My SPACE 1889 kick was started when I bought a Crossover Miniatures Omura class airship. It’s a 28mm laser-cut MDF ‘not-a-Hullcutter’ and is pretty darn big, with room for a lot of crew.
It also needs a lot of artillery for the deck, with various long and short guns, and a massive Lob Gun amidship.
The Lob Gun (above) is an ECW mortar from RENEGADE. It’s a lovely piece, and comes with huge cannonballs and a powder charge.(Plus an ECW crew, of course)
The Master Gunner is converted from a Wood Elf archer, and the assistant is converted from the open-handed Elf. All figures are from Forlorn Hope Games.
All other gunners are also made from the same open-handed Elf, with slow matches and rammers added from wire.
The guns are from the Irregular Miniatures Pirates range: There are three different barrels, but all carriages are the same. Each gun comes in four parts: Barrel, carriage, and two very tiny trunnion straps.
As it happens, I needed three different rates of cannon, so they were perfect.
The rammers are made from a piece of wire. One end has a brush made from crochet cotton wrapped around the end and hardened with cyano adhesive. The other end has a block made from a strip of paper wrapped around the shaft and hardened with cyano.
The slow match is a fine wire wrapped around a heavier wire. I made a prototype y-shaped linstock, but it looked too high-tech to me. I wanted more primitive gunnery for my Martians.
I went for a dark grey-blue uniform because gunnery is a dirty business, and this shade won’t show the grime so much.
This gun is on a prototype deck base. It’s about the right size, but the final bases will be planked rather than a plain square of wood.
If worst comes to worst, they make a fairly worthwhile battery for a fortress.