Sunday, 31 March 2013

Plastic Soldier Company 15mm T34s

As I mentioned in my last post, I was rather inspired to take the plunge into 15mm WW2 Eastern Front  when someone turned up the the club with some PSC Russians. I have gamed the Eastern Front in 6mm for a very long time indeed, but this scale seemed ideal to run the Skirmish Campaigns 'Red Guards at Kursk' campaign, and the things I bought were with one eye towards the forces required for that. The great joy of plastic tanks in this scale is that you don't put your back out lifting the boxes up.

The PSC 15mm T34s are the 1943 version with hexagonal 76mm turret and 'flanged' (not sure what else to call them) wheels. They include both 76mm and 85mm turrets, just like the good old Airfix 1/76th scale  kit.

Two boxes of T34s make up into ten models, enough for a whole company.

They come five to a box, which is very handy for making up a company of ten at 1:1 scale. They also include crew figures, although I only chose to put these in a few turrets. They come with loose stowage boxes, lengths of track and and external fuel tanks, so these can be assembled in various permutations.

T34/76 with commander.
These were very easy to assemble with virtually no flash, although they take much longer than metal models in the same scale. After I had done all ten I had got it down to around twenty minutes each. The only thing to watch our for are the tracks which go together in one, and only one, way. Best to dry fit them before gluing. The moulded on detail is a little light in places, but the wash and drybrushing picked it out well enough. I  assembled both sets of turrets and made up a storage box t hold the 'spares'.

T34/85, same hull as above. The gun barrel is a bit thick but looks OK on the tabletop.

These have all been painted in my usual way: undercoat black, mist with white then a  heavy drybrush of Vallejo Russian Green. I inkwashed some of them but it didn't make much difference to the final result. A heavy application of mud around the running gear then a light drybrush of 'dust' and picked out the details.

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