by: Alan McNeilly [ ]
There has been a steady number of additions to the Resicast range of Allied figures over these last couple of years. Another new addition is that of a figure named Gunner Jack. Jack Ward belonged to 9th Medium Regiment Royal Artillery and served during WW2.
This figure is based on a known photograph (featured below) and was sculpted by Gerard Detroeye and the box are painting was done by C Nachtergael.
The figure is provided packed in the standard Resicast format of two sealed zip plastic bags. The figure is cast in light grey resin and consists of 4 simple parts, the head, arms and complete torso. The cover sheet comes in a new format of a folded A5 page with 3 colour pictures of the completed and painted figure and a listing of the kit the figure is wearing and some suggested painting colours. This should prove a very handy reference guide to painting the figure.
The figure is dressed in Battle Dress serge 39/40 with the blouse having the pleated style pockets. The blouse is open all the way down the front showing a light wool pullover underneath. The blouse is very nicely done with the waist strap hanging down the left side and the small buckle on the right hand side of the waist band. Underneath the blouse and around the trouser waist is a leather civilian belt. The battle dress trousers have all the correct pockets and the dress is completed with a pair of anklets and ammo boots.
The head shows the face of an unshaven soldier wearing a Mk III style helmet and has good detail. The recommend painting instructions are for a soldier in Canadian Battledress, although a change of colour/tone will make for an equally useful British Soldier.
Clean-up is minimal so you can get to the fun part quickly. The figure stands at approximately 44mm in height and has good body proportions. The uniform has good natural folds and creases and should paint up well. There is a small seem that will need removed on the right anklet and boot.
The figure is depicted carrying a Jerry-can hoisted up onto his left shoulder and as with the figure the detail on the can is very good. The Jerry-can is moulded attached to the left arm/hand and the fit to the shoulder is good.
Another very useful figure for both Allied figure painters and diorama builders. Good order of dress and options for a unique figure are there for the taking if Gunner Jack isnít what you want. The overall detail is excellent. An alternative left arm and/or head and this one could be carrying a range of equipment or stores. I personally find these types of generic figures very useful as they can be adapted to fit a wide variety of situations so buy and enjoy as they say.