Friday, September 9, 2022

15mm Ukrainian Vehicles

Today is a quick update with some of my finished Humvee's, BRDM's and an excavator. These have been painted in Ukrainian colors.

Team Yankee, BRDM, Humvee, 15mm, 1/100th, Ukranian

Team Yankee, BRDM, Humvee, 15mm, 1/100th, Ukranian



Friday, May 20, 2022

15mm Ultra Modern WIP

A short post today with some more 15mm modern vehicles.


15mm, 1:100th scale, HMMWV, Humvee, Ukrainian, Team Yankee, DhSK


First are some 15mm Khurasan HMMWV or Humvee's. I have some Battlefront Humvee's but since these would represent the uparmored versions that Ukraine is using, I went with Khurasan's more modern versions. BF's are represent the 80-90's version while Khurasan's are from the 2000's Iraq War. Very little modifications needed for these. I just replaced the .50 cal with a DShK. These are not perfectly accurate with the photo's available of Ukrainian Humvee's, but they are really close... that is a theme when building a 2022 Ukrainian force in 15mm.

I also had a friend with a 3d printer make me some modern vehicles by m_bergman on Thingiverse. I've had several of bergman's vehicles printed over the years and they are amazing! These were no different.



I wanted to add a few vehicles for terrain so a few UAZ 469 utility vehicles were perfect. These will be great addition for Team Yankee or even modern times. Another was an excavator, for that pesky road work! It will look great painted yellow, digging up something on the board.



I already have some BRDM's for my Soviet Team Yankee force, but bergman has modernized Ukrainian versions. I had four BRDM-2's printed and used some BF bits to make three more with ATGM's.

15mm, 1:100th scale, HMMWV, bergman, thingiverse, BRDM-2, T-72, T-64

Finally, I decided to have quite a few T-72B3's printed as they make up the majority of Russian forces in the Ukraine. This was mainly due to being unable to find many of the Zvezda T-72B kits (which are really B3's). Also, while I really like Khurasan's T-64BV, I wanted to compare them with bergman's design, so I had a few of them printed as well. More comparison's of these 3d printed tanks with those available to purchase, will be coming soon.

15mm, 1:100th scale, HMMWV, bergman, thingiverse, BRDM-2, T-72, T-64

Also you can see some infantry in the above photo. Those are 15mm miniatures by Eureka. I mixed together their modern Chechen's and Russian's to make a Ukrainian Motorized Rifle company or perhaps a Territorial Defense company. As I mentioned with the Humvee's above, this arrangement of infantry miniatures is not perfectly accurate, but in 15mm and with a consistent paint scheme they look the part!


Tuesday, April 26, 2022

15mm T-72 Tank Comparison (Part 1)

I am posting this even though I'm still waiting on a few 3D printed T-72B3 tanks and the new Battlefront T-72B box. I will make another comparison when they are finished.

Below are some comparison photos of various T-72 tanks in 15mm (1/100th scale). As a guide, the painted tank is a Battlefront T-72A, the resin and metal tank is a Khurasan T-72AV and the unpainted plastic is a  Zvezda T-72B obr. 1989 (although the box shows an older T-72B).


T-72 tank, Russian, 15mm, 1/100th, T-72A, T-72AV, T-72B obr. 1985, Zvezda, Khurasan, Battlefront, Team Yankee,
From Left to Right: Battlefront, Khurasan, Zvezda

T-72 tank, Russian, 15mm, 1/100th, T-72A, T-72AV, T-72B obr. 1985, Zvezda, Khurasan, Battlefront, Team Yankee,

T-72 tank, Russian, 15mm, 1/100th, T-72A, T-72AV, T-72B obr. 1985, Zvezda, Khurasan, Battlefront, Team Yankee,


T-72 tank, Russian, 15mm, 1/100th, T-72A, T-72AV, T-72B obr. 1985, Zvezda, Khurasan, Battlefront, Team Yankee,

All of these tank miniatures have their pros and cons but overall they are each really great!  What you can, hopefully, see in the pictures is that each of these three tanks, from different manufactures, scale nicely together! The hulls on each are nearly the same length and height. The turrets on the Khurasan and Zvezda tanks are the same size but the Battlefront turret is a little bigger all around, (just like with its T-64 I've recently reviewed). Detail on each is very good and the assembly for all of them is quick.

T-72 tank, Russian, 15mm, 1/100th, T-72B obr. 1985, Zvezda,Team Yankee,

For the two Zvezda T-72's I've recently assembled, I mad a few modifications. I replaced their cupola with a spare Battlefront T-72 version and the AA machinegun (modified to be facing correctly). I also made some smoke dischargers on the side of the turret, since the kit does not have them. My custom job turned out terrible, but at least they are there. Then I added mine plough to one, with more BF leftovers. The Zvezda kits are fine, but the detail does not pop as much as it does on the other tanks but still a good kit. Right now the Zvezda T-72's seem hard to find, whether that is because of the current war or that they were phasing them out already, I don't know.

