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August 26, 2016

SPACE 1889: Black Legion

This was the second of my RAFM Martian Legions. After I painted the first, I decided to check my unpainted figures to see what more I had. I was sure I had a legion and a half unpainted.

I first checked my painted figures. To my surprise I found a legion-and-a-half painted, far more than expected. Not well painted, I really hated them. They were converted to different weapon styles, and painted as individuals. They just didn’t look good.

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I went to my unpainted pile, and lo and behold, there was still a legion-and-a-half in my unpainted pile. At some point I had picked up another Legion, giving me a total of four.

So I stripped the painted figures, re-armed them to fit in the Legion, and started painting them.

I wanted an elite-in-their-own-opinion unit, dressed in black and red.I was trying for a dramatic look. I’m not sure how successful it was.

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The officer has had his sword replaced with a wire blade, shaped and flattened. The standard bearer is the Martian from the Adventurers pack.

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The halberdier has a glaive, made from wire.He was one of the figures converted to wield two swords

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The big sword also has a wire blade. I went with a darker steel for their armour, with a darker black wash. (A darker wash, not a darker black, duh)

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This halberdier has a cutting spear, also made from wire. This unit seems heavy on figures retrofitted back from my conversions.

The figures look better after retrofitting than they did when converted, and I am overall quite pleased with the results. The red and black looks sort-of-dramatic, and the unit looks good en masse.

Two more units to go!

 

August 19, 2016

SPACE 1889: Imperial Legion

This was the first of my RAFM Martian Legions: It was inspired by a unit Skrapwelder had painted. Before that I wasn’t really a big fan of these figures.

My first attempt at painting the figures wasn’t a success: I painted them as individuals for roleplaying, and modified their weapons, etc. I didn’t like how they turned out, even though it was my fault.

This group I painted as a unit.

They are in fact a new pack from RAFM, and I was a bit worried when I ordered them. The figures are over 25 years old, and they could be using some pretty awful moulds. But no worry, the moulds were great, and the figures were as crisp and clean as they were in 1989.

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The set has 19 figures, plus a commander on a Gashant, divided about half-and-half between shooters and cutters. Since I am using TSATF for my big battles, I needed 20 figures per unit.

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Thankfully I had plenty of the Martian adventurer from their personalities pack, and I made him into a standard bearer. (His sword blade has been replaced with one made of wire.)

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The big swords and shield gunners protect the command element and are a hard striking force.

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The wings of the unit are made of pole weapons paired with muskets.

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I tried to give the halbardiers better hair, because I wasn’t a fan of the mohawk they had. Better or not, it’s different.

I really like the look as a unit, and I decided to see what more I had in storage…..

August 14, 2016

SPACE 1889: Raptors

Filed under: Uncategorized — gisby @ 20:01

I wanted something spectacular and over-the top for my Martian forces, a unit that would inspire both fear and terror, and add a ‘cool unit’ factor to the game.

Since I was already using a lot of Dark Elves for my forces, I opted for the ex-Grenadier  Dark Elf Raptor cavalry, obtained from Forlorn Hope Games. I figured MY Mars would have Raptors.

Imagine my joy: The new SPACE 1889 rules already had Raptors on Mars!

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In line, it’s a foot across, and is easily the heaviest unit on the table. I may choose to field it as two six-man units.

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The raptors are quite scary: Well detailed, and supplied randomly with open or closed mouths. The riders have nicely detailed armour that highlights well.

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I chose a crescent design for the standard, because it mirrors the lunate shields. I copied the raptor markings from a picture on the internet.

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A wedge of raptors, in case a line doesn’t hit hard enough.

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To be honest, with those tails waving around, a wedge is the easiest formation to rank up other than a line.

August 12, 2016

Home-Grown Askaris

Years ago, I sculpted a bunch of figures for a company that shall remain nameless. They were state of the art for 1975, but it hadn’t been 1975 for many years.

I did however sculpt an Askari miniature, and kept a mould of him: Based on a Belgian Askari, he was pretty generic, so I have painted units of them in blue, khaki, and white, and he serves in many of my armies without raising eyebrows.

