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April 26, 2019

Moonraker VBCW Militia

Filed under: eM-4 Miniatures, Moonraker Miniatures, VBCW — gisby @ 00:23

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My main VBCW force is a local militia defending the fictional town of Boxley. This section is made up of eM4/Moonraker  miniatures from the Dunwich Detective range. The range has plenty of figures useful for the VBCW period.

Boxley is of no strategic or tactical importance, so only has to deal with the fringes of most conflict. Truth be told, most of the town’s animosity is reserved for the neighbouring town of East Boxley.

That being said, the two towns are (usually) uneasy allies on the field of battle, if nowhere else. Even though, the Councils must be careful where they deploy the Cricket Team, or the Football team. They haven’t had friendly fire (yet) but there have been fisticuffs, and unfortunate breakouts of sportsmanship. The BUF rotters WILL fire on a match, queering the pitch, as it were.

This merry band is a group of older locals, scorning to serve with the youngsters who ‘have no idea.’ Their only uniform is a flat cap and an armband, and they are armed with shotguns more suitable for hunting than warfare. They have managed to scrounge (steal) A Thompson SMG, given to ‘Little Willy’ Little. He’s young, let HIM deal wi’ it. (For more serious encounters I just treat the shotguns as if they are rifles)

The left-handed shotgunner (2001e Country Gent with Rifle) and the fellow with a pipe (2001c Adventurer with Shotgun) are unmodified. The fellow front left (2001g Adventurer in Tropical Kit) has had his shorts made into flannel bags, and has had a head swap.

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The Captain was in the field in the oeuvres of the Great War: He was soon invalided out, and has a guilty urge to prove himself. Surprisingly, he is competent, and skilled in military matters.

The figure is an eM4/Moonraker 2001B adventurer With Book, with a head replacement. I cut away the book, and gave him a walking stick held at the slope. He’s trying to look martial, but is too aware that most of his men have seen far more service than him.

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‘Little Willy’ Little. The Thompson is heavy and complex, and none of the older men can be bothered. So they give it to ‘Little Willy.’ He’s young, and enthusiastic, and will follow the Captain anywhere, simply because the Captain always calls him ‘Mister Little.’ He hates being called ‘Little Willy.’ His name is James. He’s 2003a Detective with Tommy Gun, with a head swap.

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As it is, the Unit is complete, But we have two bits of support. A lad carrying a flag bearing the traditional Boxley Crossed Swords. (Arms of the Boxley family) and a scout/runner with a pistol. Both are 2006d Gangster with Pistol.

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All figures are available from eM4/Moonraker, and are well cast with little or no flash.

 

April 23, 2019

Pulp Figures Mounties 2

Filed under: Crucible Crush, Pulp Figures, Pulp Gaming, VBCW — gisby @ 20:34

 

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Back in 2017, I painted a set of Pulp Figures  PYP05 ‘The Scarlet Patrol for my friend Doug’s VBCW campaign. Since then, they have saved the day so many times that we felt the force should be increased to a full 10-man unit.

Like all Pulp Figures castings, they were well-designed, well-cast, and a pleasure to paint.  I’m actually a bit jealous, because they look pretty spiffy on the table.

The pictures don’t do them justice, my camera is not giving good results. This is frustrating, as I have waited months for picture-taking weather.

The figures I had already sent have one figure with a pistol, plus four riflemen. The guy with the pistol takes care of unit command, but we need to up-gun the force. This needed a bit of delicate surgery, so I bought a fine razor saw at Lee Valley Tools.

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The figure with a pistol had his right arm removed with my new saw, and replaced with the rifle arm taken from the standing figure with Winchester. It was a simple conversion, but quite effective.

The next conversion was not as easy.

I removed both arms from the standing figure, being careful to not damage the hat under his arm. I removed the hat from his arm, sanded the base of the hat and extended the brim a bit with putty, and fitted it to his head.

It doesn’t look all that great, so I think I’d have been better just attaching the crown, and making a new brim from plastic card.

The weapon arms came from a sailor figure: I cut the arms away from the body (with my new saw!) and worked the Lewis gun free. I then used files and a Dremel to remove netal from the inside section of the gun. I wanted the arms and gun as a unit to ensure the gun looked natural, and not like a random bit glued in place.

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When the arms and gun fit, I slid them into place and added a drop or two of glue. There was very little filling needed. Some putty was used to make gauntlet cuffs.

They are based on 3/4 in (20mm) OD fender washers, covered with glue and sand.

So now Doug will have a complete unit, with a little more ‘kick.’ I’ll ask him for a photo of the unit all together.

Update June 5, 2019: Doug sent a picture of the unit all together!

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See also: Pulp Figures Mounties

See also: The View From the Hill

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