18 November 2014

Here comes another one...

Yes another project, just to add a little more stress to my limited and extremely un-focussed wargaming time...

So after posting nothing for a month, I'm going to try and make up for it in the next few weeks and get this blog and my gaming back on a Cold War track after delving heavily into WW2 for a while now.

On with the new project: THE SOVIET INVASION OF SCANDANAVIA - 1986

To start the project I have written Army Lists for:
  • Soviet Naval Infantry;
  • Soviet Air Assault; and
  • Norwegian Army
I'm in the process of preparing Army Lists for:
  • Soviet Arctic Front Motor Rifle
  • Danish Army
  • Swedish Army
  • Royal Marines (3 Commando - including Dutch Marines)
  • US Marines (2nd Marine Div units)
and I haven't started but will need to do:
  • Finnish Army
  • Canadian Air/Sea Transportable Brigade
  • Elements of Allied Mobile Force (Land)
I already have most of the stuff (including unmade kits) for the Royal Marines and USMC, and much of my Soviet stuff can easily have dual usage on the Arctic Front, so in some ways much of this is quite achievable  within a short timeframe.  However a ton of stuff will need to be done to represent the smaller nations, and work out a realsitic set of events or scenarios.

Now to the pics:  First up some Soviet Naval Infantry kit - including a load of photos of something I might even try to scratch build - something I have never done before.

Part of the Soviet Red Banner Northern Fleet - including a Ivan Rogov class large landing ship in the centre of the photo, with a Lebed LCAC

Air Support - Forger's packed on the rear of a Soviet Carrier

Swimming PT-76's leading the beach assault.  BTR-60s bring up the rear

BTR coming off a Landing Craft

T-55 coming off a Landing Craft.  SNI appear to have stuck with the T-55 (I think because the more modern tanks did not fit in the landing craft and hovercraft) but extensively upgraded it, including using a small number of T-55AD1 which used the "Drozd" active anti-missile protection system and the T-55MV/T-55AMV which was equipped with Kontakt ERA.  More modelling (and scratch building options!

Another Landing Craft shot.  Note the black uniforms - guess I'll need to paint a bunch more Soviet infantry - in black this time...

Now my personal favs...

Aist Class LCAC - mega big - well-armed hovercraft - could hold 4 PT-76s or 2 T-55s or 3 BTRs all with varying amounts of troops.  Top Speed 130 kmh.  Can't see this appearing on my wargaming table anytime soon!

But this one...

Unfortunately no-one does a model of this in 20mm.  Best I could find was this Scotia Models Lebed in 6mm
Which is actually very nice - massive in 6mm, teeny tiny in 20mm so no use.  So I found some drawings:
So I think I'll have to have a crack at making 1 (or 2) myself.  No idea how to start so I'll keep looking into it.
Anyway, that's it for now.  Thanks to the wonderful internet and all those sites which offered up lovely hovercraft photos which I have borrowed.
Have fun


  1. We did this in 6mm last year using CWC. We played a weekend megagame with tables representing Tromso, Bjerkvik and Bodo. I threw the US marines onto beaches around Bodo only to get them gassed and blown into oblivion by salvo rocket batteries. Great fun. MTLBs make a nice change from BTRs and BMPs in MR regiments coming overland to relieve the Naval troops - wider tracks better on snow. Should look great in 20mm.

  2. I'm willing to bet you'll need to paint up some Swedes too

  3. That mega game sounds really cool - would love to have seen that. Agree re the MTLBs - only have 3 and I'm guessing I'll need more.

    Yes - you are right - but not sure anyone does Swedish Infantry in 20mm - only have 3 S-tanks and 1 Centurion (+ one on the way) that is likely to end up being Danish.


  4. great looking project, lovin the hover craft bits. The cheapest MTLBs I have found are S&S, ACE are OOP and painful and the Hobby Dens look great. Looking forward to seeing this progress

  5. Sounds like a great project...the Canadian Airborne Regiment in Norway...could be a lot of fun...

  6. Great minds think alike, Richard! (Although your plans are far more advanced and on a much grander scale than mine...) This looks like another awesome project to watch develop; looking forward to seeing what you do with that hovercraft especially...

  7. I would try sculpting the hover craft bottom out of Styrofoam. And try to find an old naval battleship model kit to add bits...

  8. Thanks for the comments guys. I have a couple of ACE MTLBs to build, and 1 S&S model (super easy) already done from ages ago. Apart from that for my SNI I have 3 helos (1 x KA-25 and 2 x KA-29) and a single BTR-70! So a lot to get in that department. Yes - I was thinking of trying to sculpt the hover craft skirts using a specialist foam I got recently. I'll post up any progress I make... when I make some!

    If anyone has an accurate orbat or TO&E of the Soviet Motor Rifle Divisions that might invade Northern Norway in the mid to late 80's - please let me know!