Friday, April 5

Stalingrad has some chilly passengers & an ice-cold cop on the beat...

Stalingrad Miniatures brings us a new set of  35th scale WWII German soldiers seeking refuge from the Russian winter during WWII.  A set of three figures, horse and sledge sold together or the single MP by himself if you wish - all in 1/35th scale. These men are an interesting study of wartime photographs that were used to aid the sculptor which we will include in our preview...

New set very evocative of the cold, grim, "General Winter" from Stalingrad in 35th scale

Stalingrad Miniatures has a new set of 1/35th scale figures available on the market, this mix of a horse and cart and two passengers are being directed by a  military policeman (Feldgendarm) in what looks to be the cold recesses of the Russian winter of WWII. 
Not only do we have the images of these new resin figures, but the images of the time and place with the subjects in uncannily close looking photographs to those that are captured in 35th scale in resin by the sculptor.

Russian winter, 1941
Kit No #S-3018
1/35th scale
Resin kit includes three figures, A horse and sledge
The resin sledge or "Panje" cart is seen here in the instructions how to put it together - as well as some of the horse's reins & bridle.
The two figures are seen inside the sledge with some supplies. These carts were often used instead of automobiles with fuel always short and vehicles that were not used to the cold, these workhorses and sledges were invaluable and a common sight through the region and the war on both sides.
 You can see the German MP allowing them to cross the road, obviously a high traffic area!
Although the Germans did make their own sledges on the "Ostfront", several were liberated from the resident population along with whatever they could use to survive. The Germans made use of specialized winter clothing like the "commissar" caps, sheepskin overcoats and thick over-boots which insulated them from the cold of the Russian winter a little better. 
The Germans often quartered in Russian villages, but all to often found little of the home comforts they desired there, often because they were simply devoid of them, or these had already been taken by other Germans. Villages became the scenes of battles during wintertime so that soldiers would not be forced out into the hellish white and cold.
In these photos below you can see the German soldiers using captured/ stolen horses and their "Panje" sledges during wartime and anti-partizan operations in Russia During WWII.

German Feldgendarm,1941
Kit No #S-3589
1/35th scale
Resin kit
This German Military Policeman or Feldgendarm is seen doing his duty somewhere in Russia during World War Two. The figure, sculpted by Alexander Zelenkov and cast in light grey resin comes either by himself in this single figure package or with the set of Panje riders we have already looked at - making this an interesting scene - but the man by himself is also an interesting study.
I think that the figure sculpted here most represents the picture below, that of a German Feldgendarm doing his duty somewhere in Russia in the dark and cold winters of the Eastern Front (Ostfront) in Soviet Russia. You can see he is wearing the same motorcyclists waterproof (and slush proof) coat, thick insulated gloves to keep the cold away from his bare hands, a pistol by his side in its holster. He is here, in that same pose, nice work done to capture this by the sculptor.

A full shot of (maybe the same?) Military Policeman, here talking to some local ladies, wearing exactly the same gear - which leads me to think he is the same fellow - but the main thing to see are the thick over boots. These not only gave the soldier an inch or so in height (good when talking to the ladies) but insulates the boot or shoe inside against the cold, hard ground.

You can see the same figure from behind, with the folds of his weatherproof coat that splits in the back at the rear. the high boots giving him that natural look as he stops traffic with his little baton...

This single figure and set are available right now - check these out and all of Alexander's other works at the  Stalingrad Website: