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04 Feb 2021 9:07 a.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "New British & Canadian infantry from Warlord Games" to "British & Canadian infantry from Warlord Games - What do you think?"Crossposted to 28mm WWII board

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TheMapleLeafForever04 Feb 2021 12:33 a.m. PST

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What do you all think?

Disco Joe04 Feb 2021 4:54 a.m. PST

Great for those who like plastic but for me I would have preferred metal figures so I won't purchase them.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2021 7:30 a.m. PST

Same. I don't like assembling plastic figures. Good news if that is your thing.

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2021 9:35 a.m. PST

They are nice looking figures.
Perhaps I just haven't been paying attention, since this isn't exactly my area, but is this the first time somebody has labeled figures as "British & Canadian"? I know the uniforms were pretty much the same, and if I wanted to model a Canadian unit, I'd have bought British figures, but actually including the Canadian name in the packaging seems different. Mind, the link mentions three Canadian divisions in NW Europe, and I do know of a lot of very enthusiastic Canadian gamers, so it does seem fair.

Grelber

Lascaris04 Feb 2021 9:43 a.m. PST

My only knock against Warlord is how expensive they are. At nearly $2 USD/figure for plastic and roughly $3 USD for metal they compare poorly to something like Perry's which are about half the price.

Brian Smaller04 Feb 2021 9:51 a.m. PST

From Warlord site:

A British infantry squad was referred to as a section. It normally consisted of ten men and was divided into a separate rifle group and Bren group. Each section was led by a corporal armed with a rifle or pistol and included a lance corporal who was in charge of the Bren group. All the section members apart from the corporal carried ammunition for the Bren 700 rounds in 25 magazines in all. In addition, all men carried grenades.
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My Dad approves. Dude in centre.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2021 12:08 p.m. PST

Grelber is right – British and Canadian uniforms were pretty much the same except for the Canada shoulder flash and that Canadian battledress was a bit greener than British khaki drab

For my 3rd Canadian Infantry Brigade I used the Valiant British figs with a green ink wash

Royston Papworth04 Feb 2021 12:15 p.m. PST

Interesting picture, first thing you notice is that there are two bren guns. so, I presume this is a TCV carrying two sections?

Brian Smaller04 Feb 2021 12:38 p.m. PST

Interesting picture, first thing you notice is that there are two bren guns. so, I presume this is a TCV carrying two sections?

That was just Dad's section.

Ryan T04 Feb 2021 5:54 p.m. PST

Warlord seems to have a tendency to produce great figures marred by sometimes sloppy research. I really like the variations available and don't object to having to assemble the figure.

But then I go to their blurb on "The Canadian Army" book and read about how it includes "unusual field modifications like the RAM Kangaroo APC, or the Skink self-propelled artillery gun." The Skink was a Sherman with an armoured quad 20 mm AA mount. There were three built and one saw some action against ground targets. But I guess having one of these in your figure collection does make it Canadian.

It was also pointed out above that the Canadian Battledress was made from greener cloth. The Canadian blouse also had concealed buttons both in the front of the blouse and on the cuffs. For details see:

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The Canadians were also often issued with what were called "Third Division Boots" These were a high topped black boot that negated the use of the web anklets.

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Am I being picky? Yes I am, but if you advertise these as Canadian figures why are these detail left out?

Wargamer Blue05 Feb 2021 7:27 a.m. PST

I'm with you Ryan. The Canadians wore those long black boots similar to what modern soldier wear. That's what I was hoping to see. And please don't anyone tell me to get out the green stuff and make my own.

newarch06 Feb 2021 5:52 a.m. PST

The thing is that for the most part, British and Canadian uniforms were identical. People tend to play up the differences between nations both in appearance and character to make their army more distinctive, especially Battlefront who had special rules pertaining to certain ascribed national characteristics. Some uniform items or equipment are visual shorthand for a particular nations troops even it wasn't used exclusively by them.

In respect of the difference in late war footwear issued to some Canadians perhaps they need a set with an interchangeable legs.

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