Wednesday, June 28

Stalingrad give us the Curious Cats of the Wehrmacht in 1941 in their new "Big Set" & Single figures

The sight of the T-34, KV-1 & KV-2's on the battlefield was surely a shock to the German soldiers on the advance into Russia during "Operation Barbarossa" in 1941. SO when these tough tanks were knocked out there was a lot of interest from the Soldaten, and some were curious enough to have a sneak peek – This is the scene that Stalingrad Miniatures has captured in the new "Big Set" of resin figures just released – let's take a look...

New "Big Set" of figures from Stalingrad in 35th scale

German soldiers inspect T-34, 1941 Big Set
# 3160
Set includes 8 figures in light grey resin
This big set of eight figures from Stalingrad captures a whole scene - or maybe a few different vignettes, of German soldiers inspecting a wrecked T-34 tank on the battlefield during the hectic fighting of "Operation Barbarossa" in 1941.

We have some scenes of the images in this preview that inspired and gave reference to this set-  these - and the others in this article, were used as references of the figures body language and what the soldiers were carrying and wearing at the time.

German soldier inspects T-34, 1941
# 3161
Here is a high-booted German infantryman, wearing the soft overseas cap and uniform of a summer combatant in "Barbarossa" of  1941. He is sculpted to be climbing the side hull of the tank, trying to join his comrades on the top of the vehicle.

Image that inspired and gave reference to this set
Here is the figure put together unpainted

German soldier inspects T-34, 1941
# 3162
This soldier is seen in similar attire to his buddy. Although bare-headed so his locks are flowing out, and holding a Kar.98 rifle, standard issue at that time of the war. He is nicely sculpted, and the curiousness of his body language is there to see in the way he is poised over the front open hatch of the hulk of the T-34 wreck.
Image that inspired and gave reference to this set
Here is the figure put together unpainted

German soldier inspects T-34, 1941
# 3163
 This curious cat is seen peering into the early-type T-34 (large) turret hatch. With a full load out of M1939 helmet and Kar.98 plus his usual equipment, he looks very early war - his high boots top it off for us and put us in that place. This is a good figure for a lone vignette.
Image that inspired and gave reference to this set
Here is the figure put together unpainted

German soldier inspects T-34, 1941
# 3164
 Another inquisitive soul - maybe looking on at some intel, maybe looking on to a gruesome scene of carnage inside it would be your choice here. The soldier looks to wearing a summer weight uniform with big boots, a bread bag, knife and spare ammo for his rifle - though that is not pictures here. The clasping fingers give him that specific look to this type of body language.
Image that inspired and gave reference to this set
Here is the figure put together unpainted

German officer, 1941
# 3165
 Looking every ounce the victor of the situation - this proud officer (?) of the Wehrmacht is seen perched upon the vanquished in a heroic leg in the air pose looking off into the distance - maybe for his next target or maybe some admiring lady folk to gaze upon his magnificence? he looks pretty happy with himself anyway in his Pistol on his hip - riding, cavalry style britches and goggles on his cap - he could even be a mobile recon officer it's your story... 
Image that inspired and gave reference to this set
Here is the figure put together unpainted

German soldier, 1941
# 3166
 Either perched on top fo the tank or on the ground, this Shutze is seen in very normal soldier's gear, including a Kar 98 and ammo, the M40 steel helmet and tall, early war boots with a water flask, bread bag and gas mask on his webbing. It is nice to see very standard looking soldiers of this time in the war - non-SS or Panzermen who seem to get all of the exposure it seems.
Image that inspired and gave reference to this set
Here is the figure put together unpainted

German soldier, 1941
# 3167
 This Mp 40 wielding soldier is seen looking on passively to the scene in front of him. Good for a second man in the diorama - he could either be looking on at one, two or all of his comrades who are crawling over the tank - or singularly - as a man just looking on keeping his own distance to the vehicle. The choice of submachine gun and ammo with the loose equipment looks very appealing to us.
Image that inspired and gave reference to this set
Here is the figure put together unpainted

German soldier, 1941
# 3168
 Even more of a passenger is this last figure - there has to be a natural order of more and less inquisitive people, and this bloke looks like he's happy to watch everything BUT the tank he is haunched upon. Maybe he has a had a look already? He is a smart inclusion to this diorama as he breaks it up a little to show the individual in the piece.
Image that inspired and gave reference to this set
Here is the figure put together unpainted
These new figures from Stalingrad are available now & you can see distributors near you on the Stalingrad site