Gisby's Gaming Blog

July 21, 2017

SPACE 1889: Martian Musketeers

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I wanted a unit of Martian Musketeers, and this is it: The musketeers are converted from an older Grenadier miniature, Open-Handed Elf, from Forlorn Hope Games. Just a bit of bending, and muskets from the parts box

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The standard bearer and officer are from the Wood Elf Command pack. (Although the standard bearer is 25 years older than the rest of the unit.)

Overall, I’m pleased with the way it turned out.

 

July 20, 2017

Forgotten Heroes: Distracterella

Filed under: Bronze Age Miniatures, Forgotten Heroes, Superheroes — gisby @ 21:53

I first read of the ‘Forgotten Heroes Challenge‘ on Roger Webb’s blog, Rantings From Under the Wargames Table (Well worth a read, BTW). The challenge is to make a figure of a hero, for whom there is no decent figure available. And it has to be finished in June.

As it turns out, I had a figure that fit the bill, and was done in June. It just took me this long to take a picture.

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She is Distracterella, from the webcomic League of Superredundant Heroes. She is a Villainess whose power is to distract with her body. (It is revealed that the blue part of her costume is in fact body paint, and the stars are removable.)

The base figure is a female dolly from Bronze Age Miniatures. I added hair, and all else is paint.

So yes, she’s late, but I don’t care.

 

 

June 5, 2017

Barsoom: Green Martians

I bought a bunch of Bronze Age Miniatures Green Martians. (Not what they call them, but…) I like them. They are very animated, and loaded with decorated harness. There are a few spots where the strap detail is a bit soft, usually caused by the extra arms crossing the body.

Note: The figures are all the same size, the pictures are not all to scale.

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I drilled the heads and inserted pins for the peculiar Green Martian ears, and I think it improved the look. The greens I used for the skin are a bit dark to show up well in these pictures, a problem with many of my figures.

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The figures are multi-part, with separate heads, arms, and many loose weapons. The arms at least benefited from pinning, and there were some gaps to fill. (These may have been the result of my attaching the arm at the wrong angle)

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They came without bases, but had pegs on their feet that would fit onto the holes on many plastic bases. I used larger fender washers as bases.

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There are several variants I do not have, and some I do have are positioned differently on their site, so you can build a good-sized force with no two the same.

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March 6, 2017

SPACE 1889: Gun Carrier

Filed under: Uncategorized — gisby @ 14:38

Martian artillery is primitive by modern standards: Heavy and unwieldy. But they have an advantage we do not have…. Liftwood. They don’t need to drag heavy guns through sand and rocky terrain, they can just pull it with no problems.

The gun carrier is a simple platform fitted with liftwood, operated by a trimsman who hovers the gun 6 or so feet above the ground. It can then be pulled by whatever creatures or troops you have handy. It won’t get bogged down or break axles, and it’s less tiring for those hauling it.

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Because it’s only hovering at a low altitude, and carrying a comparitively light load, it can be made using low-quality, scrap, or past-it’s-best liftwood, and the trimsman doesn’t need to be awfully skilled.

For best stability, the gun should be in a rigid frame, but they can also be hung from ropes.

Of course the same concept can be used for carrying freight, or for making smooth-riding carriages.

It’s not supposed to be a cheap flying gun-platform, or a piece of game-beating technology, more a bit of local colour.

It could also be a ‘Flight of the Phoenix’ plot point, where stranded travelers build a ‘life raft’ from bits of a crashed flyer and hope the wind will blow them to safety, barely skimming the ground.

March 4, 2017

SPACE 1889: Cavalry

I’ve been making cavalry, from various ex-Grenadier Elves, (from Forlorn Hope Games) and mounts from various companies. I have ‘Thoats’ (Formerly Hexatrixes, bought from Ral  Partha) ‘Tauntauns’ (ex-Grenadier Traveler riding beasts) and Gashants from Rafm. I can’t guarantee the provenence of every one: I bought some from the manufacturers, some from ebay, and some from other 1889 gamers.

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A General or champion: A GW Elf from a bargain bin in a comic store many years ago. He’s riding a Thoat and waving a RENEGADE shield. He originally had a spear, that I replaced with a flattened wire sword.

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Steppe Martian light cavalry. An ex-Grenadier Elf riding an ex-Grenadier riding beast from Traveller. The beast looks like a Tuantuan, so that’s what I’ve been calling it. They’re not bad looking, and the mount is nice and alien looking. This was my first try, I have since finished the unit, but have not yet photographed it.

Because of the angle of the saddle, I had to bend the legs into a more seated position otherwise the rider leaned back in an odd fashion.

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Martian heavy cavalry. An ex-Grenadier Elven Knight riding a Gashant. They did not want to fit together. I had to carve away a lot of saddle, and inside the rider’s legs, plus clip the bottom of the surcoat. I have never been a big fan of Gashants, they always looked to me like they would have sore backs. But it’s not so bad after all.

