“The biggest mistake made by German commanders was to have underestimated ‘Ivan’, the ordinary Red Army soldier. They quickly found that surrounded or outnumbered Soviet soldiers went on fighting when their counterparts from western armies would have surrendered.”
― Antony Beevor, Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943
Pavlov’s House stands central to the myths of Stalingrad, an apartment block turned into an implacable fortress of resistance by its brave Soviet defenders. A brutal and unforgiving venue of urban combat with daily attempts made by Wehrmacht troops to push up its flights of stairs, while Soviet troops used is key positioning, fire lanes and height to devastating effect against man and machine.
Half a century later, around 2002 (when I am just cruising into my early teens) I was exposed to the 40K Codex City Fight along with White Dwarf issues circa Issue 271 detailing the staff Vogen Campaign. These articles and pictures had a strong effect on my young mind as the concept of urban labyrinths where soldiers become veterans within hours and ground is won street by street building by building continues to fascinate me to this day.
Anyway, the Pavlov’s House Kit is a big building, as I wanted something that lived up to the scale of those imaginings from younger days. Despite its size the kit is pretty simple to put together and lends itself to modification and embellishment. I added a little sand and some of the broken out wooden window inserts (which are pushed out of the kit when putting it together) to create some rubble. When buying modelling sand I tend to go for bags with broken up slate/stone chunks to get some nice variation.
The outside of the building I sprayed with ‘sand texture’ – though the glue and paint brush method is just as valid, I was just being lazy myself. The effect is surprisingly subtle so if I were to re-approach I might have gone a little heavier on my coatings. As for paint I used a dark grey on the outside followed by a light grey light overspray. To finish I caught the bottom level with the edge of some light white spray for a snow/frost type colour.
Inside is a rich brown followed by some lightly lighter brown and light grey around the windows. Light grey or white n these areas can give the impression of light and/or dust entering through.
To finish I added a couple of Soviet posters and some dead brush including this one below – one my my favorites from 1942.
The building is available here: https://gamecult.co.uk/products/28mm-scale-pavlov-style-house-apartment-building-for-ww2-warhammer-in-mdf