After the two-figure kit B6-35201
released another figure from Indochina War - Dien Bien Phu 54. B6-35202 Huguette-Agony(2)
includes a French paratrooper standing in firing pose.
The figure comes well packed in standard BRAVO-6 light brown 50x80x25 mm cardboard box . The front part of the box shows a photo of the assembled and painted figure which can serve as a painting guide. On the other side of the box; e-mail address and website of the company is noted.
The parts are represented with the casting blocks. The main part-body and other parts of the figure like arms and accessories are seperately inserted in small plastic zip-lock bags to avoid unexpected damages during transfer.
The figure is sculpted by Vladimir Demchenko
in crisp details and cast in medium grey resin. The resin quality is very good . The junctions between figure parts and casting blocks are well placed and the parts can be easily removed from the blocks with no damage. There will be a small need to clean the vertical seamline on the outer side ofthe arms.
The figure comes in 9 pieces.
Body with head and legs : Facial details are very well defined with an open mouth showing the teeth. Hair is represented on the forehead and top of the head is carved for the good fit of the helmet. The French modified M1 paratrooper liner of the helmet is cast on this part covering the ears. As for the uniform; he wears M1947 model French Paratrooper lizard camouflage uniform. The jacket has two big breast pockets and two diagonal waist pockets. Trousers has a big cargo pocket over the left knee. Cloth folds, pocket details and shoulder straps are well represented. He has French TAP M1950 model utility belt and Y-suspenders. As for the footgear; he has M1950 Jump boots. Some of the personal gear are cast on the figure. He carries a big pouch for the magazines on the left hip, a small arms case attached to his belt in front and a quite big medical pouch on his left suspender.
Other parts are ;
Arms : 2 pieces - Posed to hold his machine gun. Cloth folds are well defined. Note that these parts should be assembled carefully with a dryfit for the correct posing of the machine gun.
Machine gun : He carries a LMG 24/29 light machine gun. Details of the gun like grip, top mounted 25 round magazine and symbol on the stock are all well defined. Hands of the figure are cast on this part.
Bipod of LMG 24/29 machine gun.
Mle 51 canteen in canvas cover.
Holster : He has a British style holster secured with a metal button.
Foldable entrenching tool/shovel : It will be assembled on the back of the figure.
Steel helmet with netting and blood stopper attached to helmet band.
about the kit
During the French Indochina colonial period, Dien Bien Phu was the capital of the province of Dien Bien, located in the North of Vietnam, near the Chinese border. No one outside Vietman had ever heard of it, but after the long brutal battle it still resounds as one of Frances darkest moments.
The Battle of Dien Bien Phu was the biggest and most ferocious battle that took place during the French Indochina War. It was fought between the French Far East Expeditionary Corps and the Viet Minh forces, commanded by Vo Nguyen Giap, from March 13 to May 7, 1954. With the complete support of neighboring China and the Soviet Union, the communist forces, which had surrounded the valley of Dien Bien with 50,000 men, defeated the French troops in northern Vietnam, suffering 14,000 casualties.
French began an operation to support their soldiers at Dien Bien Phu, deep in the hills of northwestern Vietnam. Its purpose was to cut off Viet Minh supply lines into the neighboring Kingdom of Laos, a French ally, and tactically draw the Viet Minh into a major confrontation that would cripple them. Instead, the Viet Minh surrounded and besieged the French, who were unaware of the Viet Minh's possession of heavy artillery and more importantly, their ability to move such weapons through extremely difficult terrain to the mountain crests overlooking the French encampment. The Viet Minh occupied the highlands around Dien Bien Phu and were able to accurately bombard French positions at will. Tenacious fighting on the ground ensued, reminiscent of the trench warfare of World War I. The French repeatedly repulsed Viet Minh assaults on their positions. Supplies and reinforcements were delivered by air, though as the French positions were overrun and the anti-aircraft fire took its toll, fewer and fewer of those supplies reached them. After a two-month siege, the garrison was overrun and most French forces surrendered, only a few successfully escaping to Laos.
Shortly after the battle, the war ended with the 1954 Geneva Accords, under which France agreed to withdraw from its former Indochinesecolonies. The accords partitioned Vietnam in two; fighting later broke out between opposing Vietnamese factions in 1959, resulting in the Vietnam (Second Indochina) War.
The following book can be useful when painting this kit ;
Osprey Publishing - Men At Arms 322 The French Indochina War 1946-54
A very nice figure in a dynamic pose that can be displayed alone or can be used together with B6-35201 to create a very nice Huguette scene. Great sculpt and cast as always.
Very Highly Recommended