final pair of the six-man Priest crew from Warriors, these two boys are humping
ammo (presumably you supply the driverwho according to the field manual
was positioned in the dirver's seat during fire missionsas the seventh man
in a full complement).
nice to see the cold weather mackinaw coat used on the figure holding the 105mm
round. The other man wears a field jacket; it looks like he might have an extra
shirt on that pokes out under the back of the jacket. He also wears the winter
combat helmet for added warmth beneath his metal M1 helmet.
you take your painting tips from the box art here, I'd recommend a less greyish
color for the field jacket and lean more on the khaki tan side. The color for
the macinaw is an acceptable example. The green OD color of the trousers suggests
the cotton sateen field trousers, or herringbone twill cotton that was worn during
the warmer weather months. You could paint them as the more seasonally appropriate
serge wool trousers, which were a brownish field drab color.
figures were cast more roughly than Warriors has been noted. There was a nasty
bubble in the cleft of one chin that would make Kirk Douglas envious. One of the
helmets had a sizeable bubble hole through it, and there were several bubbles
along the hem of the mackinaw. The left arm of the man wrestling with the tube
did not mate well with the shoulder, leaving a significant gap. The problems were
quickly remedied with dabs of Testor's contour putty.
the ammo shell and fiberboard tube are a tad short compared to real
specimens, but quite acceptable in the larger scheme of things.
is a good way to complete the M7 Priest crew.
Steve Zaloga's U.S.
Armored Artillery in World War II
will provide a host of wintery settings to inspire use of these figures.