From Airplane to AFV, ships and Sci-Fi subjects, braille scale is considered to be one of the most complete scales when it comes to diversity and availability. Lately it has been also the subject of some kit releases that can easily compete with larger scale models as far as detail and engineering goes.
However, one of the areas where the scale is still lacking is in figure options. Particularly modern conflict figures. Well, this is where Vepa Miniatures from Spain comes to the rescue.
Vepa (http://www.vepaminiatures.com/) has released a number of modern figure sets of which we received 3 to share with you.
The figures, produced in white metal, carry an amazing amount of detail for their size, in some cases surpassing what is available in resin form. Some of them feature separated parts, like arms and weapons, which can help with painting and also help provide better detail.
The first set is for U.S. Army on relaxed patrol. They are armed with a late version of the M4 carbine/Trijicon sight which is splendidly reproduced, and a shotgun for one of the soldiers. The uniforms are of the ACU variety complete with arm patch/pocket & angled upper leg pocket detail.
The kevlar vests feature Molle system attachment straps with an assortment of magazine pouches, some with tactical pistol holders and the Beretta M9 clearly reproduced.
A camelback hydration pack is present on some, while other figures don’t have it. In fact, this is one of the things I loved the most about the sets, not two figures are configured the same which is very realistic in my opinion.
The helmets are PSGT camo covered version with the attachment for the NVG. Eye gear is also present on some of the figures.
The U.S. Army MG Team and U.S. Army Mortar Team
From these two sets I really REALLY liked the U.S. Army Mortar Team set. The position of the figures are correct for the immediate after fire action. The mortar itself is very nicely produced complete with the barrel ribbing. The multi piece bipod affair is as per the real thing. You get the base plate, bipod sight piece and a live round.
Interestingly these figures are wearing their kevlar vest over their T-shirts with their arms uncovered, not an uncommon practice on U.S. Army Arty guys on the field as witnessed below.
Also mention worthy is the amazing Molle detail on these figures that could stand out just with a simple washing after the paint process.
The U.S. Army Mortar Team set is also really interesting. You get the option of having an M2 12.70mm HMG over the tripod or an Mk19 40mm auto grenade launcher. The positions for these figures suggest some sort of training area where the student is firing downrange and the instructor is by the side suggesting windage and providing feedback. Either that or you can put these on the top of a building standing perimeter guard.
According to my measurements these figures would size to 1,85m high (6’1”) of beefy build (somewhere between 90 to 100 kilos or 200 to 220Lb) which is correct. The flash as you can see is minimum and the extra crisp detail you get, specially compared to a plastic set, more than makes up for any potential drawbacks of working with whitemetal (personally don’t see any!).
I wholeheartedly recommend these figures to anybody interested in giving some life to their Dragon/Revell Humvees, Abrams or any other modern Iraq AFV.
Stay tuned for a future build featuring these figures.
Available directly from their website: http://www.vepaminiatures.com/
Thanks to Vepa Miniatures for the review samples.