Artillery And Air Defense

Air Defense

Note:  The Soviet section has been broken up into a number of subsections, because the original had gotten far too large.  
Links to other pages:  Main Battle Tanks, APC & IFVs, Recon & Engineering, Artillery & Air Defense, Soft Skins & Misc, Aircraft & Helos, Infantry & Full Units

A note on the paint color of Soviet vehicles:  Most of these shots look less green and more brown than they appear in real life (I assume it is due to the flash, I don't really know).  However, I have not finished most of my vehicles in the black-green frequently seen on 1980's Soviet vehicles on parade.  Rather, I chose a greenish-khaki (Soviet Khaki #2, PollyScale) that seems to be a far closer match to the way Soviet vehicles actually appear in the field.  When I have used black green, I have drybrushed Soviet Khaki onto them.  I have not painted anything in the various light green shades sometimes marketed as WarPac paint, as I have yet to see decent photographic evidence that it was ever used outside of parades.


Koalitsaya SV 152mm SP Gun
Latest Russian SPG, a 3D printed model from Javelin98

Volk 3 Nona K 120mm Howitzer
2010s Russian artillery piece, from Shapeways

GHQ 2S1 122mm Self Propelled Howitzers

GHQ 2S1 in a darker paint job. but a poorer photo

With assorted decals

Another version, with a camoflaughe pattern

Yet another version

ISM 2S1 122mm SP

GHQ 2S3 152mm Self Propelled Howitzers

CinC 2S3

A modified copy of the GHQ model above

Scotia 2S4 240mm Mortar
An excellent model, but the barrel may be long

Skytrex 2S5 Giantsint 152mm Self Propelled Gun

Masters of Military 2S7 Pion 203mm Self-Propelled Gun


CinC 2S9/SO120
120mm Gun-Mortar on BMD chassis

GHQ 2S9/SO120
GHQ's has a bit better detail overall, but the roadweels on the CinC model are much better.  Pretty much a wash overall.

GHQ 2S19 MSTA-A 152mm SP Gun
A newer model from GHQ of the most modern Russian/Soviet SP artillery gun.

Scotia Vasilek Automatic Mortar In Portee Mount
Interesting model, but doesn't really show the mortar

CinC BM21 122mm Multiple Rocket Launchers

H&R version of the BM-21 -- not as good as the CinC model, but still quite good.

GHQ's BM-21, probably the best of them.

This is a BM-22 by an unkown manufacturer -- probably Skytrex.

Mounted on AT-S tractor.  A 3D-printed model.

BM-30 Smerch
A fine new GHQ model

Thanks to Bob McKenzie, who tells me this is an ISM piece incorrectly marketed as the "BM-32."

GHQ Gaz-66 Portee Type 63 MLR
This is a Soviet/Russian Gaz-66 with a Chinese Type 63 rocket launcer mounted on the back.  Part of GHQ's 3rd World Warriors collection.

CinC model of WWII-era MRL which served well into the Cold War

BM-14  140mm Towed MRL
I believe this is an H&R model

Mystery MRL
Looks Soviet, but can't ID it...

GHQ M46 130mm Gun
Deployed and towed by prime mover.  Both models are excellent, and really in a class by themselves.
Crew are WWII GHQ Soviets, but work quite well.  GHQ artillery crews are more to scale than their infantry and look correct with the guns.

CinC D-30 122mm Howitzer
Crews are GHQ WWII Soviets.

GHQ D-30 122mm Howitzer
Unbased versions

Based with H&R? USSR artillery crews

D-30, Manufacturer Unknown, with Crewmen on textured bases

Skytrex S23 180mm Gun
A good model from Skytrex, much more to scale than their FH-70.  Crews are also GHQ WWII Soviets.

Scotia 122mm Gun with H&R Crew

Scotia 152mm Gun with H&R Crew (I believe this is a D-20)

Scotia 160mm Mortar

I believe that this is a GHQ version, though I'm really not sure

GHQ T-12 AT Guns and MT-LB Prime Movers

GHQ T-12 100mm AT Gun Deployed

Air Defense

GHQ ZSU-23-4 next to GHQ ZSU-57-2

CinC ZSU-57-2
A better model than GHQ's, but the barrels are prone to bending.  I wish there were scale crew figures.

