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April 4, 2012 by darrell
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Darrell takes a look at the latest release from Wargames Factory… 15mm plastic Late War Germans!
I wish they did Japanese models. Anyone know any good plastic 28mm Japanese?
Warlord games has 28mm plastic Japanese. [url=http://store.warlordgames.com/imperial-japanese-army-boxed-set-6966-p.asp][img]http://store.warlordgames.com/imperial-japanese-army-boxed-set-6966-p.asp[/img][/url]
The models are not as detailed or as varied as the Plastic Soldier Company later German Infantry. Also I don’t like the amount of snipers you appear to get. 6 per sprue?
I think Wargames Factorys idea behind the snipers is that you can cut off the sniper’s scopes and you get normal Riflemen. As the sniper rifles was just a Kar 98 with a scope attached
Look great, but very small variety of poses. The heavy machine gun looks plain.
Thanks very much for the review! I saw these on the shelf the other day next to the PSC Germans and thought they must have been new, but didn’t have a look inside the pack (and unlike the PSC infantry, no clear plastic window).
Sculpt wise they look pretty similar in detail to the PSC ones (perhaps slightly less?) although it is 15mm we are talking about here. I like the different looking officers, and mortar teams/panzerschreck which I think would be a reason to buy over the PSC models. Certainly, I would love to mix these in with the PSC models because of the extra bits and pieces you get, has anyone seen them side by side and could care to comment on their scale/proportion/style next to PSC Germans?
can’t really add much to the comments on 15mm but I have bought some of the 28mm Wargames Factory WWII Germans and I am impressed this manufacturer has really improved over the last year or so. The detail is still a little soft in places but with careful painting they come up well and and the proportions are better than the Warlord plastics, I am looking forward to the Americans and hopefully they will do a box of support weapons as well. Hoping Plastic soldier company will eventually scale up their late war germans as well as I think they would work well with the Wargames Factory ones.
A bit disappointed at the review really, which failed to highlight some big issues with this product.
Although the quality looks ok (I would argue that the figures are not as good as the reviewer makes out, but that is just an opinion) the real issue with this box set is the contents. Firstly they are sold as a German Infantry Company, however it is impossible to construct an infantry Company from the contents at 1-1 ratio (which is where the most popular rules set – Flames of War – operates. There is simply is not enough figures in the box!) Even if you play other rules sets which use a different figure scale there is another more problematic issue – the ratio of weapons , particularly MG42s \ MG34s. Basically you need 4 MGs per infantry platoon, but there are only 4 in the box, so you can build a Platoon and have 50 spare figures, but nothing more. The situation is much worse when you try to build a panzergrenadier unit which should have twice as many MGs. There are also far too many personal automatic weapons, Sg44s and MP40s, compared to rifles, the basic squad having one MG42\34, one or two MP40s and the remaining members of the ten man squad having Kar98s. While he abundance of snipers is easy to fix, I still don’t understand the logic in putting so many in a set? The Panzerfausts are a nice addition, as is the Panzershreck, but is no tripod mounted MGs at all – a major miss if you are really building a Company sized unit, and a pair of mortars is not much use.
I think the ratio issue is a real deal breaker. To build a Company with the right proportion of weapons you would need to buy three (technically 4) boxes , and would have 200 spae figures. The lack of tripod MMGs means you still need to fill out your unit from other sources.
It seems WF have improved their production quality, but are lacking in understanding the requirements of the customer. If they had used the space all those spare snipers are taking up with some more LMGs this would look much more attractive.
If they are planning to follow this up with some heavy weapons it would make more sense, but surely that’s where the Mortar teams should have been?
Bases? nice idea – what size are they? Probably would have been helpful to tell us
All in all they look nice enough figures let down by the pack contents.
I was also rather disappointed that the reviewer clearly knew very little about the subject matter. How can you provide a balanced and worthwhile review if you don’t know what the product is supposed to be?
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