Warriors Scale Models
is probably one of the most dynamic action poses of any pair of
figures, U.S. or German. These two GIs are running for their lives
up Omaha Beach or through the rubble of St. Lo. One brandishes an
M1 Thompson submachine gun, aiming or firing at anything in his
path. His companion carries an M1 Garand rifle.
figures wear M1941 jackets, webbing, and M1928 haversacks. The machine
gunner carries two different bags for ammo magazines as well. There
is a pair of canteens and M1942 first aid pouches. The kit does
not include any shovels; you can add a couple from Verlinden Productions
excellent U.S. WWII Infantry Gear(#1154). Actually,
if you are going to put these figures in a later time and setting,
in the fall of 1944, you could use the combat bag and cargo pack
accessory in the aforementioned kit, so both figures arent
carrying perfectly identical backpacks.
is a general pet peeve of mine---why do sculptors and manufacturers
always include identically sculpted accessory pieces for their figures?
The sculptors take such great pains to make these figures, uniforms
and gear look as realistic as possible---but that realism is lost
when you notice things like identical packs and other gear. Of
course, the answer is simple: it saves money to produce as few new
articles as possible. At least Tamiya seems to have recognized this
shortcoming when it created subtlety different bags on its U.S.
accessory for the GMC.)
parts are crisply rendered and go together well. The one hand of
Tommy gunner is molded to the guns grip, and there was no
problem attaching this and the arms together. The riflemans
gun is a separate item, but slips convincingly into his hands.
both a major and a minor problem with this set. First, these two
figures are exceedingly tall for 1/35 scale. Its a bit deceptive
as theyre fairly hunched over, but they roughly measure almost
7 tall if they were fully extended. Consequently, they look
like giants next to Tamiya or DML figures, though they work well
next to other Warriors or Verlinden soldiers. So this may place
some limits on diorama possibilities.
minor quibble is that both men are stepping off from their left
feet, their right knees raised high at relatively the same position.
A bit more variety would set the two apart more physically.
these shortcomings, this is an excellent pair, and kudos should
be awarded to sculptor Rendall Patton.