So, this is a bit of a quandary for me. I was chatting with a friend about all the Cold War Soviet stuff is out there...and I thought a "what if" diorama of a moment during the fighting in West Germany would be something a bit different.
Vehicles are no problem. But troops and crew? That's turned into a bit of a mess. No problem getting tank crews in appropriate summer gear. But infantry? No such luck!
There's the old Dragon/DML figures--but they're in winter clothing. There's a new set of ICM figures...in winter clothing! So what to use for infantry, c. 1984?
Any thoughts out there? I've not been able to find something suitable. There are some nice early Chechnya figures in summer gear, but don't think that'd work for 1984.
I was thinking of getting together a quick guide for this one day. Half way there though.
You are looking at 1969/73 uniform regulations. The '88 regulations came (for VDV) in 1985 and was primarily for units in Afghanistan, so "Russian soldiers in Chechenya" won't be accurate. Your best bet is modifying WW2-figures, as they are close in terms of uniform. Only catch is the Ssh-68 helmet and it's iconic shape. TANK did some a few years ago, I found them on Ebay. However, you can get away with using a Ssh-40 helmet, as it was still issued, but not produced by 1984. AK-74, as mentioned above, was standard for riflemen.
This would be accurate for Motor rifle (mech. infantry with BTR or BMP) in 1984.
Note: The one on the right is a "combat load".
Also, the belt buckle should be brass, as they were more common than the ones in OD.
Quite common to see coloured shoulder and collar tabs, as the field uniform and Everyday/walking-out uniform was the same (like regulations said it should have been 2 issued uniforms, but the army only issued 1. So soldiers didn't bother changing the tabs).
Though it depends on the situation, sudden outbreak of war - coloured tabs, prepared outbreak - OD. Point is, you're at some liberty here.