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July 26, 2015

Space 1889: A German Landship

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First of all, let me say that this was not an original idea: It came about as the result of a conversation with the Major General himself. He suggested that the GI Joe ‘Cobra Imp’ might make a good Steampunk tank. And so it does.

This vehicle started life as a GI Joe kid’s toy, with four rockets on it’s back and a Cobra crewman sitting in the front. I got lucky on ebay, with a seller apologetically throwing in a second vehicle because it was missing the rockets and launcher.

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I covered the open compartment at the back, leaving space for a grille to show the inner workings. (They look a lot like steam turbines) I placed a tall smoke stack just in front of the grille.

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I closed the front of the seating compartment and put in a floor suitable for 25mm command crew. I use 20mm bases, so it was the perfect size for two crew.

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The hull front received a view slit and a limited-traverse cannon. The vehicle may be big and impressive, but it isn’t particularly effective.

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There were platforms at the back with pegs to fit the feet of GI Joe soldiers. I removed the pegs so the platforms can still carry a couple of troops. I suppose carrying an MG and crew would make the beast far more effective..

For very little work I got two impressive-looking steam tanks The Imps can still be found on ebay, and without their rockets they don’t cost much….

The crew in these photos are supplied by my Hinterland Miniatures Trench Raiders: https://gisby.wordpress.com/2015/07/06/hinterland-miniatures-trench-raiders-hun-honeys/

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July 19, 2015

Darkest Africa – More Germans

Filed under: COLONIAL WARS, Germany, Pulp Gaming, Victorian Adventure Gaming — Tags: — gisby @ 22:20

Askaris

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This unit is based on a description of Early German Askaris in Foundry’s ‘Small Wars and Skirmishes.’ It’s made of Old Glory Egyptians painted as Africans, with a German flag. It has Egyptian Officers, as the troops hired only understood commands in Turkish, so non-German officers were needed.

The Egyptians and the Sailors below had a few of the ‘Hey Bob!’ poses, with heads looking around at odd angles, but they were easy enough to fix.

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A naval landing party. Old Glory again, Austrian sailors from the Boxer Rebellion. If there is a difference in the uniform, it’s lost to me in 25mm.

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Renegade WW1 Germans in field cap, with a neck curtain added.The uniform might not be 100% correct, but it looks good enough to me. (The caps should have a small visor on the front, but I didn’t bother) They’ll also do for troops serving in Asia.

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I also made a MG and crew.  The funny little tripod is made from wire and plastic card.

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July 13, 2015

Wargames Factory Romans

Filed under: Ancients, Review — Tags: , , , , — gisby @ 00:01

The Wargames Factory Romans were designed for a set of rules that uses 16-man units. The box comes with 48 figures, giving you 2 distinct units. Each unit is made up of 12 identical infantry and 4 Command figures. You can of course mix things up if you so choose. I chose instead to use two boxes to make 3 24-man units.

Each figure has a body, 2 arms, a head, and a shield. There are 3 different bodies, 4 different weapon arms, 2 different heads, and only one style of shield arm and shield. Since the shield arms are all the same, and made for the same pose, they could have come attached to the figure, it would have made it all easier!

The three bodies are: Standing, standing with legs a bit farther apart, and standing a bit hunched over.

The first unit is made from the standing figure. I used the ‘sword held upright’ arm, and removed the sword, drilling it for a wire pilum. The Officer and Standard Bearer are in this same pose, so I used them in this unit.

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The second unit is made from the crouching guy. I used the ‘throwing pilum’ arm: I cut off the shoulder and glued it to hold an upright wire pilum. I then rebuilt the shoulder with putty. The musician is in the same pose as this figure, so I used him as the Standard Bearer in this unit.

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I painted them in appropriate colours and used a brown Magic Wash over the whole. I am happy with the results.

When the set came out, it was criticized for having soft detail, but they paint up well, and the shields are amazing. Built the way these have been, they rank up well, even on the 15mm wide bases I use.

The third unit isn’t done yet! To make it up to you, here’s a shot of a Peltast unit made from their Numidians box set. Enjoy!

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These figures are available through Wargames Factory.

