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Bolt Action Miniatures

United Kingdom

BAM Early War Pole, as delivered
As Delivered

Barrett Scale: 28M.
Mixes best with: I look at BAM as being the "centre point". Most ranges will work with BAM.
Long Review: Paul Hicks has gone to a lot of trouble with his figures- each figure is an individual sculpting, with only the odd pair of legs being used again (although even then they are re-worked subtly to provide more variety). Each pose is anatomically feasible, and the uniform and equipment are researched extensively (and in many cases checked with re-enactors for authenticity). The mould-lines are minimal, and there is very little cleaning up required on any of the figures I have seen to date. The variety available allows each figure in a platoon to be different and unique, and the spare weapon packs allow further customisation.
Commentary: I probably have a slight bias because I'm fairly closely associated with BAM, but I find the BAM figures to be the best range available for the various armies that they produce. The uniforms are researched and correctly portrayed, and, most importantly, each figure is individually sculpted, so there are no repetitive figures distinguished only by a different head or weapon. (OK, the MG34/42 gunner for the AGN SdKfz 251 is the one exception that proves the rule). On top of that, BAM are also willing to listen to the customer, and provide things that are requested fairly rapidly.
Probably the best thing about the individual sculpting idea is that scale creep doesn't rear its ugly head- each figure is the same size as his colleagues, and the length of arms and the bulk of the figures doesn't expand as the range expands.
Historical Accuracy: Five Very good.
Pose Quality: Five Very Good.
Sculpting: Five Very Good.
Casting: Five Very Good.
Sources: Most of range sent as review samples, some packs purchased or received as payment for vehicle master.
Sculptors: Most by Paul Hicks, some by Simon Bargery.
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