Thursday, 21 November 2013

Pegasus Bridge unboxed

Lately I received my copy of Warlord Games' huge Pegasus Bridge set. It was a bit like Christmas when I got the large, heavy parcel and I was really curious what the boys from Nottingham boxed.

But first of all I weighted the box and with about 4.6 kg or more than 10 lbs you get a lot of bang for your buck:
After opening the box my expectations were completely fulfilled. There are four bundles of laser-cut MDF parts for the bridge itself, the Café Gondrée and the pillbox near the bridge approach. Additionally there are the appropriate construction manuals, some resin parts and a couple of figures:
More precisely there are enough sprues to build up twenty German soldiers, a 55mm gun, a MG-42 team and thirteen twelve British paras and the exclusive Major Howard miniatures which is only available with the Pegasus Bridge battle sets:
The figures are from Warlord Games' usual range and have the well known quality. Especially the metal miniatures are excellently detailed, slender and depict lively poses. The casting quality is appropriate. There is little flash and no major faults. In fine: I like those Red Devils a lot.
The Germans look very well too. The metal miniatures bear the same qualities as their British counterparts and are as good as these. The plastic reinforcements are multi-part miniatures. That make them very flexible on the one hand but requires some additional work for cleaning several parts and glueing them together. Although I'm about to turn away generally from platics for this reason, the late war Germans from Warlord Games look very well. A lot of interesting head and weapon options and the advantage of easy conversions.

Additionally there are some resin parts for entrenchments. A gunpit for the 55mm gun and two sandbag pieces for the MG-42 nest. All three in excellent quality but unfortunately the gunpit has a large sprue bush on the bottom side. It'll cost some work to remove this...
One thing I waited for excitedly was the special figure for Major John Howard. Besides Lieutenant Colonel (later Major General) Johnny Frost and Major General Roy Urquhart he was kind of hero of my younger days since I first watched "The Longest Day" where Richard Todd re-enacted him. All too well I remember the heroic assault on the bridge and his "Hold until relieved" order.
Anyway Warlord Games made a really nice figure of him. At first glance I was a bit disappointed because I irrevocably envisioned him with a beret but after a closer look on the painted model I like the dynamic pose more than I dislike the helmet:
All in all an excellent set which promised to become a real eye catcher when well assembled and painted. I have no idea how large the bridge will or how long it'll take to build and paint it. My goal is to have it finished for June 2014. I'll start with the pillbox rather soon because it seems to be the easiest of the three kits. Hoepfully a good chance to gain some experience with mdf kits since it's the first one for me.

20 comments:

  1. great gift Stefan, lots to keep you busy

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  2. Certainly look lovely! I look forward to seeing it all painted up!

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  3. Thanks for the review. I really like the set... if there were only the old metal germans in it.

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  4. Great review and I never quite realised just how much stuff you got in the box.

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  5. Awesome, Stefan! A lot of enjoyable work awaits you ;)

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  6. THAT is a kit! Great review, Stefan!

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  7. Well that will keep you occupied for quite some time! Nice kit!

    Christopher

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  8. I look forward to seeing this lot put together!

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  9. Thanks folks and yes, that's a pretty large task and the first project of this size for me...
    :-)

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    1. There was a French comment which presented several political statements. Although I respect any opinion I don't want this blog to become a place of political discussion. Therefor I saw it necessary to remove the comment.

      Thank you for your understanding.

      Cheers
      Stefan

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  11. Looks like a hughe project Stefan! Fantastic toy box I must say! Looking forward to the progress!
    Time to read and look to "A bridge too far" again! ;-)

    Greetings
    Peter

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    1. I confused this bridge with the one of Arhnem! Sorry for that! But the goal was the same: "Hold untill relieved!"

      Greetings
      Peter

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    1. Unfortunately I had to delete another comment. Although I kindly asked the author of the former one to resign poitical statements and accusations here she posted the nearly same comment once again.
      Unfortunately my French is very bad but Google translator didn't leave a doubt that the comment was politically motivated.

      Please understand that I cannot endure such article on the blog which is purely hobby related.

      Version française par Google Translator:
      S'il vous plaît comprendre que je ne peux pas supporter un tel article sur le blog qui est purement passe-temps lié.

      Cheers
      Stefan

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  13. Thank heavens for the option to delete.
    That bridge is going to be a great piece to battle over.
    Pat.

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