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Preiser

Set 72505

Resting Infantry

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 1997
Contents 12 figures
Poses 6+ poses
Material Plastic (Very Hard)
Colours Grey
Average Height 24 mm (= 1.73 m)

Review

Tired of sets always showing German soldiers in aggressive, combative poses? Then this set is for you. Here we find a familiar subject doing something that is much less familiar in this hobby - resting. The set consists of two identical sprues which hold all the major parts for the figures. In addition there are the usual accessories sprues which hold all the kit any soldier could possibly want, allowing complete freedom for the customer to equip them as lightly or heavily as they like. The same goes for the weapons, with a good range available covering all the popular types. In total all the sprues make quite an impressive package, unless that is you don't like putting figures together as kits like this, in which case this is quite a lot of work.

The figures come in a number of pieces, with the torso, legs, head, each arm and the headgear being the basics. The poses shown above follow the guidelines printed inside the box, but there is scope for changing parts around to create custom poses, although the set includes very few spares. In particular we chose to say there are two of each pose as there are two identical sprues, but that can be varied. The three seated figures are, from left to right, reading something while holding a cup, examining the contents of a mess tin and cutting what looks like a loaf of bread. The next figure holds a cigarette in his right hand while touching his cap, and his comrade is in equally nonchalant pose, with hand in pocket and holding his helmet. Finally we have what might be the nicest of the bunch, a man lying on the ground, head resting on a makeshift pillow, perhaps having a quick nap. His helmet is propped forward to shield his eyes, which makes the figure seem strange in our picture but looks fine in reality. All the figures are relaxed and nicely done, and the back of the box gives some pointers to other possible poses.

All the parts are crisply made and well detailed. They fit together well and while their small size makes them quite fiddly to handle the resulting models are quite pleasing. No bases are provided, which is a pity, but clearly Preiser have diorama builders in mind rather than wargamers with sets such as this.

Preiser quality is pretty consistent and this set measures up much the same as those adjacent to it in the product list. Interesting figures which might not be to everyone's taste, but they offer some interesting possibilities for dioramas away from the battlefield.

Ratings

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

Further Reading
Books
"German Combat Equipments 1939-45" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.234) - Gordon Rottman - 9780850459524
"German Infantryman (1) 1933-40" - Osprey (Warrior Series No.59) - David Westwood - 9781841764627
"German Soldiers of World War II" - Histoire & Collections - Jean de Lagarde - 9782915239355
"Infantry Weapons of World War II" - David & Charles - Jan Suermont - 9780715319253
"The German Army 1939-45 (1) Blitzkrieg" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.311) - Nigel Thomas - 9781855326392

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