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May 13, 2021

Cibo’s Little Dudes – 18mm Napoleonics

Anyone who listens to Meeples and Miniatures will know that I have been playing a lot of the Napoleonic game ‘Over the Hills’ recently and I’ve been using some old figures I got painted up a few years ago.

the Miniatures in question were ones I got for a game called Napoleon at War and were 18mm figures produced by a Spanish company called Man at War. The reason I started collecting these figures was because

  1. I liked them
  2. they were really easy to buy

What I mean by this second statement is the figures for Napoleon at War came in Brigade or Battalion boxes and had all the figures needed plus bases and commanders, so for a lazy wargamer like myself it just made the whole process of assembling an army easy.

so I brought lots

unfortunately the game didn’t really take off and after the first rush of releases new figures just dried up and they became harder and harder to get hold of, until finally the M@W web-shop stopped selling them and rumors started circulating that they had been sold off

those rumors were true and the whole range had been brought out by a Swiss company called Cibo’s Little Dudes. a few weeks ago the old figures were back on sale and they were joined by a few packs of new figures to start extending the ranges. this got me very interested so I got in touch and I brought 4 battalion packs to extend my army.

I got 1 battalion of Dutch Militia (original N@W sculpts) 2 battalions of Early British infantry and a Battalion of Russian Musketeers which are new sculpts

the Dutch will be used with my existing Allied army for the 100 days campaign (as all the original sculpts were produced for that campaign). the British will be used in Peninsular games that I’m planning and the Russians I got because I’m interested in doing something around Napoleons invasion of Russia some time in the future.

before I placed the order I dropped Simone (who runs Cibo) to verify the amount of figures in each battalion pack as his website didn’t have many details, and we got to chatting about his plans for the rules and the figure ranges, it was at this point that he mentioned he was using a new sculpter and his figures were a little bigger to the originals. but this disn’t worry me as I’ve already used 20mm Newline design figures in my Allied army and they match in fine.

so one order was placed and 3 days later they arrived, so top marks to Cibo for really fast delivery and packaging.

when you get the miniatures they are packaged like this in a very smart card box

which opens up and includes a nice insert where everything is nice and safe, not Cibo has moved to using wooden bases now instead of the plastic ones M@W used

here’s a close up of some of the British and Russian infantry

and a British infantry figure next to a ruler, the figure is about 19mm to eye and they are heftier to the old sculpts

a quick comparison of old to new shows you the difference in size

and here’s the new figure next to a Newline design miniature which is 20mm (although they are small 20mm in my view)

So I guess you want to know my thoughts now I have them.

well I guess they are a little bigger than I expected, but luckily I don’t intend to mix the British figures from the 2 old and new ranges together in units so it won’t be a huge problem. in some ways I’m happier that they mix in well with Newline figures as that allows me to use both ranges in future projects.

the price point for Cibo is very good, a battalion costs 16 Swiss Franc’s, which is about £12 at the current exchange rate, postage for the 4 battalions was about £10 which was reasonable considering they came from Switzerland to the UK. Newline designs would cost a similar price for a battalions worth of figures, but the postage to the UK is obviously cheaper (you’d also have to factor in getting the bases with Newline)

I’ll be sending these figures off to ADC Painting very soon for Gareth to do his magic on them and I’ll post pictures once I get them back

So far Cibo has released Peninsular British Infantry, Early French Infantry,  Early Austrian Infantry and Russian Musketeers and have commissioned all of these for release soon

2. Peninsula infantry
1.Early Austrian infantry
2. Austrian grenadiers
3. Late Austrian infantry
4. Light cavalry
5. Heavy cavalry
6. Foot artillery with limber
7. Horse artillery with limber
1. Musketeers
2. Jagers
3. Grenadiers
4. Light cavalry
5. Heavy cavalry
6. Foot artillery with limber
7. Horse artillery with limber
1. Line infantry
2. Grenadiers
3. Guards
4. Light cavalry
5. Heavy cavalry
1. Heavy cavalry
1. Infantry in great coat
2. Early Line Infantry
1. Line infantry
2. Light cavalry
3. Foot artillery with limber
1. Line infantry
2. Cacadores/light infantry
3. Foot artillery with limber

So all in all I’m really leased to see the old ranges back on sale and even happier to see the new ranges starting to appear, I’ll be getting a lot more of these miniatures


3 Responses “Cibo’s Little Dudes – 18mm Napoleonics”

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    May 30, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Very interesting post, Mike. Thanks for showing the size comparison with Newline. Can I ask…is the metal any better quality from Cibo’s? I used to own a load of MaW minis but sold them all as I was fed up with the muskets / bayonets snapping off – the metal was just too soft for my liking. These new casts certainly look sturdier. I am a big fan of the Newline 20mm Naps, so it’s nice to see another range that looks reasonably compatible with theirs. I always wish there were more 20mm ranges out there (medieval, anyone?)

    • MikeH
      May 30, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      hi Kevin
      Yeah the metal is different, I think it has a higher pewter content so is a bit sturdier.

      it’ll be interesting to see them painted

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    May 30, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Thanks Mike. Will look forward to seeing some painted shots. Cheers, K.

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