Empress miniatures (as mentioned in a previous post) has a small range of figures for the Chechnya conflict. You do have to be careful, as the figures are a bit variable in size.These three figures are from CWR007 "Russians Fighting".Other figures by Empress, such as the Insurgents are useful. This is the PK GPMG figure from the INS03 set that is useable.This figure is based on the illustration of a South Ossetian Irregular in the Osprey publication "Elite 197: Russian Security and Paramilitary Forces since 1991".
As mentioned earlier, Under Fire Miniatures do a range of Cold War period 28mm figures.I bought a set each of Soviets, East German (NVA) and West German (Bundeswehr).Having assembled (converted) and painted the Soviets, I started on the West German infantry.This is Bundeswehr pack 1, comprising four infantry armed with G3 battle rifles.For my use I used Renedra 25mm round bases. I drill a 1mm hole in the figure base and a matching hole in the round base and use a piece of 1mm Evergreen rod to pin the two together and then glue it with superglue. Milliput is then used to smooth the two together.There was then the decision as to what colour to paint them.For my reference, I had a look at a contemporary Osprey book "Nato Armies Today".I also had the Tankograd book on "Bold Sparrow '87".I decided to go for the simple grey green colour scheme (I have Flecktarn to look forward to on the Empress modern Bundeswehr).The figures were undercoated black with Citadel Chaos Black followed by PSC German Field Grey.The
Our last Thursday game was big Back of Beyond game with Set an East Ablaze rules. Game was prepared by Peter and I helped him to umpire. The plan was to explore the city, finding the gold and silver coins hidden in the buildings and prevent other groups to fulfill their goals. Nasza ostatnia czwartkowa gra była z cyklu Back of Beyond z zasadami Set an East Ablaze. Rozgrywka została przygotowana przez Petera, a ja mu jedynie pomogłem ją poprowadzić. Zadaniem graczy było przeszukiwanie miasta, znajdowanie złota i srebra ukrytego w budynkach oraz przeszkadzanie innym graczom w wypełnianiu ich celów.SCENARIO/SCENARIUSZ: Peter MearnsUMPIRING/PROWADZENIE GRY: Peter Mearns, Bartek ŻyndaSCENERY/SCENERIA: SESWCFIGURES & MODELS/FIGURKI I MODELE: Peter Mearns, Bartek Żynda, Michael Schneider, Angus Konstam1. Forces. Siły.Team 1:BRITISH/BRYTYJCZYCY(Michael S.)Commander4 x Infantry1 x HMGPOLES/POLACY(Bartek)Commander3 x Infantry1 x HMGArmoured CarTeam 2:BOLSHEVIKS 1/BOLSZEWICY 1(Angus)Commande
As mentioned in an earlier post on 28mm figures, Under Fire Miniatures do a range of 28mm Cold War figures.As supplied, the Soviet infantry (in this case Soviet Pack RMR2) are accurately dressed, with the uncomfortable high boots.These would be fine for forces at the outbreak of war, but after four or five years of conflict, their kit would change. The obvious thing would be replacing the boots (and trousers) with more comfortable items - either manufactured for the troops, or those that the troops have picked up.The first change was to add some small squares of Greenstuff to the front of the boots, sculpted with a scalpel blade to represent the laces. This was allowed to set before more Greenstuff was used to extend the trouser cuffs.Soviet Motorised infantry were trained to be no more than 200 metres from their transport, so they do not tend to have large quantities of equipment, so only a couple of small bags or pouches was added.The other thing is that they are quite likely to have non standard
Last week we had a Polish Bolshevik War game with Set An East Ablaze rules. My scenario was loosely based on the situation on the southern front, in the first half of August 1920, where Budyonny 1st Cavalry Army was moving forward on Lwów. On their way was fictitious village defended by join Ukrainian and Polish troops. Their task was to stop Bolshevik against any movement through their defending lines.W zeszłym tygodniu mieliśmy gre z czasów wojny polsko bolszewickiej z zasadami Set An East Ablaze. Mój scenariusz luźno bazował na sytuacji on południowym froncie, w pierwszej połowie sierpnia 1920, gdzie Konarmia Budionnego posuwała się do przodu na Lwów. Na jej drodze znalazła się fikcyjna wioska, broniona przez połączone oddziały ukraińskie i polskie. Zadaniem było powstrzymianie Bolszewików, by nie przekroczyli ich linii obrony.SCENARIO/SCENARIUSZ: Bartek ŻyndaUMPIRING/PROWADZENIE GRY: Bartek ŻyndaSCENERY/SCENERIA: SESWCFIGURES & MODELS/FIGURKI I MODELE: Bartek Żynda, Angus Kon
So this was the summer reading, all part of a project called Deep Battle that I have yet to really start writing about or indeed executing but have been researching since about 2015. Over a wet week in Wales I have been ploughing my way through the 12 essays in this book by Brigadier Richard Simpkin who wrote a series of books on military manoeuvre warfare theory in the mid to late 80s and participated in the wide ranging discussion that went on at that time within NATO with regard to managing the Soviet threat. Of the essays I am interested in I have now read most of them 2-3 times. The ideas are complex and Simpkin is rarely an easy read. Working at it in order to understand what he is saying can be very rewarding. Red Armour, an examination of the Soviet Mobile Force concepts does pretty much what it says on the tin in that it provides, in its 12 essays, a thought provoking and revealing analysis of Soviet Operational doctrine. Unlike the Race to the Swift which looks at a vari