Thursday, 1 November 2007

Civilians (6)

These chaps are more than just civilians, I suppose. They are the first "Settlers" pack in Conquest's marvellous F&IW range and are clearly designed to fend off rampaging natives rather than stand around as innocent bystanders. One or two might be able to stand duty as militia skirmishers, but I see these figures being used more as farmers protecting their farms and families from the dangers posed by passing soldiers. I will place the figures next to farms and other buildings and perhaps invent a rule that allows them to fire off a shot or two at any soldiers who pass within, say, 6 inches: roll 2D6 and a double six gives the soldiers a casualty, something like that. I suppose a couple could be used as Tory or Patriot scouts as well. With these uses in mind, I based the figures on standard 25mm x 25mm skirmish bases, as opposed to the pennies I usually use for civilians.

The chap on the right in the first photo below, in the blue waistcoat, is a dead ringer for Mel Gibson from "The Patriot". He's certainly going to find his way into southern campaign battles. I'm not entirely sure who the person on his left is supposed to me - an irate chef perhaps.

8 figures. Painted October 2007.


Anonymous said...

Nice work as usual, Giles. I think the fellow on the left is meant to be the village blacksmith. He must have just finished making that knife blade!

legatus hedlius said...

I love these Conquest figures and I will paint some up to satisfy my skulking around in the North American woods scenarios without having to resort to the terrible prospect of painting regiments of AWI!

Snickering Corpses said...

I'll concur with Aaron, I think the first fellow on the left is the blacksmith, given the leather apron and hammer.

AJ (Allan) Wright said...

Irate blacksmith for sure.

Well done Giles! I still say skirmish gaming would be a great use for all these personalities.