Monday, 28 October 2013

1:72 scale ancient civilians

Although I have used 15mm scale for my SSD playtesting, the rules, as with all Ganesha Games, work at all imaginable scales. 15mm and 28mm scales arguably have the most choice in terms of civilians, but I have just had my attention drawn to these fantastic looking 1/72 scale ancient civilians by produced by Strelets.

There are a number of packs that would prove really useful for an ancient setting for Song of Shadows and Dust. I can only showcase one pack, the so-called 'Ancient Christians' who have been previously shown off over at Paul's Bods. I have to stress that the images of the figures themselves were painted by the obviously splendid example of all things wargamey in Germany, Paul.










I think you'll agree, Paul did a marvelous job with these - his blog also includes witty comments accompanying each of the images. These are a far cry from the 1:72 scale plastic Napoleonic stuff that I owned back in the early 90s. They are actually very nice sculpts in their own right and could hold their own against a well painted metal figure. It is also pretty obvious, that although the pack is called 'Ancient Christians', they would certainly serve as ruffians of all faiths and backgrounds.

Strelets also appear to do three different 'Spartacus' packss, of which the photos of the figures below come from the second uprising pack.








And several other more generic packs which might make a wonderful contribution to an ancient city-scape. From what I can tell, each box has about two dozen figures and retails in the UK for a little over a fiver. What more do you need?




7 comments:

  1. Nice Review :-D Wait until you see the new slave market sets from Linear-b. Just one Thing..the unpainted figs (spartacus uprising - defeat) are from Linear-b ;-)
    http://paulsbods.blogspot.de/2013/04/spartacus-uprising-2-linear-b.html
    http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=2310

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  2. Quick question...is SSD available as a book or only as PDF? All the figs I am painting will eventually have a small town to inhabit, but then the question, all the work and what do I do with them when it´s all finished? Conventional rules would be pretty useless for a load of civilians. SSD Looks like it could be just the sort of set of rules that would give another angle on my collection.

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    1. SSD is, to date, still only available as a pdf. There should be a hard copy book available next month through Ganesha or direct from Amazon. From what I can see of your projects, SSD would be the perfect game (although I am biased of course). Civilians, inciting the mob with speeches, stonings, assassinations - its all there.

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    2. Thanks. I´ll wait for the book Version.

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  3. Paul
    And great fun for the medieval period too- Night Watch etc etc.
    You medievals would really enjoy a game I am sure...
    Alan

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    1. Thanks Alan. My Problem is I paint minis with the Intention of wargaming them, but then there´s ever more minis to be painted, another Group of pikemen or archers would look good and then i go and get caught up in creating an Imagination and ever more minis Need painting...
      The SSD is a definate, not only have I got a decent range of Roman & medieval civilian minis but the scenery, the town for the roman and a bigger town for the medievals in planning, are proceding to plan at the Moment.

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