It has been well over a year since I had the crazy idea of adding some civilian figures to a demo game of Bolt Action that I wanted to run at a local convention in Oklahoma City. My plan was to represent the numerous amounts of refugees that had been displaced by the Germans advance into Northern France. During the invasion the Germans used the tactic of using attack aircraft to ‘herd’ displaced civilians into the path of the allied forces. The purpose behind this was that by blocking traffic along the main roads, the British and French troops would have a difficult time mounting an effective counter attack against the invading forces.
With this plan firmly placed in my mind I decided to start searching the market for 1940s civilian figures. Unfortunately, I really struggled to find any large selection of suitable figures. However, a good friend of mine, Andy Singleton, pointed me toward the Footsore Miniatures website. I was over the moon to find that not only did they have civilian figures but also they had a nice selection of both urban and rural figures. On top of this the craftsmanship of the sculpts looked fantastic. With this revelation I couldn’t help but add several to my shopping basket. In total I ordered three packs of the urban and three packs of the rural.
Upon their arrival, which did not take too long at all, I was very excited to open them up and have a look at them. My initial thought was “why have I not ordered from Footsore Miniatures before!” The quality of the casting and as I mention before, the sculpting was very impressive. With the enthusiasm that comes with purchasing any new figures I leapt to the workbench to begin working on them. However, I was taken back to find that there was no cleaning up of the figures required. There was little to no flash on the figures and all I needed to do was to fix them to my bases of choice.
After a coat of black primer I went to the task of bringing them to life. With regards to painting these figures I decided to search the Internet for civilian clothing from the period to which there were many images I found. One of the nice points about painting civilians is that you can change up colour schemes in order to make those duplicate figures look different from one another. These figures were a joy to paint and luckily I still have twenty unpainted for me to enjoy painting in the future.
I am so pleased with how these figures finished up. I chose to use green stuff to create bases that looked like a cobbled street. With thirty civilian figures I now have a great collection that I plan to use for a variety of games. They make great scatter terrain as well as ‘units’ in games. I enjoy using them for World War Two games such as the invasion of France or the hypothetical scenario of the invasion of Britain. I also have future plans to use them to play A Very British Civil War.
To see my video reviews of these figures check out my YouTube channel where you can find them as well as other videos on other forces, terrain projects and live chats. Check out my channel at the link below or search YouTube for T’s Creative Ramblings.
Author: Carl Titterington
Originally from the south coast of England, I am an enthusiastic hobbyist who enjoys all aspects of the hobby from gaming, painting, terrain building right through to the history behind it. I have been gaming for about 7 years and most of my work has been based around the first half of the 20th century but I do love all historical gaming. I am also one of the co-hosts of The Brit, The Yank and The Hobby podcast and have got into writing articles for various war gaming companies.