is a Russian figure company with a long experience in manufacturing high quality miniatures. Employing very talented sculptors, Viktor Antonov, the owner of the company, built quite a reputation on local market by producing figures representing modern Russian Special Forces operatives. At first, all the figures under ANT Miniatures label were done in white metal… recently however, Viktor recognized resin as the new medium for his 1/35 scale figures and most of ANT Miniatures releases in this scale are now produced as resin kits.
This review describes ANT Miniatures’ Officer of Spetsnaz of FSB, Russia (35-37)
The figure arrived very quickly, only a week after being dispatched from Russia, safely packed in a firm cardboard box. The box features box art picture of the painted figure but it does not list the sculptor or the painter. I have been following ANT Miniatures for quite some time now, so I can definitely recognize the work of Pavel Sapotsky, a very talented sculptor and author of most 1/35 scale ANT Miniatures modern Spetsnaz figures. The box art painter, Pavel Ilyin, also did a really good job with a difficult camouflage pattern. Two additional photos of painted figure are supplied in the box; one shows the figure from the front and the other from the back. Zip-lock bag containing resin figure parts is additionally protected inside bubble wrap. The kit consists of only 4 pieces and a simple base:
- full body with legs and head,
- right arm,
- left arm,
- weapon with right hand attached.
The parts are cast in grey resin. Upon closer inspection I found the parts to be superbly molded… there are no air bubbles or similar casting imperfections, but I did notice a tiny seam line in the middle of weapon drum magazine. The seam is not very pronounced but could prove a bit difficult to remove without damaging the elaborate weapon detail.
The fit of the parts is really good. Both arms feature protrusions which aid in their positioning on the torso. I would suggest aligning the right arm, fixing the right hand with the weapon and finally adding the left arm holding the tactical grip of the weapon. This way the weapon can be adjusted to fit perfectly to the figure depicting the soldier aiming through the optical sight. After aligning all the parts, I needed to do some putty work to fill the small gaps between arms and torso. Nothing major, though, just a quick fix to get a perfect result.
The figure represents a Spetsnaz soldier of Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) firing his weapon. The figure wears „Partizan“ reversible camouflage suit, designed specifically for counter terrorist units and produced by SPOSN company. Baggy cut of the uniform helps to break lines of human shape and special sewn loops provide attachment points for camo foliage. Over the uniform, the figure wears “Redut” Assault Body Armor, which is the standard body armor worn by FSB operators, and carries SPOSN SMERSh webbing. The SMERSh is Russian version of ALICE harness setup, but it can also include MOLLE loops allowing custom attachment of various pouches. The SMERSh webbing configuration sculpted on this figure consists of 2 large double AK ammo pouches (with side grenade pockets) and buttpack. A drop leg holster carries a side weapon on the right thigh. The figure sports RYS assault helmet, designed specifically for Russian FSB special units. RYS is based on the K6-3 helmet but features optimized protection structure and integrated headset system with the microphone boom on the right and radio station wires attachment port on the back protrusion of the helmet. The Special Forces look of the figure is further enhanced by the assault boots and fingerless Storm gloves.
I like the job sculptor did on this figure. Due to good connections with the Russian Army, the figure and equipment are extensively researched and detailed to highest standard. The “Partisan” uniform looks really nice with the baggy cut and deep folds realistically depicted in scale. The body armor and SMERSh webbing are both sculpted with amazing details, while tactical gloves looking really cool. Also, the facial sculpt is great with facial details and moustache well defined.
The figure is armed with AK-105, a gas operated, magazine fed assault rifle. It is a shortened carbine version of the AK-74M rifle optimized for CQB and it chambers 5.45x39mm cartridges. AK-105 is used by Russian anti-terrorist Spetsnaz units or airborne troops.
The AK-105 in this kit looks great; it features 75-round ammo drum instead of the more usual 30-round magazine and is “pimped up” with some extra goodies, like the optical sight and forward grip.
As with the other ANT Miniatures 1/35 scale resin kits I recently reviewed for Historicus Forma, I’m very happy with this figure as well. The figure is perfectly sculpted, really well cast and easy to build. The details on the uniform and equipment are great… the baggy Partisan uniform, body armor and webbing all look very nice with details superbly executed in scale. However, in my opinion, the best thing about this figure is the pose… I have seen number of figures depicted “in action”, firing their weapons, but very few of those are shown with firm grip of the weapon and actually using optical elements for aiming. In contrast, the posture of this ANT Miniatures figure looks very realistic with the weapon very close to figure’s face and aligned with its eyes. Congrats to guys at ANT Miniatures, you have done an excellent job once again!
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My thanks to Viktor from ANT Miniatures for this review sample.
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