Since Zvezda’s Art of Tactic range of game pieces now covers so many different types of unit, it must have been only natural to include a command set, which they did with their German Headquarters. That set included both commanders and communications personnel, but all were dressed for a reasonably pleasant environment. For a game piece you might have thought that was enough, but here we find another command set, this time in winter uniform. Whether necessary for the game or not, they are new figures and so welcome.
Unlike the ‘summer’ set, this one contains just officers. As you can see from the box artwork, they are imagined grouped round a periscope, in relaxed mood and perhaps discussing what they are seeing. The figures come with individual bases (all separate), but one single base is also included, as usual, in which they are grouped as per the box picture. In this case the grouping in this manner makes perfect sense, and a really nice model in itself, but judge for yourself here. The poses are simple but perfect for the scene, and while clearly not actually in action they look great and would have many uses both near and well away from the front.
All wear the officer’s peaked cap and field greatcoat, both introduced in 1935 and worn throughout the war. Two of them also wear the tubular balaclava for warmth, and two of the four coats have a large fur collar, which was meant to be worn only when off-duty, but seems to have been worn at other times too. All have a belt, plus a pistol holster for three of them, and two also have a map case attached to the belt. Everything about the uniform and equipment is correct and looks great.
The sculpting is clear to see, and of the usual premier quality from Zvezda. Everything looks natural and realistic, as you would expect, and even small details like the Knight’s Cross at the throat of one man is perfectly rendered. Three of the men are a single piece (plus the base), but the man using the periscope is in several parts which as usual fit together very well to make a superb figure that actually holds and uses the instrument. The periscope itself is beautifully slender and well detailed, with one leg separate to ensure no compromises with unwanted plastic.
We should point out that officers usually wore helmets when at the front, so perhaps these are well back from the enemy, but of course many sets, and customers, like to distinguish their officers with the peaked cap as here. Yet another top quality product with plenty of uses outside of the Zvezda game system, and a thing of beauty for any model enthusiast.