Monday, January 9, 2017

Cold War Era in 6mm - Painting Russian T-55 tanks

The release of Team Yankee has piqued my interest in Cold War Gone Hot conflicts.  Team Yankee is written with 15mm models, but the games I have seen just don't look right.  The models they have put out are beautiful, but the ranges for the vehicles in 15mm on a 6' x 4' table are very short.  So I've decided to play these games with 6mm models instead.

Clearly I'm not the only one doing this as I've joined 2 Facebook groups that are focused on 6mm Team Yankee and another that is focused on 6mm gaming from all eras.

While Team Yankee is to blame for my interest in the subject, I have found a couple other rule sets that interest me as well; Cold War Commander and A Fist Full of TOWs 3.

I picked up a couple of packs of  Russian T-55 tanks made by GHQ second hand for a very reasonable price and decided they would work great for testing out some of these rule sets.  I will be using these tanks as proxies for T-70 tanks for Team Yankee, but they will work as is for the other rule sets.

My plan is to try out all three games (and maybe some others if I find more rules) and see which I like best before I settle in on any on in particular.  I have committed to playing 6 games of Cold War Commander in the next year as part of my 6 x 6 challenge, so I hope I like it.

I was surprised by the detail offered in these models.  They look great and paint up very quickly.

I've put a basic paint job together for these models, but I think a simple paint job can still look nice.

I primed the models white, and applied a base coat of Russian Green.  It took 2 layers of the green to get a solid coat.

Next, I washed the whole model with Nuln Oil.  I watered this down quite a bit as I applied it.

Model with the wash on the top, Dry brush applied to the bottom.

Finally, I mixed some white in with the Russian Green and dry brushed the models.  I tried to stay away from the tracks with the dry brush so they stayed pretty dark.

After that I glued the models to some bases and they are now ready for action.  I left off the machine guns as I'm pretty sure they would just get broken off anyway.

What do you think?  Should I do unit markings on these or leave them as is?  I'm not sure it is worth it?

Next up, will be some US tanks so these guys have someone to fight.


  1. I think they look great, I don't know if markings would help.

    1. Thanks. I'm not sure markings would be that noticeable on this scale of model and I'm worried they could make the models look bad.

  2. excellent work! Other rule sets that are the same scale as CWC and FFT3 (platoon per vehicle) are Modern Spearhead and Command Decision Test of Battle. CDTOB is a WW2 rule s set, but Bob MaKenzie Web Page all the data for adding modern vehicles.

    1. Good to know there are even more rule sets. Which do you prefer for Cold War games?

  3. I really hate to comment But
    Larger vehicles are relatively easy to paint in 6mm or 1 300
    The trick is in the smaller vehicles and infantry.
    In a word it is, for the small stuff , all green to me. Outside of some very detailed brush work, there is somply no way to make the weapon color stand out from the basic dark green for infantry in Europe
    Unless you are doing battles in the snow or in the Middle East.
    But that isnt Team Yankee

  4. All comments are welcome.

    Yes, these are pretty easy to paint up. I have some plans for different vehicles, but I think I will be mostly sticking to tanks, transports and a few other common vehicles.

    Infantry will also be in the mix soon (I have some Russian infantry already). I am concerned with how the infantry will look, but I'm always happy with a table-top standard. I'm not real worried about them being scrutinized up close.

  5. I prefer to paint miniatures as they would appear after some fire and movement
    If we include the mud and other, such as camo from foilage , then the basic color for aa sides in Europe would be some kind of brown over green with foilage. Thats for infantry and a lot of heavy weapons. Tanks and other AFV also. so no pretty all black tires on the wheeled vehicles
    Lets get real
    It always amuses me to see white coated infantry in the black powder era still in white coats or
    Japanese troops in parade ground uniforms when we know that they prefered the raggedy look.
    Except in the propaganda films, no one is dressed up as theyd appear on the parade ground

    1. I'm not all that talented when it comes to weathering so I generally avoid it. Maybe I'll work on that at some point.

  6. Nice work Sean. I got the TY rules last week and will be doing this is either 6mm or 10mm dependant on what Time Cast and Pendraken release in the next few months.

    1. I used to play Flames of War so have some background with the TY rules. I'm not sure they will be my go to rules, but I do want to try them out.

      I'd love to hear your experience with them as you get some games in.