These boys were a bit of a quick fix, a rapid force expansion if you like, stemming back to my pre-family days when I was relatively flush with wargaming cash as a bachelor in my halcyon London days. I purchased some professionally painted metals off a friend second-hand. Something that runs against the grain of my normal wargaming "modus operandi".
Hence I an unsure even of their manufacturer. Suggestions welcome on a postcard. Notable figures or striking equipment being the chaps with long bayonets which I still think are quite novel.
They were originally based just on card and sat around in that fashion for twelve years until recently when I re-based them as above.
In fact the last act of my putting away of the painting tray was a quick "flock-up" (something I had been meaning to do for the last three years.
There are twenty six all told, nice poses and are a handy bulk up to the plastics when they come off the production line. Their colour scheme was also used as a template when thinking about the plastic Russians I am currently (or was) painting.
They look an early war Summer 1941/42 bunch to me, about to experience "tank fright". Based individually (Skirmish), but they could be herded together in two's and three to represent squads/platoons (Crossfire, Command Decision, Spearhead, BGC).