Warlord Games are launching a hefty load of new French Resistance models for Bolt Action and we’ve got two boxes – the French Resistance Squad and the French Resistance Support Group – to assess.
There are also some PIAT & Anti-tank rifle teams, along with bigger guns – light artillery and anti-tank guns – that make up the rest of this release, but we don’t have those kits to examine. Regardless, it’s great to have a launch that contains enough models and variety to cover pretty much all you’ll require if you’re looking to launch your own Resistance.
French Resistance Squad
The basic squad consists of ten metal miniatures, most of them single-part, but with some extra pieces required. They’re easy to get built, based and ready for action, and there’s also a plastic frame of German guns included, and we guess these are to offer additional weapon options to the brave citizens.
Looking at the positives, this group represents the diversity found in the Resistance very nicely – there are various ages represented, some female fighters included, and it even looks like there’s some variation in the social standing and professions of some of the models. This is great stuff to create the inconsistent feeling of a Maquis guerrilla band. It is reinforced by the variety of weaponry they weild – there are captured German guns, Allied weapons, and more basic shotguns and rifles. Heavier weapons feature too with a Panzerfaust and BAR.
However, it’s not all positive. The diversity and inconsistent look continues into the sculpts themselves – some are absolutely fine (we particularly like the one with the Molotov) but others just look rather awkward. A combination of not-quite-right poses, varying size (scale is somewhat inconsistent feeling), and overall detail takes away some of the initial excitement. At £18 ($25 US) it’s a reasonably priced box, but certainly more of an investment commitment than armies that contain lots of plastic troops at close to twice the per-model cost, especially when compared to something like Wargames Atlantic’s upcoming Partizans muli-part plastics (which are £25 ($34 US) for 32 miniatures).
French Resistance Support Group
The Support Group adds some variety to the Resistance with an HQ team, a medium mortar team, and an MMG team. This set’s a little more expensive at £20 ($27 US) but it has 9 Resistance members and 2 multi-part guns, so that’s a fair increase. As before, a plastic frame of German guns is also included.
We really like the older member in the HQ (spinning below), looking a bit like he’s doing the slowest quick-draw in history! The other two members are a younger man and woman and both are serviceable if uninspired.
The MMG (seen below) is a good little kit and the models spotting and feeding ammo are simply fine too, but with the gunner the scale inconsistency we mentioned earlier is most apparent. He’s genuinely tiny compared to the rest of the minis and it’s rather jarring!
Then there’s the mortar (seen below) and once again it’s a bit of an odd-one out (with the emphasis on odd). One of the crew, who we will refer to as Le Mime, is in a truly strange pose – a part squat, a part “pressing my hand against this imaginary glass pane”, oddly proportioned model, we just can’t quite ignore how out of place he looks.
So, again, the inconsistency of the models lets the full set down. It’s a shame because we really would like to build a Resistance force with some, but not quite all of these minis!