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Nikolai

Set ANI05

Farm Animals 2

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 2003
Contents 5 geese and 6 chickens/hens
Poses 1 goose pose, 4 chicken/hen poses
Material Resin
Colours Black

Review

First of all, why is a bunch of poultry on a website called Plastic Soldier Review? Well partly just because their there, but if you think about it chickens have taken part in most military campaigns through the ages. OK most of the time they were in a pot, and these days they are probably going to be between two halves of a sesame seed bun, but an army marches on its stomach and this, ladies and gentlemen, is the kind of thing that you would find in that stomach.

OK, having alienated all the vegetarians, there should be some serious reviewing to do. While you might need an electron microscope to be able to tell, these are actually really good models. How it was achieved on such tiny models is a mystery but all the proportions look good to us and the surface texture does a very fair impression of feathers. The fine precision of these resin creatures helps to allow extremely slender parts, with the only compromise being that all the legs are together, but to be honest that is a blessing! The last item in the picture is a bowl of seed (you know you are really hooked by a hobby when you find yourself painting 1/72 scale chicken feed). Any flash is incredibly thin wisps of resin which can almost be brushed away, which just leaves the problem of how not to loose these things on the floor. They come on the bases shown (happily there is no assembly required anywhere) and stand well enough, but require some digital dexterity to handle. However that is simply a function of how small they are, not a criticism.

Tradition has it (according to most movies) that armies tramp across the countryside and through farms, scattering chickens and geese in all directions. Now for the first time you can recreate that scenario in 1/72 scale, and in all seriousness such small touches as these birds can really add to a diorama. This set is certainly well worth considering next time there is any kind of a rural diorama planned, or even just a model of a farm.

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