Gisby's Gaming Blog

July 26, 2015

Space 1889: A German Landship


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.


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.


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:


  1. A very nice conversion. You mentioned on your blog an MG team for added firepower. If you wanted you could add a couple of machine gun ports. Nothing wild mind, just a couple of beads or ball bearing of an appropriate size.

    The spot on the left had side would be perfect as the hull has a small protusion (sponson might be a bit grand a term) which would be perfect. Pity it is not replicated on the right.

    One to the rear would make sense too.

    Comment by Jason O' Mahony — July 27, 2015 @ 06:29

    • Jason, all very good ideas, but then it would become far too effective, more like a real tank!

      Comment by gisby — July 28, 2015 @ 11:36

  2. Great stuff, and so suitably crewed! 🙂

    Comment by Jason — July 28, 2015 @ 11:08

    • Glad you like the crew, Jason. They are quite delightful!

      Comment by gisby — July 28, 2015 @ 11:32

  3. That is a superb model Gisby, excellent work, and a fantastic find.

    Have you seen the small green tanks (sorry forget the name of them) they did to go with the Bluebird toys game “Havok” they would make great companion vehicles to accompany this monster.

    Cheers Roger.

    Comment by Roger Webb — August 1, 2015 @ 15:30

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