Cut price katys 1
I fell back in love with my Udarny Strelkovy over the weekend following a game with Chris and new dad on the block, Paul. Paul, a dedicated model-kit man, had done Chris the service of repainting his Sdkfz 251s and Panzerwerfer 42s and wanted to see how a game of Flames of War went. Who were we to refuse? 🙂
Anyway, I digress. I’ve been conscious that my Late-War Soviet horde lacked one of the iconic weapons of the Great Patriotic War, the fearsome BM-13 Katyusha:
There are 2 main reasons for this:
2: the cost! To get 8 of these on the table with their respective crews to deliver that most desirable of double-template devastating bombardments I’ve only once had the pleasure of dropping on an opponent before would set me back anywhere between £64 – £80! Hard to justify in the current economic climate.
Well, about 6 months ago I clocked a range of 1/100th kits manufactured by Russian model maker Zvezda. Zvezda make a range of early- to mid-war snap-fit German and Soviet soft-skin and AFVs, including 1/144th aircraft, for their wargame, Art of Tactic (check out their disturbingly comic promotional video. It’s wrong, really, really wrong).
What actually caught my attention was the price, just £2.99 per kit! I looked them over but moved on thinking that the vehicles in stock were generally too early for me and, rather snootishly, figured that you get what you pay for.
Whilst I’m a little bit slow on the uptake, even I’ve noticed how plastic kits have recently been taking the 15mm WWII wargaming fraternity by storm. World War II Central have done a really nice piece briefly comparing Zvezda’s tanks wth those produced by the very popular Plastic Soldier Company.
Interesting. So, let me get this straight. I could get 8 of these babies and a ZiS-5 truck (also included in the range) for under £30?
KERCHING! Welcome to my new modfelling project! Before I knew it the adrenaline had kicked in. Where could I find the crews? Could I convert some existing artillery figures? What would the kits be like to build? How would they paint up?
Before you know it you have a world of blog entries: a review, a step-by-step assembly guide, a painting guide, a research project and – best of all – a tub-thumping artillery headache for Chris! 😀 Stand by for successive entries on sourcing, assembling, painting and basing as I plod my way through another Soviet odyssey!
P.S. And for those of you that know, ‘model kits’ aren’t ‘little men’, didn’t raise a carefully plucked eyebrow and must, I conclude, be exempt from the embargo 😉
P.P.S And before you ask – yes, I did win. AAR to follow? 🙂