03 November 2012

Freikorps Werdenfels: An short review

For readers preferring german for reading thie review, just head over to GW-Fanworld.

The "Freikorps Werdenfels" are the newest range released by a small but nice miniature company from Germany.
Paul Hicks, a well known sculptor, is accountable for designing the models of Tsuba Miniatures.
Up to now this company especially produced miniatures covering the "Russo-Japanese War from 1904 to 1905". With the Freikorps available now they do a range covering the period of civil disturbance following the end of World War One.

Especially in Germany the Freikorps represent an delicate subject. Following World War One the Deutsche Reich according to the "Treaty of Versailles" had to reduce the strength of the Reichswehr (Reich defence) to 100.000 soldiers and about 4.000 officers. Lots of former german combatants didn't willingly accept this fact and therefore the Freikorps arose. Particularly because of their reactionary ideology and brutality they made their mark in german history. Some of these paramilitary organisations later merged into Hitlers Sturmabteilung (Assault Division) the so called SA. Markus from Tsuba Miniatures released lots of informations and bibliography on his Blog: http://tsuba-miniatures.blogspot.de/

Now to the important part, the miniatures:

Up to now the range is made up of 19 miniatures in five sets. You can get your hands on Command (including an dachshund under license from ebob), Specialists and Riflemen advancing or firing which are sets made up of 4 miniatures at a time. Also there's an HMG team consisting of gunner, loader and teamleader.

Unpacking the miniatures the quality and crisp details instantly stroke my eyes.
There's virtually no flash and displacements misshaping the figures.

Even smallest details like flowers and feathers on the hats and the socks pattern of knitting are clearly visibly.

Painting the first miniature for this review was a real joy. Although I decided not to use the models for representing the "Freikorps Werdenfles" but using the figurines in a pulpy scenario in which Franconia is struggling to gain their independence from the Bavarians. Therefore it isn't that conspicious that the uniform grey turned out much to bright, too.


Tsuba Miniatures ministered to an at least in Germany quite difficult topic, but it doesn't derogate the miniatures high quality. For 7,50 € per pack you'll get miniatures well worth their money in terms of quality, drive and richness of detail. These miniatures can prove very usefull not only for recreating real historical events but for pulpy scenarios these miniatures can be used also.


  1. I agree, the grey clothing looks so realistic - great work!

  2. Great work. You are a real painting artist.


  3. lovely miniatures and very well painted as well. good job! i like tsuba and his ranges. well the theme of the range is a little bit difficult in germany. but you can use these figures for other projects as well.

  4. Thank you guys! I realy appreciate your kind words.