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Set 7204

German WWI Artillery

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 2000
Contents 24 figures and 2 guns
Poses 6 poses
Material Plastic (Medium Consistency)
Colours Grey
Average Height 23 mm (= 1.66 m)

Review

In many ways the Great War was dominated by artillery, particularly on fronts where all armies were dug in such as in France. Most of the artillery used on these fronts consisted of large calibre guns which did not have (or need) line of sight to their targets, but smaller infantry support guns such as that included in this set were also extensively used.

The focus of this set is of course the gun. The packaging claims this is an 1896 n/A 76 mm gun, though in fact this should read 77 mm, one of the most famous pieces of German artillery from that war. The gun comes in several pieces that fit together very well to produce a most pleasing and accurate model. Once assembled (for which glue is required) the gun is approximately the same height as a man.

The crew for this gun is rather less impressive, consisting of two men holding shells plus an officer. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with these figures, none of them are actually touching the gun - it would have been nice to have poses that actually interact with the gun, particularly a crewman sitting on the gun seat actually firing it. The crew wear the later-war Stahlhelm and uniform, but the officer has elected to wear the earlier Pickelhaube, which includes a spike, identifying him as Bavarian (all other contingents wore a ball instead of a spike). He also has a scabbard for his sabre which is far too short to hold the weapon.

Two standing firing infantry poses are included, presumably to bulk out the set. One of these has a telescopic sight on his rifle, which would suggest a sniper. The final figure is of a machine gunner firing his MG 08 machine gun. This gun has one front leg separate to avoid a block of unwanted plastic between the legs. This is fine, except the separate leg does not fit securely into its position. Also, the machine gunner should have an assistant feeding the ammunition, but none has been included.

Calling this set artillery is perhaps stretching things a little. Half the figures are infantry, and those that are artillery men are bringing up ammunition rather than directly serving the gun. However the gun itself is excellent, and crew could be provided by the artillery sets from Airfix or HaT.

All the detail is very nice indeed, and though there is some flash it is not too serious. As with the infantry set, none of the Stahlhelms have the side lugs to support the extra shield, but apart from that we had no complaints about authenticity. Poses are well done and natural, and this is a good but incomplete set - an opportunity to portray a full artillery team that was missed.


Ratings

Historical Accuracy 9
Pose Quality 7
Pose Number 3
Sculpting 10
Mould 8

Further Reading
Books
"Artillery" - Octopus - Curt Johnson - 978070640411
"German Artillery of World War One" - Crowood - Herbert Jäger - 9781861264039
"German Machine Guns of World War I" - Osprey (Weapon Series No.47) - Stephen Bull - 9781472815163
"German Soldier on the Western Front 1914-1918" - Concord (Warrior Series No.6529) - Robert Kirchubel - 9789623611664
"German Stormtrooper 1914-1918" - Osprey (Warrior Series No.12) - Ian Drury - 9781855323728
"Machine Guns" - Crowood - Terry Gander - 9781861265807
"Machine Guns of World War I" - Crowood - Robert Bruce - 9781847970329
"The German Army 1914-18" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.80) - D Fosten & R Marrion - 9780850452839
"The German Army in World War I (2)" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.407) - Nigel Thomas - 9781841765662
"The German Army in World War I (3)" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.419) - Nigel Thomas - 9781841765679
"Uniforms and Equipment of the Central Powers in World War I: Germany & Ottoman Turkey" - Schiffer - Spencer Anthony Coil - 9780764327827
"World War I Infantry" - Windrow & Greene (Europa Militaria Series No.3) - Laurent Mirouze - 9781872004259
"World War One German Army" - Brassey (History of Uniforms Series) - Stephen Bull - 9781857532715

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