Finished up the Soviet GHQ stand today and also got a great book in the mail - recommended by a excellent website 'Model Dads' at:
Its called: The Soviet Soldier By Histoire & Collections ISBN 978-2-35250-100-8...more on that later...
I wanted to add a little humor to the stand so as the radio operator is one homely Svetlana, I modified a few officer figures to be knocking back a few...I think the effect worked - I'm guessing they need the drinks!
The book 'The Soviet Soldier ' is a great resource. I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone interested in WWII Soviet infantry. It has many re-enactors portrayed in it with original wartime items. A few points...
-My vallejo color of choice for WWII Soviet soldiers is Yellow Green 70881 but there are so many variations of this shown in the book that there really is no single color. A few other colors that work...70887 Brown Violet, 70924 Russian Unif. WWII (duh!), 70882 Middlestone, 70988 Khaki and even a bright green that looks close to70922 USA Uniform with some yellow green thrown in. There are even examples of a faded looking tunic that is damn close to Field Grey! That must have been problematic to say the least!
- The important thing is to KEEP IT LIGHT! Too dark of a base coat will undoubtedly give you boring minis. Add yellow, white and tan to lighten these colors as a good starting point for your base coat.
- Color on the wartime items should be examined and used as a starting point but not used as a true reference as these have been weathering for 70+ years! Many items are new looking and may be reproductions.
-Many color plates show soldiers with old and new items together. This is suspect. I'm thinking that at least for front-line Soviet soldiers, they would be issued a uniform all at once and it would weather as such - so there may not be too much in the way of new and weathered kit. Once rotated, there uniform would probably be tossed for new.