Bolt Action Soviet Infantry (28mm scale)

Bolt Action Soviet Infantry (28mm scale)


Greetings. I am Herbert Erpaderp and today
I am going to assemble these plastic 28mm scale soviet infantry figures made by Warlord,
for their game Bolt Action. The back of the box has a picture of a few
assembled models, a few paragraphs about Soviet infantry and lets us know that this box can
make 40 infantry figures armed with a variety of weapons. Inside the box we find this leaflet which
has quite a few paragraphs about the Soviets and a list of contents with a labeled image
of the weapon sprue. On the reverse side we find contents and a labeled image of the body
sprue and a few examples of assembled and painted models with a brief description for
each. I find these sprue contents diagrams incredibly
helpful when putting these together. We also find five of these sprues, which contain
five bases. There are also five of these body sprues,
which contain more than enough heads, arms and bodies wearing both regular and quilted
uniforms, though having quilted and non quilted uniforms together does restrict your choices
a little there is still plenty of variety available. these parts are pretty well moulded without
errors, though there is a fair bit of flashing and mould lines in some places which will
require a fair bit of clean up. The British commandos I built a while ago
were neater, but these still look pretty good to me. Also on the body sprue are two bases. There
are ten bases on all the body sprues, plus another twenty five on the sprues I showed
before. That makes thirty five bases… for 40 figures. You can see how this might be a problem… A while ago I did see an unboxing of this
kit that had the longer pill shaped bases included, so I contacted warlord and they
were fairly helpful. Additional bases were sent to me, and actually arrived just as I
began working on this video. Three of these weapon sprues were also included.
They have quite a lot of guns on them. I quite like these guns with the straps hanging
from them. It’s a nice little detail In this video I am only going to do the basic
assembly. Mostly because not every figure will have the same pouches and accessories
added to it. and it will take me a very long to get all of them done. I will add the accessories
last, at the same time I do green stuff, these models will certainly need green stuff. I
will make another video covering that in the future. It will be done just prior to painting,
so it won’t be too soon. So let’s get to building. I start by selecting a body, a weapon, and
arms to suit said weapon and body. Also a head. I then drill a hole into the figure’s leg
into which a brass rod will be placed later. I also drill a hole into the neck of the chosen
head. I am going to leave these off and paint them separately. attaching a pin to these
will help with that. Next I scrape the mould lines off of all the
selected parts. This is probably the most time consuming part of putting these models
together. some parts are worse than others. Some of hte hands have especially bad flashing,
but overall it isn’t too bad. Once this is done we can start gluing the
arms to the body. I usually like to start with the right hand. I then try to test fit
with both the weapon and the left arm. It can be quite fiddly to do with no glue to
hold the part in place, but I feel it is important. Some arm and gun combinations just seem to
not work at all and it would be frustrating to learn this AFTER gluing them together. I obviously still need to practice keeping
my model in frame, but I did glue the left arm to the torso, and then I applied glue
to the figure’s hands and place the rifle. I found with this particular arm set that
it was pretty fiddly to get the rifle to sit in a realistic and sensible looking way. I guess that is the problem with having separate
arms and weapons like this. I wasn’t really happy with this rifleman, but in the overall
scheme of things he won’t really be that noticeable. This one is a lot better looking, In my opinion.
If you aren’t going to paint the heads separately like I am this is when you would glue the
head on. That really is about all there is to the basic
assembly of these models. Nice and easy There are of course some variations and options,
like prone bodies. With the prone bodies you get a choice between
two right legs. This allows you to have some variety in your prone figures. Variety is
always nice. You simply choose one of the legs and glue
it onto the torso. This is something I quite liked about this kit. It’s a nice, simple
way to have different prone bodies, without having to have two entirely different prone
bodies on the sprue. The only problem with this is you HAVE to
have five prone men. The prone body lacks detail on the front. Not really a big problem
though. I used this prone body to make a figure with
a PTRD anti tank rifle. I used my work surface to help position the
arms. I don’t want them to sit lower than the body, which would result in it being lifted
up on the elbows instead of laying flat on his front. You can see there is a bit of a gap between
the right arm and the body, but that’s okay. The butt of the rifle should cover that up. After cleaning the mould lines off the rifle
