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brian638
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Posted: Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 02:38 AM UTC
Alan McNeilly takes a look at the new ICM British Infantry and Equipment set for WW1.

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phantom_phanatic309
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Posted: Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 12:51 AM UTC
Recently picked up Revells rebox of ICM's Anzacs and was pleased to find this entire set included. Really is a nice set of kit. Lots of extras for my planned diorama. The lack of empty bayonet scabbards is a bit inconvenient, but should be able to trim the handles off. Interesting that they included Ross rifles. Will have to check references as to who and when they would have been used.
erichvon
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Posted: Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 10:52 AM UTC
Stephen,I picked the British and German sets up recently off ebay and was really pleased with them. I only wanted the British one (they came as a pair) for the Lee Enfields with the grenade cup for an LRDG diorama I'm working on (in bursts) but going on the quality and the contents there's all sorts of bits I can use in an early WWII setting. The entrenching tools in the box were still in use by the BEF in 1940. Going on the strength of these sets I may be tempted to start dabbling in First World war stuff in the not too distant future as the detail is lovely. What's more is they've obviously done a lot of research into each set with some quite surprising items like the No16 grenades and the Ross's as you mentioned. With the kit that's in the box you have everything that you need to convert say a WW2 figure to a First World War one with the webbing items etc. The German set's equally interesting if you get opportunity to pick it up.
phantom_phanatic309
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Posted: Monday, July 31, 2017 - 02:48 PM UTC
I have ordered myself some more of ICM's WW1 sets this weekend, the Eastern Front triple set (German, Austrian-Hungarian and Russian infantry) and the Italian set. Really nice looking figures and again some really good looking kit. I'll know more when I get it, but I believe the Italian set even has the Villar-Perosa twin machine gun!
I especially like the look of the Stoss Truppen set. They look very intimidating in those gas masks.
We seem to be going through a Golden Age in WW1 subjects at the moment and the quality of the kits we're seeing has certainly reignited my interest in the conflict. I thoroughly recommend getting yourself at least one Wingnut Wings kit. They are amazing.

Funny you should mention working on an LRDG diorama. Been doing the same myself for what seems like years. Would be interested to see how your's is coming along.
erichvon
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Posted: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 - 12:51 PM UTC
Stephen, it's one of those dioramas I was all fired up on then went off and built something else and put it on the back burner meaning to pick it up once I'd finished. That was about 3 years ago lol. So far I've built three SAS jeeps using the Black Dog and Legends update sets and two Chevvies. One as the radio truck and one as the Scorpion gun truck with the Breda. I'd bought some Resicast Vickers on pedestals to do another gun truck which is part built. Really ought to get it out and finish it and then finally build the project proper. I was doing it as a pre Barce meeting/replen scenario hence the SAS jeeps. I'm terrible for getting distracted by other projects that appear from nowhere.
phantom_phanatic309
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Posted: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 - 06:38 PM UTC
Same thing for me. When I first started tje Tamiya Chevvy about 10 years ago, there wasn't much I could get for extras on the market. The truck is built up and painted and all ready to go. Since that time I've accumulated a few Miniart figures sets, some extra weapons and a set of resin stowage to stick in the back. And then we moved house and it all got packed away. The truck is currently sitting sad and alone on a shelf at my parents, while everything else is split amongst half a dozen packing boxes in the spare room and loft.
One day I will finish it!
I did have a look in your albums. The jeeps look fantastic.

My other ICM figures arrived today and they are outstanding. What I like is how they represent early war infantry. I plan on adding some late war sets to display alongside them. Show how uniform, kit and the reality of war changed the men at the front. Already have Masterbox's late British infantry and they do show a more haggard and war weary appearance. One of the interesting touches on those figures are the vicious looking trench clubs hanging from their belts.