Saturday, 23 April 2022
Friday, 22 April 2022
Saturday, 16 April 2022
Even though the heavy tanks are what attracted me to the idea of the late fifties I am still going to need some of the more common medium tanks and for the Soviets this meant the ubiquitous T-55, which by 1958 was the mainstay of the Soviet Union's armoured forces.
The models are 3D prints from ResinHistoricals and not only are superbly detailed, they are superbly priced at £6 for ten.
If you are wondering about the white stripes on these (and the T-10M's), it was common practice for Soviet forces to paint recognition stripes/crosses on their AFV's from late WW2 on through to at least the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. Given I was going to struggle painting three digit numbers on the turrets (which may well have been overpainted in a real war as evidenced in Afghanistan) I've decided my Soviets have painted a single white stripe over the turret and engine deck as a visual aid.
Friday, 15 April 2022
The first unit I've painted up for my new 6mm late fifties Cold War project is a ten tank company of Soviet T-10M heavy tanks. First introduced into service around 1952 as the IS-8, it was renamed the T-10 as part of the USSR's destalinisation project, and continued in frontline service until 1967, being removed from the reserves by 1996. Around 1400 of these 52 ton 122mm gun sporting beasts were constructed, serving in dedicated independent heavy tank battalions.
It took me a little while to source these models (3D sculpts from Daritus on Thingiverse) as needing ten for a company I was baulking at the metal GHQ ones which would have cost me £26. In the end ResinHistoricals printed me the ten off I wanted for just £6 and I was very happy with the printed models which have painted up nicely enough.
Whereas, to date, my 6mm tanks have been based on 40 x 25mm bases, the longer cannon barrels on the heavy tanks (especially on the NATO ones) necessitated the heavies going on slightly longer 50 x 25mm ones...