Vintage Airfix Russian infantry and tanks

Classic vintage Airfix figures like these Russian WW2 infantry  have lots of potential for paint conversion.

I painted these original 1960s Airfix figures, a gift from Tony Adams of the Miniature Woodscrew Army, as generic 20th Century rifle troops that could as needed be used as WW2 Russians if needed.

A mix of greys and greens from  the matt ‘khaki grunge’ end of my Revell Acrylic  Aquacolor paints should prove suitable camouflage. 

Peter Laing 15mm WW2 British and German infantry on the  painting table with Airfix OOHO Russians and Guards in ImagiNations white and blue.

This generic colouring of Modern troops can be seen here in this  seventies Ladybird Leader book on Soldiers 

Illustrations by Frank Humphris  in Ladybird Leaders: Soldiers 1975
Airfix Russians – Conversion potential from Preben Kannik
The silver and red banner of Igoslavia.

Reading the Unwomanly Face of War about Soviet women on the Eastern Front  has discouraged me from gaming the enormity of The Eastern Front.

Instead these soldiers belong to My Tintinesque ImagiNations on the Eastern Eurasian border. The Kingdom of IgoYugoslavia split over a disagreement about turntaking into smaller republics including the Republic of  Igoslavia with its silver and red banner. 

Hail Igoslavia!

Here they are pictured alongside some of their Tank support, which some readers might remember as the ready to play polythene Airfix T34 (price 35p Model Sports, 1970s) 



Igoslavia staff officer looking much like an American Civilian War artillery officer.

Blog post created using the clunky new block editor on WordPress, not a pleasant experience, for the Mark Man of TIN 28 September 2091.

10 thoughts on “Vintage Airfix Russian infantry and tanks”

  1. After a annoying day yesterday and subsequent brooding over it, I found your post a diverting joy. Firstly the figures are some of my all time favourites. They remind me of the Battle! Practical Wargaming book, of games played on the two foot square Bellona vacuumed formed terrain pieces and youthful battles on the living room carpet. Classic figures,ever useful. I like their commander, an inspiration of a comrade if ever l saw one. My Russians are commanded by the classic figure conversion of a ww1 German Officer in greatcoat with a Russian head attached.
    Secondly your tanks , another nostalgia laden sight. I had almost forgotten these. This is surprising as I had a number of them from the landing craft to the lorries. They were robust for playing with and could survive being stood on by accident,even if the wheels get broken.! Great to see the boxes too.
    Last but certainly not least your whimsical imagi nation names. They made me laugh out loud this morning. The are excellent are such a n amusing conceit. The more l think about it the more I feel that l enjoy that fun side of the hobby. My seven years War Austrians are organised in regiments named after Austrian cakes for example.
    I hope we are going to see theses tanks and troops in a game very soon. If so what rules will you use? Finally thanks again for this post which cheered me up.


    1. A lot can be said for the relaxing element of small gaming. Maybe our hobby expenses should be covered by the NHS? Airfix on prescription?
      I use the only WW2 rules of course – adapted Featherstone WW2 from 1962 War Games!

      I have a few more Airfix Polythene Shermans and Tigers somewhere , along with bashed DUKWs and Landing Craft minus tail gates. A couple of lorries too.

      Tanks so unbalance a game, I am keeping an eye out for some suitable simple rickety tankettes. Much more Early War or Interbellum.

      Tucked away in a recently donated 1960s tin of Airfix ACW figures on sprues (from an American railroad modeller at work) were a couple of fragile Bellona walls and a destroyed bridge. These took me back!

      Glad somebody got the IgoYugoslav joke. The idea of cakey Duchy and regiment names is good fun. There is a Grand Duchy of Stollen out there which I think sounds possible, right and also funny!


  2. I find it hard sometimes to do Ww2 gaming for the reasons similar to the one you refer to. I found The End to be a similar read. For my ww2 gaming l have various imaginations- The Duchy of Volare Cantare which is Italian inspired, The Empire which is an Austria/Germany like the Holy Roman Empire divided into little states. The Kingdom of Albion is Great Britain ( currently painting up a 54mm King figure of the 1930s to view manoeuvres with the Volare Cantare Air Attaché and other observers, again on a stagnated paint table) The Kingdom of Francia is a French sort of place , all competing in another very different 1930s!


    1. For me, I think the ImagiNations side of Early WW2 / Interbellum is the way forward or out of this issue. Whilst the troops can be converted or reverted for dual use easily back to WW2, It stops the rivet counters from complaining that this tank etc couldn’t possibly have existed in battle at this time and also the ethical issues / unpleasant realities of a conflict embracing civilians and genocide within living memory.
      After all we are just playing toy soldiers, however interesting or history based the scenario to work out.
      I look forward to seeing the different Nations developing. I hope you have checked the family of King of Albion or his older brother for hidden sympathy towards enemy nations …
      There are some interesting Weird War Two fantasy gothic occultish scenario games out there as well which take this off in other fantas-tic directions.


  3. Lovely Airfix troops looking really great next to the T34, I like the colours used on them. On the Ladybird book;”Today all armies look much alike” – one can almost hear a sigh…


    1. It was the opening page of a remarkable little book (that I didn’t always have as a child, unlike the History of Arms and Armour Ladybird book). The rest of the uniform pages were much more colourful. Copies can be found online or second hand bookshops and the Leaders series Soldiers book is for beginning independent readers. So educational for children in the family …

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  4. Once again you have made more use of the old figures I sent you, never in the field of model soldiers has so much been made of so little !! I commend your endless creativity. The pictures of the ready made plastic tanks reminds me that I had at least 20 of these models, I am embarrassed to admit that I threw them away a few years ago not having any idea someone else might value them still !!!


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