Again, I have since finished the unit, and they don’t look bad at all en masse. The Gashants might look better with designs painted on them, or colourful toucan-style beaks.

February 16, 2017

Pulp Figures Mounties

Filed under: Crucible Crush, Pulp Figures, VBCW — gisby @ 21:47

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This is Pulp Figures‘ pack PYP05 ‘The Scarlet Patrol.’ Although intended for the Canadian Yukon, they can also serve (painted khaki) as dismounted Canadian troopers in the Boer War. They are well sculpted, and paint up really well.

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I painted them as a gift for a friend, reinforcements for his VBCW forces (As seen on his blog, ‘The View From The Hill’) A group of sharpshooting Colonials was just what they need to tip things in their favour.

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I also found a pair of souvenir zinc-cast Moose in the local dollar store. They are well-detailed, and a good size for 28mm. At one dollar each, they would be an economical source of mounts for a fantasy unit of some sort.

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I didn’t send them off with the Mounties, I kept them for my Flint & Feather natives to hunt.

 

February 5, 2017

SPACE 1889: Martians

Of course you want random personalities for 1889 games and battles, and there are plenty of choices and ranges that can be found. These are a few of my recent conversions and repaints.

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An Old Glory Tarzan painted as a Wyrm Cultist, and a pair of plastic D&D figures. Replacement swords are made from wire hammered flat.martrand1

3 Forlorn Hope female Elves

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3 old GW Elves

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3 plastic D&D figures. Swords and bows are wire. The female archer has the quiver from the bird-handler in the next row.

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A plastic D&D figure, with 2 RAFM Martians with D&D heads.

January 19, 2017

New Project – Martian Flyers

Filed under: Barsoom, Pulp Gaming, Red Vector Games, Science Fiction, SPACE 1889 — gisby @ 08:51

REDvectors is an odd company, in that they seem to prefer to do custom work. Rather than have an ordinary website, they show you what they have made, and encourage you to approach them with ideas.

Mick then sits down and plans them out, and asks if that’s what you want, and if so, gives you a price.

I originally approached them because they had made a small Martian skiff, rather similar in style to the sand skiffs from Star Wars. (Which have themselves been re-purposed for many a Martian table)

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This is one of mine, a great little kit: Perfect fit, nice lines, a great price.

I am quite taken with them, but while they are great personal flyers, I wanted something a bit bigger. So I contacted Mick, and asked for a design 50% bigger in length and width, but with railings the same height.

This is the design he presented me with: It is NOT the same as the flyer above, it’s much larger.

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It’s about 10 inches long, with lovely lines, and will be sweet on Barsoom or 1889 Mars. I will probably mount a small gun on the front of each.

So I have two on the way, and I am very excited. More news as it unfolds.

January 11, 2017

SPACE 1889: Red Legion

Filed under: RAFM Miniatures, SPACE 1889, Victorian Adventure Gaming — gisby @ 13:43

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This is my final RAFM Martian Legion. I thought I had one, so I bought a second one. After it arrived, I found that I had two more. But they were all fun to paint, so I am happy.

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To finish it, I had to wait for a couple of replacement figures from RAFM: I had removed their heads for conversions, which made them look rather odd in the ranks, and it was easier to just replace them. (I put new heads on the old bodies, of course)

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The big swords were the only weapons that needed repairing. (Although one shield gunner plume was broken off and had to be remade.)redreg1

The others are straight-from-the-box, no weapons or hairstyles modified.

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All-in-all, I am pleased with my Martian Legions. I prefer my units to be a bit more uniform, unless they are wild irregulars, but the uniform colour schemes seem to tie them all together quite well enough.

The figures are nicely alien, without being over-the-top.

 

 

December 26, 2016

SPACE 1889: Skirmisher Cavalry

This unit is a bit of a mash-up: It’s made up of ex-Grenadier products from both sides of the pond, and is the result of decades of planning.

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Back in the day, Grenadier USA produced various boxed sets, including a set of Traveler beasties, including a rider on a TaunTaun-like beast. (Traveler fans will no doubt know its name, I do not)

Seeing the potential for use in a fantasy army that I never built, I bought several dozen of the beast, and they sat in a box for 25 or so years.

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When I started my SPACE 1889 jag, I picked up some Elven horse archers from Forlorn Hope Games, and mounted them on these not-TaunTauns. They make a nice change from Gashants, and are a lot more fun to paint. (Although part of that is my boring paint choice for Gashants)

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I also put Elven cavalry on Ral Partha Hexatrixes, that I use as Thoats. I’ve since finished the unit, but haven’t taken any pictures yet.

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Last of all, we have a Tin Man Miniatures Calot. He looks a bit smug, but he’s a nice figure.

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