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January 9, 2020

Wargames Atlantic Afghans

I have a sample sprue from Wargame Atlantic‘s upcoming 28mm plastic Afghans, and I wasted no time in assembling and painting it. Forgive the poor photos, they were taken with my phone.

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There are 5 figures on the sprue, a mix of standing and running figures, plus one kneeling figure. To make the figures individual, there are eleven heads, with skullcaps or turbans, some with beards, some without, and wonderful facial detail.

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There are also eight sets of arms, armed with jezzails, muskets, rifles, swords, and knives, plus 4 shields, and several loose guns and scabbarded swords.

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The fit is good, and the arm pairs are marked on the sprue ( 1L, 1R) making it easy to match them up. Most of the arms can be used with any other, but there are several where they work best matched. There are essentially no mould lines.

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There are comparison pictures on their Facebook page, and the figures are scaled to work well with Perry Miniatures.

I built these at my desk in about 10 minutes, and I enjoyed doing so: The marked arm pairs and good fit made a big difference. (And I like Afghans)

I can see myself using them as Afghans, Indian Mutineers, and Baluchis, Arabs, and Zanzibaris in Darkest Africa.

Here’s a picture of the sprue from the Wargames Atlantic site. (There’s a head missing)

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December 19, 2019

VBCW: Pulp Figures Scots

Filed under: Crucible Crush, Pulp Figures, VBCW — gisby @ 16:01

(Apologies to Bob Murch, I originally titled this as ‘Pulp Miniatures’ – Sorry)

I started collecting forces and terrain for VBCW gaming after reading AAR’s on the ‘View From the Hill‘ blog, and many discussions with the author.

I recently picked up several packs of figures appropriate for VBCW from Pulp Figures. Mainly known for packs of Pulp Personalities, they are also a good source for various Inter-War troops that cannot be found elsewhere.

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These are my Highlanders, painted to match the old Britains Swoppets and Herald Khaki Infantry. I loved them in my youth, and I love the look even now. They are fielded in a 10-man unit.

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These are the poses used, without duplicates. They are well-detailed, essentially flash-free, and are a joy to paint. They scale well with my various other VBCW figures.

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I also have a Tommy Gunner and a Vickers gunner – I can swap one or both into the unit to give it a bit of ‘punch.’

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Otherwise they are attached to the Headquarters.

In case it’s not obvious, I recommend these figures to one and all.

Bob has also sculpted a set of 8th Army miniatures that match perfectly in scale and style, that I will be using to make Spode’s Black Shorts. These are available from Crucible Crush.

Figures used:

PBT 12 Highland Infantry Command

PBT10 Highland Infantry Rifles

PBT11 Highland Special Weapons

PHP18 Rugged Sons of the Empire

December 17, 2019

RENEGADE Celts

Filed under: Ancients, Celts, RENEGADE Miniatures — gisby @ 16:57

No surprise, I have a bunch of RENEGADE Celts. They are tall, hefty figures, well-detailed, and well sculpted. Their swords are a bit big, but could be worse.

The pictures are a bit overexposed,  sorry.

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My one and only RENEGADE chariot. Compared to my other chariots, it’s huge. The base is still OK at 40mm width, but it had to be lengthened to fit the chariot.

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12 Gallic cavalry. They too tower over my other cavalry, those horses are big. They barely fit on the 20mm x 40mm bases.

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3 units of 50 LMI. They are a mix of all the various packs. RENEGADE has/had 4 packs of warriors, plus slingers and archers.

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To get maximum variety in the units, I took packs of slingers and archers and converted them to spearmen.

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I painted and based them all, then separated them into 50-man units.

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I’m left with an extra 16 figures, to be mixed in with some of my other random Celts.renli

There’s a 12-man LI javelin unit converted from archers…. Shields are thumb tacks, javelins are wire.

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And 12 archers with no conversion.

Nice figures, and big enough to have held their own against scale creep. I like ’em. I wish RENEGADE was still in production.

 

September 25, 2019

SPACE 1889: Wild Men of Mars

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SPACE 1889 has various races of Martians, each a distinct branch of a common evolutionary tree. There are Steppe Martians, and Canal Martians, and the bestial Kraag Martians. In my campaign we also have the primitive Wild or Cave Martians.

