by: Mario Matijasic [ ]
Originally published on:
Many “which figures would you like to see produced” discussions on various figure forums end up by recognizing the lack of civilian figures on the 1/35 scale market. There are loads of figures depicting soldiers of different nationalities from different time periods and conflicts… However, figures depicting civilians are pretty hard to find.
Djiti’s Production answered the call and released a set of three little resin figures depicting children from Middle East… a perfect “human touch” for all dioramas portraying recent conflicts in that part of the world.
The kit is packed in a plastic blister box featuring unpainted box art picture on the box front, with the resin pieces additionally secured within zip-lock bag. The bag contains parts for building three complete figures… all together 5 pieces. The parts are cast in grey resin and the molding is really good; I did find a seam line going along the left side of the smallest figure, which could be a bit tricky to remove without damaging the detail. The fit of the pieces is very good and I had no problems building the figures.
The figures represent children in typical Middle Eastern clothing.
The figure consists of only two parts; the full body is provided as a single piece with the right arm cast separately. The pose shows a curious child leaning a bit to see the soldiers passing through his village better. The boy wears traditional Afghani outfit of long knee-length dress with baggy trousers called perahan tunban, which literally means “dress and trouser”. The outfit is complemented with a brimless, short and rounded cap called taqiyah. This type of clothing is rarely worn in other Middle Eastern countries, so the figure is almost exclusively suitable for Afghani dioramas.
This figure is cast as a single piece. The smallest kid among the three shows most character… casually dressed and posed almost defiantly, he looks up with a grin on his face. Although I really like this figure which could prove very useful in various Middle Eastern dioramas, something in the anatomy of the figure just feels awkward. Perhaps the torso is too short and stout, the head too big, or the hips lack definition… I can’t put my finger on it.
The last figure is made of two parts; the full body cast as a single piece and the left arm included separately. This figure represents a girl waving at the passers by. The girl wears an outfit that I identified as shalwar kameez, a traditional dress worn by women in South and Central Asia, consisting of trousers and a long tunic. On the head, the girl wears hijab, a veil which covers her hair and neck. I'm definitely not an expert in this type of clothing, so please correct me if I made a mistake recognizing the Middle Eastern garments.
I really like these figures. They are cast really well and very easy to build, but their charm comes from the childish body language so nicely portrayed in scale. Image of a curious child always invokes positive feelings in people, so adding these figures to your dioramas would definitely be a good choice.