Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Neo-Soviet Post-Apocalyptic Infantry from Copplestone Castings


Few things warm the cockles of a misanthrope's heart than entertaining an apocalyptic vision of the future. As a little diversion, I've been working on a few more 'After-They-Drop-The-Big-One' figures with the idea that we might do some alternate skirmish gaming this  coming autumn. 


I'm thinking of using these in a setting similar to that of the novel 'Metro 2033', where most of the action will take place in the ruined subway arteries of cities such as Moscow, St Petersburg, London, Paris, etc.


These models are from Copplestone Castings' Future Wars range. The fellows with the steroided PPSh41s and the whacky-but-cool drum-fed DShKM are from the 'Neo-Sov' packs while the others are sourced from the Partisans and Scavengers.




I've put the squad leaders on hex bases so they're easier to identify on he table.
All of these figures were great to work with. Smooth, hefty castings, with very nice animation and almost no cleanup required.






Similar to my previously posted Lead Adventure 'Road Guards', I've decided to paint these up in a motley assortment of cammo patterns, but also have included some well-used civilian gear for colour.



I have another squad of these waiting in the painting rack, along with a bunch of Lead Adventure castings. But more on that later. Next, I'll switch gears (again) and roll out some stuff that is a little past due...

46 comments:

  1. I think the Metro idea holds a real host of possibilities. It seems to have everything from Nazis, Red Army and other factions. If the figures are as good as these I might have to start another period.

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    1. I agree, the book is brimming with scenario ideas and there are so many odd-ball figure ranges that can fill the roles of the various factions. Great nihilistic fun!

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  2. Very nice! Reminds me of "Twilight 2000"

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  3. Gosh, Curt - these are great! I'm wilting in my resistance. I have downloaded the "Metro 2033" book and am very sorely tempted to get some of the neo-sovs. Have you seen the new range of near-future insurgents from Pig Iron Miniatures which came out a few days ago, as those would also fit your bill perfectly! Looking forward to your next instalment!

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    1. Thanks very much Sidney. Yes, funny you should mention the Pig Iron range as I'm just putting together an order for them now! Their insurgents and Kolony Feral troops will fit wonderfully for this theme.

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  4. Good stuff - i will not allow myself to be tempted... "repeat... i will not allow myself to be tempted"...

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    1. Ooh, but some of your excellent Wild West collection would provide a great setting for PA skirmishes. Sort of like 'The Wild Bunch' meets 'Mad Max'!

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  5. Very nice work Curt! It looks like freedom to paint what one wants which is fun! Tempting....but I must resist....too many projects....arghhhhh....

    Christopher

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    1. Oh, I know what you speak of Christopher. I have so many partially finished projects its not even funny - BUT it IS fun, and that, I suppose, is the important thing.

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  6. These are fabulous Curt, absolutely wonderful and like a good many of the commentators above I finding their pull a little worrying, but I must remain strong!

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    1. Now just downloaded Metro 2033! It sounds amazing, resistance, it would appear, is futile!

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    2. Thanks so much, Michael! I think you will enjoy the book as its very well thought out, atmospheric and very, very Russian in its tone and style.

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  7. Wonderful work Curt. "Going Underground" certainly makes sense.





    *sits back and waits for complaints about the earworm I may have implanted*

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    1. Thanks Tamsin! Now I need some more terrain to convey the underground theme...

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  8. Really nice Curt,
    Great for hunting zombies to!

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    1. Absolutely! Now you have me thinking about zombies...

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  9. Superb they are lovely figures and you've painted them brilliantly

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    1. Hey, thanks for the kind words Simon - much appreciated.

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  10. These are gritty and characterful miniatures, but it's the great paint job and basing that really make them stand out.

    Lovely work, well done!

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    1. Thanks very much Ev. I knew the groundwork for these figures would play a big part in conveying their character so I went a little over the top with them. I'm delighted you like them.

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  11. Metro 2033 is a fantastic book, really good, and your figures are perfect for some of the many factions there are under Moscow.

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    1. Cheers Juan. Yes, I'm looking forward to making up some more of the various factions that were illustrated in the book. Great fun!

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    1. Hey, thanks Moiterei, I'm happy you like them.

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  13. Very cool figures, the basing really ties them together. Best, Dean

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    1. Cheers Dean! The bases are a bit fiddly but I enjoy the overall effect they give. Trouble is that now I have to make sure my terrain has a similar look to tie it all in.

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  14. Great figures. Makes me pine for my PA project which is way down the list at the moment.

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    1. Thanks Sean. BTW I quite enjoyed you WFB Orc retrospective - great figures indeed!

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  15. These are great, getting the Curt treatment I see

    Ian

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    1. 'Curt treatment'? Hmm, what could that be. My wife would have a quick(and sharp-tongued) answer I'm sure!

      Thanks Ian!

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  16. Awesome stuff once again mon ami. I encourage you to add vehicles, and before long, the battle will be joined above-ground as well as below.

    I have some of the Kolony Ferals and Rebels, and they will be a lot of fun to work with too.

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  17. Thanks Gregster, much appreciated. Yes, vehicles! I'm thinking along the lines of partially wrecked Russian BMPs, creaky Lada gun trucks and a mothballed T55 tank with one main gun shell being jealously saved for that 'special occasion'.

    I really like your Pig Iron Kolony stuff and they are one of the reasons I'm placing an order for some of my own.

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  18. Wow Curt, these are cracking paint jobs mate. The camo of various flavours is superb. Even the scrap heaps are spectacular!

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    1. Hey, thanks a bunch, Millsy, I really appreciate your kind words.

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  19. Great work Curt, interesting mix of basing styles.

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    1. Thanks Scott. The bases are an idea lifted from Sidney - helps to reinforce what the figures represent (Command, Squad Weapons, etc.)

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  20. I remember when I had these bad boys, yours are better though...lovely work sir.

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  21. Francis, I think you've had pretty much one of everything ever produced over the past 10 years! ;) Thank you for the kudos, my friend.

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