Friday, October 24, 2014

Bolt Action Plastic U.S. Rangers

A few months ago I purchased a box of these little dudes more out of curiosity than real need for more World War II troops. For the most part I like Warlord Game's Bolt Action miniatures. All of the pictures I'd seen online of the finished product showed a very nice looking platoon-size unit with tons of possibilities for poses.

I have some experience with Perry's plastic ACW line, so I had an idea what I was in for. The first thing I would say to someone contemplating the purchase of any plastic minis where there is "some assembly required" would be this - plan on spending a decent chunk of time just prepping for the priming stage. The plastic-to-plastic assembly is easy enough with plain old Testor's modeling cement, but the metal-to-plastic assembly can be a little trickier. I would recommend fast drying superglue for plastic to metal. The set comes with a lot of cool accessories that allows for each model to have a truly unique look. Included are some metal heads that are supposed to portray many of the characters in the Saving Private Ryan movie. This could be up for debate, but they do look good.As for the unit selection, I chose the 29th Infantry Division because the patches are easy to hand paint and they would work well with an Omaha Beach scenario.

Once primed and ready for basecoating, these are a breeze to paint.  Personally, I enjoy dumping a bunch of little guys out a bag that require minimal prep work and on to painting I go, however, I can't say I wouldn't give another box of Bolt Action plastics a shot.


Greg Sapara said...

I have the plastic US Infantry, and I have to say that I was less than impressed with them. Not that yours don't look great, they certainly DO! I just found them a bit out of proportion in a strange way that their metals never were.

Rodger said...

Wonderful work on these guys!