This unit is a bit of a mash-up: It’s made up of ex-Grenadier products from both sides of the pond, and is the result of decades of planning.
Back in the day, Grenadier USA produced various boxed sets, including a set of Traveler beasties, including a rider on a TaunTaun-like beast. (Traveler fans will no doubt know its name, I do not)
Seeing the potential for use in a fantasy army that I never built, I bought several dozen of the beast, and they sat in a box for 25 or so years.
When I started my SPACE 1889 jag, I picked up some Elven horse archers from Forlorn Hope Games, and mounted them on these not-TaunTauns. They make a nice change from Gashants, and are a lot more fun to paint. (Although part of that is my boring paint choice for Gashants)
I also put Elven cavalry on Ral Partha Hexatrixes, that I use as Thoats. I’ve since finished the unit, but haven’t taken any pictures yet.
Last of all, we have a Tin Man Miniatures Calot. He looks a bit smug, but he’s a nice figure.
This is a laser-cut MDF Martian skiff from RedVectors. It’s a lovely kit, well designed, and a joy to build. I recommend it.
Stylistically it’s strongly influenced by the Desert Skiffs in Star Wars. Nothing wrong with that, it’s a good look. It’s useful for Star Wars, Barsoom, SPACE 1889, or of course any other game with flying boats.
It comes with a stand as shown, but it isn’t perfectly stable, especially with a metal crew. Having the supports farther apart, a longer base, or farther back on the hull might help.
The crew shown above are my Martian Marines from Forlorn Hope Games, with a RAFM pilot.
There are two options for the prow: The railing as shown, or an oval platform for a gun. I think there is also an option for the hull with layered MDF making a solid stepped hull.
The railings and other fittings are best (or most easily) painted before assembly (I couldn’t wait, and assembled it as soon as it arrived)
There is no visible means of propulsion, but if you want it, a propeller is easily added.
Now if they’d only build one 50% longer.
I’m building the crew and guns for my laser-cut skyship. I intend to build it over the Winter, but I want to have the crew ready for when it is finished.
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)
The axemen/swordsmen in surcoats are High Elves.
The musketeer is a Dark Elf crossbowman, converted to a musketeer.
Because the SPACE 1889 Martians were designed to resemble GW Elves, (and so were everyone else’s) the Forlorn Hope Elves add a nice variety to my Martian forces.