I have been waiting for a while to utilize my Rubicon Sdk 250 Alt transports, and the Monte Cassino army seemed to be a perfect time!
The idea was to have a force that seemed to be somewhat cobbled together and ad hoc, taking advantage of the bombardment of the monastery.
This was painted entirely with brushes, as I didn't have the time to do the usual airbrush techniques. It also had to be acrylics so that it would be dry in time! That meant I put my Secret Weapon paints to good use.
Another reason I had such dramatic differences in transport types and camo patterns was to be able to tell one unit from another! As you recall, there was no playtesting of this army whatsoever before the event. I had no idea if I was even going to have units to match order dice the night before dice were gonna roll!
I tried to take advantage of the fact that by this stage of the war, may different uniforms were being warn, and this gave me a chance to secretly "color code" units. The side benefits were that I had more fun painting that variety, and they looked more interesting.
I have done a number of painting videos on Bolt Action infantry and vehicles. Here's an example of one of my Patreon videos, from the "Army Painter" series two. In this set of 5 videos, I tackled every phase of basing and painting my Winter Soviets.
Each video is about 2 to 2.5 hours long, and it really covers the process and planning involved:
I will be making more Army Painter series, especially on my upcoming Desert Armies! I have Italians, DAK, British 8th, Free French, and even Vichy.
Here's a link to the Patreon Page. The Army Painter level is $15, and it will give you access to all previous series, along with other single episodes covering other effects: