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13 Apr 2022 7:46 a.m. PST
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Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Dec 2020 12:17 p.m. PST

Not you. Your figures.

Do you have figures without weapons that are carrying non-weapon tools?

I guess the biggest category here would be post-apoc/zed figures using tools as improvised/converted weapons. This gets into the whole agency (re: Arthur Koestler, The Ghost in the Machine) thing, so let's just count those as a separate category.

For me, I do have hordes (he he) of postapoc/zed/2000AD gangers with improvised/converted weapons.

I think my next biggest group is military support functions like pre-20th century signaliers of various stripe and dedicated comms, engineers, supply, or medics.

I have lots of agrarians as well. So, if they end up in a fight (though often their purpose is to avoid it), they get slightly better stats than their peer non-combatants.

Then I have a few modern/scifi civilians with tools. So as opposed to a worker with a scythe or a chainsaw, they are just treated as regular non-combatants.

Such figures are probably 33% or so of my civilians, which are probably 10-150% of my figures.

Bashytubits13 Dec 2020 12:36 p.m. PST

I used to have quite a few, but have sold them off while reducing my lead pile. I do still have a bunch of Japanese villagers with farm implements for battling bandits.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP13 Dec 2020 12:38 p.m. PST

Some – mostly sci-fi or SYW civilian types

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP13 Dec 2020 1:01 p.m. PST

Not much. I have several spaceship crew figures carrying various objects (e.g., hand computer/scanner/whatever).

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP13 Dec 2020 4:26 p.m. PST

Very few civilians without weapons. Really mostly for skirmish "kidnap" or "hostage rescue" scenarios. Civilians wandering around with bullets flying and bombs going off gets a little too close to real war for my entertainment preferences.

jdpintex13 Dec 2020 4:45 p.m. PST

Quite a few Wild West civilians/towns folk. Also some ACW civilians as well as WWII refugees.

Need more modern civilians.

x42brown13 Dec 2020 6:48 p.m. PST

A good number. I used to do a lot of Viking/slave taking type raids in various settings and have civilians for them including women and children.


Grelber13 Dec 2020 8:39 p.m. PST

I have some engineer/sapper types for my 1897 army. There are some pirates engaged in non-combat type activities, like digging for treasure or getting drunk, though some of these have side arms. My Dark Age armies have some folks with improvised weapons, like pitchforks, and other figures with slaves, loot, stolen animals, or getting drunk (I hope this isn't going to become a theme with my armies).


Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP13 Dec 2020 9:11 p.m. PST

I have quite a few gardener/farmer figures in my VBCW collection. One nice figure has an insect sprayer, but I turned it into a single shot flamethrower :-)

Does a band count:


Narratio14 Dec 2020 8:19 p.m. PST

I've got a 6mm town militia which includes priests/nuns praying and a bunch of farmers waving various forks, spades, scythes and such oddments. Plus wives, children and old grandpa shaking a fist. Does that count?

Pauls Bods25 Dec 2020 7:33 a.m. PST

Ive got A couple of hundred, medieval, Imagi-Nation and Ancient Roman citizens.
Those that are carring tools ?..TBH, Ive never counted.

von Schwartz ver 225 Dec 2020 7:48 p.m. PST

I bought a couple packs of peasants with farming tools, pitchforks, scythes, and the like, all 15mm though I'm afraid. I think they were Minifigs.

Corporal Fagen27 Dec 2020 11:08 a.m. PST

Escaped slaves with hatchets

Makhno191808 Jan 2021 2:27 p.m. PST

I have some 20mm from irregular miniatures holding tools in a diorama I made of the workers revolution aspect of the Spanish Civil War. wrenches, hammers, shovels I believe. also have civilian peasants with farm implements, also for Spanish Civil War.

oldjarhead30 Mar 2021 1:26 p.m. PST

I also have Irregular Miniatures figures with tools except in 15mm

John the Greater31 Mar 2021 7:35 a.m. PST

If agricultural tools carried by a mob count at tools, I have a bunch. If they are weapons then the guys with tools are generally pioneers/sappers/engineers.

I do like to throw a civilian or three into my camps.

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