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Zvezda

Set 6143

German Medical Personnel

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 2012
Contents 4 figures
Poses 4 poses
Material Plastic (Fairly Hard)
Colours Grey
Average Height 25 mm (= 1.8 m)

Review

This particular element in the Zvezda Art of Tactic range of game pieces illustrates how more obscure subjects can be represented in such small sets where a full set is never likely to be made. Here we find two pairs of figures representing initial evacuation of wounded from the battlefield – a necessary and all too common aspect of warfare that is rarely modelled. Both pieces show orderlies assisting a wounded man to the rear. The orderlies can be recognised by the armband they have on the upper left arm and the dismounted medical pouches they have on their belts. One looks to have the larger medical canteen, although this would normally be carried by a strap over the shoulder. The rest of the uniform, and that of the two casualties, is standard for the early war period, including the long boots.

The complex poses are achieved by basically treating both pieces as three-dimensional jigsaws. Both are made up of multiple parts, with limbs and bits of body assembled in a complex way to achieve what is undoubtedly some good and realistic poses. There is no room for deviation from the set poses, however, and little opportunity for conversion, but the sculpting is great as usual and there is no flash. We found some of the parts a bit tricky to get together, but all told not too bad. As this is a game piece the figures are primarily intended to be grouped together on a single base like this, but separate bases are also provided as shown above, and we think this is one set that will find particular favour with the wider modelling community as there are almost no medical personnel in this scale, and such figures would work particularly well in a scene of defeat and retreat.



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