Figures & Dioramas

Reviews of products for scale figures and diorama models.

Osprey Boer Guerilla versus British Mounted Soldier

Published: February 10th, 2018     
Osprey Boer Guerilla versus British Mounted Soldier
Author: Ian Knight, Illustrator Johnny Shumate
Reviewed by: Ron Verburg, IPMS# 45660
Company: Osprey Publishing

This title is from Osprey's well received Combat Series of books. It is number 26 in the series.

From the Cover

South Africa 1880-1902

Waged across an inhospitable terrain, which varied from open African savannah to broken mountain country and semi-arid desert, the Anglo-Boer wars of 1880-81 and 1899-1902 pitted the British Army and its allies against the Boer Commandos. Independent and individualistic, the Boers were not professional soldiers but a civilian militia, expert shots who moved on horseback but dismounted to fight. Although the British Army's initial over-dependence on conventional tactics led to a string of Boer victories, the British experimented with mounted infantry units of their own, melding the benefits of regular cavalry mobility and discipline with the advantages of fighting on foot. This fully illustrated study reveals both sides experience of combat in two savage conflicts, from the initial Boer victories of 1880-81 through to the final battles of 1900-02.

Review

These books are great reference materials for modelers! This book consists of:

Cardboard Boxes (Generic/Electronic Devices/ Beer)

Published: February 4th, 2018     
Cardboard Boxes (Generic/Electronic Devices/ Beer)
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/35
Company: Matho Models

Product/Stock Numbers for each set:

  • Generic: 35058
  • Electronic Devices: 35065
  • Beer: 35064

Direct links for all three sets:

Roman Standards & Standard-Bearers (1): 112 BC – AD 192

Published: January 23rd, 2018     
Roman Standards & Standard-Bearers (1): 112 BC – AD 192
Author: Raffaele D’Amato
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Dr Raffaele D'Amato is an experienced researcher of the ancient and medieval military worlds. After achieving his first PhD in Romano-Byzantine Law, and having collaborated with the University of Athens, he gained a second doctorate in Roman military archaeology. He currently works in Istanbul at the Fatih University as visiting Professor for the TUBITAK (Turkish Government Research Institution) on a project linked to the arms and armour of Rome and Byzantium. He has authored or co-authored over a dozen books for Osprey.

Born in 1950, Peter Dennis is an accomplished illustrator having contributed hundreds of books, including many Osprey Publishing titles. Peter studied at the Liverpool Art College and has been working as a professional artist and illustrator since 1991. Peter Dennis is also afflicted with the modeling bug and is a keen war-gamer terrorizing other war-gaming aficionados near Snowdonia Nation Park in North Wales. Check out his website at http://peterdennisart.com.

Kate - I'll Be Right There

Published: January 17th, 2018     
Kate - I'll Be Right There
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/24
Company: Masterbox Models

Masterbox Models, out of the the Ukraine, has been a leader in 1/35 figures for a while. They expanded into 1/24 female and fantasy figures in 2016, starting with their first series of six female figures representing the World War II era. This current series, Dangerous Curves, is ideal for modern automotive displays.

The kit comes in a standard end opening box. Pulling out the parts, you will first see that the box is probably three times too large, but in return you get a nice painting on the cover by V. Petelin, and instructions on the back with color callouts in Vallejo, Lifecolor, and Mr Color. I will note that the plastic figure sculpted by A. Gagarin is not identical to the cover paining, but it is close. The hair is slightly different and the blouse neckline is cut differently. Packaging of the thirteen parts are protected within a re-sealable bag.

MK44H-0 Whiteknight

Published: January 7th, 2018     
MK44H-0 Whiteknight
Reviewed by: Craig Gregory, IPMS# 49320
Scale: 1/20
Company: Hasegawa USA

This Whitenight is from a Japanese manga where the "MK44 is a Heavy Armored Fighting Suit which humans using for the defense from an attack of the mad computers." Hasegawa manufactures the MK44H-0 and several other suits from the Maschinen Krieger ZbV 3000 manga. I have only been modeling for a few years and I normally model modern jets, sci-fi spacecraft or real space. However; since I'm not a Star Wars vs. Star Trek, Picard over Kirk kind of guy, I decided to try something new.

Hasegawa's MK44H-0 Whitenight Prototype is a 1/20 scale armored suit composed of over 180 pieces. The pieces are modeled on 12 sprues; mostly of blue-grey plastic. A vinyl tree of bushings allows the smooth articulation of the suit in various positions and stances. There is a ton of detail in this model, especially in the cockpit area. The cockpit area of the model is a slip and slide, push/slide contraption that allows the front of the model to be separate and the interior exposed. (Fit problems forced me to model the suit with the cockpit area sealed; details below.)