D Day Miniatures have recently released two new figures in 1/35th scale of British Soldiers at rest for the WWI period, kit No 35036. Titled “In a trench” the figures depict two Tommies at rest. Although this is a review of the combined set I believe that the figures are available, as separate items if that meets your needs better.
The figures were sculpted and painted by P Krasicki.
The set come in a small black cardboard box showing the manufacturers details and a colour label showing the two painted and completed figures. Each figure is contained within a separate Ziploc type plastic bag.
Figure 1 – Standing Soldier
This figure depicts a standing soldier reading a letter. It is comprised of 5 parts, the body being a whole part, with separate head right arm and left hand and the letter and envelope. The figure is dressed in the appropriate tunic, trousers, putties and ammo boots. The tunic jacket is shown open at the front. Under the jacket the figure appears to be wearing a civilian 3 button waistcoat and under that the standard blue grey army shirt. Around the neck are a set of ID tags which is a nice touch. The uniform is nicely detailed with the correct buttons and pockets.
The stance and body proportions look good and natural. The figure is approximately 43mm in height from heel to shoulder.
To complete the figure is a head with a Brodie Helmet, Helmet Steel Mk I. The face shows that of a young man with a happy expression on his face, something he’s just read has obviously pleased him. The Letter has attached to the back of it the envelope it came in which is cool.
Overall this is a really excellent figure, with excellent detail and casting. My only observation is that the ridges in each putty wrap are quite pronounced so may need smoothed off a little.
Figure 2 – Seated Soldier
This figure is depicted sitting on a box and again is comprised of 5 parts; the body as a whole, with separate left and right arms, head, SMLE rifle and a box for him to sit on. Dressed in tunic, trousers and putties with ammo boots, this time the figure wears a set of 1908 webbing with the appropriated ammo pouches. Nice buckle and strap detail is shown. The tunic collar is depicted fastened.
To complete the figure is a separate head again with the Mk I helmet. The face in this one looks a bit gruff, no letter for him! The arms are also separate items and the right hand holds ‘the must have’ cup of tea that the British Army thrived on. The cuffs of the jacket are rolled up adding to his relaxed pose. A nice SMLE rifle with good detail is provided and also a box for him to sit on. The box in my kit has a bit of a dip top and bottom, so not quite a perfect cast.
Again my only observation is that the ridges in each putty wrap are quite pronounced. Depending on your preference you might leave as is or gently smooth them down a bit.
Overall, two excellent figures with great detail and casting. Only the top and bottom of the box was a bit concave. I really like the relaxed look about these two, the order of dress and the general poses. Whether as stand along figures or with in a large scene these should paint up really well.
This is the second set of WW1 figures D Day Miniatures have produced and should be a welcome addition for modellers of this genre.
Normal safety precautions apply when working with resin.
Highs: Excellent detail and casting of the figures.Lows: Slightly odd shapped box and high ridges on the putties.Verdict: Highly Recommended.
About Alan McNeilly (AlanL) FROM: ENGLAND - EAST ANGLIA, UNITED KINGDOM
Greying slightly, but young at heart. I've been teaching adults off and on for most of my life. Left the services in 85 and first started modelling in about 87 for a few years. Then I had a long spell when I didn't build anything (too busy) and really just got started again during the summer of ...