Gisby's Gaming Blog

August 7, 2018

SPACE 1889: City-State Archers

Filed under: Forlorn Hope Games, SPACE 1889, Victorian Adventure Gaming — gisby @ 23:39


This unit is made up of ex-Grenadier High Elven Archers, from Forlorn Hope Games. I made several units from the High Elves in order to get more variety in my Martian forces.


As is my wont, I replaced the bows and weapons with floral wire. The supplied bows were fine, but wire is stronger.


The officer is a spearman with his spear replaced with a wire sword. The standard bearer is a two-handed axeman with a wire staff. The standard was printed on my computer.

The sword was hammered flat on an anvil, and given  a small plastic tsuba.


There are two types of archer in the unit. There is more variety available, but I wanted some uniformity in helmets and plumes.

I have several other ex-High Elf units, so they work well together as a separate or allied force.

Also see:

SPACE 1889: City State Spearmen

SPACE 1889: City State Cutters



  1. Beautiful work as always Tim, I love how you make those swords, I would never in a thousand years think of something like that, I’m also mightily impressed with that shield design, simple but really effective.

    Cheers Roger.

    Comment by rantingsfromunder — August 8, 2018 @ 15:56

    • Many thanks! The swords are just a development of a technique for repairing broken figures. I used to make my sword blades from a section of ‘Bobby’ pin, but the steel was hardened and hard to cut. So I just started flattening floral wire. The Martian shield designs are hopefully alien-looking. (And of course simple to paint. I am lazy)

      Comment by gisby — August 8, 2018 @ 23:18

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