by: Pat McGrath [ ]
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Allarmi! is an Italian Company that produce not only a line of Italian subjects, but also some Germans (because as we all know, Germans sell) as well as some Allied subjects. This figure represents an Officer of the Afrika Korps 1942. The figure wears the German Army Tropical uniform with the high-laced desert boots and a choice of head gear with either the helmet or the DAK Field cap. He wears an officer’s two pronged plain buckle belt with a holster attached on his left hip.
The figure comes in an attractive green box with a colour photo of the painted figure shown front and back, on the top. The slight discoloration on the accompanying boxart photo is my fault, I dropped the box in a rain puddle. Inside is the figure in a ziplock bag. The figure consists of five parts: The torso including the legs, the two arms and two heads, with one wearing the Afrika Korps field cap and the other wearing a helmet.
The parts are well cast in resin with only the faintest seam lines. Both arms have the casting lug attached where the arm joins the shoulder, these need to be filed away carefully to avoid fit problems. Both faces are well detailed with a mature, slightly haggard look full of character. The figure is posed looking up, with his weight balanced on his right leg, his right hand holds a water bottle and his left is held up as if gesturing to make a point. The belt is well depicted, being pulled down on one side by the weight of the holstered pistol. There is also a small sheet showing photos of the figure from different angles to help with assembly, I suppose.
I first cut the pieces from their casting lugs with a very sharp razor saw. I left the body attached to its large resin plug for ease of handling while painting. I then cleaned up the seam lines and the remains of the casting lugs on the figure and did some dry fitting; the head I chose to use, with the field cap, was a good fit.
Both arms required some filling under the shoulders, but that may have been due more to overzealous clean up of the parts on my part.
I washed the figure with soapy water to clean any oils that might have transferred to it during assembly and left it to dry.
I primed the figure with a spray can of Citadel Skull White from Games Workshop; this helps to show up any seam lines or gaps that need to be filed away or filled. I noticed some small traces of the seam lines in the folds of the arms and cleaned them up with a new number 11 exacto blade.
This is as far as I took the figure in terms of the review. I put it aside to paint at a later date.
A good figure use in a diorama beside a D.A.K. vehicle or as a stand alone painting subject.