Some time ago I purchased a large number of Skytrex Firefight 20 figures from the UK. While long out of production these figures still have a great deal of character and their sculpting style lends itself well to my style of painting.
|Armed with a mix of AK-47s, SVD-63s, and RPKs|
The purchase was made up of from a variety of their modern ranges, including:
- Dogs of War
- Vietnam War (both North Vietnamese and US Forces)
- Cold War East Germans
- Cold War Soviets
|I like the look of these larger stands with prone figures.|
Unfortunately there wasn't quite enough of the East Germans or the Soviets to make a reasonable stand alone force. So I decided to combine the figures into one force and paint them all in my usual Soviet paint scheme.
|Crew served support weapons.|
One of the nice things about this selection of figures is the number of support weapons that is present. I was particularly pleased to discover two packs of AT-3 Sagger ATGMs
|Close up of the Sagger stands.|
When these figures were produced information on Soviet and Warsaw Pact produced weapon systems was hard to get and was often based on blurry photographs and speculation.As a result the detaails and scaling of some of the weapon systems are a little off.
The biggest error is in the size of the AGS-17 Automatic Grenade Launcher (AGS). It is rather larger than it should be. I did debate replacing them with a more accurate version, but I decided against it as it would have involved a great deal of effort removing the weapon from the gunner (it is a one piece casting) for ultimately marginal benefit.
|82mm Mortar stands.|
The mortars are most likely meant to represent the model 82-PM-41
82mm mortar a WW2 era system that soldiered on in the Cold War. While the 2B14 Podnos
82mm mortar had entered service during the 1980s, the bipod for that weapon attaches further down a much longer barrel, so it is very unlikely to be intended to represent that weapon system.
Other support weapons include a couple of RPG-7s and a pair of SA-7 Grail MANPADS. The SA-7s are rather chunky and held at an angle suggestive of being an anti tank weapon rather than an anti aircraft weapon.
Also included in the selection were two figures that could be used in Command Decision as command stands, and three figures that could be used as radio stands or as FO/FAC stands.
Overall I am very happy with how these figures have turned out. I can only hope the rest of the figures turn out as well.