Sunday 15 November 2020

NORTHAG 10mm Russian Reinforcements

NORTHAG 10mm Russian Reinforcements

Well this is unusual I've actually painted something within a couple of weeks of buying it! Shock horror! Well almost I've still got too paint the British Spartan Patrol. I've been waiting for the Plastic Soldier Company to release some more units and with four available I popped them in the basket, only for them to release the SAS patrol a week later, oh well they'll have to wait until I order some more Cheiftan tanks in the future.

The Models

The Shilka had lots of flash and required a lot of work to clean it up. I pushed on with it and I think the final result is good enough. Ps this is not the final result.

These BRDM's are much better being newer releases.

Other than where the sprue attached these were really impressive.

The Spartans are still waiting in the paint queue.

Bit of airbrushing with Russian Uniform.

Turned out a lot better than I expected.


  • Vallejo Russian Uniform, airbrushed straight onto the model no primer
  • Vallejo Black Grey for tracks, wheels and exhausts
  • Army Painter soft tone wash all over
  • Vallejo Russian Uniform drybrush across the models to pick out the detail
  • Vallejo Black grey dry brush to tidy up overspill anywhere
  • Vallejo Gunmetal on any tow ropes and tools
  • Flames of War German Camo Medium Brown for the Shilka log
  • Flames of war Light Brown 929 dry brush on lower Hull, tracks and for any dust and dirt.
I've brought another Russian starter set off a friend to paint in the future and I'll probably stick with this method. The vehicles are 10mm on a 6x4 table so I don't really require anymore detail. Last time I had trouble with my Agrax Earthshade and I've still not replaced that bottle, which lead to me having much darker vehicles than I originally intended.

Saturday 7 November 2020

Spectre Objectives

 Spectre Objectives

So on my first ever trip to Salute in 2019 I may have spent a small fortune at the Spectre stand on some SAS, a BMP 1, and the Spectre Objectives. Now these have spent time on the shelves until recently with the purchase of an airbrush which I thought I might use to do the basecoat on them.

I'm unlikely to use all the Objectives in one game and I wanted too make them usable across a number of different theatres of operations. With this in mind I've decided not to base the majority of them with the exception of the rucksack. I feel that the nukes standout and the breifcase will hopefully appear on a table, however, I fear the rucksack might blend into the background and needs something to make it pop.

Taking some inspiration from the Spectre stock photo I went for the generic olive drab, russian uniform type of greens for the nukes and pallet of shells. We've all watched films where the nukes are in some sort of heavy duty case, usually with black inserts, and some sort of straps. So a black grey, for the inserts, and a brown, khaki or gunmetal for any straps. The briefcase was always going to be a metallic colour, my only option was a gunmetal, although online I've seen slightly more subtle metallics which might have suited it better. Lastly the rucksack would be bright and civilian like too fit in with a  modern urban scenario.

A gunmetal transit case.

Having airbrushed the BMP 1 I used the same sand colour for this case.

This will look good on a Warlords table.

I used green stuff to make the pavement for the rucksacks base, painted with a number of greys and a green wash in the joints.

Just need an EOD robot now.

These were a pleasure to paint, I cant believe I didn't start them sooner. I look forward to getting them on the table sometime in the future whenever that may be.

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