Unlike the other races on Mars they are hairless, with large skull-like heads. They are also unique in having long, pendulous wattles, resembling human beards. (This has led to anti-human propagandists claiming that Humans are related to the Cave folk.)

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The Wild Martians have been forced to live in the worst parts of the most uninhabitable areas of the planet. As a result, to many Martians, they are a mere folk-tale, of savagery and cannibalism.

But they are fierce warriors, armed with stone-tipped spears and simple shields. They can be found as cheap cannon-fodder in other people’s armies, or fighting on their own behalf, trying to hold onto what land they have.

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The figures are North  Star ‘Steampunk’ Alien Tribal Warband. They are good sculpts, open -handed, and come in a random assortment of 10. Size-wise they match well with SPACE 1889 Martians, and their feet and ears suggest a common ancestry.

I could have tarted them (and their wattles) up with more war-paint, but was prevented by my lack of imagination.

I replaced the supplied weapons with wire spears, and used some Darkest Africa shields.

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They make for a frightening warband, and a useful threat to any party in the wilderness.

 

 

 

May 2, 2019

Women’s Battalion of Death

Filed under: Minifigs, Siberia Miniatures, WW1 — gisby @ 00:04

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During the Great War the Russians formed fifteen all-female units for service on the German Front. It was felt that they would revitalize the Russian forces, and inspire the men to further valour. It is unlikely that any of these units was ever fully-equipped or recruited, although 500 women were sent to the front, where they saw no combat.

Like many other gamers, I don’t really care, I just want an interesting unit for my Russian forces.

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There are two companies making suitable figures for this unit: I chose the figures from Studio Siberia Miniatures in Russia. Size-wise, both makers are about the same, but Siberia are far superior sculpts. They have a total of six poses plus a dog. (The Siberia website lists them as a pack, but they will sell any singles you want) I chose all-advancing figures for my unit.

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They are not’sexy’ versions of normal soldiers as you often see in female gaming miniatures, these are sturdy peasant stock, and actually look like the troops in period photos.

They are cleanly cast, in good metal, and I have had several orders from them, shipped to Canada, with no problems whatsoever. 

The other manufacturer is Minifigs and they have two figures available. Their officer is quite nice, energetic and well-sculpted. I am not so fond of their charging infantry woman.

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For more information: Wikipedia

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April 26, 2019

Moonraker VBCW Militia

Filed under: eM-4 Miniatures, Moonraker Miniatures, Uncategorized, VBCW — gisby @ 00:23

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My main VBCW force is a local militia defending the fictional town of Boxley. This section is made up of eM4/Moonraker  miniatures from the Dunwich Detective range. The range has plenty of figures useful for the VBCW period.

Boxley is of no strategic or tactical importance, so only has to deal with the fringes of most conflict. Truth be told, most of the town’s animosity is reserved for the neighbouring town of East Boxley.

That being said, the two towns are (usually) uneasy allies on the field of battle, if nowhere else. Even though, the Councils must be careful where they deploy the Cricket Team, or the Football team. They haven’t had friendly fire (yet) but there have been fisticuffs, and unfortunate breakouts of sportsmanship. The BUF rotters WILL fire on a match, queering the pitch, as it were.

This merry band is a group of older locals, scorning to serve with the youngsters who ‘have no idea.’ Their only uniform is a flat cap and an armband, and they are armed with shotguns more suitable for hunting than warfare. They have managed to scrounge (steal) A Thompson SMG, given to ‘Little Willy’ Little. He’s young, let HIM deal wi’ it. (For more serious encounters I just treat the shotguns as if they are rifles)

The left-handed shotgunner (2001e Country Gent with Rifle) and the fellow with a pipe (2001c Adventurer with Shotgun) are unmodified. The fellow front left (2001g Adventurer in Tropical Kit) has had his shorts made into flannel bags, and has had a head swap.

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The Captain was in the field in the oeuvres of the Great War: He was soon invalided out, and has a guilty urge to prove himself. Surprisingly, he is competent, and skilled in military matters.

The figure is an eM4/Moonraker 2001B adventurer With Book, with a head replacement. I cut away the book, and gave him a walking stick held at the slope. He’s trying to look martial, but is too aware that most of his men have seen far more service than him.

