by: Darren Baker [ ]
MiniArt is best known for their figure offerings in my opinion and I rate them highly in that respect. The latest figure set they have released is titled ‘US Soldiers at Rest’, a 1/35th scale figure offering. This release by MiniArt is one of those figure sets that calls out to every modeller interested in representing life during World War Two and I believe the Korean War.
This offering from MiniArt is packaged in one of the usual end opening cartons they use, it has a nice artwork on the front that looks to faithfully replicate the contents. My only complaint is that the box is not very strong and is susceptible to crush damage. Inside you will find a single sealed plastic bag you will find:
10 grey sprues
A piece of paper
This offering from MiniArt consists of five infantry soldiers relaxing at the rear or some other quiet area. It features:
A figure sleeping
A figure lying on its back smoking (before it became a taboo)
Two figures in relaxed seated positions playing cards
A figure sat on its helmets catching up on time life
This figure offering is very well laid out on the sprues as each figure has its own sprue and so assembly is a breeze where finding the parts are concerned. Each of the figures has another sprue containing the equipment for each figure, these sprues are all the same and consist of:
M1 Garand Rifle
Pineapple hand grenade
The figures themselves are the usual breakdown of separate arms and legs, torso and head, MiniArt has also included ammunition pouches on the figure sprues. The detail on the uniforms looks appropriate to me, and of a level that meets my expectations. What really upsets me about this offering is the amount of flash present on the figures; it is what I consider very excessive for a new model. I know that some of you will be saying “it is only flash”, but my opinion is that it is not up standard for what is expected today. Back to the high points and the crease detail is good on the uniform that should look good once painted.
Moving onto the hands which have been well replicated, the finger detail is very pleasing from what I can see. The faces are very good for injection moulded plastic. The features of the face are pleasing, but the ears are very poor in many cases which is disappointing. The inclusion of playing cards, papers and magazines is a big plus.
This is a figure set that I eagerly awaited and I am very pleased to see it. The excessive flash is a let-down that I did not expect to have to contend with. The stances have been well thought out and replicated and will add a nice touch to any diorama in which they are used. I would consider using resin heads with this set as they are really nice figures.