Last Updated February 17, 2002

I started making and painting all the figures and terrain you see below in September 2001. By the end of January 2002 it was finished. All terrain and troops have been posed specifically for these shots during a hypothetical refight for the terriroty between Rostov and Stalingrad in October 1942. Some photos concentrate on figures, some on the terrain pieces. I have tried to explain in each phot how the terrain items were made and where I remember who the manufacturer of the figures was.

 

T34
this photo is out of sequence repeated just because I love it!

 

Airfix 222 A/C based on Celluclay, my favourite modelling material at the moment.

 

Russian infantry (mostly SHQ and Brittania) man their defences ready to rel the Fascist invaders (see below for details of trench)

 

The Fascist and their little guns will be no match for our Brittania 76.2mm ATG. Resin 20mm scale Walls by Ian Armstrong, in the UK, very reasonably priced, excellent walls, highly recommended, I can't remember if Ian wanted me to put contact details on this page, but contact me directly if you are interested and I'll pass on email address

 

Those determined looking Russians hiding behind their wall. I think these were Brittania Russians, Gun and crew certainly were.

 

Russian mortar team put down an ineffective barrage

 

Top down view of Russian defenders in Hovels 20mm Russian building, they come ruined and intact, this is the intact model with roof removed for the photo

 

Russian defenders hold up in woods. Woods are cork tiles, with woodland scenics foliage matting, from the 4D model shop in London spread over it to make the woodland floor. Resin dead tree stumps (supplied by Ian Armstrong very good) are glued to the cork, matting is placed over the top. Great bag of 20 trees I had bought were then glued down through the foliage matting.

 

Russians start firing at the assaulting German troops, whilst taking cover in my hand made trenches, made out of polystyrene tiles, covered by plaster bandages, and then covered by Celluclay to give a very realistic mud look.

 

German infantry supported by an Airfix Stug F (the G model wasn't introduced for a couple more months) again based using Celluclay, advancing over one of my areas of rough ground made from Woodland Scenics plaster moulds

 

Brittania German infantry advance towards the Russian held village supported by an SHQ Panzer III (J or L?)

 

Close up of German support troops laying down suppressive fire from that woodlands scenic rough ground

 

German infantry assault Russian held positions. Building is one of the new Hovels 20mm Russian buildings, the little one, can't remember the manufacturer of the Germans, they may be FAA?

 

A better view of the building, those Russkies are in trouble

 

The final assault

 

Brittania Germans in their greatcoats (being october I get away with figures in summer and winter dress!) clear the streets, building is one of the excellent new 20mm Hovels building for the Russian front, this is the ruined one, highly recommended

 

Germans set up HMG ready for Russian counter attack between 2 Hovels russian 20mm buildings.

 

German engineers inc flamethrower team take up position in ruined town to drive off counter attackers. Building Hovels Russian 20mm

 

Same building, HMG should slow them ruskies down.

 

Supporting armour is taking up defensive positions behind hedges made by me from rubberised horsehair dipped in foliage mix.

 

German machine guns and supporting infantry take up positions in trenches. Hand made by me out of polystyrene tiles, covered by plaster bandages, and then covered by the wonderful Celluclay to give very quickly a very realistic mud look.

 

That Brittania flamethrower team have decided open fighting is more for them

 

Germans have a lot of machine guns, particularly as I keep moving the same ones about!

 

Oh dear the Russians have found a little known way through the forest. Front T34 is the airfix model, not as good as the Fujima T34 but easier to get and cheaper. Woods are cork tiles, with woodland scenics foliage matting, from the 4D model shop in London spread over it to make the woodland floor. Resin dead tree stumps (supplied by Ian Armstrong very good) are glued to the cork, matting is placed over the top. Great bag of 20 trees I had bought were then glued down through the foliage matting.

 

Another view of those advancing Russian forces coming through the forest

 

The Russian infantry ably supported by massed armour is spearheading the counter attack to drive the Fascists from the Motherland. T34 is an excellent Fujimi model highly recommended, notice excellent mud effect easily produced with Celluclay on the T34's base.

 

Brittania Political officer and men lead the assault

 

SHQ russians on the right I think (I don't like SHQ figures much) can't remember manufacturer of troops in background

 

It would appear the machine gun overheated and the flamethrower ran out of fuel before all the Russians were stopped

 

What's German for "Oh Shit!"

THE END

 

Some Terrain shots to supplement the above

Hill made out of polysytrene tiles covered in plaster bandage and then a thin coating of Celluclay. Rocks from Woodlands scenics plaster moulds (highly recommended) are imbedded in the plaster, then painted and covered by foliage. Walls by Ian Armstrong

 

Same as above but with some of my rubberised horsehair hedges and celluclay trenches in the foreground

 

I love this shot. Photos were all taken in my back garden, but the angle on this one makes it difficult to tell where the model ends and the garden begins! All buildings are Hovels 20mm Russian buildings a new range in 2001, highly reommended.

 

Another view of one of my woods, this time with no troops

 

A good view of the rough terrain piece in close ups earlier, made from a single large plaster rock, plus a few smaller ones, all in a ployfilla bed on thick card

 

Close up of those rubberised horsehair hedges.

 

Hedges, woods, trenches

 

Ian is that a great shot of your walls or what !

 

 

 

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