Ever since I made the decision to plunge head first into my 'side project' in 15mm I've been staring at Eureka Miniatures (USA) website, obsessing over their Australians, Russians, and Chechens. I dreamed of all the stuff I'd like to do with them, would fill up my online shopping cart, would get cold feet, close the browser, rinse and repeat numerous times over the past several months. I finally jumped in and boy am I glad I did!
On a side note, I bought all three factions: modern Australians, Russians, and Chechens, and pics of the Russians and Chechens will be following soon here on the blog. Up first are the modern Aussies, and they are absolutely fantastic. The Russians and Chechens are very good figures, but these are (in my humble opinion) the best of the lot, being a shade taller and a little chunkier than the other two, with lots more gear on them (which is also a function of the gear the forces wear).
The molds are apparently in great shape as all the figures are nice and crisp, with loads of detail, and especially raised detail that makes it really quick and easy to paint up. There is a tiny bit of flash which is generally easy to take care of, but in the whole force (that's about 65 guys in the three different forces) I screwed up four different guys' barrels when I tried to remove some flash too quickly. My fault...
And please let me apologize up front: my pictures always suck, and don't do the figures justice. I'm not very good at figuring out lighting, etc..., and so I've now just degenerated into using my Iphone to take pics because it's easy and I don't really get better pics with my camera... But let's get to the men.
Regarding the uniforms, I'm not all that happy with my camo choice. It looks decent (I think), but it's too close to my modern Flytrap Factory Marines, and I was explicitly trying NOT to do that. I just wanted some sort of mostly temperate-climate camo, and I painted them all as Caucasian. This was done as I intend on using these three factions in my current campaign in Cronistria. It's over on my "Cuba Libre" blog if you're not aware; I've been playing out skirmish games in 20mm in a guerrilla war (my guys are helping the guerrillas), and some point soon they will get strong enough (and get enough militia trained) that they can fight conventionally to take the capital.
But I still can't wait to get them on the table!
Well, that's my new modern Aussies, they'll be getting into the fight probably in the next 2-4 weeks, whenever I feel the SF Teams have beaten the bad guys up bad enough, or I get tired of skirmishing in 20mm and want to move to platoon-level fights ;)
Really great figures, I highly recommend them! And I recommend them for myself, too; I plan on (sometime in the future, not sure when) exactly replicating my last purchase order, then painting all them up in winter wear/bases. Not sure when I'll get to that, but it's definitely coming now that I've seen these figs 'in the flesh.'
I still have one more batrep for Cronistria languishing, waiting to be typed up and posted, and I plan on playing some more games this weekend, so stay tuned and I'll see what I can get done.