Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Painting tutorial – 28mm Winter War Russians

The first Russian troops from Baker Company’s Winter War kickstarter.
I have a very good reference book for the uniforms and equipment: The Soviet Soldier of World War Two, by Philippe Rio and published by Histoire & Collections. Excellent with colour photos of reenactors dressed in the real stuff. I can’t recommend this book enough.
The M.30 Assault Pack
The M.36 Backpack with rolled tent section.
Paints used:
Uniform – different shades of khaki: Mainly Vallejo 880 Khaki Grey and 914 Green Ochre, but I will also use 873 US Field Drab, 924 Russian Uniform WWII and maybe some others
Shoes – black
Belt and ammo puches – 984 Flat Brown
Wooden stock – 981 Orange Brown
Gun metal – 863 Gunmetal Grey
Assault Pack M.30 – 912 Tan Yellow
Backpack M.36 – 894 German Olive Green
Tent section – 924 Russian Uniform WWII, 873 US Field Drab
Entrenching Tool, cover – 876 Buff
Entrenching tool, handle - 843 Cork Brown
Water Bottle – 924 Russian Uniform WWII
Red Star – Citadel Blood Red
Everything washed with Army Painter Strong Tone.

More Russians will be painted in the near future (as soon as my Wild West figures are ready) and with them you will see some more uniform details.
Also some thoughts on the miniatures themselves.

And a short tutorial on snow – I’ve tried three different brands with varying result.


  1. Lovely!

    I will try my Foundry Russian uniform to see how it looks, using your figures as a guide.

  2. It's a shame the figures are not as crisp as they could b. You did a good job on them though.

    Once I get some winter tufts I will get onto doing some of mine


  3. You might be interested in the following: the Finnish Defence Force archives have loads of free to use wartime photographs, also in colour. In Swedish, too! http://sa-kuva.fi/

    1. I covered that the same week SA-Kuva started
      It is a great site!

  4. Very helpful J, and thanks for the reference on that book, I should have it in my library as I still have lots of Sovs to paint. I take it the M36 backpack didn't last much into the war - I'm guessing the M30 was easier to produce. As far as I can tell, the M30 was basically a canvas sack with shoulder straps.
    Great tutorial.

  5. I think the M.36 pack was replaced by the M.39 and later on the M.41. The M.30 was a canvas sack, as you suggested.
    And the book is great. Should be in your library!

  6. Thanks - just getting around to working on some of mine!