From the Shed: Yet more 6mm Russian tanks.

My Cold War gaming collection grows ever bigger with this modest set of additions.

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I painted up 3 company bases and 4 individual stands of the T10 heavy tank and 2 company bases of the PT76.

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The T10 heavy tank was the ultimate iteration of the IS tank from World War Two, the IS designation was dropped after Stalin’s death. Armed with a 122mm gun it was intended that these heavy tank would act in the overwatch/ supporting fire role to the smaller gunned T54/55 and T62 tanks. A battalion of them was to be found in a Tank division. With the advent of gun launched ATGMs their raison d’etre diminished and as the Cold War progressed they were relegated to more 2nd line units. Still they’ll be a useful addition to my Soviet collection as they’ll allow me to replicate earlier formations to fight my friends’ Leopard 1/ M48s in the case of the West Germans or Chieftans in the case of the Brits.

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The PT76 was similarly an early Cold War tank. Armed with a rather small 76mm gun their amphibious capability meant that they were an ideal recce tank. Given their rather weak armour and gun it is surprising that they saw service with the Russian as late as the second Chechen War in the late 1990s. They also served extensively in other theatres, notably in the Middle East and Vietnam. Painting up these two bases now allows me to field up to a battlion of them in 5core: Brigade Commander terms.

 

Cheers,

 

Pete.

29 comments on “From the Shed: Yet more 6mm Russian tanks.

  1. Jeff Groves says:

    … and I thought 1/72 was small!

  2. Nice work on those little fellas Pete πŸ˜€πŸ‘

  3. Azazel says:

    Very cool – and all suitable for MechaNovember as well! Just link ’em and I’ll add them to the round up when I actually write it in 2020! πŸ˜‰

  4. Hey my friend those look super nice:) it’s a good lil recon tank. Got my son some of these in 172 for his Modern games especially Vietnam war . They were used in my last Twilight 2000 game they got messed up but good by elements of the US 5th Inf. Div. two M60s and a Sqd Of US motorcycles came across 5 of these and two Sqds Soviet mounted Inf. LoL it was over fast for these guys. I was rolling for the USSR stuff blew every roll like 14 times in row I switched dice 4 times:( lol I roll really badly sometimes.
    Take care my friend.
    Dave

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Sometimes the dice are like that…. However M60s against PT76s will never end well. Other than scratching the paint I can only see the Soviets getting a lucky track shot doing any damage.

      Cheers,

      Pete.

      • Hi Yeap very True:) I did forget to say to ( and I’m sorry leaving it out ) two of the P76s Had one Shot Anti tank weapons and the Mounted USSR inf. Recon had two AT weapons. I thought I would get at least one if not both M60s and some if not all of the bikers But I blew every roll for the Soviets it was funny after while:) LoL all saw my the dice rolled. Worst rolling I have done in years:) But it was fun. The USSR were P76s moving.l trying to be harder to kill. The two grounded Inf. With the ATs we’re standing still but missed. All P76 76mm Missed! And the two AT Missiles on the P76s missed badly One even killed two Soviet Inf. It was a Laugh. The Co of the Recon and few inf. did get away. He was Shot on his return:) LoL Take care now my friend:)

      • Pete S/ SP says:

        That sounds like a great game to me.

        Cheers,

        Pete.

  5. Bill Weston says:

    Have seen them in the flesh and will have to start a 60’s BAOR project to go up against them. Excellent work there Pete o7.

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Thanks Bill. Given the parsimony of the Brtish government your 80s force will do as a 60s force; but with the novelty that it will be high tech and up to date….

      Cheers,

      Pete.

  6. ccglazier says:

    Those look excellent. What’s the appeal of 6mm figs, larger scale battles? I certainly can see combined arms operations playing out on a 4 x 6 table. But man, that’s a lot of tiny miniatures.

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Exactly that big battles on a standard sized table. Each player can run a brigade or regiment and can fit two a side on a 6 by 4 board. The smaller weapon ranges mean more chance to manoeuvre too.

      Cheers,

      Pete.

  7. Very nice, Pete! Don’t often see T-10s! πŸ™‚

  8. This has made me think about hunting out my Heroics and Ros WW2 Stuff.

  9. Forgot to say, I do like the things you are finding in the shed.

  10. I remember the PT-76 and the T-10 silhouettes well on the playing cards that we had as training aids. The T-10 was indeed massive. The Soviets made soooo many PT-76’s, that’s why they were found everywhere. Nice job on these Pete!

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Thanks Mark- the T10 was gettingn a bit long in the tooth by the time the 80s came but with a 2nd line unit it would still be a threat. Can’t wait to get them on the table.

      Cheers,

      Pete.

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