by: Kevin Brant [ ]
In World War 1 gas attacks were a major concern to soldiers on both sides of "no man's land". This required soldiers to be equipped with gas mask to prevent sickness and even death from the gas. A new set of figures from ICM represents German Infantry with gas makes during the final year of the war.
4 Plastic Sprues(4 Figures and two sprues of weapons and gear)
A review of the sprues show great looking casting for the four figures included. The kit has the four figures on a single sprues set out like typical model figures, with each figure having two leg parts, a torso, two arms, and separate head. The over all detail on the figures does look to be well done, including molded on belts and straps. The creases and folds in the uniforms looks good as well.
The uniforms on the figures does look to be the later World War 1 style, but then again I am not an expert on these uniforms. On the figures are knee and elbow pads, which I have seen reference to the 1915 uniforms. As for helmets, it is the later style helmet that is included, and it should be noted that 8 helmets are in the kit, four on each weapon sprue. Also on the weapon sprues are plenty of different weapons and personal gear available.
The kit contains two heads for each figure, the ones with the gas mask molded on and a set with no gas mask. This is a nice touch, that allows an option for the builder. The detail on both the gas mask and faces are well done, and either option will look good on the completed figures.
The poses on the figures does look good, with the exception in my opinion that the figure running with the grenades looks a little akward. I do think the figures would look good posed in a trench ready to go "over the top".
As for the weapon sprues, it does look like ICM has included the sprues from the World War 1 German Infantry Weapon and Equipment, based on the second instruction sheet showing part No.35678. These are all very well molded, with crisp and clean looking details.
For the instructions, they look typical for figures, and a great colored sheet with paint references is presented for the figures. Also there is a sheet showing paint references for the weapon and accessories. A little strange is the sheet for the figures references Tamiya and Revell paints, while the sheet for the weapons and equipment has references for Model Master.
Overall this is a great looking set of figures representing World War 1 German Infantry. The option of the head with the gas mask or not provides for a versatile figures set. Also a great advantage is the inclusion of the weapon and equipment set sprue, meaning it is like two kits in one. Both the figures and accessories are well molded and have nice looking details. I would definitely highly recommend this figure set.