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I recently found a TSATF unit’s worth in a box, based and primed, so I painted them as yet another bunch of Belgians.

The command figures are random figures from my Victorian spares. I think the Officer is from (long gone) ItalWars, and the NCO from Warrior Miniatures.

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My Askari is not so bad: If I could only sculpt hands, feet, faces, and bodies, he’d be great!

August 6, 2016

SPACE 1889 Cavalry

Filed under: eM-4 Miniatures, SPACE 1889, Victorian Adventure Gaming — gisby @ 00:01

This is a sort-of SPACE 1889/Barsoom mashup.

Many years ago I bought a whole bunch of Ral Partha Hexatrixes to use as Thoats, but never did anything with them. They only had six legs, but it’s still more than four….thoatcav1

So I got a bunch of Wood  Elf cavalry from eM-4 Miniatures and mounted them on the Thoats. Apparently MY Mars has Thoats.

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August 5, 2016

Phagon Battle Clones

Filed under: Moonraker Miniatures, Science Fiction — gisby @ 02:46

Nothing much to add: It’s a bunch of Phagon Battle Clones from Moonraker Miniatures. I’m a big fan of the range (and the Phagons themselves.) They are a joy to paint, and paint up so very well.

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I’m using them as proxies for Chigg troops from ‘Space: Above and Beyond.’ They don’t really look a lot like the Chiggs except for being aliens in armour, but they look good, and that’s more important.

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The bodies are dark gunmetal, washed with black, and lightly highlighted with steel. The bronze weapons and copper trim make them quite dazzling in daylight, I wish the photos showed it better.

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Their eyes are painted gold, with a translucent layer of red over them: I was hoping for an amazing effect, or depth, but it just looks red.

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Like the Chiggs, they have troopers with heavy blades instead of bayonets. Very cool.

July 30, 2016

SPACE 1889 again

More of my Martian Mania: Martians for SPACE 1889. None of them were made to be Martians, yet somehow, they fit in well enough.

I’m starting new projects and finishing old ones. Loads of fun.

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The first figures are Elfsera Elves, available as prepainted figures from eM-4 Miniatures.

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I replaced all their weapons with swords, and gave most of them shields.

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This is an old Ral Partha Elf. He too got a new sword and shield.

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A Grenadier Elf from Doug at Moonraker Miniatures.

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These are old, probably Frontier. They were sort of beat up. so I gave them new weapons and shields.

 

 

 

July 23, 2016

SPACE 1889 Skirmishers

A unit of Martian Bowmen, formerly Wood Elves from eM-4 Miniatures.

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I replaced all the bows with wire. (The bows were fine, I just usually replace weapons with wire.) The fellow second from the left has been given a sword to mark him as an officer.

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June 18, 2016

Mystery Pin

Filed under: Uncategorized — gisby @ 01:50

Hi. I am asking for a friend of a friend: Can anyone identify this pin?

She believes it is Polish, WW2 era, and originally had a crown, removed when the unit became part of the British forces.

Please feel free to email me, or to post any ideas in the comments section.

 

June 3, 2016

Barsoom again

Lately I have been a bit of a Mars fanatic: SPACE 1889 and Barsoom, and sometimes the two intermixed. I have been digging out 20-year-old projects and dealing with them.

I’m also picking up some of the beautiful new stuff that’s been released since then.

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I rebased  a couple of my old homecast Green Martians, and painted one that was sitting on a shelf.

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An old Heritage Green Martian got rebased.

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I bought a D&D plastic Displacer Beast and made a ‘Banth-alike.’ I trimmed away the tentacles, and gave it a putty mane. Not enough legs, but still more than four. It’s not as big or impressive as I would have liked.

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A Reaper Miniatures ‘Bones’ Giant Wasp is now a Sith. I could have found a better angle for the picture.

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I picked up a Bronze Age Miniatures White Ape. Beautiful, and he mixes with my D&D Grillah conversions perfectly.

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These are not new, but fit in here well. They are conversions from D&D plastic Grillahs. I removed their tails (sculpting new bums) and switched hands around, moved limbs, etc.

I think the upper left is the stock arm pose.

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There are plenty more figures in the works, and I am having a lot of fun.

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