has cannibalized the figures from "Consulting the Map"
(#2004) to create the basis for this pair of pinned down infantry.
Actually, the soldier calling for help on his handie-talkie goes
back to both "US Tank Riders 1" (#1683) and "GIs
WWII Chow" (#1917). However they work pretty well in this incarnation;
you could pair these boys up with the two soldiers from "Trapped"
(#1663) to create a compelling action scene.
figures are dressed in M1943 jackets, woolen trousers, and the buckled
gaiters of the post-autumn 1944 period. The GI on the horn to HQ
appears to be an officer, with a pistol, an M1 ammo bag, and no
web straps. He's supplied with a Garand, but you might want to fish
out a Thompson submachine gun to better match his gear and apparent
status. The reclining figure is about to lob a grenade; he doesn't
have much of a windup for his pitch, so they're either closed pretty
tightly with the enemy or you might want to alter his arm to suggest
he's throwing with a little more gusto.
legs are molded to the torsos of these figures, so you only need
to add the arms and heads, which are adequately animated (shouting
or snarling heads from Hornet might help create better tension).
There are pour plugs along the undersides of the legs and thighs
to clean up, but nothing too troublesome. The pieces are cast in
the usual Verlinden putt-colored resin.
set is more accurate and naturally posed than many VP figures and
should integrate well with similarly themed GIs from Verlinden or