I don't do may newsy posts, mainly coz I don't see myself as the font of all Cold War gaming news, but every now and again I see a new release that I think is really worth sharing, and making sure people are aware of it.
In the last week I've seen a few of these - all S&S Models
First up S&S Models has made a MT-12 Rapira 100mm smoothbore anti-tank gun. The first reason this is important is that in many Soviet Category 2 (or B) divisions, these guns would still have been found in the 1980s - certainly a must have for what I have in mind for my Northern Flank games.
The second reason this is important - IS BECAUSE PREVIOUSLY NO ONE MADE ONE OF THESE!!!!!!! Certainly not in 1/72 or 1/76. The closest you could find is the older WW2 version called a BS-3 which would require a far amount of conversion - or just squint when you look at it.
All the following pics come straight from the S&S Photobucket gallery:
The second release is probably even more momentous for a 20mm Cold War gamer. It is slightly more modern than the MT-12, certainly more likely to be found in almost any Soviet Category 1 (or A) division and again - HAS NOT BEEN MADE BY ANYONE!!!!!! It's the Soviet 2B9 Vasilek automatic 82mm mortar.
This unique weapon system is still being used today and fires 4 round clips of mortar shells.
S&S have also made gunners for the 2B9:
And gunners for the MT-12 (this and the following photos all come from the S&S Models Facebook page)
Some funky AT rounds there!
My final bit of news from S&S Models is one I can honestly say that I've been hanging out for for almost as long as I've been running this blog and planning and playing Cold War games - a 20mm Jaguar1 and Jaguar 2
Here on Shaun's workbench we can see (from left to right) a Raketenjagdpanzer 2, a Beobachtungspanzer, and Jaguar 2 and a Jaguar 1.
Some close ups:
So all EXCELLENT news in my book. S&S Models have also created a very nice looking D-30 artillery peice and crew which is well worth a look at and significantly better than the two D-30s I have... Rats...
My understanding is that the Jaguars are (maybe) available now, while the guns will be available shortly.