Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New Army Men

Ykreol is not making a new set of WWII German troops. It is another of their sets of German commanders and staff troops.

These 1/72nd scale soft plastic figures are fully assembled and will work for a variety of scenarios. This guy is a likely a motorcycle rider, the overcoat and the gas mask in front is typical of that.

The Germans developed and fielded an infra-red night vision system. It was very successful and was used in the last few weeks of the year. You can imagine the effect of fighting an enemy that can see in the dark, when you can't. A tactical and psychological advantage. As far as I know, this is the only soft plastic figure with this late war system. It consists of a large searchlight, and then a optical device to view the I/R illuminated image. They were used on the MP-44 assault rifle as seen here, the MG42, and mounted on the SdKfz 251 series halftrack and Panther tank.

Here is the whole set off the sprue. They include high ranking officers, a guard with German Shepherd dog, a man mounting a horse, and two figures on parade. There is also a rare female soldier. This set would be good for a game based on the Valkrie movie for example.

A set has three sprues just like this one. The initial set does have a bit of flash, but as you can see from the photos it cuts off okay. Ykreol will probably do the set in several colors of plastic, but so far the only one I have seen is in grey.
The man with guard dog, the men on parade, the woman, and the man from the motorcycle are very useful and I will want several of these sets.

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