1/72 Orion 72039 Hussite War Wagon And Command

Orion 72039 Hussite War Wagon And Command

Another tiny review for one of the latest released set, this time the Orion Hussite War Wagon and Command, 72039 set.
First of all I must said than figures in this set have a high quality sculpture, and are a must be in any Hussite or Medieval army in our scale, but the set have other odds which don’t glad to me. The most important the lack of instructions to built the wagon, which haves around 35 parts, and just a one angle picture in the box’s back will be your only help.

Orion Hussite War Wagon built.

Hussite Wagons were covered time ago by MiniArt, but this new wagon from Orion have some better features, and also another odd, which is size. Figures are completely covered by the wagon wall, while this probably is more accurate it means than the figures you will be painting a couple of hours will be almost hidden. The best of the wagon is the wooden pattern, clearly visible in all pieces.

Comparative between Orion Hussite War Wagon and MiniArt's ones.

Another odd of the set is that Orion don’t managed new horses for this great figures, they just re-release one sprue of horses used in previous sets, which we must say are too small for the riders, as pictures show. I replaced them by some Italei horses, but just for the pictures, i don’t know which will be the definitive horses if i paint this set.

Orion horses aren't the best of this set.

Figures of the set depict three own named historic personages plus three figures including one horse standart and one driver for the wagon. The historic personages are Jan Hus, Jan Ziska and Prokop the Great.

Jan Hus (1369 – 6 July 1415) is who named the Hussites, he is the first actual Church reformer, prior to Luther or Calvin. Their defense and rebellion against Roman Catholics became known as the Hussite Wars.He died burned at the stake for heresy, something very common in that time.

The left figure represent Jan Hus.

Jan Ziska (1360–1424) was an Hussite Leader, probably the famous ones and is one of the four general in history who never was defeated. One of his innovations were the War Wagons which are a tank precursor 5 hundred years before. I recommend the lecture of the Wiki article, as he was a really impressive and important General who improved and changed the medieval warfare forever.

Prokop the Great (1380 – 1434) Another Hussite Command, who was the most prominent leader of the latter Hussite Wars.

Prokop in the center, Jan Ziska on right.

The last feature remarkable of the set are the couple of ox, which are not common in our hobby. MiniArt’s wagon use horses. Take care that real War Wagons were capable to acommodate 15 or 20 men, which are impossible with these two representations.

You can buy the set here.

1/72 RedBox RB72039 Hussite Infantry

1/72 RedBox RB72039 Hussite Infantry

Another of the newly released sets from RedBox. This one was released prior to last entry for the War of the Roses, and has been completely reviewed at PSR site, don’t miss it.

My figures haven’t the same plastic colour than the ones in PSR site, so they must be a second series, and once againg they show some less flash than in PSR, although more that the Men at Arms and retinue set.

This time you get 36 figures in 12 poses, plus 3 shields in three equals sprue.
One of the problem with the sprue are some of the weapons, is hard to know where the sprue ends and the weapon begin :D, so take care of this.
Sculpture is quite good and shields have been decorated in relieve so a hand painted scheme is affordable.
Another problem are gain mould marks, which cross some faces by the middle.

The hussite infantry has been covered previously for some other manufacturers, for comparission i took some pictures close to the MiniArt 72010 Hussites and the Orion 72019 Medieval Siege Troops which is not marked as Hussite but have a lot of hand gunners than can be used so.

As you can see in the pictures the three sets are quite compatible, so a great variation can be achieved to cover the subject. Only one of the three sets, the MiniArt ones, comes with two hussite wagons, although recently Orion have released a set which haves some nice figures and one hussite wagon.
I also included two Zvezda figures to show they are all quite compatible again. Medieval range seem to be a lucky ones, we have four manufacturers here and all figures are compatible, this not ever happen.

If i must choose one of the sets as the best, i can’t. All have odds and advantages. The MiniArt haves the two wagon, but at least my set, is plenty full of flash and mould problems, more than the RedBox ones. The Orion set have some very nice sculpted figures, but also tons of flahs, no wagon and not all the figures can be taken as Hussite infantry. So probably the best option is take the three. 😀
An excellent example of the MiniaArt figures can be found at mate Paul’s blog.

As the War of the Roses set this one shows the improvement made by RedBox, and i’m excited about the next release from this brand. It could be good if they reworked all the sets made for the Boxer’s Rebellion. A good subject very bad covered by their previous sets, or the Korean medieval army, also covered by their previous works.

