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Albino Squirrel09 Feb 2017 3:03 p.m. PST

Does anyone know of a good resource or painting guide for Winter War soviets? Between what is written and shown in the couple of Osprey books I have on the subject and pictures I can find online, there is a lot of inconsistency.

Albino Squirrel09 Feb 2017 4:49 p.m. PST

Pictures of painted miniatures would be helpful too.

Korvessa09 Feb 2017 5:37 p.m. PST

try this:

emckinney09 Feb 2017 6:04 p.m. PST

What What are you trying to paint? There was a tremendous out of inconsistency in Soviet equipment.

Albino Squirrel10 Feb 2017 8:22 a.m. PST

I have that one, Korvessa. It doesn't seem to match up with the other Osprey I have on the subject (World War II Soviet Armed Forces (1): 193941).

I'm just trying to figure out a standard infantryman in great coat. The Osprey book I mention describes the uniform something like this:

Mid-grey M27 peaked field cap with cap badge on branch-colored (red) cloth star
Mid-grey greatcoat with branch-colored diamond at point of collar
Khaki M35 trousers
Black leather boots
Brown leather belt, ammo pouches, and scabbard with white metal fittings. Light grey cloth covered water bottle (right hip) and gasmask case (left hip). Light grey cover on entrenching tool. Light grey or olive brown backpack with olive-brown hooded cape strapped around it.

But you can even see by the front cover of the one linked by Korvessa a painting that doesn't match that description at all. At least the coat is grey, but then I've seen other paintings where the coat color ranges from olive green to greenish-grey to brownish-grey to brown. Were they really that inconsistent with their coats and cloth coverings?

I guess maybe I almost can't go wrong, but in that case I'd like some recommendations on what looks best (and easiest to paint) while still being plausible.

Per Broden Supporting Member of TMP10 Feb 2017 8:41 a.m. PST

Winter War sounds great, I just completed a Russian Platoon, and wrote about it on my blog, link here.

I went for a mixed look ranging from grey/blue to brown coats, but with the peaked hat being the same colour. In the blog entry I have a link to some re-enactment photos, or you can go there directly.

Good luck!

Albino Squirrel10 Feb 2017 9:48 a.m. PST

I think you meant to link to this post: link

Albino Squirrel22 Feb 2017 2:50 p.m. PST

I couldn't find a painting guide from them, but here is how Battlefront paints them: link

Terry3722 Feb 2017 8:43 p.m. PST

I went through the same confusion when I was working on my Russians. In the end I determined that as was said already "there was a great diversity" in the Russian army at the time. I found the great coats to range from a solid brown to a solid gray color and everything in between. For mine I used a hobby paint color by Folk Art called Mushroom 472, which is a nice taupey brown. I am very pleased with it.

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