The “Cartoon” Soldier figures, or “Cartoon Figs” as they would be called, would be the look of the figures I would make for the BGWWII game for the next couple of years.
They were made to be simple, fun, animated figures with a comic book feel, not something one collects for their artistic merit. These figures were made to be playing pieces. Many were in action poses with mouths open as if they were communicating to each other on the table. Because of their open mouths, gamers would also call them the “shouting guys”, sometimes even “yelling guys” or even the “screaming guys”.
Even though my new figures were simple in design, They still had to be accurate in the gear and weapons they carried. Players needed to know what weapon each figure carried from a distance on the game table. I accomplished this by making the weapons oversized, with enough details to make them easily identifiable.
These figures would also use plastic slotted bases. I wanted to get away from sculpted bases on the figures and these bases were a perfect fit. I liked that the round bases, they created a uniformity in the look of the figures. They also alleviated the problem most figures with small bases had, and that was falling over when the table was bumped.
These would be the Official Battleground figures for the next couple of years (1998-2000). I still have people tell me that these were the figures that got them into gaming. Some people still use them in their games. Some have sold them in order to start collecting the VFM figures.
I always enjoyed sculpting these figures.
More VFM Histories to come, stay tuned.
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