Just completed the first of the BTR-60PB batallions for the mid-1980s BTR-60 Motor Rifle Regiment that I'm putting together. In the vertical view, at the top are three infantry companies of three platoons (stands) each, each stand carried in a BTR-60PB (H&R SM16). At the front right is the HQ stand with a BTR-60PA command (H&R SM77) and a BRDM-2 (H&R SM22). Next to the HQ is an SA-7 Grail SAM stand carried in a BTR-60PB. In the centre is a 120mm mortar with Gaz 66 truck tow (H&R SM51). To the left are two alternative ATGM stands, an AT-3 Sagger stand and an AT-4 Spigot stand, either carried in a BTR-60PB.
The HQ stand (right) and SA-7 Grail team in BTR-60PB (part of the support company).
Also from the support company an AT-3 Sagger and AT-4 Spigot stand, carried in a BTR-60PB. The alternative ATGM stands represent historically earlier and later versions or could be used to represent CAT I and CAT II or III readiness units.
Just got to do two more of these and finish off the regimental supports to complete the Motor Rifle Regiment.
All were painted in my usual way, base coat white acrylic gesso; vehicles - dilute wash in Vallejo medium olive green cammo (formerly Russian Green), wheels in Vallejo black grey, exhaust picked out in Vallejo flat brown, washed in diluted Army Painter dark shade ink; infantry - Vallejo green brown wash, medium olive green cammo helmets, packs and equipment, Tamiya NATO black weapons, flat flesh, washed in dilute Army Painter soft tone ink. All are varnished in Wilkinsons matt acrylic varnish.
For some variation, I'm thinking of substituting MT-LBs for the BTR-60s to represent at least two Motor Rifle Divisions that were allocated to Norway - some opposition for my USMC forces. Apparently the MT-LB has a lower track pressure and was this more mobile than the BTR-60s and BMP-1s in regular units and so were more mobile on ice and snow.
As ever, thanks for looking.