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Wounded British Infantryman
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by: Alan McNeilly [ ALANL ]


Originally published on:
Armorama

Introduction

This is my second look at some of the range of figures from Wolf, the first being the British PIAT Team which is Reviewed Here on Armorama. This time a single figure, that of a wounded British Soldier. Not too many of these around so this is a very useful figure.

The Figure

The figure comes in a sturdy and professional card board box. On the front is the makersí name, Wolf, and a good colour picture of the completed figure to aid in painting. On the rear, in several languages, is a brief outline of what glue to use to assemble the figure with and some painting ideas, plus a warning that the figures are not recommend for under 14 years old and that chewing and swallowing them might be harmful!

The figure comes in a separate strong plastic bag sealed with 2 staples. The figure have been laid length wise in the bag and the bag folded over for added strength, and to stop the parts moving around.

Cast in a light grey resin I could see no flaws in the figure and the detail is sharp and clear. The figure depicts a walking wounded infantry soldier and comes in 6 parts consisting of the body, arms, head, separate digging tool and small pack. The body is shown wearing British Battle Dress of the later 1940 type without the pleated pockets. The BD is open at the neck with excellent detail on the uniform, and sticking out below the bottom on the blouse is the tell tale signs of a woolly pully, or V necked jumper if you prefer. There is nice fold and crease detail on the uniform, and there is the link to the sling bandage around the neck. The map pocket and small front pocket are in evidence on the trousers, but I could see no sign of a hip pocket, mind you the water bottle is sitting roughly in that area so not a major worry. The figure wears anklets and ammo boots, and again these have nice crisp detail.

Over the uniform the soldier is wearing 37 pattern webbing consisting of belt, front ammo pouches and water bottle. This is well depicted with all the brasses and buckles being present. The ammo pouches have a good shape about them. Additional items come in the form of a small back pack and entrenching tool that you can add or leave off as you choose. The back pack has good detail and the entrenching tool is acceptable, although not great.

The arms come as separate items, the right arm is depicted in a sling and the left arm is designed to sit under the right, supporting the wounded limb. These have nice detail, although there is a little flash to clear up. The arms come with the chevrons of a Cpl and divisional badges. There are seam lines on both arms so these will need tidied up a bit too. The hands look well cast, as does the sling supporting his left arm.

The head, again a separate item, shows that of a soldier of a Scottish Regiment and is wearing a Tam-O-Shanty. This is very well cast with an appropriate badge on the left hand side. The face shows that of a mature man with somewhat of a grimace of pain on his face which is very appropriate. Again the facial detail is excellent.

Conclusion

I think this is an excellent figure, well cast with excellent detail and should be useable by all modellers, whether their genre is Allied or Axis. As with the previous set of the PIAT team, this chap would look good as a stand alone figure or within a large diorama.

The option of the additional equipment is good allowing some personalisation of the figure. A change of head will easily switch regiments so with so many excellent Hornet heads to choose from you will have plenty of choice how you finish this one. The figure comes with no rifle and you may want to add a suitable weapon as even walking wounded would be expected to retain their weapon if at all possible and most soldiers get personally attached to their weapon and would be reluctant to give it up.

Very versatile and generic so this one should have a lot of appeal to modellers. I do like the stature/proportions of the figure as I did with the PIAT Team.
SUMMARY
Highs: Excellent casting and a natural posture, with a good soldierly look about him. Some additional equipment will allow for some flexibility of finish.
Lows: Only the cost, which is an issue with all resin figures.
Verdict: Highly Recommended.
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: WRP 01
  Suggested Retail: £12.60 Retail
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  PUBLISHED: Apr 18, 2009
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.73%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.08%

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

Hey Al, Thanks for the review !! I like this guy, Highland regiment figures being kinda rare. Cheers jjumbo
APR 22, 2009 - 10:27 PM
Hi John, I'ee he's a bonny lad . Infantry wise there aren't many wounded types to choose from. Resicast make a nice set of Paras, but I'd like to see something similar to those and the MB/MiniArt(?) set as standard Infantry. Kneeling Medics, guys with stretchers would all be really useful too. Maybe one day!! Al
APR 23, 2009 - 09:46 AM
Hey Al, Yeah, British & Commonwealth wounded guys, guys kneeling , eating, smoking, etc........ are few and far between !!! Resicast, Wolf & Hornet, Wee Guys and others certainly are starting to fill some of the gaps with resin figures. Master Box, MiniArt and DML will hopefully continue to add sets to their catalogs. Resin figures are great but for the cost of one figure, you can get a set of 4-5 plastic figures. It's an old rant, one that wont go away anytime soon !! Cheers jjumbo
APR 23, 2009 - 10:03 AM
Hi Al, Thanks for the review. I actually hadn't seen this figure (well don't recall seeing it ) before, but by my own admission I'm not all that familiar with the Wolf range, although I do look at the Hornet figures on the same site An interesting figure - and nice too see something normal, like an injured soldier (although not a normal Allied subject). Will definitely need to look into picking up a few Wolf figures Rudi
APR 29, 2009 - 04:14 PM
I've never been keen on Scottish uniforms - I've always thought that their pom-pom hats and kilts look a bit comical, if I'm being honest about it (though of coursre I'd never say so to a Scottish squaddie's face, LOL!) However, this guy looks very useful indeed ... and I guess there's always the head-swap option! - Steve
APR 29, 2009 - 08:05 PM
Hi Guys, Glad you found this one useful, they make excellent figures, not a big range for the dio builder but quality is 1st class. Being figure orientated they have the body proportions bang on I think and the uniforms hang in a very natural way. It's the price kinda gets me lol, lol. Al
APR 30, 2009 - 04:43 AM
   

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