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‘Little Willy’ Little. The Thompson is heavy and complex, and none of the older men can be bothered. So they give it to ‘Little Willy.’ He’s young, and enthusiastic, and will follow the Captain anywhere, simply because the Captain always calls him ‘Mister Little.’ He hates being called ‘Little Willy.’ His name is James. He’s 2003a Detective with Tommy Gun, with a head swap.

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As it is, the Unit is complete, But we have two bits of support. A lad carrying a flag bearing the traditional Boxley Crossed Swords. (Arms of the Boxley family) and a scout/runner with a pistol. Both are 2006d Gangster with Pistol.

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All figures are available from eM4/Moonraker, and are well cast with little or no flash.

 

April 23, 2019

Pulp Figures Mounties 2

Filed under: Crucible Crush, Pulp Figures, Pulp Gaming, VBCW — gisby @ 20:34

 

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Back in 2017, I painted a set of Pulp Figures  PYP05 ‘The Scarlet Patrol for my friend Doug’s VBCW campaign. Since then, they have saved the day so many times that we felt the force should be increased to a full 10-man unit.

Like all Pulp Figures castings, they were well-designed, well-cast, and a pleasure to paint.  I’m actually a bit jealous, because they look pretty spiffy on the table.

The pictures don’t do them justice, my camera is not giving good results. This is frustrating, as I have waited months for picture-taking weather.

The figures I had already sent have one figure with a pistol, plus four riflemen. The guy with the pistol takes care of unit command, but we need to up-gun the force. This needed a bit of delicate surgery, so I bought a fine razor saw at Lee Valley Tools.

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The figure with a pistol had his right arm removed with my new saw, and replaced with the rifle arm taken from the standing figure with Winchester. It was a simple conversion, but quite effective.

The next conversion was not as easy.

I removed both arms from the standing figure, being careful to not damage the hat under his arm. I removed the hat from his arm, sanded the base of the hat and extended the brim a bit with putty, and fitted it to his head.

It doesn’t look all that great, so I think I’d have been better just attaching the crown, and making a new brim from plastic card.

The weapon arms came from a sailor figure: I cut the arms away from the body (with my new saw!) and worked the Lewis gun free. I then used files and a Dremel to remove netal from the inside section of the gun. I wanted the arms and gun as a unit to ensure the gun looked natural, and not like a random bit glued in place.

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When the arms and gun fit, I slid them into place and added a drop or two of glue. There was very little filling needed. Some putty was used to make gauntlet cuffs.

They are based on 3/4 in (20mm) OD fender washers, covered with glue and sand.

So now Doug will have a complete unit, with a little more ‘kick.’ I’ll ask him for a photo of the unit all together.

Update June 5, 2019: Doug sent a picture of the unit all together!

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See also: Pulp Figures Mounties

See also: The View From the Hill

October 21, 2018

Wargames Factory Celts

Filed under: Ancients, Celts, Wargames Factory — gisby @ 16:39

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Although this is rather out-of-date, I love the Wargames Factory Celtic Chariots. So very much. A plastic model that makes three Celtic chariots? Just wonderful.

I’ll be honest. I don’t love the Wargames Factory Celtic infantry. The poses are sort of iffy, and they really take a fair amount of work to get them to look normal. But they beat out the competition in many ways. (NB This was before the Victrix Celts, who look quite lovely)

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Their poses, iffy or not, were far better than the Warlord Celts who all seemed to be imitating Christ on the Cross. And their shields – o joy – were gems. Thin, well-shaped, and lots of them. Warlord supplied oddly-shaped targes, and nowhere enough for the figures unless they included supplemental metal shields. (Although that might have been their plan, so they could use the Celts as other types.)

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At this point, I have built enough WF Celts that I know what works with what, and what arms don’t fit, etc. I also replace all weapons with hammered wire. As a result, I have come to appreciate them more than I originally did. The figure mix on my units is also different because I have a lot of chariot crew figures mixed in – I used infantry figures on the chariots for variety.

I have several other units of WF Celts, but to be honest, they all look much the same.

The pictures below are my first WF Celts. I took a 32-man box and split it in two to make different troops, just to see.

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The first unit is a group of Caledones, a group living between the Picts and Britannia. They have Pictish-styled shields and tattoos, but wear trousers. Their hair has been filled out with putty.

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The last group is Gauls or Britons. Like the troops above their hair has been filled out with putty.

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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

 

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.

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