I was short of figures to represent leaders with pistols and thought this could be the solution, but found that the figures were not a comparable size with the AB Figures miniatures that make up the bulk of my units.
I put those aside, but did wonder if I might be able to make up some casualty figures, something I had been unable to find. I've found casualty figures a tricky thing. Not from a painting point of view, but more as a matter of how to do it reasonably tastefully without skirting around the fact that what is represented on the table top is violent injury and death. The main reason for wanting to include casualties is for the photographs for my AARs. If the loss of a senior leader has dire consequences for his force it seems a bit lacklustre to record his departure with a photograph of the empty space his figure formerly occupied. It's all about the narrative I keep telling myself.
In the first scenario of our current campaign 29, Let's Go! a team of American scouts were caught in the open as they pushed forward towards a German jump-off-point. They were wiped out and the casualty figures helped to tell that story dramatically. I wanted something that could fill that role for the Far East platoon.
The good thing about plastic figures is that they are very easy to convert and so I tried to see what could be done with some of the prone 8th army figures.
I found the lower half of the figures would work well using them either face down or face up, however the upper bodies didn't quite work despite a few attempts.
In the end I used the upper bodies from a figure throwing a grenade and one of a leader waving his men forward.
The resulting figures covered a greater area than the normal 20mm round bases I use for individual figures. They also have a slight awkwardness to their poses but overall I think they work well enough.
In the end I decided to base one on a 20x40mm rectangle that I use for my senior leaders, given that of any casualty, the loss of a senior leader is one that I'd consider most important to represent. Painting was kept simple and, as I've done with all my casualty figures, I avoided any gore. I think they tell the story as they are and puddles of blood won't make it any more effective.