Maybe have one or two riflemen with bayonet attached to their weapons? And yes, an officer figure would be great in this initial set, with at least one more set to provide heavy weapons, plus another officer and NCO figure. The figure carrying ammunition looks good, as does the prone rifleman. Great work!
The prone pose and the ammo carrier pose are useful additions. Another pistol waving officer pose is not needed. A 2 inch mortar team would also be great but perhaps HäT might consider making a BEF Command/ Heavy Weapons set with radio operator, mortar team , Boys AT rifle team and some officer poses. Thank you HäT for asking for our input on the make up of this set.
Hät sets 8227 and 8228 provide plenty of MG and mortar crews, AT rifle, officers.
At least half the number of poses hide whether they are wearing the gas masks on their chests or not. They are good enough for me, what I need is a decent number of BEF riflemen. Therefore, I like the set's layout.
If you like spindly British infantry with somewhat less-than-impressive models of weaponry (in particular the Bren in this set) then the Airfix set is for you. Interestingly, there is one rifleman in this set who is wearing the gas respirator on his chest, 1940 style. There is also an officer figure.
Basically however, the Airfix set is a disappointment. I bought a couple for 'old times sake' but have not so far used them and may never. The HaT BEF set will be better than this, I'm sure.
Also: A 2 inch mortar team (on the move, please) is a good idea, and a man carrying this small mortar with another carrying ammo would be very useful. The excellent HaT British Machine Guns set and the Mortars set (which also has a prone 2 inch mortar together with a 3 inch mortar) would provide the heavy weapons, and with the Boyes AT rifle in that MG set a full range of British infantry for 1940 could be modelled.
Congratulations on developing this set and not including hessian helmet covers. They were withdrawn in October 1939 and not worn in combat. To endorse previous comments: the Tommy gun was barely used by the BEF apart from the patrolling action mentioned earlier and does not deserve a place in the line-up; and the Bren gun is too short - the end of the barrel seems to be where the error occurs. To add three comments: 1. The kneeling firing figure looks out of proportion. His right arm and right leg look far too big in the photo. 2. An officer advancing in battledress with a steel helmet and a pistol would be a good replacement for the Tommy gunner. 3. Could you add rifle slings? They are a prominent feature of the SMLE and add an important element to the characteristic appearance of the early British infantry.
Many thanks for inviting comments and good luck with this set.
Please, please not the usual officer with pistol waved in the air like he is shooting pigeons!
Totally agree with the comment A 2 inch mortar team would also be great but perhaps HäT might consider making a BEF Command/ Heavy Weapons set with radio operator, mortar team , Boys AT rifle TEAM and some officer poses.
If a Vickers is produced please lets have the condensing system, spotter and the ammunition carrier included.
The bottom line is that BEF have the potential to be a money earner as the have been ignored (with the exception of the 6 odd figures from 'the Russian' company'). I am very suprise that they have been ignored for so long considering their potential.
In my wargamers group, people who know better than me, told me that Section Leaders of the BEF were issued Enfield rifles, just like the ordinary soldiers.
I believe one pose of an NCO with interchangeable right arm (one with an Enfield, one with a Thomson and one with a Sten) might do the job.
It seems to me that on a sprue of 8, having even one NCO or officer (or even a man on the march), takes away the chance of having one more infantry pose. Figures as are an NCO/officer, a marching man, a wounded man, a radioman, could be included in a set similar to the Heavy Weapons sets of WWI.