Gisby's Gaming Blog

October 19, 2020

VBCW: The Cricketers

Filed under: Irregular Miniatures, Pulp Gaming, VBCW — gisby @ 00:49

These are the Irregular Miniatures armed Cricketers.

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My little town of East Boxley has a fine Cricket pitch, and the locals are more than willing to come out and defend it.

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They are actually rather well armed, having both a SMG and LMG in their ranks.

The figures were clean castings, with no flaws or flash, and the service was as always fast and friendly.

October 10, 2020

VBCW: Renegade Gorblimey Caps

Filed under: RENEGADE Miniatures, VBCW, WW1 — gisby @ 09:57

This is another unit made made from ‘spares’ that I didn’t want in my WW1 forces. It’s intended for use in my VBCW, but it’s appropriate for use on the Western Front in 1915. There are no armbands or modifications particular to VBCW.

As fond as I was of the Renegade Early War British, they did one thing that annoyed me a lot. They had several packs of early war infantry, but in two of them they included figures in gorblimey caps. These figures were useless for a 1914 army. And I was building a 1914 army.

If they had put them all in one set, it would have been a nice option for folks building 1915 armies. As it was, it just meant that only one of their sets was useful for 1914. When I started, I converted some gorblimey caps to field caps, but eventually just didn’t get any more of the sets that had them.

When I searched my spares, I found 6 figures in gorblimey caps. To round out the unit I added an officer, and an NCO with a converted cap. To finish it, I took two of the rifleman with bandaged head, another despised pose.

I used blue stuff to make press-moulds of gorblimey hats, put putty in them, and pressed the figures’ heads into the putty. Surprisingly, it worked.

Above we see a converted bomber and gorblimey cap – both done with press-moulds and heads shoved into the putty. The third figure is the same pose, but already had a service cap.

In the end, they turned out to be a nice little VBCW unit, and a great use for otherwise unloved figures.

October 3, 2020

VBCW: Boy Scouts

Filed under: Pulp Gaming, Siberia Miniatures, VBCW — Tags: , — gisby @ 11:28

When I started my VBCW forces, I made a BUF Youth Corps unit from Studio Siberia Boy Scouts. As it turns out, Hitlerjugend uniforms looked like Boy Scout uniforms with a side cap. (Note that they would also be perfect for a ‘Blackshorts’ Youth Corps.)

So I figured I’d make a unit of Boy Scouts for the Good Guys too.

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 Studio Siberia has armed (Polish) Boy Scouts in their RCW range. They are available with several choices of head, so I just chose the lemon-squeezer style.

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The troop leader has a hiking banner showing his authority, and identifying the Troop.

scout3I went online to look up the colours for a 1930’s Scout uniform. The blue shorts make for a nice splash of colour.

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There are two HMGs available, both Austrian Schwarzlosses: One is on a tripod, the other is mounted on a handcart. I had already used the other for the BUF Youth Corps, so I went with the handcart.

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There was a third crewman with the BUF Youth HMG. He will be useful as an observer, a scout, or a runner.

I bought the figures directly from Studio Siberia, and the service was fast and friendly. They also sell single figures from sets if you ask. The figures themselves were cleanly cast with no flaws.

September 26, 2020

VBCW: Spode’s Black Shorts

Filed under: Crucible Crush, Pulp Figures, Pulp Gaming, VBCW — gisby @ 23:12

I wanted a unit based on Roderick Spode’s Black Shorts in the Jeeves & Wooster stories. I found a perfect base in The Crucible Crush 8th Army figures: Early war British equipment, and short trousers.

I had enough figures for two units. The first unit was built straight from the box. They were given black shorts and socks.

I put the figures with helmet covers in the second unit, and added helmet covers to their companions. This made for an easy way to tell the two units apart.

I also had two Bren gunners – A bit late for the period. So I converted them to Lewis gunners. I’m not thrilled with my Lewis guns, I may buy a couple and replace them.. someday…

The figures are lovely, and a joy to paint. With these and the Pulp Figures Highlanders, I really wish Bob had also done some inter-war/early war British infantry.

Pulp Figures: Jet Truppen

Filed under: Germany, Pulp Figures, Pulp Gaming — gisby @ 23:06

This is an unusual unit for me: I didn’t have any intended use for them, I just wanted them because damme, they are the coolest miniatures out there. They are from the Pulp Figures Weird Menace range.

The figures are sinister and threatening, and would look good even without the jet packs.

They are a scary-looking bunch.

September 10, 2020

VBCW: Crusader British Infantry

Filed under: Crusader Miniatures, VBCW — gisby @ 10:41

When I started with VBCW, one of the attractions was the fact that I could field wargames versions of toys I had lusted after as a child. Sometimes it has been a joy: The HLBS 8-in Howitzer stood in for the Britains 18-in Howitzer. Sometimes it has been a disappointment: It turns out that the dimly-remembered Crescent cannon was an 18-pounder, and I already had plenty of those.

But these were not a disappointment.

As a child, a very good friend gifted me a bunch of Britains Swoppet British Infantry. They were beautiful, and I loved them dearly.

I tried to paint my Crusader Miniatures British to match the Swoppets, and when I see them on the table, I see the beloved toys of my youth.

They also have a HMG for support. It’s painted bronze-green like the Britains artillery.

and a 2-pounder AT gun, also painted bronze-green.

It was a bit fiddly to assemble, but in the end, worth it.

