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Cold Wind German Infantry 1941
Cold Wind: German Infantry, 1941-1942
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by: Rick Cooper [ CLOVIS899 ]


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introduction

Master Box from Ukraine has done it once more.

They have made a habit lately of releasing some very well done figures in some superbly animated poses. This set, “Cold Wind,” German Infantry from the hellish winter of 1941-42 on the Eastern Front, continues in that same vein— you can almost hear the wind whipping up the snow with this one.

contents

The box is the typical end-opening style that seems to be favored by Master Box for their kits. The artwork on the front is nothing short of fantastic. I’m going to guess that Andrey Karaschuk, the box cover artist, is going to sell a lot of kits. The box art, as can be seen at the right, shows a group of four well-bundled soldiers wearily trudging through the snowy landscape while the fifth figure, presumably an NCO, is looking back urging the group forward. It is one of the better box art offerings you will ever see.

Besides the exceptional box art you do get some styrene plastic as well! Two sprues of flash-free yellow-tan plastic with 108 parts to assemble the five figures will be awaiting you inside.

the review

The plastic is a bit on the soft side, but not so soft that it is any real issue. There are no decals, nor any assembly/painting instructions inside. The instructions, such as they are, are on the back of the box, however no painting guide is included, though I don’t think that is going to be much of a problem for any of us that might be reading this. The parts are not numbered on the sprue: in order to determine which is which, you will need to refer to the back of the box for the parts schematic which does have the numbering indicated.

All five of the figures are wearing the German M1940 wool greatcoat, as well as the marching boot (jackboots). Two of the figures wear the soft “campaign” cap, while the other three wear nicely-done helmets. Two of the figures wear a snow smock of some local-type manufacture, which looks a bit like the smocks made from sheets. One of the smock-clad figures carries either an MG-34or MG-42, you get both in the box, whilst the other smocked Landser is saddled with the task of humping the MG ammunition in a fore and aft harness. The machine gunner also has the M1934 gunner’s tool kit on his belt, besides the normal “kit” that all figures carry: namely the bread bag, entrenching tool, and water bottle cup combination.

Okay, the NCO doesn’t carry an entrenching tool; you didn’t really expect him to did you?

While the equipment is decently-done it does not quite have the fidelity that more recent Gen2 equipment from Dragon does, so you might want to replace it if you have some extras in the spares box.

The three privates are all armed with a Mauser Kar98, while the NCO carries an MP40 sub-machine gun, although he is not equipped with any of the attendant ammo pouches. While each of these weapons is adequately detailed, again if you have some Gen2 weaponry, you might want to use it instead. The NCO is also armed with a P38 holster (presumably with a pistol inside, but I didn’t actually look inside!), and also carries a map case for a future standing around and pointing session that the German army was so fond of .

The animation of the figures is very good; each of the lower half of the great coats is made up of four separate pieces, allowing some excellent movement. I assembled two of the figures which you can see here at the right. The NCO will probably be the focal point for any grouping of these figures, so I had to put him together. His focus on the cover seems to be the two soldiers at the rear of the small formation, recalling my own Army career. I would probably have been the last soldier, so I had to assemble him as well!

Both figures went together easily with the normal torso, pair of legs, and separate arms. The great coat lower half pieces matched up well, and only needed a bit of putty or filler to complete them. I turned the NCO’s head a bit more than designed. The box art shows his head turned to where he is looking almost over his shoulder, but the figure out of the box has his head with more of a forward orientation. I liked the over-the-shoulder look much better, so turned it quite a bit and added the scarf from Magic-Sculp in order to both hide the now rough fit between the head and shoulders and to add a bit more animation to the figure.

The other figure I assembled straight out of the box, so you could get a look at what these figures are like without anything added or taken away. Both of these posed absolutely no problems in any part of the assembly process.

Conclusion

These are really nice figures, I can’t say enough about them. I love the poses; these guys look like they have just about reached the limits of their endurance, and the “cold wind” is only making matters worse for them. The equipment has not yet caught up with the dynamic animation that MB is becoming known for, but it is easily serviceable. Also I wish that MB would include a small PE fret for gun slings in the future. However, even with those minor drawbacks, the action depicted in this set is simply too good to be ignored. I am sure we will be seeing these fellows in a goodly number of dioramas in the very near future; as for me, I think I am going to try a small base with some micro-balloons and then go from there!
SUMMARY
Highs: Great animation of the figures, makes you cold just looking at them.
Lows: No painting guide or instructions. Equipment not on the same level as the dynamic figures themselves.
Verdict: Great figure set, should be a real winner.
Percentage Rating
92%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35103
  Suggested Retail: $9.45
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  PUBLISHED: Mar 23, 2012
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.70%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 84.05%

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About Rick Cooper (clovis899)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

I have been modeling for about 30 years now. Once upon a time in another century I owned my own hobby shop; way more work than it was worth. I tip my opti-visor to those who make a real living at it. Mainly build armor these days but I keep working at figures, planes and the occasional ship.

Copyright ©2017 text by Rick Cooper [ CLOVIS899 ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of TankRat's. All rights reserved.


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Comments

Very good review Rick and I like the work you have put into assembly and painting, I particularly like the scarf you have added but shouldn't the flap be blown in the other direction the same as the coat.
MAR 22, 2012 - 06:13 PM
That cold wind, it swirls around and around, and plays tricks, coming from every direction... you can never get away from it!
MAR 22, 2012 - 06:50 PM
I like the poses and winter gear , even if it is more Germans.
MAR 22, 2012 - 06:55 PM
Happened to catch a Youtube review on these figures the other day and it struck me that with a little modifications, they could be wearing dusters. Dusters were worn by cowboys during the 1800's and still are worn by many today. Think of the number of westerns where everyone's wearing 'em. Going for zombie/apocalypse dioramas and these would look great with survivors struggling with the wind, cold & snow. Maybe pulling a couple of horses behind them?
JUN 09, 2017 - 04:15 PM
In terms of telling a story I feel this is the best figure set there is. I bought four sets as I adore the way they say its 'Bloody Cold here', I used one set in the picture below and you can see more of it via the link below. http://armorama.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=features&file=view&artid=4893
JUN 09, 2017 - 09:28 PM
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