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Valiant Miniatures: “British Tommies 44-45″ Review

Posted by Elianto su giugno 23, 2007

In this article I’ll review one of the first two plastic miniatures box in 1/72 scale (about WW2) made by english company Valiant Miniatures. This two box, “British Tommies 44-45″ e “Classic German Infantry 44-45″, are a fresh air breeze in the world of 1/72 plastic miniatures because their main target is mainly the wargamer. In particular the two boxes contain enough mens and bits to build up a full battalion to be deployed for a game with the“Rapid Fire!“ ruleset.

The box hold 4 copies of the same sprue, each made up of 14 minis and a good number of weapons, backpacks and accessories useful to customize each soldier (also included 4 Vickers HMG and 4×3″ Mortars). To help customizing the sprues also contain an extra batch of soldiers heads with different headgear (beret, officer’s cap, helmets and bear heads) and of the 14 soldiers two are without arms, this allows players to choose the weapon needed among a serie of different weapons/arms. The quality of the work behind this box production is high, the minis are not mockups and the poses are nice and naturals, mould lines minimal and often invisible. The sprues are made up of hard plastic (similar to the GW sprues quality) this allows to work with cutter and putty to easily modifies each soldier. An example of such possibilities is shown on the gallery inside the official website: Gallery1 and Gallery2

Compared to the standard plastic 1/72 producers the Valiant miniatures are different not only for the plastic material and the wargamer style sprue. Also the miniature size and the sculpt style is wargames oriented, the soldier height is nearly 25mm (so incompatible with the standard 1/72 plastic producers) and the style of the sculpt is beefier, similar to one used by the main producers of lead miniatures.

The “British Tommies 44-45″ box holds a total of 68 miniatures in 14 different poses on 4 sprues, the poses and bits in details are:

  • Officer with binoculars (4)
  • Officer map (4)
  • FO kneeling (4)
  • NCO with Sten (4)
  • Radio Operator with Sten kneeling (4) with kit Radio (4)
  • Vickers HMG and Gunner (4)
  • Gunner for Mortar / Piat (4)
  • Soldier with 2″ Mortar (4)
  • Mortar assistant with ammo box (4)
  • Soldier with gun walking (style 1 x 8)
  • Soldier with gun walking (style 2 x 8)
  • Soldier with gun running (8)
  • Soldier kneeling (no arms x 4)
    – Right arm with PIAT (4)
    – Right arm with Bren (4)
    – Left arm for Bren/PIAT (4)
  • Soldier walking (no right arm x4)
    – Right arm with Bren (4)
    – Right arm with Lee Enfield (4)
    – Right arm with Ammo Box (4)
  • Extra head with Helmet (8)
  • Extra head with Officer Hat (8)
  • Extra head with Beret(8)
  • Extra bear head (8)
  • 3″ Mortar (4)
  • Backpack (40)
  • Stone wall for bren/piat (4)
  • Base for Vickers HMG (4)
  • Booklet with assembly instructions and battalion organization guide for “Rapid Fire!”

Nice the idea to print on the box sides a small set of city ruins to cut and glue as scenario.

For the quality and quantity that this box holds (available at a price of £8,99 – about 13-15 euros) I suggest to get one or more boxes! With only one of them you can build up enough men to start playing not only with Rapid Fire, and together with the German Infantry box you can field two opposite armies for your games. Lovers of standard 1/72 plastic miniatures can have some problem in liking this product, but for wargamers who love lead products and don’t have too many compatibility problems will find this box great!

A big thank to Valiant Miniatures for supporting me the material needed for this review!


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