Gisby's Gaming Blog

November 14, 2016

SPACE 1889: Heavy Crossbows

This is a unit of heavily-armored crossbowmen, to be used as City-State infantry. Like the Raptor Riders,  they are ex-Grenadier Dark Elves from Forlorn Hope Games.


I had originally planned to modify them into musketeers, but I did one and decided against it. He looked good, but doing another 17 was more effort than I wanted to make. They also look great as crossbowmen!


The Officer and Standard bearer are just a pair of swordsmen, converted to command. They do have command figures available, but I like these. The command figures are more flamboyant, and I wanted the unit to be all business.

I chose a crescent design for the banner, to echo the shields carried by the command figures.


The figures are great: Lots of detail to paint, and more brought out by ink washes. They will look great battling on Mars.

All in all I am very pleased with the way the unit turned out.



  1. Very nice! As a pure coincidence, I’m working on a unit of the Grenadier Dark Elves with heavy crossbows myself.

    Comment by kmfrye — November 18, 2016 @ 23:52

    • Thanks! They are lovely figures, I look forward to seeing yours.

      I seem to be mixing the (old) RAFM troops and the various ex-Grenadier Elves rather freely, to the point that my vision of Martian troops may have strayed quite a bit from the norm. So I’m glad I’m not alone!

      Comment by gisby — November 19, 2016 @ 03:23

  2. Lovely work as always Gisby, I like the contrast between the helmets and breastplates. You must have quite the little force by now?

    Cheer’s Roger.

    Comment by Roger Webb — November 21, 2016 @ 13:26

    • It’s getting there…. Soon I’ll be starting my laser-cut cloudship. I’m very excited.

      Comment by gisby — November 21, 2016 @ 18:11

  3. […] These figures are ex-Grenadier miniatures from Forlorn Hope Games. The female greatswordsman is from their Amazons range, and the crossbowmen are Dark Elves. (I have a unit of them here) […]

    Pingback by SPACE 1889: Martian Marines | Gisby's Gaming Blog — December 4, 2016 @ 20:11

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