I’m not a big WW2 wargaming fan, certainly nothing beyond 1940 and ideally not mainstream. That said, for as long as I can remember (sometimes as far back as the day before yesterday) I’ve had a smouldering interest in the Winter War 1939-1940 between Soviet Russia and the Finns, and by extension with the Continuation War 1941-1944.
I’ve also been infected by the 1/72 scale bug recently so when looking for a new project for 2022 the Winter War won hands down; all those other ideas will have to wait. One of my favourite movies on Amazon Prime is The Winter War, a Finnish production, which is really very good indeed. Added to this we have The Unknown Soldier (another cracking film, an adaptation of a classic of Finnish literature) and 1944 The Final Defence, both of which cover the Continuation War, the latter in a semi docu-drama format.
Anyways, I decided to start with the Winter War, and found some Strelets Finn and Soviet infantry to get me going. I found some stuff on eBay which helped pad out the Finns with some resin cast ski troops amongst other bits. I then realised Tumbling Dice produce some 1/72 Soviets in greatcoats and shlem caps (the pointy ones with the red star on the front). Then, almost by accident I came across another company, 1/72 Miniatures, who produce a great selection of Finns and Soviets for the Winter War.
|1/72 Miniatures Soviet command set|
|1/72 Miniatures Soviet infantry. These are resin.|
|1/72 Miniatures Soviet LMG and SMGs|
|1/72 miniatures - resin Finnish infantry on skis pulled by reindeer, who have separately cast antlers for you to stick on!|
|Although set in 1941-44 this is a superb piece of entertainment. Lots of ideas in the terrain department as well…..|
|For all Stug lovers everywhere. More docudrama than strictly fiction, but highly enjoyable.|
|The sum total of the Finnish armoured contingent, a pair of old machine gun armed FT17s of WW1 vintage and a sole Vickers 6 ton tank.|
|A company of Soviet T26 light tanks from various sources, including a couple of 3D printed versions.|
|Finnish machine gun team. These are resin 3D prints rescaled from 28mm to 1/72|
|The T26 company again.|
|Another 3D resin print rescaled to 1/72 is this Finnish sniper.|
|These are resin 3d prints of Finnish pack reindeer.|
|Three platoons of Soviet infantry plus headquarter elements. All to be based.|
|BA-6 Armoured cars|
|A platoon of Russian infantry.|