Quick Forged in Battle review
I’m working a bit on a MW 5th SS Panzergrenadier list so I’m currently struggling with painting planetree camo on Battlefronts excellent MW SS figures.
But since that range is somewhat limited (to only one panzergrenadier platoon blister in fact), I’ve been looking around for some alternatives and found FiBs SS range.
So here are some notes and photos of what they have to offer.
First out is the SS-INF-01 SS Rifle Platoon (I’d like to note that my camera is on “vacation” so all the photos are taken with my old compact camera):
These are nice crisp sculpts that matches the Battlefront ones well in size. They all have jackboots and smocks so they should be suitable for MW.
They differ a bit from the Battlefront range with their headgear which is more varied, it includes helmet covers (as the BF range), uncovered helmets, helmets with bands and helmets with foliage.
Some cons are that some helmets are a bit over-sized and that some rifles are a bit short, but overall they are very nice.
Looking at the rest of the figures included there are an officer (in a somewhat strange posture), 3 NCOs with SMG (all very nice) and 3 LMG gunners (With MG42s unfortunately) with loaders (all in different poses), and finally a light mortar with 2 crewmen (this isn’t listed on the FiB site).
And finally the two support packs SS-INF-02 SS Mortar Teams and SS-INF-03 SS HMG Teams:
The Mortar Pack consists of 4 mortar teams with 3 crewmen and an 81mm (one piece) mortar, there is no variation in sculpts or any spotters or NCOs which is a bit of a letdown compared to the Rifle pack but the figures are good overall.
The HMG pack is a bit more varied, it consists of 4 teams with 3 crewmen and an MG42 on a tripod (which is separate so you could actually exclude it to use the gunner to upgrade the Rifle Pack to Panzergrenadiers), the gunner and loader are all the same but the third crewman comes in 3 different poses, pointing, holding a spare barrel and opening a ammo box.
To sum up:
I think the FiB range will work fine to complement the Battlefront range and will look good even when used on the same bases.
Hopefully they will extend their SS range and if so I will surely get some additional figures.
Recommended, especially since the price is good compared to Battlefront: £8.10 vs £12.60 with 10% off on RRP for the Rifle platoon.