by: Mario Matijasic [ ]
Sergey Traviansky, the creative force behind Evolution Miniatures, started producing a series of figures dedicated to the memory of “Heroes of Soviet Union and Russia” since his sculpting days in Imperium Models. After two companies united, the first figure appearing in this series under Evolution label is Modern Russian Tankman (EM-35011). The figure depicts Igor Aphashev, a famous Russian tank commander during the Chechen conflict.
The figure arrived safely protected in a well designed hard cardboard box. The box features nicely painted box art and lists both the sculptor (Sergey Traviansky) and the painter (Sergey Traviansky).
After opening the zip-lock bags and reviewing parts of the figure I was again very happy seeing the quality of resin casting… the parts are completely clean of any imperfections. Casting plugs are well placed, allowing easy clean up with minimal chance of damaging the detail. However, be careful when removing the delicate weapon buttstock from its carrier.
The figure depicts a Russian tank commander during the Chechen campaign. The figure consists of 5 pieces: full body with the head, left arm, right arm, the weapon with the right hand attached and the weapon buttstock. The fit of the parts is perfect. A simple base is also included in the kit; it depicts a part of the frozen ground with tank tracks and footprints… quite effective for a single figure vignette.
The figure was sculpted in the memory of Igor Aphashev, a famous Russian T-80 tank commander in the Chechen campaign. Aphashev’s tank destroyed several enemy strongholds around Grozny and Chechen Government building before being hit by the anti-tank rocket. Aphashev and his crew continued fighting in the burning tank and were finally killed by the explosion of spare ammunition.
The figure wears hooded winter tanker jacket with fur collar and winter uniform trousers; the trousers are lined, have a pocket on each thigh and draw-in ties on each cuff of the leg. The crease on the front of each trouser leg is a peculiarity of this uniform… it could be easily mistaken for a resin seam line, but it is not so do not remove it. The figure is wearing Russian assault boots and typical tanker’s winter helmet. The helmet has fur lining and built in headphones. Around its waist this figure sports Russian Army belt with the AK magazine belt pouch case attached. This pouch is made in heavy OD cotton web and holds 4 AK magazines plus a cleaning kit.
The details on the equipment are superbly sculpted: the fur collar, tanker helmet with wiring, small uniform tear on the right knee… the folds on the uniform are particularly well rendered and they convey the sense of heavy fabric really well.
The figure carries AKS-74U short assault rifle. The rifle was developed in the late 1970 from the AKS-74 assault rifle and was intended as a personal defense weapon for vehicle crews (tank, helicopter, etc.) and for the special operation forces, which required compact but powerful individual automatic weapon. The AKS-74U has the size and effective range of a typical submachine gun, but has the advantage of assault rifle ammunition and interchangeable main parts with the general issue assault rifle, the AK-74. The AKS-74U is popular among its users due to its compact size but, on the other side, its effective range of fire is greatly limited by the poor accuracy at ranges beyond 150-200 meters.
This is another wonderful figure from Evolution Miniatures; the casting is great and the fit perfect. The anatomy is spot on and the pose is simple but very effective… this piece is definitely sculpted with lots of emotion and its powerful stance could look great next to the T-80 or even better, as a standalone figure using the base provided in the kit.
Thanks to Sergey from Evolution Miniatures for this review sample.
Camouflage Uniforms of the Soveit Union and Russia (Schiffer Publishing)