1/35 WWII French figures question..........

Who makes good WWII French figures???

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Well, Heller made some years ago. They've been out of production for a while. Perhaps a letter to Heller could inspire a re-issue along with their French motorcycle.
There may be some in resin that I'm not familiar with. hth
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Weeeell... At the risk of some very Francophobe jokes, which I'll resist, you could use any US Army NW Europe figures and likewise for British/Commonwealth troops to represent the Free French forces. I'm sure Hornet make heads with the Adrian helmet as well. And didn't Italeri make a set of "Resistance" fighters?
I recall the old Heller set, very basic and not up to today's standards. Perhaps this could be a niche for Dragon to fill - if they can produce kits of Cossacks and Croat SS mountain troops, how about some more Allied figure sets?
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What, you mean like they must have poseable arms so you can raise them above their heads?
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These two comments do not belong on this group. I hope that these are only two failed attempts at humour and not malicious. You are basically insulting a fellow modeler (and one who has been making a great contribution to this group). He also provided a very interesting and useful response to the original question. How about a little common courtesy? Cheers, Doc

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No! I said I was resisting any jokes! I don't want to p**s off any guys like Chris!
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Don't worry Chris and Doc. I well know Chris since the time we corresponded, and this guy is a good guy. No malicious in his message... Not like Kim the bastard! ;o)
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Well, everything depends on the time which UPNORTHGUY wishes to show. Until about 1941 the French troops had their own uniform. For this period, set Heller is far from being bad but it is necessary to be able to find it.
For Vichy soldiers, these bastards of collaborators, I do not know kit.
For Free French, effectively the base is an American uniform, but often with a French " bachis " ( sailor's hat), or a cap of French pilot, etc....
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UPnorthguy wrote:

The first investment you make (and this applies to *any* area/period/genre of 1/35th scale figures) is getting some of Hornet's head sets:
http://www.greenwichgateway.com/hornetandwolf/Hornet/headsets/index.htm
No one can capture ethnicities/races in such a small scale like Roger Saunders. His work is incredible! And, yes, there are some Adrian-helmet-clad heads there.
I think most of the major figure manufacturers make/made a French figure or two. It is just a matter of doing an extensive search. For example, Warriors (c/o VLS) has/had a multi-figure vignette, featuring French infantry and a Maginot Line pillbox.
Scale Link made a *ton* of WWI-era figures, with a lot of French. Perhaps these could be used as a "building block" for converting to WWII-era.
Also, check into Miniatures Andrea, as well as Pegaso.
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Greg Heilers wrote:

** Nemrod has this rather nice two-figure set:
http://www.redlancers.com/displaypic.asp?items39&hot
** From Andrea:
http://www.redlancers.com/displaypic.asp?item 547&hot=0&search=1 (WWI - but useful) http://www.redlancers.com/displaypic.asp?item 515&hot=0&search=1
** From "Des Kit" (This is just the tip of the iceberg; as they make a *lot* of WWII French subjects, figures *and* vehicles.)
http://www.redlancers.com/displaypic.asp?item 167&hot=0&search=1 http://www.redlancers.com/displaypic.asp?item 187&hot=0&search=1 http://www.redlancers.com/displaypic.asp?item 189&hot=0&search=1 http://www.redlancers.com/displaypic.asp?item 209&hot=0&search=1 http://www.redlancers.com/displaypic.asp?item 211&hot=0&search=1 http://www.redlancers.com/displaypic.asp?item 213&hot=0&search=1 http://www.redlancers.com/displaypic.asp?itemc35&hot=0&search=1 http://www.redlancers.com/displaypic.asp?itemc36&hot=0&search=1 (I kind of like this last one...)
** From Fusilier:
http://www.redlancers.com/displaypic.asp?item 873&hot=0&search=1 (again, nominally WWI...but...)
** From Hecker and Goros: (very nice)
http://www.redlancers.com/displaypic.asp?item 246&hot=0&search=1
** From Metal Models:
http://www.redlancers.com/displaypic.asp?itemu63&hot=0&search=1
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I fact, just go to http://www.redlancers.com -- and do a "Search" (upper left-hand corner of the page), and use "french" as your one and only search term. You will get 100's of responses; and you can just pick through the ones that are from the appropriate time frame.
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