Interesting that you gave both sides what could be seen as AKM models. It makes sense with all the surplus stockpiles in Ukraine for Bohdan's forces to be equipped with them, and various elements of the armed forces of Soviet and post-Soviet republics preferred the AKM over the AK-74 family of weapons for certain operations. I am surprised that not one of Iaroslav's current forces have been equipped with a silenced AKM or AKMS, or a SVD (trying to recall if the timeframe would permit a VSS as well). Seems more prudent for such operations for one person to have such weapon complexes. Funny thing about holding the magazine, the SVD is the only one in which that is actually prudent, being that holding the foregrips would inflict weight on the barrel. Holding the magazine on a Kalashnikov-type weapon is just so iconic of its status though. I must admit, it is hard in my airsoft hobby to not do so on my replicas. Been a long time since I've commented, so please excuse the long post. I've enjoyed your portrayal of an alternative outcome of history, and hope for the best your plans come to fruition.
Further proof that the comments are usually more intelligent and well-researched than the actual comic. :P
Yeah...the guns...I mostly went "Could it plausibly be around in Eastern Europe in the sort-of mid-90s?" which...yeah. I could have used some advice there. I'm not sure if this makes any difference, but when Iaroslav told one of the insurgent commanders that he got his AK in Afghanistan, he wasn't lying. (One of his late buddies, probably Vanya, was responsible for the custom paint job, and Iaroslav's more sentimental than he looks...)
Yeah, grabbing the magazine seemed like a bad idea to me (I mean, I've never fired that kind of rifle, but magazines are supposed to come out...) but in my refs (mostly Russian, all high-end military) several of them were doing that, so I drew it like that. For all I know, it was to look iconic for PR purposes, though. It's not like they were mid-battle photos.
Your comment was just the length it needed to be -- excuse the long reply!
See, when that bit came up about Iaroslav getting his Kalashnikov from the Soviet-Afghan war, I assumed he had picked up an AKM off some important insurgent fighter at the time and kept it as a memento. Usually they only scavenged spare magazines if possible, since it was rather difficult/impossible to get more magazine than what one was allocated.