T-72 tank, Russian, 15mm, 1/100th, T-72A, T-72AV, Khurasan, Battlefront, Team Yankee,
Top: Battlefront, Bottom: Khurasan

T-72 tank, Russian, 15mm, 1/100th, T-72A, T-72AV, Khurasan, Battlefront, Team Yankee,

The Khurasan T-72AV is a phenomenal kit! Most of the few complaints I had about the Khurasan T-64BV tanks do not apply to the T-72AV. If is just a little larger, which mean it scales better with the Battlefront tanks (see above photos). Also the 125mm cannon is molded into the mantlet which means it is more secure and less likely to be broken off. The commanders hatch can be glued open or shut. Also there is no trouble with the tracks, as the T-64BV's tracks were a little too long and stuck out too far (sorry, I will try to get a picture to show this on the 64). My only complaint is that they are currently sold out on Khurasan's store or I would have more!

Monday, April 11, 2022

15mm Ukrainian T-64BV Tanks

Below are my first three painted 15mm T-64 BV tanks by Khurasan Miniatures. I painted these up with the 2022 Ukrainian tank camo. These were my test models and I have identified several things i can do to improve later versions. But all in all, I do like how these first tanks turned out.

15mm, Ukrainian, tank, T-64bv, Khurasan Miniatures, Team Yankee, Flames of War, FOW

15mm, Ukrainian, tank, T-64bv, Khurasan Miniatures, Team Yankee, Flames of War, FOW

15mm, Ukrainian, tank, T-64bv, Khurasan Miniatures, Team Yankee, Flames of War, FOW

15mm, Ukrainian, tank, T-64bv, Khurasan Miniatures, Team Yankee, Flames of War, FOW

15mm, Ukrainian, tank, T-64bv, Khurasan Miniatures, Team Yankee, Flames of War, FOW

15mm, Ukrainian, tank, T-64bv, Khurasan Miniatures, Team Yankee, Flames of War, FOW

15mm, Ukrainian, tank, T-64bv, Khurasan Miniatures, Team Yankee, Flames of War, FOW

15mm, Ukrainian, tank, T-64bv, Khurasan Miniatures, Team Yankee, Flames of War, FOW

15mm, Ukrainian, tank, T-64bv, Khurasan Miniatures, Team Yankee, Flames of War, FOW


Friday, April 8, 2022

Khurasan T-64BV tank

 T-64BV

I have recently picked up a few 15mm tanks from Khurasan miniatures. I won't hide that most of these will be painted up as Ukrainian, but I will be adding some to my existing Soviet Team Yankee force.

First, will be a rather large number of T-64BV tanks that will make up a Ukrainian force. Here are the first three.

Khurasan Miniatures, T-64BV, 15mm, 1/100th scale, Russian, Ukrainian, tank

Khurasan Miniatures, T-64BV, 15mm, 1/100th scale, Russian, Ukrainian, tank

Khurasan Miniatures, T-64BV, 15mm, 1/100th scale, Russian, Ukrainian, tank


I have ordered from Khurasan before and really love the quality of all of their miniatures and their T-64BV is no different. It is a great model that goes together very well with really sharp and crisp details. If you haven't built any resin and metal kits recently, this is just a reminder that there is some flash to clean up on the metal parts and somethings, like the resin tracks, I had to heat up and straighten. But those corrections were expected and very minimal.

Khurasan Miniatures, T-64BV, 15mm, 1/100th scale, Russian, Ukrainian, tank

One thing you may notice in the pictures is that I did add a plastic commanders hatch and the NSVT machinegun. Those are leftover parts from my Battlefront T-64 tanks. I did this because the Khurasan's T-64BV commanders hatch can only be in the closed position and I love to have figures on my command tanks. The conversion is not great as the BF hatch is much larger and there is some overhang on the turret, but it turned out the way I wanted. Now the Khurasan commanders hatch and AAMG looks great but I went with the easier route instead of modifying the Khurasan hatch. 

Next up are some size comparisons with a BF T-64. The Khurasan tank is almost the same length but is noticeably shorter, with the hull slightly shorter and the turret slightly shorter as well. The biggest difference is the diameter of the turret, the BF version is just bigger all around it just has much more volume than the Khurasan one. This is not an issue for me since I will not be mixing these miniatures and they are very close. A quick teaser for another post, but the Khurasan T-72AV is a much closer match to the BF T-72!


Khurasan Miniatures, T-64BV, 15mm, 1/100th scale, Russian, Ukrainian, tank, Battlefront, Team Yankee

Khurasan Miniatures, T-64BV, 15mm, 1/100th scale, Russian, Ukrainian, tank, Battlefront, Team Yankee

Khurasan Miniatures, T-64BV, 15mm, 1/100th scale, Russian, Ukrainian, tank, Battlefront, Team Yankee

Overall I am incredibly happy with these miniatures and am excited to get them painted up. I would really like to see more modern tanks by various manufacturers. I have ordered BF's new T-72B box and have a few Zvezda T-72B's (really T-72B3's) and will compare them with Khurasan's T-72AV.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Thunder Warriors!

