by: Alan McNeilly [ ]
This review follows on from the Sovereign 2000 British Tanker (N.W. Europe) Smoking review and features another of the old Wolf figures that Sovereign have acquired.
As is the case with smaller producers they do not get as much coverage as the larger manufacturers. Hopefully this will help remedy that and also highlight the fact that through their efforts a number of excellent 1/35 scale figures have been saved for both present and future generations of Allied modellers.
There is also an additional plus here for modellers in so much as the Sovereign figures retail for considerably less than their previous shelf cost.
This is a look at another of the old Wolf figures, that of a British Tanker carrying a 4gal flimsy of fuel.
The figure comes packed in a nice presentation box showing the product detail, a picture of the painted figure and the manufacturers details. The origin of the figure is clearly shown with the word Wolf at the end of the Sovereign logo. The figure is contained within a small plastic zip bag. Cast in a light cream coloured resin the figure is made up of 6 parts. The body cast as a whole with separate right arm, head, pistol holster, 4gal flimsy and fuel funnel.. There was no damage or cause for concern with the casting.
The figure depicts a walking tanker carrying a fuel can, dressed in Battle Dress Serge 39/40. The pose is natural looking with the tanker holding his right arm outstretched to balance the weight of the fuel can. The uniform detail is very well done, the Battle Dress jacket is open down the front sitting partially over the 37 pattern belt. The brasses on the front of the belt are well done as is the ammo pouch. Under the Battle Dress blouse the figure wears a standard issue shirt.
To complete the figure, Battle Dress trousers with ammo boots and anklets are worn. The uniform has nice folds and creases and should paint up really well. Detail on the overall uniform is excellent, with the correct pockets in evidence. The left arm comes moulded to the body and the sleeve has a turned up cuff.
The right arm and head are also nicely done. Again the arm has an open folded up cuff. The left arm is designed to carry the fuel can whilst the right arm is extended in a balancing motion. The head shows that of a young looking tanker wearing a Beret.
The figure comes with a closed pistol holster, 4 gal flimsy fuel can and a fuel funnel. The flimsy has a good handle, opening to insert the funnel and a cloth rag sitting on top of the can. The pistol holster shows the butt of a revolver extending from the closed holster.
The figure stand approximately 43mm form heel to shoulder so a good acceptable height for 1/35 scale.
There should be minimal clean up, with only the removal of the pour stubs to be dealt with. Normal safety precautions apply when working with resin.
Sovereign have kept available a very detailed and useful figure. Whether as a standalone subject or as an addition to a vehicle or diorama scene this one is very nice indeed. I like the casual style dress with the open BD blouse, and the way the soldier wears the uniform which looks perfectly natural and un-parade like.
The casting and detail are excellent , the uniform has all the right pockets in the right place and with minimal clean up and parts you can get to the fun bit quickly.
Sovereign continues to expand their British and Commonwealth figure range and this can only be a good thing for modellers and figure painters alike.
I have attached below some images of the built figure from the Sovereign web site for further reference.