Cibo’s Little Dudes are an Italian-led company with a base in Switzerland. There are a number of ranges available, stretching from the Wars of Italian Unification to Modern Africa.
The Risorgimento collection consists of various troops from a variety of nationalities. These all took a part in aiding or resisting the efforts of Garibaldi and others to create a single Kingdom of Italy between 1850 and 1871. Bourbon, Austrian, Sardinian, Duchy of Parma, France and the Papal State armies were all involved and are represented in the form of infantry, cavalry and artillery. The figures shown are part of the German Infantry Command.
Each command pack consists of four miniatures, with eight to a pack for the rank and file infantry and three to a pack for cavalry. These are well-sculpted miniatures with seemingly accurate uniforms and equipment.
Moving forward in time, there are two ranges connected to the Africa, one dealing with the Bush Wars of the 1960s up until the late 1980s – 90s and the other with the current warfare in modern day Nigeria. Pictured are terrorists from the Boko Haram movement who seek to dominate in Nigeria.
There are also Nigerian and Cameroonian Forces to combat them, all in the relevant uniforms and equipment for this little known ongoing combat.
The Bush War range contains figures for a number of conflicts, with Rhodesian, South African Defence Force, Portuguese Army, SWAPO, UNITA and many other factions who fought one another in the post-colonial period.
Again, both collections of figures are well-sculpted and capture the subjects extremely well. Some of the realities of the various conflicts presented may not be to everyone’s taste but these could be used as generic troops for a range of conflicts.
Cibo’s Little Dudes are a company that seems to specialize in a number of fairly niche areas. The figures on offer are from a variety of periods that others have yet to address. The attention to detail appears to be of a high standard and they would take paint very well.