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British Soldier at Ease
British/Commonwealth Soldier at Ease
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by: Alan McNeilly [ ALANL ]


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Introduction

As featured on the Armorama News recently, Resicast have released another British/Commonwealth figure to add to their extensive range of 1/35 scale figures.

The figure was sculpted by Pete Morton, and depicts a soldier standing at ease with his hands in his pockets. Iím bias here as I like both the Resicast figures and Peteís figures in general, so bear that in mind.

The Figure

Packed in the standard Resicast double zip bags the figure is cast complete in light cream resin. The packing contains a coloured insert depicting the finished figure as a painting reference guide and the details of the manufacturer.

The casting was excellent, with only the pour stubs to remove from his boots and a tiny piece of flash to remove from under one arm. I could see no damage or cause for concern on the example I received. The figure depicts a standing soldier in a relaxed pose with his hands in his pockets. He is wearing Battle Dress Trousers and ORs flannel shirt with the front pleat and 3 buttons. Over the shirt he wears a set of braces. To complete the uniform he wears anklets and a nice set of ammo boots. All the pockets and buttons are present and where you would expect to find them.

Unusually, the head comes cast to the body and shows the face of a mature soldier with a good head of hair and sporting a moustache.

Both the shirt and trousers have nice detail and natural looking folds, and this chap should paint up very easily and offer the modeller a nice natural looking figure suitable for a wide variety of scenes. He is a one piece figure, so after a quick clean up you can paint away.

The figure should be of interest to both figure painters and diorama modellers alike. Normal precautions apply when working with resin.

Conclusion

I like this figure, the pose is natural, the detail sharp and accurate and he has very flexible use. He would make a good prisoner, could be a tanker or infantryman and could be in almost any theatre of war.

This is a no fuss figure that lets you get straight to the enjoyable part, the painting. He should be very useable for Allied and Axis builders alike.

Thanks to Resicast for providing this item for review.
SUMMARY
Highs: A very useable figure, requiring only the skill of the modeller to complete the picture. Excellent casting with good accurate detail.
Lows: Some minor surgery would be needed if you wished to change his head
Verdict: Highly recommended.
Percentage Rating
88%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35.5602
  Suggested Retail: 11.00 euro
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  PUBLISHED: Sep 25, 2009
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.73%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.29%

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

A nice concise review Alan, unfortunately I find the figure bland.
SEP 24, 2009 - 05:18 PM
Morning Darren, Yes, not an action type, but for a rest scene or as a prisoner he fits the bill, at least for me. As with any figure, placement will make him fit or not. On his own he looks quite lonesome but you are correct he may not appeal to eveyone, but that's down to personal choice and need. Al
SEP 24, 2009 - 06:05 PM
Hey Al, I kinda like this guy, he would look right at home in a field mess kitchen diorama or any situation requiring a shirt sleeve appearance. Not everyone's cup of tea but still something different. Thanks for the review. Cheers jjumbo
SEP 24, 2009 - 07:12 PM
He reminds me of some of those football player pictures from the early 1900's.
SEP 25, 2009 - 04:12 AM
Hi John, Similar thinking, tanker or infantryman, any non action scene, it's an off duty pose, maybe thinking about home, looking out from behine barbed wire, pretty generic so useful. Al
SEP 25, 2009 - 04:14 AM
Hi Darren, Maybe he was, a lot of them joined up . I think he will work well with these two, a couple of Alpha figures, they had some earth to sit on bit I'm not sure what I did with it!! Al
SEP 28, 2009 - 06:37 AM
   

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