 Today is a short post with some recently finish Thunder Warriors (or Thunderstorm Soldiers) from Tortuga-Bay Miniatures. 

I really like the lore for Warhammer 40k or pre-30k in this case! One time period is the Age of Strife and the Wars of Unification, when the Emperor of Mankind was conquering Terra with his legions. This was pre- Space Marines, so he relied on massive amounts of human soldiers, his Custodes and of course... Thunder Warriors. These folks are the giant, rage filled, gene-enhanced warriors that the Emperor needed to conquer all the Mad Max villain's that ruled Terra at this time. I won't go into all the details of the Thunder Warriors, but they are superior to Space Marines and just short of a Custodes in combat, but were much more unstable, both mentally and physically, due to the process of their creation being much more haphazard than it would be later.

While I rarely play Warhammer 30k or 40k these days, I still do a little converting and modeling, when I have time. I picked up a few squads of Thunder Warriors from Tortuga-Bay and was amazed by the quality of the resin miniatures I received. There was almost no clean up needed and the detail on the miniatures is top notch! I also have ordered some Thunder Warrior heads from Liber Daemonica miniatures, but have not received them yet.

I wanted to stay away from the shiny gold and silver armor of much of the artwork for the Thunder Warriors and go with a much more worn and dirty look. I dry brushed silver and then used Olive Drab splotched in on any large surface, leaving the edges still bare metal, my intention was for it to look like the armor was originally OD, but most of the paint has worn off. However, I don't really love how things turned out for these first two miniatures, so I may try a darker green for the next batch.

First up is a heavily converted Captain for my Thunder Warriors. This miniature is a mixture of parts from Tortuga-Bay's Primarkh and Captain-General miniatures. There are a lot of great extra bits with the Captain-General miniature. 

Bases are still a WIP.

Thunder Warrior, Captain General, Tortuga-Bay, Unification Wars, Warhammer
A captain for my Thunder Warriors.

Thunder Warrior, Captain General, Tortuga-Bay, Unification Wars, Warhammer
I see this captain as being more of a champion than an officer.

I used some Custodes bits and even a piece from Kingdom Death.

I really like the pseudo-guardian spear!

Thunder Warrior, Captain General, Tortuga-Bay, Unification Wars, Warhammer
I really went with dirty for the armor, but it would probably look great in gold!

Thunder Warrior, Tortuga-Bay, Unification Wars, Warhammer
The first basic Thunder Warrior.

I added a chainsword.

I love the MK I armor.

This is my WIP Thunder Warrior Primarch.

Thunder Warrior, Captain General, Tortuga-Bay, Unification Wars, Warhammer
A comparison between the Captain and warrior.


Thunder Warrior, Captain General, Tortuga-Bay, Unification Wars, Warhammer, Custodes, Comparison
A comparison with a Custodes. These boys are big!



Thursday, September 2, 2021

World War III - Team Yankee - Soviets

For this post I wanted to show off some of my Battlefront WWIII Soviets. I first started playing Soviets for Team Yankee simply because everyone else was collecting US forces. While I really didn't want to paint another huge monotone army, I have been pleasantly surprised at how much I've enjoyed putting this force together.

Starting with the motor rifles, I was at first concerned about the number of BTR-60's I would need to build. I really dislike the huge parking lots of Soviet transports I've seen and while I understand that is pretty effective, its not for me. I settled for a few small companies which still means over a dozen BTR's! But they are a lot of fun to build, having that real Mad Max feel to them.

I wanted my battalion commander to be easy to pick out. 
A few Storm Anti Tank Missile tanks to crack that heavy armor.

While I have some Spandrel's to help out with those NATO tanks as well.

Once again, I found myself appreciating the utilitarian design of these Soviet tanks.

A few SA-8 Gecko's for AA support.

More BTR-60's on the hunt.

I also have some SA-13 Gophers for more SAM coverage.

Some Soviet infantry. I have one metal company and one plastic.

Each has at least one AT-4 Spigot to hold off armor.

Holding down a railway.

My only BMP's right now are are in a BMP-2 recon platoon.

I figure the recon boys would work out a little camo.

T-72's are my main armor... just because I have so many of them.

This town is certainly secure.

I have been adding more T-64's as of late.

But I am still working out if I want the better stats or more numbers.

Stopping for some petrol.

Then I been working on some T-80U's for the main tank battalion.

Experimented with some camo for them as well.

They are a great looking vehicle.

Planned on doing more camo for the BMP-3's but went plain, for now.

Another good looking vehicle.

I did paint a few plan T80's.

They look great mixed in on the board.

I have more Soviets to come!