|20mm German support weapons, NCO and radio man|
My next entry into Curt's Analogue Hobbies Panting Challenge was more 20mm WWII (a figure size I am totally falling in love with). These figures are metal castings from Warmodelling Miniatures. I came across these when looking for command models to round out some holes in Plastic Soldier Company's 1/72 German Infantry set (namely, a lack of senior offices) and so I ordered a command group, an MG team and light mortar team.
|3-man MG team...I think it is an MG-42...|
There is a senior NCO on a hex-shaped base, a radio operator, an MG team (I think it is an MG42, but I'm not sure - more on that further into the post) and a light mortar team. The uniforms are mostly pre-war, although the MG team seems to have gaiters, so perhaps more 1943 than 1941.
|An early war touch - light mortar team|
I found the Warmodelling stuff to be a mixed bag quality-wise. The sculpts are top notch, but the quality of the casting itself is really hit and miss. The MG mount was a terrible casting, to the point where I cannot even tell what type of MG it is actually supposed to be (I think it is MG42 because the barrel seemed more rectangular than round). The tripod was also a mess.
|NCO with MP-40 and radio operator|
|These were very nice sculpts|
Warmodelling seems to have a wide variety of sculpts, but the experience of the poor casting quality will have me moving along to other figure manufacturers - I'm going to try some stuff from SHQ next.
|3 man MG team - the sculpt on the weapon and the tripod was very poor; the rifle on the extra crewman was also mangled|
|The kit on the backs of the crew castings was much nicer|
There are seven 20mm castings and two (very small) crew-served 20mm weapons. These fellows will join the growing pile of 20mm WWII stuff, and I look forward to adding more as the challenge continues! I encourage everyone to go and check out all of the excellent entries in the painting challenge, particularly those by Byron and Kevin - outstanding work gents! Don't hesitate to post those photos here too!