I glue on the bipod. I might have used too much glue, but it otherwise looks good. I then apply glue to the shoulder and the
figure’s hands and then place the rifle. I make sure the butt of the rifle contacts
the shoulder so there are two points of contact to ensure the rifle is securely attached to
the figure. I use the work surface to ensure the rifle
is positioned properly, sitting on the ground and not being held up in the air weirdly. Even without the head I think this looks pretty
decent. fascist tanks look out! Another thing I thought was pretty cool is
the molotov cocktail arms. They come as one part, so it’s easy to clean
up and just glue into place, no fiddling about trying to get the bottle to fit a hand. For the left arm on this model I chose to
use a carrying arm into which I glued an SMG. I used one of the SMGs that has a strap hanging
from it for this. I really like the straps, but it’s nice that not all of the weapons
have straps, so you get a good variety of weapons with and without them. I wish the british commandos I built had some
weapons with straps. That would have been cool. I quite like this figure. Who needs fancy
anti tank grenades when you can simply lob a burning bottle of petrol at the tank. Glorious. Here are the six figures I had completed by
the time I started to edit this video. I temporarily attached their heads with a tiny bit of PVA
glue just so I could demonstrate how they look. Lets have a look and see how these guys scale
with a T-34/85. I am, of course, not an expert on scale or anything like that, but they look
about right to me. Considering these are wargaming models and not true scale models that’s
absolutely good enough for me. There are forty of these figures and because
they’re not a priority I’m not russian to get them done… Get it… Russian… HA
HA!!! Herbert the hilarious strikes again… sorry. Anyway, It does take a while to clean off
the mould lines and choose the right arms and such. That’s why I only have six of
these built. I’m just going to slowly build them one figure at a time when I have a spare
10 minutes here or there. I didn’t want to wait until I had them all built to show
them to you. When I DO finish them I will do another video
showing how I use green stuff to improve the gaps on some of the models, and also adding
other details like bags and ammo pouches. Possibly also making bases for them. And of
course after that some time there will be a painting video! So, At this stage I am pretty happy with this
kit. There’s a good variety of weapons and arms to hold them. More than enough heads.
The parts are neatly cast, and while they do have mould lines they are easy enough to
clean up. If like me your box comes with insufficient
bases be sure to get in touch with Warlord. It’s a bit annoying when parts are missing,
but at least Warlord were willing to fix the issue. They did so quickly, which was nice.
I guess the alternative is to use different bases. Nothing wrong with doing that either. Hopefully this video has been helpful or interesting
for you. If so be sure to click subscribe if you haven’t already and stick around
for more, including my eventual completion of this kit. What do you think? If you have any comments
or questions I’m always keen to hear… or rather read them in the comments section
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13 Comments on "Bolt Action Soviet Infantry (28mm scale)"


  1. Very nice to see the soviet Infantry box set reviewed! I myself have the Winter soviet box, not much difference in kits! both looking like their interchangeable, the main difference being the lack of coated bodies and scarf-wrapped heads! if I do buy into Russians after my germans, il definantly have to invest in both boxes!

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  2. Great vid again Herb. I have assembled and painted these before. Now i have two winter Soviets to finish.

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  3. When do you plan to paint up those 15 mm american infantry from the Grimbals beasts set? Im getting ready to paint some paratroopers and would love to see a video on american Infantry. In addition any tips for infantry in general? Im a little bit nervous about the task. Thanks and keep up the good work!

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  4. Nice video, I found it is much easier to glue the weapons in to the right hand befor I attached them to the model, the the left hand goes on easily.

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  5. Are you planning on painting these and filming it? I love your style of videos, and plus I'm kind of hesitant about painting my own 28mm Soviet infantry before I watch you video.

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  6. I found it easier to glue the weapon to the right arm first since each one is designed to fit a specific weapon. After that it's easier to glue both of the arms to the body.

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  7. Hi Herbert, I was wondering if you ever made a video filling these figures with green stuff and painting as you mentioned in this video. I cannot find it on your playlist. Thanks

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