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matthewgreen17 Feb 2017 12:11 p.m. PST

Having discovered some of my old Airfix models in the loft, I've restarted a bit of WW2 wargaming. My period of choice is mid-war Tunisia to Italy, focusing on British and German troops. I hate my old Airfix soft plastic figures though – so I am acquiring new ones. And it is quite bewildering to try and find what I want.

AB figures look very nice, and look as if they will meet most of my needs. But I'm looking for snipers (plus accompanying spotters, perhaps). I've tried searching online – but it is needle in a haystack. Google ain't that good.

Any suggestions for German and British mid-war figures?

waveydavey17 Feb 2017 12:23 p.m. PST

Grubby tanks have got a British sniper and spotter. I can't remember if it's the Kelly Heroes or Britannia range.

genew49 Supporting Member of TMP17 Feb 2017 12:31 p.m. PST

TQD has British snipers but none are in "firing" position

French Wargame Holidays17 Feb 2017 12:59 p.m. PST

Battlefield/blitz has them, also FAA

uglyfatbloke17 Feb 2017 1:31 p.m. PST

I was told recently that the US did not have sniper schools until after the war; anybody know if that's true? it sounded unlikely to me, but I'm not well-informed about US army practice.

Kungfucius17 Feb 2017 1:41 p.m. PST

Sojers have a German sniper team
but they could be more late than mid war

nazrat17 Feb 2017 8:27 p.m. PST

AB will be releasing a pack of British snipers soon.

Anthony Barton18 Feb 2017 3:45 a.m. PST

British Snipers and spotters out in perhaps a month or so.

matthewgreen18 Feb 2017 7:56 a.m. PST

Thanks everybody.

Thanks for heads up on AB figures. Not on Fighting15s yet that I can see – but there is no hurry and I can source elsewhere if need be.

Sojers Germans would certainly do. I suspect camouflage smocks were in use by snipers by mid-war.

I have also found some SS snipers on TQD castings (CP models). Not specifically looking for SS, but again in this case I suspect difference not worth worrying about.

LeonAdler Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Feb 2017 2:27 p.m. PST

Smocks worn from spring 42 onwards by the army units ( Waffen SS of course had them from the start)Working on a team at the moment to supplement the 'lehr' style range.

Have the feeling your right about US sniper schools must dig out the book 'Out of Nowhere' which is a great source for anything sniper related.

uglyfatbloke18 Feb 2017 4:09 p.m. PST

I did n't know that Leon. Do you know which smocks?

IanKHemm18 Feb 2017 4:45 p.m. PST

The way I see it: If you sniper is any good then you shouldn't need a figure to put on the table.

LeonAdler Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Feb 2017 11:41 p.m. PST

The M1942 reversible to white in Zeltbahn 31 initially, then a Marsh pattern version, the 43 model was done in splinter and a non reversible version was also done in marsh pattern with intergal hood. Hooded versions were often worn with the hood folded in if they were reversible probably. Difficult to tell from the few pics around.

uglyfatbloke19 Feb 2017 1:18 a.m. PST

Many thanks Leon.

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