Ben has his Challenge debut with this excellent herd of Lend-Lease Soviet Matildas.
Been a few weeks since the last time I did an update for my Soviets, so here is a nice little Matilda horde made up of 21 Zvezda Matilda models with a little conversion work. These are also my first models for The Fourth Annual Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. So hopefully a nice up chunk of points for me!
I have to be honest I have completely fallen for the current "meta" with this purchase. With the new Red Bear the reduced cost, top armour 2 and a surprisingly good all around armour, the Matilda is a great infantry assault unit.
The Zvezda models come with no open hatches, a problem as I want the commanders to be visible to make it easier spot them in the middle of the game. This was solved by cutting off the modeled off hatches and replacing the whole section with some spare Battlefront T-34 hatches I was given by my friend Robin.
Overall I'm happy with the models and the paint job. The Zvezda model is a pretty good model, I would say one of their best when a few of them have been a little hit or miss.
Next up I have a company of Stuarts and 21 Soviet Shermans. Thanks for looking and until next time...
Brilliant work Ben! Did you use an airbrush for these models, the finish is very smooth. Great decals and weathering as well. I also really like the Soviet tank commander signalling with his special, 'What did we say? All Together! What did we do? One at a time. ' flag.
These 21 (!) Matildas will give Ben a base of 126 points but I'm adding a few more for the hatch mods and commanders.