The popularity of gaming during the Second World War has seen an explosion of miniatures, in a variety of scales, over the last couple of years. Offensive Miniatures have gone with the ever-popular scale of 28mm for their range of US Paratroopers.
The pack that landed on my desk was the Pathfinder team, which contained four figures. These included a radioman, a signaller, and a trooper “ferrying” in his parachute. I found these to be a highly detailed and well sculpted set of figures – I’ve come across other US Paratroopers by other manufacturers, but these stand out as some of the nicest sculpts. I had difficulty in finding mould lines on these figures – there are a few, but they are minimal.
The only downside with them was that some of the weapons lacked the same degree of detail present in the rest of the figure. The figure I chose to paint first is just, well, cool. The rest of the pack are a good bunch, though the guy gathering in his chute shouted vignette more than he did gaming piece – he’s a nice model, but I can’t see a use for him on the gaming table. I do think he’d be a nice miniature to paint as part of a scene, with some trees behind him – a simple diorama of a scene from the TV series Band of Brothers, which I recommend to anyone planning to do an army of the 101st US Airborne or Screaming Eagles.
I would definitely recommend buying from this range if you plan to have US airborne troops in 28mm. Overall, these are exquisite Second World War miniatures, that I think are well worth checking out.