July 12, 2015

Pulp Miniatures – She-Wolves and Gestapo

Filed under: Germany, Pulp Figures, Pulp Gaming — Tags: — gisby @ 11:01

I found the first Captain America movie to be quite inspiring, I wanted to make a Captain America-style scenario, but with a pulpier feel.  There were several serials that I liked, and I figured I’d grab elements from a few and throw them together.

The scenario is a simple one: At a secret base, Nazis are meeting with the Dreaded Radon Zombies, who are going to give them Flying Saucer technology that will win the war. The Spy Smashers have to prevent this happening, and either destroy or capture the saucer. Unless otherwise noted, all miniatures are from Pulp Figures.

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The Evil Mastermind, Stahlhelm, with his two best operatives. He’s a Master Spy, and she’s a deadly Assassin.

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The Glorious leader, with guards, and several officers. Is it really him, or a double? Either way, punch him for extra glory!

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Some of the She-Wolves. (There are plenty more) They are ruthless and efficient, and quite merciless.

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Right, the Glorious Leader’s girlfriend. A Foundry ‘Street Violence’ figure that just had the perfect look. Centre, Little Freyja, a Teen She-Wolf  and SMG enthusiast (from Hinterland) and left, a FlugelJager. (There are a few more of them.) His red eyes got lost in this picture.

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Sturm Troop Clones, the backbone of the defense. Big, faceless, and armed with high-tech weapons that they use with a stunning lack of efficiency. (and yes, there are plenty more of them.) These are Wargames Factory plastic Shock Troops. I really had no idea what to do with these figures  until this scenario, and then I was happy. They were perfect. They actually were clones of each other, and looked like Comic Book Germans..

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Three of the Spy Smashers: A Heroclix miniature, a Pulp Figure, and a Reaper miniature.    

July 6, 2015

Hinterland Miniatures Trench Raiders – Hun Honeys

Filed under: Hinterland Miniatures, WW1 — Tags: — gisby @ 01:01

A while ago Hinterland Miniatures released a set of ‘Trench Raiders’ – A set of female soldiers in an approximation of 1914 German uniforms. They were lovely, delicate figures, but were equipped with gas masks and with late war automatic weapons that (I felt) did not ‘go with’ the early war look. (Despite the fact that nowhere was any claim made that these were ‘fantasy 1914 Germans’ or anything of the sort)

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Being a gamer on the internet, I could not let my shrill complaints go without being voiced. I wrote to the manufacturer, who answered me quite civilly that they were fantasy figures, not 1914 Germans. I tried to explain that my wants and opinions far outweighed any logic in the matter, and generously offered to shriek loudly until my concerns were met.

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Several months later, Hinterland released a 6-figure set ‘Trench Raider Unit Builder’ containing 2 each of 3 poses, without gas masks and armed with rifles, exactly what I had asked for. They also added a ‘Trench Raider HMG’ with a MG08, 2 crew, and a third figure with a bare head and a Bergmann SMG.

Having made such a stink over the first releases, I felt I should put my money where my mouth was, so I ordered 3 sets and a HMG pack.

They arrived in about a week (I’m in Canada) well packed and complete.

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(The figures above are: Princess Cecilie on foot, the NCO from the HMG pack, and a converted Trench Raider officer: None are from the Trench Raiders pack)

The figures are beautifully-detailed, flash-free, and the bottoms of the bases came pre-sanded so they were flat.

They are a small 28mm – They are small and slender women, in a smaller 28mm scale. They do NOT mix well with my RENEGADE 1914 Germans. The picture below shows in order, a RENEGADE German, a Hinterland Trench Raider, and a Ral Partha 25mm Zulu War Briton.

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The uniforms are an approximation of early war German uniforms: They wear y-strap suspenders, puttees, and jodphurs. One of the poses has a grenade at her belt, and two carry bags of them. I can live with this.

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The machine gunner is the only figure wearing a pack: It’s sort of low-relief, and the mess kit is a flat indication rather than a solid piece. The loader  seems tinier than most, but that’s mostly her pose. She lacks her MG drag straps. The HMG was a nice little model, but I replaced it with one from the spares box just for uniformity’s sake.

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The figures were a delight to paint. As I said, they are delicate, crisp, and well-detailed. I happily recommend them to anyone wanting female sort-of-German soldiers.

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