First up.... Let's look at UrbUKsquB: 12 figs with SLR in beret, £5.80. Rolf produces three near identical packs, providing the core of your urban anti-establishment forces. UrbUKsqu: 11 bareheaded figs (10 SLR, 1 Bren); UrbsquT: 11 bareheaded figs (10 SLR, 1 Bren) in 44 pattern helmet, both £5.35; and the pack illustrated below, UrbUKsquB: 12 figs with SLR in beret, £5.80. I have to add that Rolf captures the characteristic shape of the 44 pattern helmet very well.
UrbUKsquB: 12 figs with SLR in beret
I have to say of the three UrbUKsqu... packs, I really like these guys. Wearing a variety of civilian clothing they are really useful as pro-government para-militaries, fledgling private armies or organised resistance movements all depending upon the colour of their berets. The brighter the better!
UrbUKsupB: 3 SMG, 2 GPMG in beret
Additional firepower for the UrbUKsqu packs comes in the shape of three near identical packs, UrbUKsup: 3 SMG, 2 GPMG (bareheaded); UrbUKsupT: in '44 helmet and UrbUKsupB: (pictured above) in beret at £2.50 each. Again, some nice figures. If you want to keep your costs down yet still achieve a good mix of figures, then you can use two or three different UrbUKSup packs to add additional variety to your chosen pack of UrbUKsqu riflemen.
Further support plus more mix and match opportunities can be found within the next two pictures. UrbUKbren: 1 NCO with FN (bald headed but ripe for conversio to a Punk with a Mohican by using Green Stuff), 2 figures with Bren (one in an open face balaclava) and 1 sniper £2.00; UrbUKsni: 2 figures with L42 (MK5) sniper rifle bareheaded £1.00; UrbUKCG: 2 figures with Carl Gustav MAW £1.00.
Now the L42, is a sniper version of the WW2 Enfield Rifle rechambered to 7.62mm. I think it doubles for a private hunting weapon or .22 target rifle, making it a nice alternative to mix into an a unit of irregular troops, especially a more rural guerrilla or local defence force.
UrbUKbren: 1 NCO, 2 figures with Bren, 1 Sniper
UrbUKsni (left) & UrbUKCG (right)
Does the Sniper on the left look like Doyle or is it me?
More Twilight 2000 but still well within our Winter of '79 horizon, is this pack of 9 civilians with G3 rifles and 1 firing MG3. Sorry, simply can't find their product code!
Civilians with 9 armed with G3 and 1 with MG3
Wot! Figures with no SLR? Am I going soft? No! Some of my favourite figures are included in this pack. Now, the G3 in 20mm does have a passing resemblance to the FN/SLR, but don't sweat it. European weapons are very likely to have been provided by sympathisers or purchased on the open arms market then smuggled in from the continent. The SAS purchased the G3 for operations in Northern Ireland and they were also used by other shadowy covert forces such as the MRF/SRU/14 Intelligence Company.
Leaving our Urban Meltdown, the next set of pictures show figures from two packs of Rolf's ever popular Falklands era Brits 1970's/80's range. SASFalkFN: 8 figs with SLR rifle £3.90 are a new variant of SASFalkSu: Falklands Era SAS - 6 with M16A1, 2 with CAR 15 - mixed headgear £3.90.
As the description suggests SASFalkFN are armed with FNs instead of M16A1 and CAR15's and have bare heads, woolly hats and a balaclava. This makes them useful as hardened and trained revolutionary/Independence groups or for mixing with 'green army' figures to instill a rebel feel to regular formations which have sided against the Emergency Government.
SASFalkFN: 8 figs with SLR rifle
SASFalksni: 3 figs with L42 rifle mix of headgear £1.50 are just rebel forces through and through! Mixed with other armed civilians especially those with L42s you can create a nicely irregular rural force.
SASFalksni: 3 figs with L42 rifle mix of headgear
So, let's grab some figures at random from the packs showcased above to create a revolutionary force for Lock Stock n' Two Smokin' Sterlings....
UrbMeltdown Mix and Match!
Not bad as a first attempt, though I really would have liked to have picked out a couple of guys with Sterlings to include! Well what have we got from our lucky dip? The 'Bloke' on the left looks like he could be 'Hard' but may just have a line of credit at Silvermans. Perhaps the 'Lads' in berets signify ex 'green machine' - could be deserters or ex-army. They could equally denote a local paramilitary or politically motivated group depending their beret colour. Then there's Ray, 2nd from right, the 'Sprog' of the group with his dad's hunting rifle.
Hope you found this 'showcase' useful. The figures presented are only a selection of those available from Rolf at RH Models. But even those I've illustrated will allow you to build interesting irregular, covert and para-military forces for Winter of '79.