Dragon's 1/35 scale figures
Dressed to kill -
Russian snipers' nest
by Mick Toal
Dressed to kill - Russian sniper's nest
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Generally I only make figures to accompany
my armoured vehicle models.
However, Dragon's superb, innovative and value for money figure sets
have constantly caught my eye, and when I saw the Red Army Scouts and
Snipers, an unacustomed figure vignette immediately sprang into my mind.
These 1/35 scale figures are great for the novice, or, like me,
occasional figure modeller, and the Russian scouts and snipers also have
the advantage of the relatively simple Soviet World War II "ameoba"
Now there are plenty of state-of-the-art resin conversions and kits out
there, and a few ready-made vignettes, but modelling can be cheap, and
simple, when you get back to the basics.
For something different, I chose the two
female soldiers from the kit, and set about building up the vignette on
a large scale figure base with paddle pop sticks, the 1970s-era Tamiya
brick wall set, and various items of flotsam and jetsam from the spares
The Hollywood version of snipers hanging out windows or climbing trees
couldn't be further from the truth. In reality they were seasoned
hunters seeking a discreet and safe hide to practice their deadly art.
My pair have chosen to prise a few bricks out for observation and to
take their shots - creating only an unobtrusive break in the brickwork
when observed by their sharp-eyed enemies outside their dilapidated
I virtually built the figures from the box, but decided to modify the
observer with an ushanka cold weather cap from Dragon's Chinese
Volunteers, resculpting her hair with Milliput to confirm to the new
Everything was brush painted using Humbrol
and Tamiya paints, with some oils used to vary the flesh tones.
The end result is not masterpiece, or competition winner, but it is
something different, and I had a lot of fun creating it.
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