Monday, August 7

Two new figures in 35th scale from Alpine Miniatures capture the winter battles of Kharkov...

The Battle of Kharkov in 1942 in WWII is well known for a hard edged fight from both sides. The German forces were fast learning from past problems with clothing and equipment, as these two new figures from Alpine Miniatures in 35th scale show off with their trademark thick coats. Let' look at them both in some details as they just hit the shelves!




Two New Figures in Three Sets from Alpine Miniatures...

Alpine Miniatures have answered the call of many by supplying us with two new figures in thirty-fifth scale that feature the winter war on the Eastern Front. this time more pointedly the Battle of Kharkov, where the soldiers of the German armies received the better quality winter clothing they needed. More specifically the fur lined parka.
M42 fur-lined pullover parka is often called the “Kharkov Parka” by the troops and was manufactured from 1940-1943 and issued until the end of the war. It became synonymous with that battle as many soldiers were lucky enough to be able to be issued one in time for that winter. the parka was very commonly worn by the soldier of the Elite units due to the very high cost of material and time, the parka was never enough to go around in history, and various types of the fur lining were used on this garment. 
The shell of our parka is made of heavy zeltbahn style cotton poplin in the typical field-grey shade and lined with genuine sheepskin. The sleeves were padded with woollen material and the hood lined with the sheepskin as well.
Several pictures of elite soldiers from that time that could be used in the making of these figures– here are some and some others I have found which could help the modeller with their own kit…

WSS NCO at Kharkov 
Product No# 35235 
1/35th scale
Sculpture by Taesung Harmms
Boxart by Jaume Ortiz Forns
Sculpture comes with two head choices
This new figure in 35th scale from Alpine Miniatures comes with the trademark selection of two heads in the same box. Either the M/40/42 steel helmet or the M43 cloth brimmed hat cap which here is suitably battered and rumpled. The old Hares or long serving soldiers wore their caps with pride and often made them look “worn in” by giving it a folded and squashed look which identified them as a soldier of some experience.
This NCO of the SS is seen in pretty typical mid-late war winter gear, and very typical of the parkas associated with the Kharkov battle period. A wool lined thick parka over his regular tunic which pokes out at the neck so you can see his rank and SS collar on the tunic. 
You can see on the chest of the man here a pair of field glasses of a regular size offered to the Officers and NCO's. The extra ammunition pouches of the Mp-40 sub-machine gun also cover his chest while he holds his gun down and to the port side
Although I can not see his belt buckle here at this angle, the soldier wears one around his waist. Pinching in the jacket and strapped to the back of it is his Walther pistol in its holster. Under this jacket is a pair of thick padded winter pants keep him warm while these are tucked in at the boot. He certainly looks protected against the cold!

WSS Grenadier at Kharkov
Product No# 35236
1/35th scale
Sculpture by Taesung Harmms
Boxart by Jaume Ortiz Forns
Sculpture comes with two head choices
This second soldier is identified as a simple "Shutze" in the SS.As like his comrade he has the choice of two headgears, this time either the steel M/40/42 helmet, or the M40/42 flat overseas cap, complete in the cap's case with the death's head of the SS and the German eagle on the front in silver stitching.
The parka is the same, thick woollen type whilst he also wears a warm scarf tied at the front of the neck. to keep the eastern chill-out. The coat features both a drawstring waist under the regular soldier's leather belt the figure is wearing. On his belt is the spare ammunition for the Kar. 98 rifle that is wrapped around his shoulders and hangs on his back.
The lower pockets, wrinkles in the hang of the jacket and the pinched places where the drawstring is pulled tight on the jacket show that this parka has been studied in depth by the sculptor, details like the drawstring around the hood and the large flap that the jacket is buttoned up to and the front are there. The folds of the jacket in the figure are realistic and not overdone with the high belt on his waist pinching it all in on the front and back. At the bottom of the figure, the thickly padded trousers are tucked into his boots also.




WSS Grenadiers at Kharkov Set

Product No# 35237
1/35th scale
Sculpture by Taesung Harmms
Boxart by Jaume Ortiz Forns
Sculptures both come with two head choices
These two figures are put together in a set here. We think that they would make a good addition to the other set from Alpine Miniatures of SS Commander Pieper and comrade during the same period.
These two figures are similarly clad but not the same, and their head choices give you variety in selection if you want them to look alike or different from each other.
Both of these figures are now available from Alpine Miniatures Online Webstore of their distributors worldwide.