Between the gun and the command pack, I have some spare officers for officerly tasks.

L to R: Crusader, Great War, Pulp Figures/Crucible Crush, Woodbine

September 2, 2020

Dragon Bait Miniatures Victorian Adventure

Dragon Bait Miniatures has released a number of Victorian Adventure miniatures under their ‘Steam Bait’ label. It has their Venus 1888: Women at War figures, and a number of personalities and oddities. I got a few to add to my SPACE 1889 forces.

The first two are Curious Kate and Chatty Cathy, ace reporter and photographer, chasing stories on Mars. They have hired Gurty Gunn as protection. (These are the Dragonbait names, I will be changing them) They are lovely useful little castings, on the large side of 28mm. They came supplied with 25mm bases, which I tossed.

I also got a set of five Russian Steam Robots. They are about 40mm tall, and come in four pieces: Head, body, rifle, and pack.

The robot body is covered in chainmail, with a gas mask-looking face and it bears an iron (or leather) bound pack. They are monstrous in appearance, and should sweep the field.

The pack is detailed with a bucket on one side, and tools on the other.

All five robots are identical, but the separate rifle and head allows for some variation. (As does my lack of skill assembling things)

They come supplied with 25mm bases, but I don’t use 25mm bases, so I replaced them.

The robots are very impressive, and VERY Steampunk.

Also see:

Venus 1888: Women at War (1)

Venus 1888: Women at War (2)

Venus 1888: Women at War (2)

These are more of Dragon Bait Miniatures‘ VSF range, Female cavalry on clockwork unicycle unicorns.

They are lovely sculpts, on the large side of 28mm.

When I got them, I thought the arms were connected with an indifferently-shaped piece of sprue. But it was a bar that fit into a slot in the back of the figure. Trying to get them to fit was surprisingly easy, and they fit with essentially no gapping, I was rather impressed.

The cavalry are (generally) a body, a set of arms, and a scabbard. The fit of the arms is good, but there is no defined point to attach the scabbard. (Or I was too stupid to see it)

The armour, helmets, and equipment are well-detailed, and the faces are quite pretty.

The standard bearer came with an attached banner pole, which I replaced with wire, and a standard I designed for them.

The unicorns come in six parts: two body halves, a neck, a head, and a tail. (that functions as the key to wind it up)

They are designed to balance on a 25mm base, but I don’t use 25mm bases, so I put them on washers.

The sixth part is the control handle: I was convinced it was impossible to get it to fit, until Joe steered me to his ‘How To’ video on Youtube.

The unicorns are lovely sculpts, with elegant styling and detail.

The design of the unicorns allows you to vary the pose of the head and neck, but beware: If you set the neck too high, you won’t be able to get the control lever to fit.

I enjoyed building and painting this unit, even though the control handles were driving me crazy. (Once I knew how it was easy, though.)

They will fit in nicely with my SPACE:1889 forces. (I made a gashant, and these figures fit the saddle better than the figures I used to design the saddle…..)

Also see:

Venus 1888: Women at War (1)

Dragon Bait Victorian Adventure

Venus 1888: Women at War (1)

Back in 2018, Joe Corsaro of Dragon Bait Miniatures ran a Kickstarter for his Victorian Science-Fiction setting: Venus 1888.

Venus is lethal to human males, but has too many resources to be ignored. As a result, female regiments have to be raised for service there. I present to you the Venus Reg’t of the Honourable Martian Company.

The command pack has an officer, bugler, and standard bearer. While the Officer is a single-piece casting, the others need their packs and a rifle attached.

The standard bearer comes with a pole attached, but I replaced it with a piece of wire, and added a standard I made for the unit. (It is not a Government unit, but a unit of a chartered trading company with a charter for Mars and Venus)

The infantry pack has 9 infantry and an NCO. The NCO is another single-piece casting. The rifle (with hands attached) and pack are separate pieces.

The figures are well-detailed, easy-to-assemble, and paint up well. They are on the large end of 28mm, so should survive scale creep for a while.

The pack has interesting detail bits: A parasol stowed on the back, and a tea cup hung on the side.

There are several variants of the infantry figure, with slightly different poses and hairstyles. I found the faces rather pretty. I don’t know if there’s a certain mix or if they are supplied at random.

All in all, I found them pleasant to work with and to paint. They will fit nicely into my SPACE 1889 forces, and will provide an interesting bit of colour to the battles.

Also see:

Venus 1888: Women at War (2)

Dragon Bait Victorian Science Fiction

September 1, 2020

VBCW: She-Wolves of the BUF

Filed under: Hinterland Miniatures, Moonraker Miniatures, Pulp Figures, VBCW — gisby @ 15:11

When I started building VBCW forces, I bought some BUF troops in side cap and jodhpurs. It struck me how much they resembled a bunch of troops I already had: The Pulp Figures She-Wolves.

I already had many of these figures, and they were painted to match the police in a SF campaign I was running. Rather than repaint them, I chose to put my BUF troops in blue uniforms.

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I picked up enough figures to make a unit. They are armed mostly with MP38s. This SMG is just outside the VBCW period, but I just ignore that fact.

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The unit has an officer and an NCO, and several extra figures not shown – There are several packs of She-Wolves, including a unit builder.

The figures are well sculpted and cast, and the service is great.

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I have a few extras from other manufacturers. Left to right:  A converted Moonraker Future Warrior, a Hinterland trooper, and an Artizan Designs miniature.

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