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August 7, 2018

SPACE 1889: City-State Archers

Filed under: Forlorn Hope Games, SPACE 1889, Victorian Adventure Gaming — gisby @ 23:39

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This unit is made up of ex-Grenadier High Elven Archers, from Forlorn Hope Games. I made several units from the High Elves in order to get more variety in my Martian forces.

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As is my wont, I replaced the bows and weapons with floral wire. The supplied bows were fine, but wire is stronger.

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The officer is a spearman with his spear replaced with a wire sword. The standard bearer is a two-handed axeman with a wire staff. The standard was printed on my computer.

The sword was hammered flat on an anvil, and given  a small plastic tsuba.

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There are two types of archer in the unit. There is more variety available, but I wanted some uniformity in helmets and plumes.

I have several other ex-High Elf units, so they work well together as a separate or allied force.

Also see:

SPACE 1889: City State Spearmen

SPACE 1889: City State Cutters

 

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August 1, 2018

SPACE 1889: Lancer Cavalry

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This unit was originally intended to go on Tauntauns: I thought the long skinny lance on the awkward-looking mount would be both alien-looking and funny. But when it came time to make this unit, I thought it was the LAST of my cavalry units,  and I had a box of Thoats ready for it.

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I thought nothing of it, and completed the unit. It was only then that I found the Tauntauns I had intended to use.

There was still a unit to go, that I WAS going to put on Thoats. It wound up on the Tauntauns. Oh well….

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But I think they look good on Thoats: Certainly the heavier mount makes them look fiercer. The combination of lance and sword caused me to treat them as a hell-for-leather berserker unit.

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The rider is an ex-Grenadier Elven standard bearer from Forlorn Hope Games, with a lance made from floral wire.

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The Standard bearer has a standard printed on my computer, and the pole is twisted from more floral wire.

July 27, 2018

SPACE 1889: City-State Cutters

Filed under: Forlorn Hope Games, SPACE 1889, Victorian Adventure Gaming — gisby @ 14:02

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This unit is made up of ex-Grenadier High Elven axemen and swordsmen, from Forlorn Hope Games. I wanted some more variety in units, as Mars is a big place: Armour fashions must vary from city to city.

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Martian troops seem quite fond of big chopping weapons, so these figures fit right in. There are equal numbers of axes and swords in the ranks. They look quite determined, even eager to get into the fray.

I had thought of doing separate units of the two types, but decided against it.

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The officer is a spearman with his spear replaced with a wire sword. The standard bearer is an axeman with a wire staff, and a standard printed on my computer.

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This unit matches two other  infantry units and a gashant cavalry unit in style, so they can be used as an Allied or Enemy force on their own.

 

 

February 14, 2018

Barsoom: Small Martian Flyer

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This is the RedVectors Small Martian Flyer, as seen in my post ‘SPACE 1889: Small Martian Flyer.’

It’s 7″ long, with a bit of crowding, you can fit 12 figures on the decks on 20mm bases. Since this release, they have developed a 10″ and 16″ version, with similar styling.

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It’s a lovely kit, inexpensive, and goes together into a sorta-Star-Wars-inspired little skiff. The fit is excellent, and it’s still a pretty simple build. There is also an optional section for a front gun mount provided, but I chose not to use it.

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The original stand was not very stable: This picture shows how I modifiedit. (The ship now comes with a longer, more stable base)

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I’ll be using it for Barsoom and SPACE 1889 both. It’s just a great little kit of a generic small flyer. I recommend that you paint the rails and trim pieces before assembly, it makes for a much neater finish.

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Here it is beside a smaller Galoob Sand Skiff. The style is very similar. The crews shown are from Bronze Age Miniatures.

Also see:

SPACE 1889: Small Martian Flyer

Barsoom: Large Flyer

October 11, 2017

Mad Dogs With Guns 1

Filed under: Mad Dogs with Guns, Moonraker Miniatures, Pulp Gaming — gisby @ 16:57

When Mad Dogs with Guns was released, we were quite excited. It looked like a fun concept, and Howard and Roderick write fun rules. We weren’t disappointed, the rules are fast and fun, and have a campaign system to tie games together and build your gang.

To this end, I decided to build some more gangsters.

Moonraker Miniatures produces the Dunwich Detective range, designed for 1920’s ‘Eldritch Horror’ games – But they are also great for Roaring 20’s, Bootleggers and Gangsters. There are Cops, Gangsters and Dames – great stuff!

A quick order to Moonraker, and I had a bunch of figures to defend my turf. I decided to do some head swaps, just to get some more variety.

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2006c Gangster with violin case
2006e Gangster loading Revolver
2001f Adventurer/Detective with Pistol

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2006e Gangster loading Revolver (Head swap)
2003b Detective with Pistol
2006c Gangster with violin case (Head swap)

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2003b Detective with Pistol (Head swap)
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2006b Gangster with Tommy-gun (Head swap)

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2006a Gangster with cigar (Head swap)
2003a Detective with Tommy-gun (Head swap)
2006d Gangster with Revolver

I even added a few police, and did a head swap to increase their fire-power.

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2006b Gangster with Tommy-gun (Head swap)
2003c Cop with Nightstick
2003d Cop with Pistol

Of course the figures will also be useful for Horror, Pulp and VBCW, so quite useful all-round.

