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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2019 9:50 p.m. PST

"Civilians suffered in World War II like no other. Of course civilians had always suffered when they were caught in the fighting or in the way of an army, but World War II saw widespread bombing of densely populated areas, vast number of deaths caused by famine and disease, and not least the deliberate destruction of some populations. It has been estimated that around 50 million civilian deaths were attributable to the war worldwide, but for many of the rest there were shortages, the loss of loved ones and the possibility of a violent death or injury at almost any time. Whole cities could be severely damaged such as Hamburg and Dresden, and populations in strategic locations could be systematically besieged and attacked such as at Leningrad and Malta, while several countries were wholly or partly occupied, spawning resistance, and therefore repressive retaliation, on a massive scale. So a large part of the story of World War II is the story of the civilians who lived and died during those terrible years…."

Civilians suffered in World War II like no other. Of course civilians had always suffered when they were caught in the fighting or in the way of an army, but World War II saw widespread bombing of densely populated areas, vast number of deaths caused by famine and disease, and not least the deliberate destruction of some populations. It has been estimated that around 50 million civilian deaths were attributable to the war worldwide, but for many of the rest there were shortages, the loss of loved ones and the possibility of a violent death or injury at almost any time. Whole cities could be severely damaged such as Hamburg and Dresden, and populations in strategic locations could be systematically besieged and attacked such as at Leningrad and Malta, while several countries were wholly or partly occupied, spawning resistance, and therefore repressive retaliation, on a massive scale. So a large part of the story of World War II is the story of the civilians who lived and died during those terrible years.

The dozen poses in this set are all quite static no one seems to be walking or running, just standing (or sitting), apart perhaps from the last figure in our top row. This gives them the appearance of waiting for a bus or tram, especially as several are carrying luggage. Were you to wish to create a street scene, or perhaps a scene where civilians are caught in some military operation, then you would probably want a lot more action than we have here, so we thought these poses were quite limited…."
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Torquemada12 Jun 2019 2:46 a.m. PST

I'm gonna be honest and say they look awful …

GReg BRad12 Jun 2019 5:06 a.m. PST

Agreed awful sculpts.

Choctaw12 Jun 2019 9:54 a.m. PST

Pass.

Pauls Bods12 Jun 2019 10:13 a.m. PST

Great…we get to do the "suspicious man surrendering" and "100 % ecological product" jokes again ;-)
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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2019 11:53 a.m. PST

Glup!….

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Armand

TacticalPainter0117 Jun 2019 3:45 p.m. PST

What is missing from the parts of the review that Tango posted is this damning assessment:

As so often the quality of the sculpting is evident from our picture. Detail is poor and areas like faces are extremely basic. There are many flat areas on some surfaces, making the clothing look unnatural, and in general the surface of the figures is often damaged with blobs or pits that seem to be largely random. Not apparent from our photographs, but very evident when you have them in your hand, is how thin they are front-to-back. From the front they seem normal, but the back is always quite flat, which looks poor and also makes the figure a lot thinner than it should be almost semi-flat in some cases. Since hardly anyone is holding a tool or apparently doing anything, the general appearance of the poses looks ok although the man with the spade is quite flat. There is a very rough line where the moulds meet, and a fair amount of flash, but this is almost all at the back, so not evident in our images. We also found that the quality varied between the same pose, and online forums suggest some copies of the set can be considerably poorer than ours, so unfortunately we have to say the dreaded phrase quality varies, so check before you buy if possible.

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