IntroductionIt's been a while since I posted much in the way of zombie or apocalypse-related miniatures. Looking through my boxes of figures, I noticed these rioters and thought that they were worthy of a public airing. They're perfect for some of the games in Haven, the scenario book that can be bought as an add-on for the All Thing Zombies rulebook. As well as their value in forming a mob, I've also used some of these as individual characters in my games. So, without more ado, here are some 28mm rioters...
The first 5 figures are all from Wargames Foundry. Four of them are from SV055 Street Thugs; I don't recall which pack the other figure was in (but I'm fairly sure that he is indeed a Foundry model).
There are no great surprises when these miniatures are seen from the back. Bomber should be familiar to anyone who has followed my ATZ campaign; he's one of the 2 principal characters and has proven to be a very tough guy.
For custom-made rioter figures, Offensive Miniatures is the place to go! All of these models come from Offensive's "Hairy Mob"; they've mostly armed themselves on the spur of the moment with whatever they could find. This is in contrast to Offensive's skinhead mob, who appear to have come on to the streets already prepared for trouble!
From the back, their names are clearly visible, as is the tyre which Mickey is wielding.
Here are another 5 models from the same set; mostly tedious hippies or revolting crusties. Again, most of their weaponry suggests that the riot was not premeditated.
So what has caused these decent, upright citizens to become so angry? I don't know; I'm not even sure that they know themselves! As Marlon Brando's character in "The Wild One" says, when asked what he is rebelling against: "What have you got?"
Both Foundry and Offensive Miniatures produce further rioter figures, or at least low lives who could be used in a rioting mob. This article is just an introduction to the subject, not a definitive list!
It's also worth mentioning that there are other manufacturers of such 28mm models as well. The most obvious one that comes to mind is WarmAcre's "No Go Zone" line of miniatures.
Those are great. I love the "no more slogans" slogan :D :DReplyDelete
Are you satisfied with the offensive miniatures rioters in general?
Thanks, Mathyoo. Yes, the "No More Slogans" slogan is my little joke, just to see if people are paying attention!Delete
The Offensive Miniatures figures are excellent! They're well-sculpted, cleanly cast and relatively cheap. Also they are a good size match for most other manufacturers. The only possibly downside I can think of is that they don't sell single figures, just entire sets. If you don't want all the models in a set then you'll need to find someone to trade with!
Yes, that's quite a bugger. I was looking at them years back when I started my Zombie gaming that still didn't quite started taking off just yet :DDelete
I do like these and have the foundry figures too. I have some Offensive miniature figures (Swat) and find that they're really well proportioned and slighter than Foundry -much more to my liking.ReplyDelete
I agree; they have a decent-sized range of very good figures for a somewhat narrow subject matter.Delete
A very nice selection of well painted rioters dude.ReplyDelete
I like these a lot, they're going on the want list.
Don't forget to take a look at the skinhead and youth rioter packs as well! They're on my "would be nice to have" list :-) .Delete
Don't forget if you do a full list to check out Ainsty castings, They do some football hooligans that will fit in nicely.ReplyDelete
I have those foundry figures in my to do pile it's great to see them painted. I might have to do mine soon.
Very nice to see them all painted nice one mate.
Ah, yes - Ainsty are doing some thugs as well. I keep forgetting about them. Thanks, Clint.Delete
Excellent job, really like these and hadn't clocked the Offensive range before now.ReplyDelete
They're a small manufacturer, but they are the masters in their own niche, I think :-) .Delete
Excellent collection of rioters and you've painted them great! The pickup and swing weapons they are all armed give them alot of character.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Simon. I do like these figures and am tempted to get some of the other packs from Offensive. After all, who doesn't want a model of a surly youth armed with a large firework for use in Zombie Apocalypse games :-) .Delete
Every time I see your stuff, I think "Man, I should have done zombies in 28mm". But then I remember the space a city set up would take in my room and how I'd hate painting all those zombies. So I'll stick to enjoying your work in the scale! Hope to see those rioters doing their thing soon!ReplyDelete
You're right, of course - they're more expensive, heavier and take a great deal more room to store than 15mm or smaller figures. I keep telling myself that no matter how nice 40mm or 54mm models are, I just don't want to go there!Delete
Some of these rioters did appear in one of my ATZ games already. See here: http://colgar6.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/atz-ffo-campaign-game-8-breakdown.html
Thanks for the link, I must have missed that one. Looks like great fun! I struggle so much with painting 28s that I shudder at the thought if anything larger!Delete
Those offensive miniatures roiters are superb!ReplyDelete
Thanks, ZA. I do like the Offensive products :-) . I'm almost tempted to start playing "Sharp Practice", just so I could use some of their Napoleonic figures in a skirmish game.Delete
Great looking riotersReplyDelete
Thanks, Hobbyworker. It's always useful to have some slightly disreputable civilians for my games.Delete
I've been after those Offensive Miniatures figures for some time now. They are still on my must buy list. I like what you've done with them, Hugh. They are all very usable.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Bryan. I've had the other packs of Offensive's rioters on my list for a long while too! Especially the surly youths with catapults and fireworks :-) . One day...Delete