These inexpensive figures simulate faceless crowds in bustling cities.
The effect is pretty cool on the tabletop. Players get the sense the
party is in a crowd - something that's hard to otherwise pull off in
city campaigns. I’m sure you get tired of recycling the same
blacksmith, peasant woman, town guard from your (probably limited)
selection of commoner minis...
It makes it easier for people to imagine they’re in a real city,
surrounded by real people. This way they are more likely to consider
If someone stands out to a PC and they indicate they're taking a closer
look, then the GM swaps out a generic silhouette with an actual mini.
I like how they make the PCs stand out - like the stars they imagine
themselves to be.
Alternatively, these figures can be used to represent creatures the
characters haven’t identified. For example, if the PCs see figures
moving in the woodline or in a dim room, do they know they’re orcs? Well
they sure do if you put out orc minis and will react accordingly. Keep
‘em guessing until they make a positive ID. Maybe they’re far tougher