Casting wise they are Ok but not brilliant as there was a lot of cleaning up to do in regard to mould lines where the moulds had slipped and also spare waste metal Left from the air vents. Also as they come from New Zealand they are not so very cheap as they have to be shipped half way around the world. Complaints aside they are the best I can get though and the sculpts are nice.
In a Russian squad (according to Osprey Publishing "Force on Force" rule book) there are 6 men armed as follows.
- Squad leader (AK74)
- Assistant Squad leader (AK74)
- Gunner (RPK-74)
- Grenadier (RPG)
- Assistant Grenadier (AK74)
- Rifleman (AK74)
3 Squads to a platoon so there will be more of these. Colours taken from the same Osprey Publishing book mentioned above and the picture on the right has been my main guide.
Each transport vehicle has 3 crew (Commander, Driver and Gunner) all of whom stay with the vehicle and do NOT dismount in combat situations. I have not as yet finalised my transport choice they may be in BMP1s (A TRACKED APC with a 73mm gun and antitank missile), BTR 70's or BTR 80s (An 8 wheeled APC with a 14.5mm Heavy machine gun) or perhaps something less ordinary like a MT LB ( Also tracked and also armed with a 14.5mm HMG, ). The joy of the Russians is that the infantry could be transported and any of those 3 vehicles and I am sure once I am fully up and running with the project I am equally sure I will get them all so I can field a greater variety of units, although the basic foot figures will stay the same but with different squad load-outs to suit the different regiments!
I suspect I will be starting with either BMP-1s or BTR 70's though. But most importantly I am now off the mark and started.