...this time! Standing about 32mm tall and immaculately cast in one piece in a very durable, quality resin with sharp, well-defined detail the miniatures would appear to be an accurate depiction of the present day, MTP clothed British soldier his equipment and weapons. I have no news of a release date as yet but I understand the range will be extensive with alternative helmets (eg Para helmets), poses, weapons and, in the future, allies, opfor and vehicles.
A 'gentleman' of my acquaintance (said 'gentleman' has also told me that 10% of sales will be donated to soldiers charities - a very magnanimous gesture by this former 'squaddie'!) has kindly sent me a few samples and so I have eight troopers on my painting desk seven of which are shown below...
...I had a decision to make...If I wanted the roof to fit perfectly I would have to glue it in position, fill and sand the resultant gaps and make corrections where the roof over-lapped the sides. This would mean that the interior so painstakingly painted would be mostly hidden and could only be partially viewed if I left the door open. I have decided instead to have this as a display model with the roof off and alongside the vehicle on a polished wood base. I will order a second M577 and build it closed up (I will omit the driver and gunner but might include the commander at his station with the door open - and perhaps have a Colonial marine exiting the vehicle).
The first one has been primed and base-coated (it looks a bit light at the moment but this will darken with filters and weathering) and is now to one side awaiting specialist decals...and isn't it always the way that as soon as you start painting you find casting faults you missed during the build!? They will be corrected. Pics below with a Khurasan 'Caiman' APC for size comparison.
...I think the interior of the APC might be finished. I've added a wristwatch/com/monitor to the gunner's wrist as the join to the controls was not as good as I'd like it to be; a few scrapes and scratches to the paintwork; dirtied the floor a little and added the three containers from the kit opposite the driver and gunner. I might add a few more items to the space next to the containers and something on one or two of the seats.