is a Russian figure company with a big experience in manufacturing high quality miniatures. Employing very talented sculptors, Viktor Antonov, the owner of the company, built quite a reputation on local market by producing figures representing modern Russian Special Forces operatives. At first, all the figures under ANT Miniatures label were manufactured in white metal… couple of years ago however, Viktor recognized resin as the new medium for his 1/35 scale figures and most of ANT Miniatures releases in this scale are now produced as resin kits.
This review describes ANT Miniatures’ Soviet Airborne in Afghanistan, 1979-89 (35-74)
The figure arrived safely packed in a firm cardboard box. The box art picture on the front shows the figure assembled and unpainted. Although the box doesn't list the sculptor, the talent is easily recognizable... as with most 1/35 scale ANT Miniatures modern Spetsnaz offerings, this figure too is the work of Pavel Sapotsky. Zip-lock bag containing resin figure parts is additionally protected inside bubble wrap. The kit consists of 6 pieces and a simple base:
- full body with legs and head,
- right arm,
- left arm,
The parts are cast in grey resin. Upon closer inspection I found the parts to be superbly molded… there are no air bubbles, seam lines or similar casting imperfections. The carrier blocks are large, but should be fairly easy to remove. Take care when cleaning the weapon; it is a very delicate resin piece.
The fit of the parts is extremely good and I had no problems building the figure. Both arms and backpack feature protrusions which aid in their positioning on the torso. Also, the hat fits the head perfectly. After gluing all the parts, I needed to do some simple putty work to fill the small gaps between arms and torso. Nothing major, though, just a quick fix to get a perfect result.
The figure represents Soviet Airborne soldier serving in the Soviet operations in Afghanistan. Due to good connections with the Russian Army, ANT Miniatures sculptures are always extensively researched and detailed to highest standard, and this figure is no exemption. The figure wears KLMK (kamuflirovannyi letnyi maskirovochnyi kombinezon) one-piece coverall, featuring an attached hood and a buttoned-up front covered by a flap. The sleeves and pants cuffs are secured by drawstrings. These coveralls were issued in a camouflage pattern consisting of tan colored splotches on a grass green background... the Russian slang for this kind of camouflage translates to "sun-ray" pattern, denoting similarity to sunlight coming through a forest canopy. I have to compliment the sculptor, as he managed to capture the baggy look of the KLMK coveralls really well. Over the uniform, the famous Soviet chest rig "Lifchik" is worn; the rig accommodates 6 AK magazines and 4 hand grenades. The figure also carries RD-54 VDV pack on his back and a Soviet Army canteen flask secured to the leather belt. The equipment is exceptionally well reproduced in scale with all the intricate details well rendered. On his head, the soldier wears Afghanka hat, a standard issue for Soviet Airborne troops in Afghanistan. The sculptor did a magnificent job on the complex shape of the hat, with numerous fine points like chinstrap, Soviet red star badge and ventilation holes perfectly executed.
The figure is armed with AKS-74, the airborne version of AK-74 with the folding butt. The weapon should be depicted hanging from the figure's shoulder. The rifle sling is not included in the kit, but it should be fairly easy to reproduce using some lead foil... when making the sling, be sure to fit it not only to the rifle and shoulder, but to the figure's right hand as well.
ANT Miniatures figures are perfectly sculpted, nicely cast and very easy to build... and this figure represents all these qualities really well. Thoroughly researched, each uniform and equipment piece is wonderfully reproduced in scale with all the details impressively rendered.
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My thanks to Viktor from ANT Miniatures for this review sample.
Camouflage Uniforms of the Soveit Union and Russia, Schiffer Publishing