The Winter War Kickstarter by Baker Company is moving along, and the deal offered is getting more and more tempting. I’m in this Kickstarter with Thomas, and we are pledging £120 together, giving us one platoon from each army plus stretch-goals. Split in two, it will give us a lot of stuff to paint...
The figures, weapons and vehicles are mainly done for the Winter War of 1939-40. But as all the troops can also be had with summer uniforms, most of them have a given place in early Barbarossa, or winter 1941 in winter gear. The T-26 tank, truck, and BA-10 armoured car could of course be used in the Red Army of 1941. This alone should be a sweet deal even if you are just interested in Red Army of 1941, as you will get these vehicles, and a lot of other stuff, at the £60 level.
So what’s the situation, 6 days to go?
Add a field kitchen with crew and resting troops for each side, as the pic above isn't updated with that yet.
If you pledge for one platoon Red Army (£60) you’ll get around 120 soldiers plus heavy weapons, gun, vehicles and a field kitchen in 28 mm. £0.50 per man and everything else for free.... It’s a good, no, great, deal.
Finnish Army platoon (£60) will give you around 120 men plus heavy weapons, guns, field kitchen, horses and bicycles in 28mm. Again, really great.
A couple more stretch-goals within reach; a twin-turret T-26 for the Red Army, truck (optionally MG-armed) for both sides and finally an Aerosani (a propeller-driven snowmobile) for both sides. After this there will be a possibility for some more AFV:s and some Finnish heroes, and these will be paid-for add-ons.
So, what are you waiting for?
Finlands sak är vår!
(Slogan from the Swedish Finland-committee first seen in December 1940, and it became the rallying slogan for the voluntary help to Finland during the Winter War and also for the voluntary corps. It means “The cause of Finland is ours” more or less.)
(As a historical aside, Swedish support to Finland in the Winter War was rather substantial. We sent 12 Gloster Gladiators (1/3 of our fighter force, which wasn’t that great at this point of time) and 4 Hawker Hart, rebranded with Finnish national signs but with Swedish pilots. Also 131 000 rifles, 132 field-guns, 100 AA-guns, 85 AT-guns, 42 millions cartridges, 250 000 shells and more – a substantial part of our inventory. Also more than 8000 volunteers. Yes, the fear of a Red Army not stopping at the Finnish-Swedish border was great, and, well, Finland is our neighbours and brothers/sisters.)