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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Jan 2018 10:41 p.m. PST

AB Figures announced new 20mm Afrika Korps sets




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New Jersey Devil Inactive Member24 Jan 2018 11:06 p.m. PST

AB miniatures are very nice, but some(like the mortar crew above) look like they are deminstraighting the weapons for some big shot. They don't look like they are in combat.

I was a Mortar Loader for a bit when I first got to Afghanistan(Not my natural MOS, BTW), and I loaded the weapon under fire, and I can tell you, I was hunched over quite a bit. In fact, we all were.

TL;DR Nice figure, just not in combat poses.

foxweasel25 Jan 2018 1:00 a.m. PST

New Jersey Devil, I don't want to get in a "my dad's bigger than yours" type argument, but. The mortar and MG figures are perfectly accurate for combat. I've been on the 81mm mortar for over 20 years, and before that on sustained fire MGs, including about 10 combat tours. The whole idea is to fire them at range, yes I've used them very close to the enemy but that is exceptionally rare. The poses Tony has put them in are classic mortar poses. Again I'm sorry if you think I'm knocking your experience, I'm not.

foot soldier Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Jan 2018 8:18 a.m. PST

The new Afrika Korps sets ( of which the above pictures are a few) will be available at Cold Wars in March before the official release at Salute in April.

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donlowry25 Jan 2018 9:44 a.m. PST

Gotta agree that none of them look like they are being shot at.

War Panda25 Jan 2018 11:19 a.m. PST

As someone who hasn't been involved in firing a mortar under fire but who does enjoy photographing his minis for AAR's in the relative safety of my child infested home I think the poses look very sterile. I love AB but I agree with NJD. Even the machine gunner seated looks kind of fed up and bored with life.

foxweasel25 Jan 2018 1:35 p.m. PST

They are all using weapon systems that are designed to be used at long ranges, hopefully well out of small arms range. If they were modelled being shot at at less than 200/300m, they wouldn't be manning those weapons but would be using their personal weapons for self defence. If they were modelled being shot at and still firing the mortar, the only difference would be that the No2 (loader) would be crouched down, still not very dynamic.

deephorse25 Jan 2018 3:55 p.m. PST


What on earth is wrong with these men? Why don't they look as though they are being shot at?

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