From the Shed: Contemporary Russians- same figures but two paint jobs.

In Elhiem Figures (ultra)modern* Russian ranges there are some very nice packs labelled Pro- Russian Militia/ Russian SOF that are great for representing those forces doing the Kermlin’s work in areas as diverse as the Donbass in the Ukraine** or Syria or even using them for modern what if? games. The interesting thing from a painters perspective is that as the Russians (or their proxies) use such a wide range of camouflage patterns see here you have a lot of choice.

russians in partisan camo

The first batch I painted in the ‘Paritsan’ pattern, oddly for a country that suffered so badly from the depradations of the Waffen SS in WW2, it is based the SS ‘Oak Leaf’ pattern but with a different palette of colours. A search of the web will show it being worn all over the place so these figures should be useful for militia in the Ukraine or Wagner PMCs in Syria.

winter modern sovs

The second batch have been painted in plain white and have appropriate winter basing to join my small, but growing, winter collection.



* There seems to be a standardisation in table top wargaming to call anything post WW2 up to the turn of the millenium ‘moderns’ wheres as 2001 forwards is deemed ‘ultra- moderns’ both are a bit clumsy imo but it is what most people know so it is what I go with.

** It is with interest that I’ve spotted an upcoming Osprey book on the subject by Mark Galeotti.

28 comments on “From the Shed: Contemporary Russians- same figures but two paint jobs.

  1. Ann says:

    That is interesting, I had no idea that anything after WW2 was considered “modern” by many gamers/collectors. Would that make SciFi figures “post-modern” or altermodern then? πŸ™‚

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Thanks Ann- boringingly they are just called SciFi but you do get some interesting alternate history ones from pasts that never were.



    • benthamfish says:

      Hi Ann
      Perhaps it’s because many wargamers are, shall we say, older? I think we need to get with the times and change our terminology. For a lot of gamers, WW2 is “a very long time ago”. I have to keep remembering myself that the end of that war was only 12 years before I was born! It’s a very different perspective for someone born after 2000.

      • Ann says:

        You are probably right. I’m a child of the Cold War and I find that much of the entertainment I watch (and re-watch) tends to be from that era and even though WW2 was well before my time, it still doesn’t feel that long ago in my bones. Perhaps from rehashing all of those old battles in games and putting on Longest Day for the hundredth time as “a good show for painting.”

        You are right, it is a very different perspective. I listen to some of my younger friends and think, “the 1980’s wasn’t that long ago,” and some of them were born in the mid or late-80’s!

        I guess it could be worse. You really know you are in trouble when you think, “Heck, Zama wasn’t that long ago!”

      • Pete S/ SP says:

        The perception of time is and interesting thing. WW” is slowly going out of living memory – especially for those who served during it.

        Vietnam is now further away from my date of birth (1978) than WW2 was when I was born, yet Vietnam still seems like a ‘modern’ war.



  2. Chris Kemp says:

    Adopting the enemy’s weapons and uniform is not so strange if you consider that the iconic British Bobby’s helmet is a modified Picklehaube, and that after WW2 the british adopted what was practically a Feldmutze, and the Germans adopted berets. Nicely painted figures – I’m envious.

    Regards, Chris

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Thanks Chris. I never had considered that about the British police helmet… I thought it ws tall like it was to provide modicum of crush protection. I guess I should have remembered that the US Army Kevlar helmet is refered to as the ‘Fritz’ too.



  3. Great mate. In the first pic is the chap on the far left sporting a salt and pepper beard? If so bravo

  4. Looking good Pete, nice to see a fellow 20mm fan! Certainly done a great job on those russkies πŸ˜€πŸ‘

  5. Bill Weston. says:

    Looking good there mate.

  6. Marvin says:

    Very nice! I really like to see the same figures painted in different ways and what can be achieved.

  7. Looking great Pete

  8. Azazel says:

    Great work on both squads of soldiers there, Pete. The radically different schemes really make them look very different to one another!

  9. ccglazier says:

    Nice. I always appreciate good Russian figs. 20mm is an unusual scale, at least in my experience. Is there a particular reason you prefer it over say, 15mm or 28mm?

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Thanks. I went with 20mm for 20th/ 21st century gaming primarily becuse there were so many affordable plastic kits in 1/72nd scale available when I started. This was in the late 90s, given the rise of injection molded plastics in the hobby I wouldn’t say that this is the case as much currently. Also 20 is big enough to be able to recognise weapons (good for skirmishing) but small enough, compared to 28mm, to be used for really big games giving me the best of both worlds in that regards. Besides all my scenery is 20mm so as that takes up so much space I stick with that. Not to say I don’t go for other scales. I’ve a growing 6mm collection and I seem to be getting into 28mm again too, but my main collection is always going to be 20mm.



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