All Over By Christmas!

This is probably my last post before Christmas and a bit of a rush! The lack of decent daylight in the UK has meant I’ve had to just slap the latest figures I’ve painted onto the bookcase to get a quick picture!

After working out what I’ve painted over the last five years (see here), Russian Civil War figures came pretty near to the bottom of the list, so I’ve taken steps to remedy that! These are all 1:72 plastic figures and most have been based and primed for quite a while. I’d meant to get these figures painted last year for the centenary of the Russo-Polish War but didn’t manage to get them done until now!

The figure on the left of the rear rank is a HaT WW1 Russian gunner, painted as a Red Army artilleryman (basically you just have to remove the shoulder boards with a modelling knife and paint a red star on his cap) to make up the number of gunners I’ve got. The remainder are Polish infantry from the 1919/20 period. With the exception of the figure in the middle of the front rank, these are all Strelets WW2 Polish infantry, painted for the earlier period by painting their long boots as puttees (the coats tend to cover up most of the legs anyway). I’ve mixed the uniforms between khaki and greyish greatcoats, since Polish troops were drawn from a number of forces in the early days of the Polish army. The different figure in the front rank is a Strelets Blue Army figure, representing a figure from the Polish forces formed in France in WW1. I decided to paint him in khaki rather than horizon blue and am not sure his cap is correct for the khaki uniform (should maybe have a leather peak) but he’s a nice figure (and I’ve got more to paint in horizon blue at some point anyway). These Poles let me finish off two 12-man infantry battalions that I hope I’ll maybe get pictures of in the future.

Just remains for me to say I hope everyone enjoys a nice break over the holiday period! Stay safe!

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    • Thanks Dave! πŸ™‚ In my haste I’ve maybe not been all that clear about the gunner, so I’ll apologise for that! The HaT figure is a WW1 Russian, but removing his shoulder boards makes him a Red Army man from the 1918 – 20 period – shoulder boards were seen to represent Tsarist authority and were removed by Red Army soldiers. In contrast, the White Russian armies tended to retain shoulder boards but I’m being very general here!
      Do hope you have a great Christmas and the chance to relax and unwind a bit! πŸ™‚

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  1. Nice work on these ones John, I trust you will have a great Xmas,I had to chuckle at your comment about the light as its clear skies and brilliant sun light over her, it was so sunny I had to wait for evening to take the photos on my last post!

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  2. The Russians look great and its cool to see you finish some neglected minis at that. I’m not saying I ever will play a WWII miniatures game, but if I did, I think I’d like to do Russians vs. Germans, especially stuff like Stalingrad. That seems like about as intense and riveting of a wargaming setting as you’ll find!

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    • Thanks Jeff! πŸ™‚ I think with my haste to get this post done I haven’t been particularly clear with my explanations. Only one of these figures (the kneeling artilleryman) is a Russian, the rest are Poles. Although the Russo-Polish War is considered a separate conflict, in my mind it’s more of a war within a war and I therefore tend to refer to my figures for this period as belonging to the wider Russian Civil War!
      Funnily enough I’ve just finished reading the latest Osprey campaign book on Stalingrad. That battle, like the battle for Shanghai in 1937 were real meat grinders and very intense!

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      • I don’t think it was a lack of clarity on your part and was more so a tangent on mine. I knew that this had nothing to do with WWII but I didn’t let that stop me from mentioning it πŸ˜‰ Meat grinder is an apt description of those battles. I think making the terrain would be a lot of fun though maybe that is colored by my love for post-apocalypse and making things destroyed!

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  3. Super stuff, John. Light or not, I can still see their great. You’ve reminded me that I have some Russian Civil War Red Army and Polish army troops that could be used for this period.

    Happy Christmas, John! πŸ™‚

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  4. Some lovely, well painted figures there John.
    Have you ever done a post on your painting process (if you have my goldfish memory can’t recall it)? I’m hoping to start turning my WWII figures out soon and if I can get them half as good as these I’d be well pleased.
    Oh, and as I’m late to the party here, hope you had a good Christmas and have a great New Year🀩

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    • Thanks Justin! πŸ™‚ Working from back to front, I’ve enjoyed Christmas thanks, so hope you have too, and all the best for 2022! As far as painting goes, I haven’t done any progress posts, since I tend to use a simple approach which works OK with 20mm figures but wouldn’t be all that good for 28mm. I just use dark shade basecoats and then a single layer in the final colour as the highlights. With 28mm (which I have painted in the past) I’d use the same approach but with an extra final highlight – so German jackets, for example, I’d paint first in a dark black/grey/green shade, layer once with field grey and then add a final layer with a field grey/white mix. But you’ve got more than enough experience with your excellent Marvel figures to be teaching me, so just go for it, contrast paints, washes, inks, the works!

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      • My issue is spending too long on each mini, trying to do too much. This is fine when you have one or two similar pieces to do, but when painting an army is another matter. I need to find the balance between detail and speed, which is where I’ve really struggled in the past.
        I’ve started to step back a little and view my gaming miniatures from a greater distance. I’m beginning to see what I can get away with in terms of detail and contrast, hopefully that will help – not every figure needs painting to the best of my ability! πŸ€”

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        • You might find contrast paints and washes useful then, with some extra highlights where needed (contrast paints don’t “fit” with how I paint and 20mm figures tend to have much shallower detail so, like washes, they don’t work as well). I found a change coming back to 1:600th ships after such a long break from them – I now just paint them in their base colours and add a highlight layer along all the sharp edges, not bothering with any shading at all, but they look OK. Part of this for you will be developing your painting style to suit how long you want take to get things done, so I’ll be interested to follow your progress! πŸ™‚

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  5. Strelets, the memories. I used to love their minis back in the early 2000s when I still painted 1:72. They made very unique and characterful stuff, like the full General Staff of Napoleon in two parts with every notable officer, general and aide included.
    I feel you, I have the same problem with taking decent pictures due of the light situation. Here in the remnants of the Holy Roman Empire light was outright awful during most of ’21 AD.
    Before I forget: nicely painted!

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  6. First John, a belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours. As you know we’ve been trying to deal with Caesar’s passing and that and life in general have kept me from posting and responding – but I am here now right? Anyways, love the conversion and the details on the painting here, and the figs look great.

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