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1:72 Italeri Russian Infantry, Part I

Russian Infantry
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€10.50 EUR

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3 November 2021page first published

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian writes:

I've often wondered why more 1:72nd plastic figures aren't used in miniature wargaming. Back in the day, I used to build quite a few 1:72 scale armor models – those are long gone… When I was a modeler, I never did care much for infantry; now that I'm a miniature wargamer, I have a strong preference for fielding infantry first!

Russians with machineguns

I picked up a box of plastic Russian soldiers and sent them off to our friends in Sri Lanka, Fernando Enterprises. Just to be safe, I primed the figures first with a plastic-friendly primer. I asked the painters to use the box illustrations as their guide.

Russians with machineguns

And now that the painted figures have returned, I'm basing them up, starting with some that need an odd-sized stand: these prone machinegunners. According to the online catalog:

The models in this kit are represented with the characteristic individual equipment of the Soviet trooper: the already obsolete Mosin-Nagant rifles, the Svt-40 semiautomatic rifles, and the P.P.Sh submachineguns with drum magazine.

However, I'm fairly certain these are actually Degtyaryov light machineguns (DP-27).

Russian with machinegun

I based these on 'whatever size fit' from my supplies (these happen to be 1" x 2" wooden bases from LITKO). I find the 3mm-thick bases to be easiest to handle on the gaming table.

Russian with machinegun

I often game with people new to the hobby or the period, so I like to color-code my bases. So the 'Reds' get red base edges. I primed the wood white to seal it, then used Sharpie red markers to color the sides.

Russian with machinegun

Then I painted the base top a muddy brown color, and when it was dry, glued the figure down with gap-filling superglue.

Russian with machinegun

After the superglue is dry, I brushed the base with scenic glue, and dredged the base into a container of flock. Before the glue dried, I used a toothpick to knock off any flock in the wrong place.

Russian with machinegun

The based figure is next sprayed with a matte clear paint, and LITKO FlexSteel base bottoms are added for storage purposes.

More to Come!