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54mm
54mm GAU Human TAC Officer
Badsmile Miniatures's 54mm (1/32) Human Male TAC Officer
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by: Peter Ong [ TRISAW ]

Badsmile Miniatures’s
GAU
1/32 (54mm) Human Male TAC Officer



Badsmile Miniatures has partnered up with Wildhouse Miniatures to sell its 1/32nd (54mm) “GAU” product line of white metal Science Fiction figures. GAU is an intergalactic species society that is thousands of years old and consists of an alliance of intelligent species from different origins. The GAU alliance portrays itself more as a culture of these intergalactic species with the goal to bring peaceful coexistence among the species that make up this faction. In the year 2643, the members of the GAU are the Tendratii, the Hal’moot, the Nurok, the Ga’an, the Kilahni, the Atua, and the Humans.

The Kit:


In the GAU world, the “Human Male TAC Officer” resembles the armored troopers so prevalent in the Sci-Fi world that are often visually identified by their full head-to-toe hard body armor, helmet, and rifle or carbine. These are the assault troopers, the law enforcement, the security officers, and the Special Forces that man the frontlines of combat and security.

The nice aspect about this TAC Officer figure stems from the fact that it’s generic; it has no affiliation to videogame, comic book, or TV and film Sci-Fi characters and thus could be used in almost any Sci-Fi scenario.

My “Human Male TAC Officer” came in a nice black box with a color photo of the painted figure on the cover. Inside contains another color photo card and a business card with the sculptor’s email address. Wrapped in bubblepaper and contained in a plastic bag are the figure’s contents.

Kit parts:

• Hard body armored body from collar down to armored boots, includes torso and both legs
• Armored helmet head
• Bare bald head
• Bearded head with hair
• Carbine
• Armored left arm
• Armored right arm
• Wing or antennae
• Octagonal resin base

Badsmile Miniatures’s white metal resembles dull gray metal similar to gaming pieces. The metal is not too heavy and appears solid and rugged. I detected no casting imperfections on my sample, no runs, blobs, flash, seam lines, or errors. Each piece does have a pour block remnant that needs cutting or sanding off and most blocks are located in locations (such as the edge of the piece) that would not really interfere with the figure’s appearance once removed.

The armored body looks detailed and decent with grooves and segmented armored sections. There’s sunk in rivet and hinge holes in the armor along with some surface details such as holes and small vent grooves. The armor appears symmetrical and thick enough over the inner suit so as not to give the figure an appearance that the armor is thin as cardboard. There are no pouches, gear, or sidearm whatsoever so this TAC Officer travels light with only his body armor suit and carbine. The figure measures about 5.6 centimeters tall from the top of the helmeted head to the bottom of the armored boots.

Attached to a sprue block, the proportional helmeted head has nice details with visor, and segmented facial plates, all molded on. It looks futuristic enough, and I managed to testfit it into the neck socket and found that the helmeted head fits well. Two other head options are included: a bald head with mechanical circuitry details on the neck, and a bearded head with hair that kind of resembles some Scottish warrior. The hair detail appears amazing with finely grooved lines. Both non-helmeted heads have nice facial complexions of sharp noses, brows, lips, jawbones, cheeks, and ears for white metal castings. Best of all, there doesn’t seem to be any casting imperfections with the faces since both have smooth skins and good details.

The Sci-Fi carbine somewhat resembles a futuristic G36 since it contains a small scope on the top and a long carrying handle. Nonetheless, it looks original enough to disqualify it from being a recognizable 21st century firearm. There are venting grooves on both sides and a hollowed out trigger guard and barrel. Since no magazine is attached, and the figure comes with no pouches or gear, I would assume this is a laser carbine. The carbine’s details passes well visually for a white metal casting.

The two armored arms have nicely segmented armored pieces molded on with fine engraved lines and some detailed holes. The arms’ muscular shaping appears proportional to the body and the fingers are defined from the fists. Both the helmet and arms’ designs actually do match well with the armored torso, giving the viewer the impression that this armored suit covers everything and isn’t a mix-and-match of various pieces.

The wing antennae piece attaches to the armored backpack. There’s no socket in the body or backpack for it, but the wing antennae has a plug to glue it onto a flat surface on the body. One can leave it off it so desired.

The black octagonal base measures 4.75 centimeters across and comes with 1/3rd of it engraved with treadplate and the other 2/3rds detailed with futuristic mechanical flooring consisting of electrical conduits, boltheads, plates, and grooves. The resin looks nice, adequately crisp, and solid with no casting imperfections.

Conclusion:


Badsmile Miniatures’s GAU “Human Male TAC Officer” certainly resembles the title of an armored trooper. It’s an impressive-sized figure at 1/32nd scale with good sculpting of the male anatomy. The jogging pose and choice of three heads adds visual interest as does the uniquely designed armored suit; the figure and carbine does look original, high-tech, and futuristic. Personally, I would have preferred a few more pieces from this kit though, such as pouches and a sidearm in a holster. Overall, the GAU TAC Officer’s details passes well visually for a white metal casting as they’re defined enough without any imperfections. Its generic non-affiliated armored trooper appearance and features means that there’s a wide range of scenes the TAC Officer could be displayed in.

Special Thanks to Wildhouse Models for the review sample. Painted figure photos are from Wildhouse Models.
SUMMARY
Highs: Very good parts fit, very good casting quality, decent details, nice action pose, proportional human anatomy, choice of three heads, and nice generic design.
Lows: None detected.
Verdict: The 54mm GAU Human Male TAC Officer represents the classic Sci-Fi armored trooper. It's cast very well with very good parts fit. Its generic design means it can fit in almost any futuristic scene.
Percentage Rating
88%
  Scale: 54mm
  PUBLISHED: Sep 14, 2015
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 89.47%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 88.57%

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About Peter Ong (Trisaw)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

I model modern topics, mainly post 1991 Gulf War onwards. My modeling interests include: * Science-fiction/ fantasy * 1/100 Gundam * 1/35 armor * Kitbashed projects * Special Forces * Resin or plastic modern figures * 1/24 Police, fire, medical, and Government vehicles * Rare, unique, ori...

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Comments

Kind of looks like a Stormtrooper. Jim
SEP 14, 2015 - 07:03 AM
careful or Disney will slap a cease and desist order...
SEP 14, 2015 - 07:21 AM
Great review, Pete, as usual! Looks like a nice figure with lots of potential. Base looks cool, too. HMMM, Might be able to use this as a crew member of the Randy Cooper 1/32 MLEV...when I get ahold of one, that is. JB
SEP 25, 2015 - 08:55 AM
Looks a lot like a storm trooper. Very cool figure with great details. Thanks for the update
NOV 23, 2015 - 12:10 AM
Matt of Badsmile Miniatures has a few other figure prototypes that he made, but have not cast. I hope these would be made as production copies because they look very good and have more parts than the ones I reviewed.
NOV 23, 2015 - 12:12 PM
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