by: Jim Starkweather [ ]
This kit is one of Dragon's newest releases and features four figures at rest. They are units involved in the Kharkov defensive of 1942 in which the German 6th Army defended Kharkov from a Soviet counter-attack. The box is marked "Gen2 Gear" which means the weapons included are of the higher Gen2 quality. The figures include three Wehrmacht soldiers and one Luftwaffe ground soldier. Dragon's literature on the set indicates that they could well be used for other deployments and scenarios around that time period as well. While the literature says 'soldiers preparing to move forward to join the battle' they look more at rest to me.
Looking at the excellent cover-art one can immediately see great possibilities for these figures in individual settings in a diorama or vignette, but it's hard to imagine using them all in one diorama.
At the $13 price shown on DragonUSA's web site these figures would appear to be a good buy. Not only does this set include the Gen2 weapons, but also a photo-etch piece as well for the MG34 straps.
The photos can do most of the talking on this review so I will leave you to draw your own conclusions. I personally think this set shows solid value for money and certainly has potential for modelers working with Kharkov or the Russian front in 1942 as a backdrop.