Today I would like to make a short review of the products I have bought for my Flames of War army. I bought 3 box sets from the Plastic Soldier Company's (PSC) 15mm range of Germans. The first two are infantry sets. Late war German infantry and heavy weapons infantry sets.
The only downside to these PSC sets is that they do not come with bases. You will have to buy them separately. On a bright note they are light brown in colour so you do not even have to paint them - just flock and go!
I also opted to buy the box set from Wargames Factory. I have to say I was a bit disappointed. They are slightly smaller than the PSC miniatures, despite being finer. Yet there is very little pose variation. Also you have a lot of sub-machine gun models when what you really need is rifle men. I found this a strange choice.
The pics below are some comparisons between WF and PSC infantry. As you can see for yourselves the WF (darker plastic) are slighty closer to 15mm, but the larger 15mm of PSC (lighter plastic) allows for better compatabiulity with Battlefront miniatures.
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I have decided to place one rifleman from the Wargames Factory set in each of my platoon teams (I might as well use them!). This will increase pose variation and will also allow me to build up another platoon of Grenadiers to a maximum of 3. The size difference will not be that noticeable, especially if you raise them slightly with putty on the base. Having said that, I will not buy another one of these sets unless they increase the size and change the poses and weapons' combinations.
As for the tanks I bought a box of StuGs and Tigers. Once again they are very good with respects to detail, size and value for money. You get 5 StuGs and 4 tiger models - i.e. enough to make two full platoons. In each box you also get extra parts to make early, mid or late war variations, as well as command vehicles, which is a nice touch. The only drawback is that all the models will look the same. There are no options for customisation like stowage, but this is a minor concern.
Another point to note is that the Stugs from the Open Fire box set are slightly larger than the PSC ones. This is a bit of a bummer, but for the price you pay, it is certainly worth the slight reduction in size.
Well that is all for now. Next post I will present my first painted miniatures. Until then...
Farewell and good health.