During the last few years, topics of apocalypse, nuclear war, post-nuclear world and zombies have gained a lot of coverage in books, movies and more recently in scale modelling. For modellers this is the area where you can unleash your fantasy and basically model whatever you want without respect to physics, maths and history!
Weird Armies Reign (WAR) from Greece just started a line of figures dedicated to Soviet ’46 army. While German ’46 topic seems to be well established as there were more or less real projects on paper (paper panzers) that never left the design offices due to end of the war the appearance of Soviet ’46 is purely fictional. One can only think of the war continuing with Communists versus the rest of Capitalist world ;)
WAR made 3 sets of figures dedicated to ’46 Soviet or Soviet-Asian coalition and they gained my attention on Facebook. Now these figures are available for ordering so please refer to WAR Facebook page for more information. I will try to cover all 3 sets in some time and today I present the most “exotic” one – Recycled troops. As one might guess the recycled troops are basically some kind of Soviet zombie soldiers which remind me of Red Alert games on PC that were quite popular 15 - 20 years ago.
The set WM003 comes in a small hard cardboard box with resin parts placed in a zip lock clear plastic bag and secured between foam to prevent damage during the transportation. Included are: 1 full figure of a walking trooper with separate hands, 2 of his colleagues (busts) in the process of “resurrection” and a small piece of paper with warning signs (stop, zombies).
The walking zombie trooper has a quite scary pose when assembled, with one of his hands directed towards his victim or responding to the mighty call of necromancer (whichever you prefer). His uniform is late WW2 Soviet uniform with boots, galife trousers and late war jacket. He has a belt with a star, one rifle pouch and 1 water can. Folds on the uniform are nicely sculpted and overall I think the detail is pretty appealing.
His head is bald and has some damage on cheeks. Separate hands have good detail as well as separate fingers and the right arm also has torn uniform. Both busts have imitation of the surrounding ground and a part of the body coming through it. The smallest one features bald head submerged in the ground and a hand while the larger comrade has head, shoulders and 1 hand. The latter one has distinct facial features which should look good when painted.
All of the resin parts are nicely cast with only minor a seam on the standing figure, which will not be a problem to remove. As with any other resin figure you would need cyanoacrylate glue to build them and incorporate into the scenery and groundwork (or epoxy). While the subject is controversial and is not of a large interest for historical modelling I believe it will fit well into various experimental, what if and fantasy scenarios. Great item overall!
Highs: Original figure set, good quality.Lows: None so far.Verdict: Highly recommended for fans of zombies, what if or post-nuclear fiction scenes.