Today is a quick update with some of my finished Humvee's, BRDM's and an excavator. These have been painted in Ukrainian colors.
Friday, May 20, 2022
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
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).
|From Left to Right: Battlefront, Khurasan, Zvezda|
|Top: Battlefront, Bottom: Khurasan|
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
Friday, April 8, 2022
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
|A captain for my Thunder Warriors.|
|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!|
|I really went with dirty for the armor, but it would probably look great in gold!|
|The first basic Thunder Warrior.|
|I added a chainsword.|
|I love the MK I armor.|
|This is my WIP Thunder Warrior Primarch.|
|A comparison with a Custodes. These boys are big!|
Thursday, September 2, 2021
|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!|