From the Shed: Some more Winter War Finns.

As my last post intimated my uni work has been taken priority so hobby time has been limited. Plus both Nicola and I have been unwell (both are on the mend now though). Still I’vve managed to get a few bits done.

I’ve got some more Winter War Finns painted. I’ve made a list of everything I need from the scenario book I’m working to and I’m trying to get it all done before I start gaming. They are a mix of Euerka metal figures and Strelets plastics from the infantry and heavy weapons set. The wheeled gun is a Madsen 20mm cannon that was used in very limited numbers.

I also got some cheap Christmas decoration trees smarted up to add to the winter scenery collection.

Given the history of the Winter War between Finland and the Soviet Union various commentators have drawn comparison between that war and the ongoing situation in the Ukraine. Whilst I can see some similarities I think that the analogy is stretched a bit too much. Besides, there are already enough wars to study we don’t need any more, I hope that there is peace in Ukraine soon.

Right, it is getting late- time for whisky and a DVD….



33 comments on “From the Shed: Some more Winter War Finns.

  1. Guru PIG says:

    Painting, Whisky and a DVD – have you died and gone to heaven! Great work on the figures. i am still toying if I should get my Finnish Bolt Action figures out to play in the Conquest convention over Easter but I think family stuff will get in the way.

  2. Glad you’re on the mend Pete, doubtless the whisky helped! Nice work on the figures and i love the winter theme, look great.

  3. dave2718 says:

    Eureka do some lovely minis, and you’ve done an ace job too.

  4. Pete those are excellent. interesting campaign.

  5. Jeff Groves says:

    Those look great, Pete! I think you’re right, there are more differences between the Winter War and the Ukraine. The common factor which draws the comparison is the Soviets underperforming just as the Russians are.

  6. Quite a bit done there, Pete, and they look really good! πŸ™‚ Sorry to hear you’ve been under the weather but good that you’re on the mend!

  7. Looking good Pete, don’t wash your brush in the Whisky.

  8. Marvin says:

    Eager for Spring, I was hoping for something a little more warmer looking, haha. Lovely work of course. Those ‘cheap’ trees work really well and are a pretty good scale!

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Thanks Marvin, having popped out to town today it was very much spring like.

      The trees worked really well for Β£2… as usual I wish I’d got more. I’ll keep an eye out this year.



  9. templeofthutmos says:

    Great looking group – a lot of character to those minis! I love the repurposed Christmas decorations. Glad to hear you all are on the mend.

  10. Good output and great job man. What whiskey and dvd did you go with?

  11. Wudugast says:

    Glass of whiskey, miniatures and a DVD? You really are living it up mate! Nice work on all of these. πŸ™‚

  12. Azazel says:

    Great work on these Finns. Very inspirational in fact, as I’ve got a small force myself I hope to get painted this year – my main quandry being whether to Winter them or have them in summer garb, given the logistical issues in then needing to aquire a whole set of winter-themed terrain…
    Do the square vs round bases denote anything specific?

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Thanks. I look forward to seeing yours. I always think that suitable terrain takes us as much room as the figures sometimes.

      I usually base metal figures on plastic card bases and plastic ones on old coins/ washers. Oddly the difference between the teo doesn’t bother me.



  13. Mikko says:

    Hey, one of those could be my grandad! Lots of comparisons about the Ukraine war/Winter War situation here in Finland obviously, it’s a big part of our national story (and sometimes maybe excessively glorified). The models look really nice, and it’s fun to see those Christmas decoration trees used as I’ve often considered using them myself. Lovely work!

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Thank you.

      What did your Grandad do in the War- if you don’t mind me asking?



      • Mikko says:

        Sorry it took so long to reply! I don’t know actually – he was on the frontline, an infantryman as far as I know. He spoke little of the war, but if my memory’s not deceiving me I do remember him telling us how he got nicked on the side of the head by a Russian bullet. Our family is originally from Karelia, so he would have been fighting in a familiar region I assume!

      • Pete S/ SP says:

        Not a problem – he was lucky to survive that. Did he leave any pictures of anything?

        I remember seeing a dark shadow in the shoulder of a great Uncle- sharpnewl that was left in him from WW2.



  14. patmcf says:

    Interesting stuff Pete, funny that Mikko mentioned that his grandfather fought against the Russians as my bosses father was also involved.The thing I have learnt is that when you see something like those trees!! but them all as they want be there when you go back,HA HA !

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