Painting the legendary razvedchiki 1/3:
When I first started playing Flames of War, I bought figures I liked the look of rather than those required by an army list. I came across just such an impulse purchase when I was rummaging through a box load of unpainted lead for eligible Katyusha crews the other day. Somewhere between under-coating and base painting, this blister pack of Soviet Scouts had been confined to barracks after I’d realised that the Strelkovy had to come first. Despite being knee-deep in Zvezda’s Katyusha – or perhaps because of it – I thought I’d distract myself further by painting these up, now :):
There are 2 things I’m going to struggle with here: colours and camouflage.
Contemporay photographs seem relatively hard to come by and none are in colour. The only one I’be been able to locate derives from the Lvov-Sandomierz operation in Poland during July 1944:
Kamouflage.net tells me that the 1938 “amoeba-pattern” one- and two-piece overalls worn by airborne forces, sappers, snipers and, of course, the razvedchiki was issued in 3 main colour-variants: pale-green, khaki and dark-yellow:
But who am I kidding? I’m a sucker for doing what I’m told, so let’s see what Battlefront have to say. Pick up any of the existing LW Eastern Front Army lists and you’re advised to go either Russian Uniform (094) or Khaki-Grey (113) with Black or German Camo Black Brown (150) ‘blotches’.
I’m cool with the colour for the blotches, but less certain about the background colours. Kamouflage.net give 2 nice examples of, presumably, original material:
At this scale, Russian Uniform doesn’t work for me as a pale-green. Trawling through my paints, the nearest I can find is Yellow Green (112). On the other hand, Khaki Grey is a good call and matches the original shade well. But I’m wondering, will the amoeba-patter show up sufficiently well on such a dark background? Thinking about it further, I realise that since I’m going to be dippping these figures, I might be best to go for something lighter. Perhaps Khaki (115) will do?
The base coated results don’t seem too bad. On the right you have Yellow Green highlighted with Citadel Gretchin Green and on the left is just plain old Khaki. I’ll probably highlight with a Khaki / Medium Grey (111) mix:
But what about the – gulp – amoeba pattern? Don’t talk to me about amoebas!
That’s a whole different story…