To their left are the later paler figures, these tend to slightly smoother surface detail and distinct mould split-lines often with a bit of flash, again there is variation with the sample, with darker sands and paler beige. The small bag contains semi-translucent or 'watery' coloured figures in various shades, these were toward the end of production and are often very flashy.
As old sets get brittle the legs are the first thing to go, they can still be used for mounting on LRDG vehicles or in pill-box slots though so don't throw them out!
The upper shot is a few of mine, contemporary with my Afrika Korps...see their entry, I got the colour a bit better on these, but they all seem to have been fully laundered, or recently received 'new kit'.
When the ammo-belt gets damaged, cut it off and have him bringing-up a spare box, if the MG has lost it's tip (or had it chewed I think!) it can be painted-up as a rifle. The officer had a filler-kilt (see below on this post), which has crumbled away leaving a scrap of kilt and the mortar-crewman is - I'm pretty sure - straight from a Terry Wise article, just cut the rifle away from a less-useful figure and Bob's your uncle...well he is mine! The last bloke shouldn't be in the shot!
The row between mine are quite a fair effort, not sure what's happening with the top row? I can't get enough of these OBE's, they almost carry more nostalgia than the bare figures.
HONGKONG' mark on the underside on the base, but the packaging has to be the best I've seen! Set supplied by Dario, a follower from Italy.