I finally got around to painting my Zvesda 2lb. The gun was treated to a coat of Vallejo Brown Violet with a dry brush of the same with some yellow added and then some additional edge highlighting with yellow. It didn't turn out too bad.
Unfortunately, the model had a close encounter of the four legged kind - but beyond looking slightly wonky if you examine closely it doesn't seem too much the worse for it. The gunners were given my standard British infantry treatment and beyond looking at them now and realising that I haven't painted the chin straps, they appear to be none the worse for it.
I picked up this piece mainly for VBCW games, but it could also certainly count as an artillery piece should we manage to play any 1939-1940 games. There is actually a short 1940 campaign in the first Memoir '44 campaign book, but I think Normandy might be more achievable in the short term. I'll need some infantry of course, but I've got a birthday coming up and I've dropped some hints to Mrs. Kinch regarding SHQ's BEF range - so that may not be a concern.
On mature reflection, I'm very happy with how this piece turned out. It wasn't demanding, the model is so fine that it's difficult to paint it badly and it's added a nice little unit to my British army for the price of two packets of crisps. I think I will definitely be picking up some more of the Zvesda kits if I see them.
I'll just fix those chin straps and lash a bit of varnish on it and away we go.