Sunday, February 14, 2016


About two months ago I was honored to learn Rolf had made a pack miniatures named with my forum username (Kestrelia) and was sending me a free pack of such miniatures. I put them high up in my painting queue (i.e. two months). I was a bit slowed down last week and couldn't finish them when I wanted to because of a work trip to LA, but here they are. I painted them straight out of the pack except for a few pockets here and there that I trimmed off to look more civilian. Fortunately during my trip I was able to read a bunch and pretend that the palm trees were actually Abkhazian. The pack consists of guys with tanker hats and guys with peaked forage caps (also called furazkhas). Both of sets of headgear are proto-typical for my period. I suppose the tanker hat is fairly uncommon, but a few more can't hurt. The forage cap is extremely common for Georgian troops and Russian troops during the warmer months in Chechnya (Abkhazians and Chechen rebels sometimes wore them as well). Humorously after painting one forage cap with KLMK camouflage (green/white) I noticed under magnification that my picture showed a guy wearing a KLMK face mask, not a cap. Oh well. I found a picture of such a hat in a book I have and so now I feel OK about it. It looks cool anyway. It was also fun to paint a blue-speckled ammunition rig I found a picture of (I would have guessed it was a one-off, but I found several examples). It looks more suitable for a girl's backpack - can't wait to paint a similar pink one I have a picture of too.





1993: Georgian forces load AFV.

Opposition forces in Tbilisi (December 27th, 1991).

Chechen rebels sitting around fire in Grozy, January 16th, 1995.

December 25th, 1991: opposition fighters in Tbilisi.

Abkhazian fighters in Sukhumi (September, 1992).

Georgian volunteer near Sukhumi (October 12th, 1992).

November 11th, 1992: Abkhazian militia man front lines.

1993: Abkhazian soldier in Sukhumi.

October 19th, 1993: Pro-government volunteer in Western Georgia.

Chechen rebels grieving the loss of a comrade in Grozny (January 13th, 1995).

Chechen fighters having a smoke in Gudermes (March, 1995).


  1. You sure keep pumping them out at breakneck speed :) How many troops do you have painted now?

  2. Ha, 300? Too many. My nephew just complained that I haven't started making a "board" with buildings, etc. Just don't have much room for that now. BTW your buildings look great!