Need WWII Russians?

September 15, 2012

Anyone modelling or wargaming the WWII Eastern Front (Ostfront) will need WWII Russians and plenty of them. This morning I’ve just read very high praise indeed for a new set of 1/72 Russians, Zvezda’s Set 8077, Soviet Infantry Platoon. Now, these figs are not intended for any particular wargames ruleset (although Zvezda do publish a ruleset called Art of Tactic) so you can use them with any ruleset, such as ‘Panzerfaust: Armoured Fist’. After all,  ‘Panzerfaust: Armoured Fist’ is a platoon level and company level game – Zvezda are selling you a whole platoon. Or you could just use individual figures for modelling dioramas.

Plastic Soldier Review has given this set of 38 figures four 10/10’s and one 9/10. Their review concludes: “The positive aspects of this set are many, and we have already gushed enough about them here. The negative points are limited to this being a time-consuming set to put together (some will see that as no great loss, and of course many will enjoy the experience anyway), and the noticeably well-equipped and neat/uniform appearance of the men – a feature that is hardly uncommon of many plastic soldiers in this scale and beyond. In a word – excellent. In two words – buy it!”

So – there you go.

5 Responses to “Need WWII Russians?”

  1. stuart said

    I wondered if the PSR reviewers were looking at the same set I was! A lot of tired old wooden poses, more suited to Napoleonic warfare than 20th century combat.

    Seriously – “standing, firing” who the hell does that on a modern battlefield unless they have a wish for a sudden and instant death? The only realistic combat pose is the advancing PPSh gunner in the last row, next to the corny, cliched officer figure. The marching soldier is nice, and very well done, but he’s on his own in a set of men in combat stances.

    The biggest deal breaker though is the sheer size of these bad boys; at 25mm they are from 6″ to a foot in scale taller than all the other sets on the market with the sole exception of the 26mm giants from Revell. All in all, a big disappointment.

  2. DaveM said

    I don’t mind the look of these too much, though PSR’s 10/10 ratings on some aspects did raise my eyebrows slightly. Note that these are not strictly speaking an Art of Tactic set, though the style is entirely similar. There is supposed to be a corresponding full set of German infantry (#8078) coming out too.

    Cheers, Dave

  3. Ben B said

    I noticed that review as well. Very nice looking set. They did steal my idea though, If I ever open a soldier manufacturing company I plan to sell platoon sized sets according to the actual TO&E. IF though is the question…

    Thanks for posting.

  4. Thanos said

    Id like to get these, as they seem to be well sculpted (as always), but with my never lasting project in Normandy, I’ll probably get married first before starting a new ostfront project….go and get them mate! 🙂

  5. Eastern Funker said

    I haven’t seen them ‘in the flesh’ so I can only comment on what Plastic Soldier Review has provided themselves.
    Like Ben B, I think that it’s great that they released a platoon – that makes it easier for wargamers.
    As Thanos said, they do look well sculpted.
    Like DaveM, I’m not sure they are deserving of so many 10/10’s…my call on that is because Caesar’s WWII offerings are often very favourably reviewed by Plastic Soldier Review because the figures are really keeping their heads down whilst advancing under fire and often are praised for (their own words) ‘really leaning into the weapons’ as they fire them. As stuart has commented, some of these poses don’t seem to be facing much incoming fire.
    Oh, and I am wrong – this is not an Art of Tactic set. Thanks for the correction.

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