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Dropship Horizon Inactive Member10 Nov 2012 3:25 a.m. PST

Always had a soft spot for Finland.

The Finnish Civil War offers a nice mix of RCW plus German Freikorps style uniforms. Some CW figs can also be mixed in.

A few interesting links:



Yesthatphil10 Nov 2012 4:03 a.m. PST

Good stuff on that Pinterest board, Mark …


Lonkka1Actual10 Nov 2012 5:32 a.m. PST

As a local I've also been thinking about doing some recreations in miniature.

Since most battles were more or less small in scale and rather disorganized affairs with plenty of inaptitude I think the war leads itself best to skirmish scenarios.

Haven't checked which rules would lend themselves best for the war, but Force on Force might work well, especially if whites are using Germans. Also Battleground WWII would probably work.

Miniatures in 20mm/1:72?
Germans/ Finnish jaegers (trained in Germany/eastern front) and Russian soldiers it would be easy to find plastic WWI figures.

For the white/red guard you'd need plenty of civilians armed with rifles. Plastics-wise the only one I can immediately think is Caesar's WWII Underground Resisters, but only a quarter of the figures are rifle armed while MP40's abound…

Hmmm, Spanish Civil War figures are probably the answer -anyone have ideas which manufacturer to use?

Gaz004510 Nov 2012 6:08 a.m. PST

How about the 'Factory Defence Force' from Shellhole Scenics/Friend Or Foe Miniatures….equipped with Mosin Nagants and wearing greatcoats and fur hats etc….
Have a look at Irregular Minis SCW for other militia types too…….
Plastic figures from Strelets RCW ranges may suit too….

7dot62mm10 Nov 2012 1:19 p.m. PST

Many partisan figures from various manufacturers are usable for this conflict.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2012 4:09 p.m. PST

Very interesting site, thanks much for posting the link. I did not know of this war or series of skirmishes as some have called it. I am interested in this era, I have done freikorps games and am working on the battle of Warsaw 1920. Lots of great uniform information in these pictures. Why is one person so lucky as to have an MP 1918 and artillery Luger With a stock. He probably has a Broomhandle Mauser in his back pocket.

Snoop9876 Inactive Member12 Nov 2012 11:32 a.m. PST

Nice pictures.

I've got WW 1 Russians and WW 2 Winter War Finns. I wonder if I could stretch a point and use them. Well it is 15 mm !

Lonkka1Actual13 Nov 2012 8:02 a.m. PST

Not really.
I suggest you go on and purchase WWI Jerries -that way you can fight battles between Russian garrisons and Finnish jaegers.

biturian varosh16 Nov 2012 6:17 a.m. PST

I recently painted a couple of dozen minis to be used for FCW small skirmishes using Copplestone's "Back of Beyond" range. I compared them with period photos and found many of the Bolshevik partisans and ragged White Russians quite passable for Finnish Whites and Reds. I added in a slightly converted WWI Austrian light infantryman as a stand in for a Finnish jaeger.


Lonkka1Actual22 Jan 2013 2:15 p.m. PST

Sounds quite right.

I'm looking for 20mm stuff.
Recently thought that Spanish Civil War ranges might be useful…

Mad Monarchist Inactive Member31 Jan 2013 7:00 p.m. PST

What about the RCW ranges from IT Figures and B&B Miniatures?

BlackWidowPilot Fezian Inactive Member31 Jan 2013 10:07 p.m. PST

Irregular Miniatures UK makes a very extensive line of 20mm scale SCW figures, including assorted militia and International Brigade poses. Lots to work with in that series, "Lonkka1Actual."

Hope this helps!evil grin

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