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LRDG Trooper No 1
LRDG/SAS trooper No 1
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by: Alan McNeilly [ ALANL ]

Introduction

This is the final of the three reviews I promised on new LRDG figures from New World Miniatures.

The first review of Trooper No 3 can be found here:
Trooper No 3

The second on Trooper No 2 here
Trooper No 2

And this is a look at look at NWM-35067 LRDG Trooper No 1.

The figure

The figure comes packed in a see through small plastic box and is contained within a zip plastic bag inside. On the front of the box is the company logo and on the reverse the company contact details. Inside the box, to accompany the figure, is a nice small colour card depicting the completed contents. In other words a very useful painting guide if you need it.

This is a simple figure of 10 parts. Cast in a dark grey resin the figure comes with a separate torso, legs and head, separate left and right arms and separate right hand, which is attached to a Thompson .45 sub machine gun. Equipment comes in the form of 2 drums for the Thompson, a pair of binoculars, and a combined pistol and ammo pouch to add to the figure.

The figure depicts that of a crouching soldier, dressed in a KD shirt and trousers. The KD shirt is rolled up to the elbows. On his feet he wears a pair of ammo boots. Over the KD shirt the soldiers carries a set of skeleton 37 pattern webbing consisting of belt, shoulder straps and you get a pistol holster and ammo pouch to add to this. The brasses are present front and rear on the 37 pattern belt and the webbing looks well done.

The shirt and trousers all have nice folds and natural detail. The knee of the left trouser leg is torn/ripped giving him a nice in the field look. On his head the figure wears a Gutrah and a Ogal, the band that kept the Gutrah in place. This was a style of traditional Arab headdress, but the forces were issued with a cloth that was sand coloured rather than white. The Ogal tended to be black so options as to how you might finish the headdress exist. The face shows that of a bearded soldier, again displaying excellent detail

To complete the figure you get a .45 Thompson sub machine gun with two drum magazines. The Thompson looks to be a fairly good representation of the weapon, but the catch on the drum is in the unlocked position if you’re really fussy. The right hand of the figure is moulded to the Thompson that fixes strangely enough to the right arm!

The body proportions are very good and it is nice to see an LRDG action type figure.

Conclusion

This is another cracking figure from Chris. I really like the order of dress and that for the second time we have a representation of an LRDG soldier wearing some kit, in the form of the 37 pattern webbing. This one has all the makings of a tough looking LDRG soldier, or SAS type if you prefer, on patrol or about to move into action. If you like to build figures you’ll enjoy this one as he would make a good stand alone chap or equally incorporate him into a patrol of a raid on some aircraft.

There was no damage to any of the visible parts and clean up should be minimal. The fit of the parts was good. Normal precautions apply when working with resin.

This is one of the new range of LRDG figures New World Miniatures have produced and a very welcome addition indeed. This creative thinking is evident across the other range of LRDG figures.

Chris has recently added some new LRDG chaps to this range which were reported on site a while ago, so you can check out his website below for further information.

In summary, I think these new figuers are creative, well sculpted and proportioned and add considerable to, if not take the lead in, interesting British/Commonwealth Desert Figures, something many have been hoping and asking for for a long time. Much Kudos to NWM.

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SUMMARY
Highs: Excellent detail in a highly desirable order of dress, a quality figure, buy and enjoy.
Lows: None I can think of.
Verdict: Highly Recommended.
Percentage Rating
93%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: NWM-35067
  Suggested Retail: $15.00
  PUBLISHED: Dec 12, 2010
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.73%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 93.00%

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 ...

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Comments

Alan I have only just got around to reading this line of reviews. One of the things I like about these figures is the locating nipples that have been provided, and which take away a lot of the guesswork. Good review thank you.
DEC 16, 2010 - 01:34 PM
Good review Al. I haven't any NWM figures, but I do especially like the pose of this one. Can add a sense of drama in a scene. Brad
DEC 16, 2010 - 09:55 PM
Hi Darren, Good point. Hi Brad, They certainly are innovative, best looking LRDG troops I've seen yet. Strangly the other two reviews passed pretty much without comment, but I suppose that shouldn't surprise one. Thanks guys. Al
DEC 17, 2010 - 03:11 AM
The limited number of replies can be a double edged sword in that you do not get feedback, it could however mean you have covered all of the areas that needed covering.
DEC 17, 2010 - 04:41 AM
Hi Darren, I see replies more as a boost to the maker, especially where British Stuff is concerned. Sort of encouragement, yes we like it can we have more or vise versa if that's the case. All too often, no one says anything which isn't any encouragement to anyone Figuers especially are a risky business, will they be liked, sell enough to make the effort/cost worthwhile, certainly this is so from from the AM point of view. What would you think if you released a product and silence prevailed? My thoughts anyway. Al
DEC 17, 2010 - 04:56 AM
I see your point Alan and I cannot argue with that, fingers crossed more people reply.
DEC 17, 2010 - 05:12 AM
Good review Alan I agree. Very effective pose. It's a pity the head is integral to the upper torso as with a helmet he'd be good as an Infantry NCO from Tunisia to Cassino
DEC 17, 2010 - 08:20 AM
   

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