crew when I get some.

Acquired: 98
Painted: 93

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