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Ambush! Eastern Front 1944
Teacher
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England - North West, United Kingdom
Joined: April 05, 2003
KitMaker: 4,924 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, December 05, 2006 - 05:43 AM UTC
Here''s a look at the latest addition to the Dragon Generation 2 figure range!

Ambush! Eastern Front 1944



If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
alienchow
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Georgia, United States
Joined: July 21, 2005
KitMaker: 33 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, December 05, 2006 - 09:18 AM UTC
Too bad about the problems with the figures. The extra sights/triggers and decals will be perfect for the Adlers Nest Panzerfaust. I wonder if Dragon could be talked into releasing a set of Gen2 weapons and decals. Thanks for the excellent review, as always. Cheers, Erol
battery
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California, United States
Joined: March 19, 2004
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Posted: Wednesday, December 06, 2006 - 01:07 AM UTC
Thanks for the review, I knew nothing about this kit. I am not crazy about the figures as a group, individually, the might just work. I do think the officers cap is a bit stiff though.
DesertRat
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Spain / Espaņa
Joined: September 26, 2002
KitMaker: 131 posts
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Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2006 - 03:20 AM UTC
Hello,

Ron Volstad commented recently in another forum that in this set, the figures were produced first, and then some artist (not Ron V.) painted the box art after them. This is contrary to the usual process, that is the box art being made first, and the figure masters created with it as a reference.

It has been always patent that Dragon's sculptors have been unusally unable to "translate" the excellent poses Ron draws in 2D, to 3D figures, frequently resulting in stiff or dull poses, unlike what you see in the box art. Now that they are doing it the other way round, I'm afraid I find the figures dull and stiff -uninspiring - so, the resulting box art based on them is not especially attractive, neither.

They don't even look consistent as a grouping, neither; to me it looks like some initially not-related figures have been put together. This is so as far as composition is concerned, but even uniforms are not much consistent, with the officer presenting a distinct early war appearance that looks out of sync with the others. I will not categorically rule out this (and he wears a late-war model smock) but it looks odd.

Some of Dragon's latest releases are the product of still a different process: they took some plates Ron V. painted for Dragon-related Concord Publishing books, and created figure boxes from them. Not being originally painted with this purpose, the resulting figure sets are not much consistent, neither - at least to my eyes.

My two cents, anyway.

Daniel

jafad
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Joined: December 02, 2004
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Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2006 - 07:56 PM UTC
Thanks for the review Vinnie. I was wondering how much the 2nd figures arm could be moved down. The pose with the hand grenade doesn't seem a natural way to throw a grenade