Thursday, April 1

A new set of six figures of Soviets "In the Arms of Death" Berlin 1945 from D-Day Miniature Studio...

D-Day Miniatures has a brand new set of six figures in 35th scale resin depicting the last days of Berlin under the Nazis and the attack on the capital by Soviet soldiers. We have images of the actual setting, the figures and a look at both in our new item preview...

A new set of six figures of Soviets in their final push to Berlin from D-Day Miniature Studio...

For the first new figure news in 2021 from D-Day Miniatures Studio, we see a continued theme of victorious Soviet soldiers from WWII with the release of set #35180 "In the Arms of Death", depicting street fighting in Berlin 1945. 
Inspiration for this set of figures: The work of Walter Molino
The figure sculptor, Pavel Krasicki has been a fan of the paintings of the Italian artist Walter Molino. These images were amongst the ones that inspired Pavel a lot in this scene. 
Even though these paintings are not of a war or military theme, you can see the fully committed body language of these people in the illustrations marries in with the sets Pavel made.
When Pavel discovered Walter's illustrations for Domenica del Corierre, full of movement and emotion he decided to do the same with soldiers in Berlin 45. these illustrations convey the movement and emotion Pavel wanted to get across to the modeller.
The setting: Berlin at the end of Nazi rule in 1945... 
The fall of Nazi Germany pretty much coincided with the fall of the capital city of Berlin in April-May of 1945. The city was surrounded by the Soviets, who rushed to take the city for honour and prestige, also for an advantage in the stand off between nations which would happen soon after WWII in Europe.
Not only was there chaos and desperation with the civilian population that was trapped inside the city, but the soldiers being thrown into the cauldron packed with desperate defenders. Units of the Red Army were pushed by their commanders to take the city and advance at heavy costs to their own ranks.

A U-Bahn stop before the fighting in Berlin in April- May 1945
The setting of this particular scene in Berlin was at the stairs of an U-Bahn stop somewhere in the city. These were used as shelters from the fighting and as alternate points of attack and retreat for soldiers of both sides. The smashed glass and bedraggled survivors of the conflict can be seen in the starkly contrasting picture below...
This new set from D-Day Miniatures:
There are several combinations of how you can purchase these new figures from D-Day miniatures, depending on what you like or need...
- These six figures are sold individually
- They are sold as matched pairs in a "duopack"
- Lastly, they are sold in one set of six figures...

We will look at them now...

Set #35173 "Hand Fight", Berlin 1945, contains two figures for 31€ - or you can also get them singularly. This set combines a casualty of the fighting, a  Reichsbahn Volkssturmann that has just been shot and a Soviet soldier attacking him with a shovel.

 Just Shot Reichsbahn Volkssturmann, Berlin 1945
Figure Number #35171
1/35th scale
Sculptor: Pawel Krasicki
Box Art: Pawel Krasicki
Price: 16€
Sold by itself, this Reichsbahn Volkssturmman or railway worker for the Nazi party is seen in his blue tunic that was typical with their uniform and older style steel helmet. a symbol of the brittle resistance in Berlin at the time, he carries a cheap SMG and very limited equipment to be fighting the Red Army soldiers...

Soviet Trooper Attacking with a Shovel, Berlin 1945
Figure Number #35172 
1/35th scale
Sculptor: Pawel Krasicki
Box Art: Pawel Krasicki
Price: 16€
This Red Army soldier is seen on the charge, his body language forward as he hacks at his enemy with an entrenching tool in one hand, a Panzerfaust in the other hand (just in case I suppose (­čśë). He certainly looks committed and fits in well with the inspiration from the Italian master's illustrations Pawel was inspired by.

Set #35176 Soviet Troopers running, Berlin 1945, comprises two figures for 31€ - or you can also get them singularly:
These two Soviet Troopers are seen running into combat, one armed with an PPS 43 small machine pistol and the other, a heavier Degtaryev MG. both running flat out with weapons firing from the hip.

Soviet Trooper running with PPS 43 MP, Berlin 1945
Figure Number #35174 
Sculptor: Pawel Krasicki
Box Art: Pawel Krasicki
Price: 16€
Dressed in warm thick padded trousers and a wool lined hat, this Soviet Trooper is seen running into combat, armed with an PPS 43 small machine pistol. Looking around his shoulder at something, a noise or a threat - his comrades fighting, the choice is up to you.

Soviet Trooper running with Degtaryev MG, Berlin 1945
Figure Number #35175 
1/35th scale
Sculptor: Pawel Krasicki
Box Art: Pawel Krasicki
Price: 16€
The second Soviet troopers is seen running into combat with a large, drum magazine Degtaryev MG. A very typical uniform is on this soldier, with a flat forage cap, padded jacket and baggy uniform trousers with wrapped leggings down to his boots, this soldier looks very much the typical Red Army soldier at this time.

The last new duopack is #35179 Soviet Troopers killed in Action, Berlin 1945, which contains two figures for 31€- or you can also get them singularly. Not so lucky these two - they are seen in the throws of pain and death, a little like some of the less fortunate people in the artworks that inspired the author.

 Dying Soviet Trooper, Berlin 1945
Figure Number #35177
1/35th scale
Sculptor: Pawel Krasicki
Box Art: Pawel Krasicki
Price: 16€
With pain all over his face - teeth bared and looking upwards, this Red Army soldier is seen shot or mortally wounded by the enemy. Fingers stretched open, arms bent a the elbows upward, rifle dropped on the deck in front of him, this is great body language in this sculpt.

Just shot Soviet Trooper, Berlin 1945
Figure Number #35178 
1/35th scale
Sculptor: Pawel Krasicki
Box Art: Pawel Krasicki
Price: 16€
I challenge anyone to model this fellow without some type of support, the act of falling over backwards with the force of a bullet(s) is captured here with this single soldier. A little like his comrade, this fallen soldier is seen with a face that shows pain, teeth bared and hands outstretched. PPSH fallen to his side. It is masterfully modelled by the sculptor /box artist.

"In the Arms of Death"
 Set no #35180 , 
 This set includes 6 figures
Price: 90 Euro
These six figures are sculpted to depict street fighting in Berlin 1945. Take a look at these six figures placed into a diorama scene made by the sculptor and box artist painter Pawel Krasicki.
Of course, this whole amazing diorama is not included in the big set - just the six figures, but it gives you an idea of what you could achieve with your own figures given the imagination, time and skill to try with something of your own. 

The base of the idea is here in these six figures, take a look at the scene in detail over the next few images...
If you would like your own copies of these figures you can order them via the D-Day Miniature Studio website