If you want to take this set now, take a look here.

1/72 RedBox RB72040 Men At Arms and Retinue

1/72 RedBox RB72040 Men At Arms and Retinue

Is the first time i brought a RedBox set, after see the quality improvement they have done with their new medieval range,and i think they deserve this tiny review.
Set contains 30 figures in 10 poses, spread in 3 equals sprue.

In fact quality of the sculpture is far away from previous RedBox’s set, so this one must be in any medieval army in 1/72 scale. All the poses looks pretty well, and the amount of flash in my set is less than the showed at PSR site (i’m lucky). They still have some mould problems, as many of the figures are crossed by mould marks, specially faces, what is an important odd in paint process. Mould marks are harder to remove than flash, you will probably disfigure all the faces if try it.
The standard bearer is probably the worst figure, not by the figure itself, but the standard is quite usefulness, and hard to remove from the sprue. Better will be thinking in replace it for a self made flag, which is not so hard. The flag is so thick than figure can’t stand up by itself 🙂

Although it can’t be appreciated in pictures another fault is the figure taking an arrow from the ground, the arrow is almost so thick as his arm.

I’m not an expert in medieval period but all the figures looks correct to me. They look what they are, medieval knight and men at arms, ready to fight. The several archer figures contribute to the sensation of they are British men.

Figures have a size totally compatible with the high quality Zvezda’s range, so if you have a medieval army composed with the Zvezda’s set, this can be a good addition.

This one pass to the workbench, which is so huge at this moment than i’m not sure if they will be painted any time, as my medieval project is currently stopped.

Despite all the odds we are very happy to see the great quality improvement done by RedBox, we expect all the forthcoming releases will be in the same or greater quality, so we almost can say a “new brand” has born and we will be happy to purchase and work with their sets.

Don’t wait to get it, take a look here and choose the cheapest option.

nº07 – DeAgostini – Altaya – IXO Dukw 353

Altaya IXO Dukw 353 U.S.Marine Corps Iwo Jima (Japan) 1945

Technical Details
2 Crew.
Range 640Km, 93Km in the water.
1 MG M2 12,70mm
It can reach 10 Km/h in the water.

This amphibious artefact was developed over a GMC 353 truck. It had an important role in all the amphibious operation of the U.S. army. In Pacific and European theatre. A large number were involved in operation such Normandy or Iwo Jima, which is the choice of Altaya to depict here, a vehicle in service for the U.S Marine Corps. More than 29000 units were built, some of them to saw service in French, English or Australian armies, and about 585 units saw service in the Soviet Union army during WWII.
Most of them wasn’t armed but some units haves a heavy machine gun M2 12,70mm. It was capable to transport 12 infantry men or 2,3 load tons.
French army used them during Indochina conflict, and British used them on Malaysia and Borneo in the 60th’s. U.S. Army also used them during Korea conflict and even some of them properly maintained still work in recreational functions.

Altaya’s model is quite good this time, nice camouflage and good average detail, in the Altaya’s range. Don’t forget these models are quite cheap than other Diecast’s manufacturers, and Altaya is presenting a lot of models never did in Diecast World and 1/72 scale. Dinky and Solido also haves a Dukw in their range, but not in 1/72 scale.

nº08 – DeAgostini – Altaya – IXO AMX 30 Roland

DeAgostini – Altaya – IXO AMX 30 Roland 57e Régiment de Artillerie Antiaérien – Marne (France)

Technical details
Crew: 3.
Double Roland missile system.
Range 550 Km.

Another specialized vehicle based on the chassis of the AMX-30 French tank, by the moment, the second in the collection, after the AMX AU F-1. In this case is an anti-air defence vehicle, equipped with the Roland missile system. It have capability to transport 8 missile, capable to beat target at a range of 6300 meters, flying with an altitude between 20 and 5.500 meters (low cote planes). Missile can reach Match 1,6 and it can beat targets flying at 1,3 Match.
Around 183 units were manufactured since 1977, some of them has seen service in countries such Spain, Niger or Qatar.

Altaya’s model depict a French service vehicle, with the typical NATO 3 colours camouflage scheme. Once again, it is not the best than we have seen from Altaya. Specially the missile’s tubes and radar, moulded in plastic, and the too thick arrays, which not contribute to the overall good looking of the vehicle.