Do you still remember the time when there were almost no modern Russian figures available on the market? It is amazing how things changed in the last couple of years... and it is all due to Sergey Traviansky and his sculpts for various figure companies: Imperium Models, Battalion Models, MasterClub and finally, Sergey's own label, Evolution Miniatures. The last modern figure release from Evolution Miniatures is a very interesting portrait of two soldiers helping a wounded comrade: Russian Infantrymen and Wounded Tankman, Chechen Republic 1995-2000 (EM-35034).
The kit arrived safely protected in a well designed hard cardboard box. The box features nicely painted box art picture and lists both the sculptor (Sergey Traviansky) and the painter (Alexey Kruchkov). After opening the box and examining zip-lock bag content, I was surprised to count only 6 parts in this kit. One would expect quite a number of pieces in a 3-figure set, but clever design of figure break-up made it possible to cast such an elaborate kit in so few parts. Three complete figures are made of only 4 parts: two full figures are cast as a single piece (plus the left arm of the third figure supporting the wounded tank crewman) while the last figure is cast as a single piece as well, with right arm and right hand holding the weapon as separate parts. The last two parts of the set are weapon pieces.
The parts are cast in grey resin which is clean of any imperfections. Although I learned to expect flawless molding from Evolution Miniatures, this is still quite an achievement taking into consideration how large and complex pieces are in this kit. Casting blocks of main figure parts are big, but well placed, allowing easy clean up with minimal chance of damaging the detail. Be careful while cleaning the weapons as they are very delicate. The assembly of the figures is quite straightforward and the fit of the parts excellent… there is almost no chance of misaligning the pieces due to small protrusions and recesses in corresponding parts. Placing the parts correctly leaves no visible gaps between the pieces so minimal putty work is needed.
This figure set depicts two Russian soldiers providing support for the wounded tank crewman. The figures are wearing Russian Army winter uniform consisting of the lined jacket and trousers. The jacket is made of cotton and has four pockets on the body and one small pocket on the upper part of each sleeve. The elbows are reinforced and the button plaquette is covered, with the exception of the throat button. Removable jacket lining can be attached for additional warmth and has a fur collar exposed over the collar of the jacket. The fur collar can be turned up to protect the head from the freezing cold. Instead of the lined winter uniform jacket, the tank crewman wears winter tanker jacket with fur collar. The trousers are also lined and made of cotton; they have a pocket on each thigh and have draw-in ties on each cuff of the leg. The crease on the front of each trouser leg is a peculiarity of this uniform… it could be easily mistaken for a resin seam line, but it is not. First Russian winter uniforms were issued in standard khaki color and later variants were camouflaged in TTsKO and VSR pattern (also known as “Schofield” or “Dubok”), which were later replaced by Flora camouflage pattern. Infantry figures also wear two versions of 6B fragmentation body armor (6B3 and 6B5) which feature 4 integrated AK ammo pouches and grenade pouches on the back of the vest. This kind of body armor was generally issued to Russian troops at the time of the Chechen wars; it was not camouflaged, but in khaki or greenish color. Both figures have canteens secured to their belts, and one of the figures is also carrying VOG-25 grenade pouch around his shoulder. The same figure is wearing M-60 helmet over knitted cap, a usual Russian soldier practice during the cold winter months in Chechnya.
The figures are armed with AK-74 and AK-74/GP30 (the AK-74 version with 40mm underbarrel VOG-25 grenade launcher) and you can also use RPG-22, hanging the weapon on one of the figures back. All weapons are very nicely cast with great details, although some work is needed to clean the AK barrels.
The figures are sculpted very nicely; the anatomy is perfect and the poses look really good as you can almost feel how hard the wounded tank crewman walks even with the support from his comrades. The details on the equipment are spot-on. I love the way shallow folds on the uniforms represent the heavy winter garb and the small tears on the fabric make the uniforms even more realistic. The fur collars look really good too. The level of details on fragmentation vests, high top boots, gloves, knitted cap, VOG-25 pouch is amazing. One thing I still have to mention are the figure head sculpts: all heads look really good and each figure has its own individual facial details cleanly sculpted and well defined.
I have been a huge fan of Sergey Traviansky long before he founded his own figure company, Evolution Miniatures. I remember Sergey's earlier sculpts which were absolutely amazing and it seems his figures are even getting better with time. It is not just about of the sculpts, which are definitely among the best on the market today, but also about his feeling for figure break-up which makes Sergey's figure kits easy to assemble and a pleasure to paint. "Russian Infantrymen and Wounded Tankman" is all that; sculpted with amazing attention to detail, perfectly cast and easy to build... what more can you ask for?
Thanks to Olga and Sergey of Evolution Miniatures for this review sample.
Camouflage Uniforms of the Soveit Union and Russia, Schiffer Publishing
Highs: Nicely sculpted, perfectly cast and easy to build. Lows: No lows here.Verdict: Highly recommended.
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