Now, let the Tommy-guns roar!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 27, 2017

SPACE 1889: Night Raider Flyer

This flyer is the Large Martian Flyer from RedVectors in the UK. It’s the same kit as in my post ‘Barsoom: Large Flyer’.’ (So if you want more of a review, or a ship that’s not a black blob, go there.)  Please note that it was a custom kit, and may not be on their website – Drop them a line if you are interested.

It’s an upsized version of their first 7″ flyer, and is about 10″ long. The difference seems slight, but the new ship is very much larger (See here.)

I painted it black to represent any sinister force of night raiders, whether they be Kraag Martians, Black Martians, or whatever. It will spread terror through my games, both in SPACE 1889 and on Barsoom.

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Overall, the ship is as sturdy as MDF will allow, but you have to watch it when you pick it up: If you squeeze the side railings they will tear out, as they are set very close to the side of the deck. A third support might help there.

There is a gun mount supplied for the front of the ship, but I chose the railings.

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The present crew are less sinister than most night raiders, they are mostly conversions from various Heroclix and plastic D&D miniatures.

As always, Elves make very nice Martians, and you can buy Clix singles quite cheaply.

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It’s a lovely kit at a good price, useful for Barsoom or SPACE 1889. The postage to Canada was the same either way, so I bought two. (After all, if you only have one, who will it fight?)

Even more madness, there is now a 16″ version on the way, 1.5 larger in every dimension….  Hmmmm… How will it look at 24″?

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Also see:

SPACE 1889: Small Martian Flyer

Barsoom: Small Martian Flyer

Barsoom: Large Flyer

 

August 21, 2017

SPACE 1889: Charging Cavalry Archers

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This unit is made from ex-Grenadier Elf Cavalry from Forlorn Hope Games mounted on riding beasts from Traveler. (I call them tauntauns because they look like them)

Even though they are merrily waving their swords around, they are a unit of mounted archers. They have quivers on their backs, and bows in cases slung behind their saddles. (The bowcases fit like the saddle was made for them)

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Like all my Martian units, they are uniformed in ‘off’ colours I’d never use for human uniforms.

The rider comes in two parts: below the waist, and above, joined with a swivel-y waist so you can choose the angle of the top half. The figures are mostly unmodified: Their legs are bent so they are seated more knees-up to fit the saddle, and they are joined at the waist at a different angle than they would be on a horse. Otherwise they’d be leaning back, staring at the sky.

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Originally I had intended to mount them on ex-Ral Partha Hexatrixes, (used as thoats) but after I had completed three thoat Cavalry, I got distracted. I THOUGHT I had finished the unit, but I had not. I used the thoats for a different unit.

I realized my mistake after I thought I was finished my Martians. I found three lonely riders on mounts, and realized I had never finished the unit. In a box I found a unit’s wort of tauntauns waiting for riders,  so that was that. I even had to rip finished riders off their thoats and put them on new mounts.

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This is the first group of figures I did for this unit. I think they looked good on the thoats, but maybe they are better on the tauntauns.

August 14, 2017

SPACE 1889: Martian Knights

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This is a unit of ex-Grenadier Elven Knights from Forlorn Hope Games mounted on RAFM gashants. They look like an ideal match, but there was some work involved.

The Knights were intended for horses, far less bulky than the gashants. To get them to fit, I took my Dremel and ground out inside the rider’s legs, and carved the saddle from the gashant, and I even had to trim away the surcoat to clear the gashant’s knees. Thankfully they don’t need a perfect fit under their robes.

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The lances are made from floral wire, and the standard was printed on my computer, using a clip art design. Their weapon arms are separate, so they could have been couched, but I just prefer upright spears.

There are several different Elven Knights, but I specified this product code, as the upswept shield resembles one of the RAFM shields.

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If I had more talent and imagination, I would have painted unit colours and designs on the mount’s beak and flanks – They cry out for decoration. Lance pennants would also spruce ’em up a bit.

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I have several other units based on the High Elves, and they look good  together. They can easily be used as a separate force, or can just give variety to my forces.

August 6, 2017

SPACE 1889: Nomad Cavalry

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This unit is made from ex-Grenadier Wood Elf cavalry from Forlorn Hope Games, mounted on ex-Grenadier Traveler riding beasts. (No idea what they called them.) I imagine them as lighter and fleeter than Gashants, performing Light Cavalry duties.

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The riders were originally swordsmen, but I replaced the swords with javelins made from floral wire.

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I have two units of archers on the same style of beast, they look particularly convincing working together as tribal auxiliaries to my City-State forces.

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Their round shields are painted to imitate the lunate shields of several other units. The standard was printed on my computer, using clip art  for the design.

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The riding beasts have a charming face, I like to think it hides a nasty disposition.

July 29, 2017

SPACE 1889: City-State Spearmen

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This unit is made up of ex-Grenadier High Elven spearmen, from Forlorn Hope Games. There are several styles in the range, and I chose the one with the upswept shield because it resembles a shield in the RAFM Martian Legion.

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As is my wont, I replaced the spears with pole weapons made from floral wire. The supplied spears were fine, but wire is stronger and I wanted a variety of cutting blades rather than spears.

There are two types, in equal numbers: A straight blade, and a curved glaive blade. I formed the blades and then hammered them flat on a small anvil. Each has a small tsuba punched from sheet plastic.

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The officer is a spearman with his spear replaced with a wire sword. The sword was made like the glaives, but with a short handle. The standard was printed on my computer, and the pole was twisted from the same wire as the spears..

This unit matches two other units and a gashant cavalry unit in style, so they all have similar standards, in different colours. The four units make a good force on their own.

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