Painting WWII Soviet Winter Uniforms I've grouped the miniatures I received from the Bad Squiddo Games Kickstarter into small batches for painting. In the first batch is the officer, the LMG team, and the six riflewomen in greatcoats. I applied my usual first step in priming the figures with black gesso and adding a zenithal… Continue reading A Red October 2021
"In this fateful hour, when the Germans had almost defeated us, those ridiculous tanks saved our positions." - Mikhail Katukov, Marshal of Armored Troops General Mikhail Katukov - Commander 1st Guards Tank Army The T-60 Scout Tank has an unusual place in history, it was beloved and universally hated at the same time. While at… Continue reading A “Ridiculous” Tank
Early Christmas Package Labor Day was last week signaling the end of Summer. Today, I received a package full of Winter! Yeah, I received miniatures from a Kickstarter I backed from Bad Squiddo Games - WWII Soviet Women in Winter Uniform! They are so beautiful, no flash or mold lines and the poses are so… Continue reading First Sign of Winter Arrives at Floozy Manor
The progress of my WWII Rzhev campaign has been halted while I scramble to build terrain for the next encounter which takes place in a Russian village. A while back, I purchased a Russian church from Warlord Games which is an almost must have for any Russian village and with that purchase I also bought… Continue reading Wire Barricades
To Roza Yedilova, the best part of attending veteran events were the buffet tables. Here her children, grandchildren, doctors and nurses didn't dare tell her what she could and could not eat. At the moment, her gaze was locked on a crostini covered with an interesting blend of melted forbidden cheeses. As she reached with… Continue reading The Meat Grinder, Part 7 – The Political Officer
The crowd "oohed and ahhed" and small children cried when they fired a small howitzer at the end of the speeches. Roza looked at her fellow veterans, they all smiled and shook their heads. Firing a single howitzer was like firing a toy gun compared to the horrors of a real barrage. Roza vividly remembered… Continue reading The Meat Grinder, Part 6 – The Rzhev-Viaz’ma Offensive Begins
Each of the speakers made mention of the "brave" women who fought alongside the men. They had to say something thought Roza Yedilova, they needed women to vote to legitimize the elections they had bought. "Fighting alongside the men? That was nonsense in the early days, the officers didn't know what to do with women… Continue reading The Meat Grinder, Part 5
Bolshevik Gun Molls Advancing I've finally taken the plunge to do some 28mm World War Two wargaming. I've held off for a long time because there weren't any female sculpts. Well that has changed with Bad Squiddo Games, who have a marvelous range of WWII female Soviet soldiers. I ordered the "Urrah!" deal which is… Continue reading Bolshevik Gun Molls, Amoebas, Lady Death & Fascists!