German Marines, 1871–1918

Copplestone Castings 1:56 Scale Figure Review

Copplestone Castings German Marineinfanterie.

Copplestone Castings produce Imperial German Marines in tropical uniform, armed with the Mauser M/71 Kaliber 11 mm bolt-action rifle which was upgraded to the M/71.84 repeating rifle with 8-round tubular magazine in 1884. The Mauser M/71 and M/71.84 saw combat in the African colonial wars until the Great War, although the German Marines are likely to have replaced their M/71 rifles with the Mauser Gewehr 98 which became available before World War One. As was typical of German Marines and other elite formations, these soldiers march and fight with their tunics and collars perfectly buttoned, regardless of weather conditions. Seebataillon officers and NCOs saw to it that their men did not adopt the more practical campaign dress of the Schutztruppe, and the marines suffered many casualties from heatstroke as a result.


  • 10 German Marines in 10 Poses – 31 mm equal 174 cm height in 1:56 scale


Excellent choice of subject, Imperial German Seebataillon Marines served in several colonial campaigns in China and Africa.

Suitable wargame poses. These marines are advancing in skeleton equipment without backpacks, and there are 10 randomely selected variants of the advancing pose in each box. There is minimal flash, but tiny mould lines along the side of the helmet and across the back of the uniform ought to be scraped off prior to painting.

The imperial eagle badge and national cockade on the sun helmet are well detailed and easy to paint. A khaki cover for the sun helmet was issued, but not always worn. The miniatures do not show NCO chevrons or piping which will have to be painted on to indicate rank.

The model of the Mauser M/71 rifle is 23.5 mm long, or 1:62 scale, compared to the actual 1448 mm length of the original Mauser M/71 and M/71.84 bolt-action rifle. The later Mauser Gewehr 98 bolt-action rifle is noticeably shorter, only 1250 mm long, and the bolt lever does not stand out sideways like that of the Mauser M/71.

Compatible with Pulp Figures, Reviresco, Sloppy Jalopy, and other 1:56 scale miniatures.

The Imperial German Marines produced by Copplestone Castings are must-have for wargamers interested in the Boxer Rebellion, Herero Uprising and many other colonial campaigns which involved one of the three German marine infantry battalions.

Imperial German Marines, 1871–1918