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Makhno191829 Sep 2019 6:04 p.m. PST

Hi all,
I am still looking for more (yes more) civilians for a diorama I've been working on. Its of the anarchist workers storming the Barcelona Telefonica building in July, 1936. Some of you are probably sick of hearing me talk about this, I'm close to finished (i swear), but I'm still short some civilians.

So far, I've used: Minairons, Irregular, Bandera, Red Box's Boxer Rebellion civilian volunteers, Dapol Railway Workers, Barcelona Universal Models, Cesar WWII Underground Resisters, and Pegasus Germans in Berlin.

The last of these (Pegasus German's) I found the 3 women included super useful as Telefonica workers. I am particularly interested in finding more women in similar dress. Ironically they are meant to be BDM women, so its extra enjoyable to paint them with dark Mediterranean skin and black hair, and place them as godless anarchist unionists fighting fascism. Anyway here's a couple photos of Telefonica worker girls in their uniform from around the period, i've been painting their dresses dark blue with a white collar:

Workers/civilians can be armed or unarmed, metal, plastic or whatever. Running figures especially needed. 20mm – 1/72. Can't be too expensive. Any ideas would be appreciated, but it may be I've already used every possible option! Thanks

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP29 Sep 2019 6:43 p.m. PST

Britannia has several Resistance/Partisan types, though I'm not sure they would match up with what you've listed. Simple head swaps are an easy way to provide more variety.

kabrank30 Sep 2019 1:29 a.m. PST

Britannia also do some nice 1945 VolksStrum armed Civilians that could be useful

Makhno191830 Sep 2019 5:01 a.m. PST

Thanks for the suggestions guys. Anyone got photos of britannia's VolksStrum or partisans? They dont have any posted on website and i couldnt find online. Duplicating figures with headswaps is a good idea.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP30 Sep 2019 8:31 a.m. PST

No photo, but I had a collection of the Britannia figures to game the Warsaw Uprising. They are very nice models, but Britannia has its own style, not to everyone's taste.

Pauls Bods30 Sep 2019 10:46 a.m. PST

Pics of Britannia Partisans

Makhno191830 Sep 2019 2:21 p.m. PST

Much appreciated, thanks for the links. Not exactly what I'm after though. Besides the women in the Telefonica uniforms, the other workers mostly wore white tshirts with pants, overalls, or monos and no hats or helmets of any sort.

wargamingUSA01 Oct 2019 7:40 a.m. PST

If you can find some Force20 Miniatures they have a number of packs that will work for you. The Resistance-Maquis pack, dock workers pack, and gangsters pack.

genew4901 Oct 2019 9:59 a.m. PST


dragon6 Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2019 4:55 p.m. PST

What about HO railroad workers/passengers? They will be slimmer but height should be OK. If you put them in the back of the crowd they will flesh it out nicely.

Just look for 1930s-40s clothing types

7dot62mm21 Oct 2019 8:59 a.m. PST

TQD make some nice mobsters, some of which will be useful for you.

Makhno191821 Oct 2019 1:34 p.m. PST

Thanks everyone. I think i have enough now, hopefully will have something finished to share in a few months. What i ended up finding most useful was Pegasus Russian infantry in summer uniforms, believe it or not, with lots of knifework. Cut off their hats, backpacks/much of their kit, though they didnt have much to begin with. I shaved down the bottom edges of their jackets flush with the pants, and painted them as if theyre wearing workers' monos. The remainer of the kit ill probably modify for Republican regular forces or nationalist. For the Telefonica women i just sucked it up and bought a 2nd Berlin defenders kit, wish i could find more variety suitable but there's not much out there. Gangsters are often wearing clothing too heavy for the hot streets of Barcelona mid-July, most of the photos show the workers in white tshirts. I did use some railway workers. Excited to share the finished piece, sometime down the road

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