They’re green. They’re ugly. They’re communists. They have submachine guns.
They are “Soviet” Goblin Tropers
In 2009 Micro Art Studio
sculptor Łukasz Perzanowski
was asked to design figure of orcs in WWII spirit. Orcs had uniforms quite similar to WWII German soldiers. Łukasz decided to follow the idea and create opposition to Nazi Orcs – it resulted with “Soviet” Goblins.
MAS offers several kits from their WWII Orcs and Goblins series (some of them as part of their Conversion Lab, some (“Soviet Goblins”) in SF Miniatures section.
One of the kits from this range is Goblins Troopers "Soviet" set 1
Goblins Troopers "Soviet" set 1 comes in standard Micro Art Studio clear plastic blister. Parts are protected by polifoam. Parts were not damaged so the packaging seems to be sturdy enough.
Kit contains five figures, each representing a Goblin Trooper. They all have Soviet WWII helmets with red star on them. Goblins’ eyes are almost invisible, because of the fact that helmets seem to be definitely too big for them. Helmet straps are not strapped due to the fact that they are too short for big goblin jaws, but some of the goblins decided to strap them anyway keeping the helmets in place with their pointy noses…
All Goblins wear simple uniforms and warm, too long overcoats with wide collars on them. One of them is decorated with medal – Goblins have their heroes too.
They are all carrying PPSh (which look rather like PPS but have drum magazines) or PPS submachine guns – four have standard drum magazines, one is equipped with box magazine version (it may be rather PPS).
Further describing these funny looking creatures will not give them justice they deserve so I’m going to let the pictures tell the rest.
Kit contains five figures. Each is made of three parts:
- resin body with arms (20mm tall)
- white metal head in helmet
- hands holding submachine gun (also white metal)
All five heads are attached to sprue we all know from plastic models. They are attached by chin so there won’t be any problem with detaching them from the sprue and cleaning joint marks. Same situation is with hands/submachine guns sprue. Parts are attached by the joint area of right hand which will be covered by the sleeve of overcoat.
Resin bodies come separately and without pouring blocks.
Total height of each figure after assembly is about 22mm. Taking under consideration the size of submachine guns they are carrying we are dealing with creatures that in real life would be about 63 cm tall.
ASSEMBLY AND PAINTING
Neither assembly nor painting instruction is included in the kit, but assembly is obvious and subject being almost totally fictional doesn’t have to obey any uniform color rules.
Picture available on MAS website showing painted figures is very good reference for painting.
Neck to head joint allows small adjustments (as ball-joint/socket connection). Both hands go to sleeve sockets and there simple dry fit check did not revealed any problem with putting hands holding gun in place.
There is no rule which head goes to which body so if you are planning to make whole army of these ugly fellows it should be easy to make them differ and to avoid creating and army of doppelgangers.
DETAILING AND QUALITY
Figures are nicely sculpted. Heads have nice details and they will be real fun to paint. Face features of troopers are clean and crisp, each face is also visibly different. Bodies made of resin are bit rough on some areas and will require delicate sanding to smooth them. Some delicate seem lines and flesh are present as well. Bodies are not very detailed, but details are crisp and after painting they should look nice.
Guns are sculpted simply but nicely and unless you are expecting 100% match to original weapons you are going to be satisfied with their look (just keep in mind that whole idea is rather a joke thank historically accurate representation of uniform or a weapon, not mentioning the soldiers themselves).
Funny looking tiny figures from Micro Art Studio. Definitely not best position in their offer leaving some place for improvement but still of proper quality. Very interesting and funny idea and funny looking faces of Goblin Troopers are highs of this set. Detailing of bodies and guns is not from the highest shelf but since details are crisp and only minor cleaning is necessary it won’t be difficult to bring the details up with painting.
Kit may be good start of MAS WW2 Orcs and Goblins collection, single purchase that will break the monotony every collection (WW2 Soviet Goblins is something you don’t see very often) or even an element of funny what-if WW2 diorama.
Picture of painted figures came from Micro Art Studio’s website
Base is no longer available from Micro Art Studio but can be purchased from Basicks