Another version of the ZSU-57-2, this one from a UK manufacturer (don't know which one).  It is notable in that it includes crew figures.

Another shot of a GHQ ZSU-23-4, in a different paint scheme.  I used ModelMaster Jet Exhaust Pipe for the guns, to good effect.

A speculative model, I don't think any actual vehicle looks like this

GHQ 2S6 Tunguska
A truly beautiful model from GHQ -- the detail level is high, and it is actually quite a large vehicle.

GHQ BMP-2 With ZU-23/2
This is a GHQ BMP-2 with a dual 23mm gun mounted in place of the turret.  Part of GHQ's 3rd World Warriors collection.

GHQ Gaz-66 With ZU-23/2
Similar to the above model, but mounted in the bed of a GAZ-66 light truck.  I use these with my Soviet Airborne units.

CinC SA-2 Battery with Fansong-E Radar
These are fantastic models from CinC -- true works of art.

CinC SA-3 Battery
Another great piece of air defense equipment from CinC

Scotia SA-4
Very good models from Scotia, although all that I ordered were poorly cast.

This is the reload vehicle.

GHQ SA6 and Radar Track
These are some of the nicest models GHQ makes, and I gave them a decidedly mediocre paint job.

Here are more GHQ SA-6s with better paint jobs, although you wouldn't know it from the photo...

H&R Version Of The SA-6

CinC Version of SA-6

Skytrex Version of the SA-6 Radar System

A large, detailed model that comes in requires some simple assembly

Another shot of an SA-8 in a slightly different paint scheme -- a bit lighter.

A shot of a different SA-8 model, this one based

SA-8, CinC Version


The early version of the SA-8.  Not a fantastic model, likely from Skytrex.

CinC SA-8 Romb Reload Vehicle
Carries spare missiles for the SA-8

GHQ SA-9 Gaskin

I belive this is the CinC model

A decidedly mediocre model, depicting the SA-10 SAM on the move.

Another Version

SA-10 Command Vehicle
From ISM, may be the radar vehicle...

GHQ S-300
A fantastic new model from GHQ released in 2016.  

SA-10 Reload Vehicle
This is a Shapeways model from Master of Military, who have a large array of SA-10-related vehicle.  Unfortunately, I found it fragile and broke parts several times during construction.

ISM SA-12b Giant
The SA-12b is the long-range version of the SA-12 Grizzly.  This model was cast by ISM in the late 1980s or early 1990s when only partial information was available on the missile.  I have recently found an old US Department of Defense mockup of what they thought the missile battery looked like -- and these models are exact copies.  While it is not remarkably accurate (the ribs on the launch vehicle are too large and the radar mast should be square and articulated) it is still a unique, interesting model and a worth addition to any army.  The full set from ISM included six vehicles -- 2 launchers, 2 different radar vehicles, a command vehicle and a reload vehicle.

Another version, this one based

CinC SA-13
MTLB-based replacement for the SA-9

Also an excellent version of this vehicle

Another GHQ SA-13 in a different scheme.

Yet another version


SA-15 BukM1
Shapeways model, from Aaron Evans media, with both launcher and re-load vehicle.  Very, very cool.

Well, sort of.  I believe this is ISM's speculative version and it is just way off the mark.

I have no idea what this is... some kind of ISM SAM vehicle

3D-printed model from Kokoda Trail Models

Paintsir S1
Modern Russian SP SAM, 3D printed from Javelin98

Scotia KS-30 130mm Anti-Aircraft Gun
Deployed mode

The same model, mounted on a base

Deployed model

The same model mounted on a base

GHQ S-60 57mm Towed Gun

Same model, but in towed mode.

GHQ ZPU-4 Quad 12.7mm AAMG
A finely detailed model, but in some ways just too small... difficult to assemble and the barrels bend easily.

I'm not sure who made this, but I think it is supposed to be a ZPU-4.  It is, however, probably twice the size it should be.

CinC Radar Vehicles
CinC makes an absolutely spectacular line of Soviet-era radar vehicles. 
This is a Long Track air defense radar.  I wasn't sure how to paint the radar dish, which is a superstructure in real life.  If I was bold, I would replace it with brass mesh.

This is the Thin Skin air defense radar mounted on KRAZ-214 heavy truck

Some Sort of Mystery Soviet Radar Vehicle On ACRV Chassis

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