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HaT

Set 8160

Romanian Artillery Crew

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 2016
Contents 32 figures
Poses 8 poses
Material Plastic (Fairly Soft)
Colours Light Tan
Average Height 24.5 mm (= 1.77 m)

Review

When Romanian forces first went into action in 1941 they had 18 line infantry divisions plus one guards division, each of which contained two artillery regiments, which meant they had a fairly weak artillery strength of 52 guns (75 mm field guns and 100 mm howitzers). Much of that artillery dated back to the Great War, so Romanian armies were always light in artillery. After the disaster of Stalingrad the situation only worsened, despite some guns being supplied by their allies, and after 1944 even that avenue of assistance was severed.

This set follows the basic arrangement of a lot of 20th century artillery sets from HaT, with four gunners on foot, two riding horses or vehicles, a communications man and an officer. This is not a bad mix in our view, and the poses chosen are pretty good and all useful. The set also includes a bonus head per sprue, which is of a man wearing a beret, an item particularly worn by mountain troops.

All the men wear the standard Romanian uniform of the War, with the tunic and trousers topped by the Dutch-designed helmet, which in this case shows no sign of any badge on the front. The officer and horse-rider wear long boots, but the rest have puttees and short boots. Puttees were abandoned in 1939 but reintroduced in 1941, becoming universal by the middle of 1942, so these are suitable for the whole of the war. However those that do not wear a helmet are wearing the peaked field cap, which had also been introduced around the end of 1941, but only seems to have been common and supplanted the side-cap by the middle of 1943.

The sculpting is pretty good, though finer detail is largely missing and the general appearance of them is quite 'soft'. Not that this subject makes great demands on fine detail, though items such as the box at the feet of the man using the field telephone is without any, and while we assume it is the telephone itself it could just as easily be his packed lunch! Proportions are pretty good and there is no flash, while the chosen poses mean there is no problem with hidden or extra plastic.

Romania was a major contributor of troops to the battles in Central and Eastern Europe from 1941 to 1945, and it is good to see sets such as this expanding the range to offer gamers and modellers ever more possibilities. This set does a decent job of depicting these men accurately and with good poses, and will no doubt be a welcome addition to many of the battles in Eastern Europe that finally decided the outcome of the war as a whole.


Ratings

Historical Accuracy 10
Pose Quality 9
Pose Number 8
Sculpting 8
Mould 10

Further Reading
Books
"Germany's Eastern Front Allies 1941-45" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.131) - Peter Abbott - 9780850454758
"The Armed Forces of World War II" - Orbis - Andrew Mollo - 9780856132964
"The Romanian Army of World War II" - Osprey (Men-at-Arms Series No.246) - Mark Axworthy - 9781855321694
Magazines
"Militaria (English Language)" - No.8

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