Something completely different today - I picked up some Soviet Partisans and WW1 Bulgarians from Eureka, and had an absolute ball painting them up.
What nice figures they are for 15mm scale !
These are from Eureka's 300 club, filling in a little touched gap in the WW1 market. I have painted these guys up for use as Polish troops or paramilitaries during the long and often crazy 'interwar' period of 1919 - 1930 something.
The whole period is filled with a distinct lack of uniformity, so you can easily throw a number of figures together to represent all sorts of interesting forces involved in this period.
To name but a few, you can do :
- Polish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Czech, Bulgarian, White Russian, Red Russian, Albanians, Turks, Macedonian, Greek, etc, etc, etc.
- Bavarian Red Army, Spartakus Revolutionaries, etc.
Throw in as well some Eureka soviet partisans, mix and match, maybe chuck in some Serbs with French helmets ... and a small figure collection like this should be versatile enough to represent all of the above forces with reasonable accuracy.
Anyway, on with the pics, hope you enjoy a this little diversion from my Napoleonics project :
|Eureka Soviet Partisans .. the rifle armed figures would make perfect Spartakust Bund revolutionaries, or even Latvian Freikorps, or Polish 1920's paramilitaries.|
|So I ended up cheating with the shading a little - I created 2 shades of lighter grey, and 1 shade of lighter brown ... and applied these as needed.|
|However, on some of the personality figures, I wanted to really push myself here and shade them individually. This unit is a dry-brush free zone .. its all freehand highlighting.|
|Picked this figure out for some detailed freehand shading as well.|
|Partisan group on the move ! |
These are 'true 15s' as well - could pass the photo off as 28s on a good day - credit for that goes to Eureka for such excellent sculpting and casting.
Look Out !! - Its the Bulgarians !!
Eureka WW1 Bulgarians, posing as 1919 Polish paramilitaries entering Upper Silesia.
Wearing a mixture of British WW1 hats, various bits of ex-German, ex-Russian, ex-British kit .. and bearing French weapons.
|A Polish nationalist political leader drives the men forward - Upper Silesia is to be Polish !|
|The other Bulgarian officer gets a similar treatment.|
|Bulgarian regulars. The blue collar tabs are plausible for the actual Bulgarian units (for some regiments). Its also plausible for Polish paramilitaries during the Upper Silesia campaign in 1919.|
|Bulgarian Maxim Gun. This is one brilliant little model .. love it.|