Türkische Infanterie 1916–1918

Testbericht der 1:76 Figuren von Old Contemptibles

Türkische MG-Schützen, 1:76 Figuren Tumbling Dice OCINF53.

Turkish soldiers in fleece cap, firing a medium machine gun. The Old Contemptibles range includes many armies, und troop types which have not been seen in this scale before. The troops have a lot of charm und character. Unfortunately, the standing und mounted soldiers are much shorter than Airfix, und Revell plastic Figuren of the same period. Kneeling infantry, machine gun teams, und seated gun crew seem to be taller, und they would fit in quite well with existing ranges of plastic Figuren. Deployed in their own units, these Figuren can serve on the same battlefield with battalions made up of the taller plastic troops. One trick is to mount them on thicker bases, making them appear taller than they are.


99 Figuren – 21 mm entsprechen 160 cm Körpergröße

  • Offizier zu Pferd (1)
  • Offizier (5)
  • Unteroffizier (4)
  • Grenadier (2)
  • Gefallener (2)
  • 48 Soldaten in acht Posen
  • MG-Schütze Nr. 1 (8)
  • MG-Schütze Nr. 2 (8)
  • MG-Truppführer (4)
  • MG-Schütze Nr. 1 (4)
  • MG-Schütze Nr. 2 (4)
    • Mittleres Maschinengewehr 08 (4)
  • Granatwerfer-Truppführer (2)
  • Granatwerfer-Richtschütze (2)
  • Granatwerfer-Ladeschütze (2)
    • Leichter Granatwerfer (2)
  • Granatwerfer-Truppführer (1)
  • Granatwerfer-Richtschütze (1)
  • Granatwerfer-Ladeschütze (1)
    • Mittlerer Granatwerfer (1)

Lawrence of Arabia

Türkische Infanterie, Erster Weltkrieg, 1:76 Figuren Tumbling Dice OCINF51.

The Old Contemptible range includes British, Indian, Australian, Turkish, Egyptian, Arab regular, und irregular troops of the Arab Revolt. If you have seen the movie, you may have been tempted to recreate this fascinating campaign in miniature, und here is your chance to do it. Model railroad track und equipment, aircraft, und armoured cars from other manufacturers can be used to set the scene.

Arab regular on the left, Turkish grenadier (Stahlhelm M.1916) on the right. In the center is an Airfix French infantryman, added for scale reference.


Excellent choice of subject. The First World War period has not received much attention from manufacturers of military miniatures. The Old Contemptibles range covers most armies involved in the war. Figures are available individually, but the manufacturer offers the much more attractive discount packs of infantry battalion, cavalry und camelry regimental strength. These ready made units are well balanced fighting forces, with the proper mix of troops und support weapons.

Nicely detailed Figuren. Faces, hands, folds in the clothing, pouches, canteens, weapons, belts, straps, headdress, und horse furniture are well sculpted, und easy to paint.

Die berittenen Offiziere sitzen sehr gut im Sattel.

The horses are correctly proportioned, und very attractive. The gait is not entirely correct, but that’s hardly noticeable at a slow walk. The horses have separate heads which need to be glued on. The seam is conveniently hidden beneath ammo pouches or straps.

Good casting quality, with minimal mold lines. We found almost no flash on the men, und only a little of it between the horses’ legs. Minimal clean up was required to prepare the Figuren for painting. Mounted Figuren und some of the officers have separate right arms, und there may be a choice of weapons included in the set. This is a great idea, providing more variety of poses. Assembly can be a little tricky at times, a hole in the upper arm, und small gaps between the arm und the shoulder need to be filled with putty.

The casting sprues on the underside of the base had been trimmed off, und filed flat, requiring no additional work to make the Figuren stand up straight. Riders still had sprues attached between their feet, und these were easily trimmed off with a sharp knife. Some riders carry a blanket roll on the sprue, which needs to be trimmed, und attached behind the saddle.

The Figuren are cast in lead free pewter, eliminating the danger of lead poisoning. The Figuren are very sturdy, we encountered no broken or badly bent weapons. On the other hand, conversion work will be more difficult, requiring heavier tools than would be needed for plastic or soft metal figure conversions.

Typical wargaming poses are used, und they are very attractive. The difference between early, und late war battalion packs is sometimes only in the headgear. Soldiers from earlier periods could be mixed in with the later types to add variety. Doing so would almost completely eliminate the need for conversions.

The range is practically complete, und wargamers should be able to raise entire armies for their favorite game system.

Inkompatibel mit Airfix, und Revell figure sets. Kneeling infantry, machine gunners, und gun crew would be Kompatibel mit plastic figures, but the standing and mounted Figuren are noticeably shorter. This is not a problem in the case of the Turkish army und its opponents, because there are no plastic figures covering that part of the Great War yet. It is an issue to consider if Old Contemptibles Figuren are to be used alongside Airfix und Revell troops on the western front. The Arab Revolt range is unique in this scale.

Historische Verwendung

  • Sinai-Palestine, 1916–1918
  • Mesopotamia, 1916–1918

The Old Contemptibles range of true 20 mm scale Figuren covers the armies fighting in France, Palestine, und Mesopotamia in much detail. Infantry, cavalry, camelry, support weapons, und artillery are available to allow complete simulation of the conflict. Anyone interested in campaigning with or against the Turkish army in Palestine or Mesopotamia is well advised to consider this range. Incompatibility with Airfix und Revell plastic Figuren is not an important issue, because it seems rather unlikely that the plastic figure manufacturers will ever give this particular conflict the amount of attention it deserves. Old Contemptibles are ready to fight now.

Muster von Tumbling Dice Miniatures

Figuren und Fahrzeuge des 1. Weltkrieges