I am a New York-based wargamer, who has embarked on a labor of love recently and engaged Alan McGuire, a UK based sculptor to produce this unique range of 28mm range of gangster and underworld types. The "unique" feature is that the range would provide "portrait" sculpts of New York's most infamous gangsters, personalities never offered in miniature before. Also a range of figures which would fit the same size as other current manufacturers ranges. These figures fit in nicely with almost all of them.
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So far, eight of the most important of these have already been molded, including Arthur "Dutch Schultz" Flegenheimer, Otto "Abba Dabba" Berman (The Dutchman's Policy Numbers genius), Owen "Owney" Madden, Jack "Legs Diamond" Moran, Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll, Charles "Lucky" Luciano, Meyer "The Mobs Accountant"’ Lansky, and the very man whose remark named the this range and and wargame rules they support, Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel.
More of these pivotal characters in the history of the Mafia and Organized Crime are in the works, including Albert "The Lord High Executioner" Anastasia, Louis "Lepke" Buchalter, Mendy Weiss, Abe Reles and others associated with "Murder Incorporated," as well as other historical personalities.
Previous ranges of gangsters seem fixated on Chicago, while these other arguably more significant Mafiosi and Associates are well remembered, but never yet given the same attention. Sculpted to be compatible with most 28mm castings, these well-designed figures are cast in lead-free pewter.
Besides the "named" character sculpts, a wide range of "generic" gangsters and hoodlums wielding a wide range of weapons is available as "soldiers." Not only are these an ambitious selection of character types as called for in the rules "We Only Kill Each Other," but a series of vignettes for life--and death--in the underworld will be offered. Already finished is a scene with three figures, one of whom has his feet in cement, and another of the Hot Seat with condemned, Warden, Guard, and Priest. More of these Vignettes are planned, too, such as Albert Anastasia's Last Haircut, and other memorable scenes.
While specifically designed to support the eponymous rules set offered by The Virtual Armchair General, these figures will serve as well with any other rules, and can be particularly effective Characters in Pulp Fiction scenarios.