Elysium64 wrote:I have just bought and read the rule book and am looking forward to be able to play this. Thing is I am not sure of the best figures to buy, I have looked at the ranges from Warfare, Ebor and Front Rank but most of the figures seem to be designed for being in mass ranks not for a skirmish game, can anyone here suggest other suitable miniatures for the GNW/WSS I am particularly interested in character figures (priests, cultists, highwaymen and smugglers as well as dynamic officer figures), civilians (armed and unarmed), vignettes as well as scenery/carts/carriages etc.
There seems to be a lack of these available. Thanks for all your help
The key to a good skirmish scale military unit is a variety of poses. For musket/fusil armed troops, this means you need loading, firing and defending poses, along with a variety of standing or kneeling poses. I personally don't like the marching pose for skirmish games, but I do like them for the big battle period.
I'd suggest looking a bit deeper into the Warfare and Front Rank Lines. Barry sells variety packs, where you have a variety of military poses, and that can work in a skirmish game rather well. Front Rank's Monmouth range is another good place to look. Many of his rebels will work well for armed civilians. They also sell their miniatures individually, so you can go through and pick what you like.
Dixon is a good place to start. They have a small collection of 28mm 17th/18th century civilians, which include Bokkenrijders and a tavern brawl set. They also have a 25mm Marlburian range which has some of the dynamic officer figures, variety of poses, and the ability to purchase individually.
Reaper does a lot of civilians for tavern scenes.
Warlord has their clubmen sets for ECW, which work well for armed and irritated civilians. They also have some preacher figures.
Many of the civilians and militia of the Seven Years War/French and Indian War can be used a bit earlier, since civilian fashion, especially on the frontier, did not differ as much over the 1700s as military fashion did.
I'd also look hard at some of the pirate ranges - their captain figures may work for the dynamic officer figure that you're looking for.
There's lots out there!