Gisby's Gaming Blog

September 26, 2020

VBCW: Spode’s Black Shorts

Filed under: Crucible Crush, Pulp Figures, Pulp Gaming, VBCW — gisby @ 23:12

I wanted a unit based on Roderick Spode’s Black Shorts in the Jeeves & Wooster stories. I found a perfect base in The Crucible Crush 8th Army figures: Early war British equipment, and short trousers.

I had enough figures for two units. The first unit was built straight from the box. They were given black shorts and socks.

I put the figures with helmet covers in the second unit, and added helmet covers to their companions. This made for an easy way to tell the two units apart.

I also had two Bren gunners – A bit late for the period. So I converted them to Lewis gunners. I’m not thrilled with my Lewis guns, I may buy a couple and replace them.. someday…

The figures are lovely, and a joy to paint. With these and the Pulp Figures Highlanders, I really wish Bob had also done some inter-war/early war British infantry.

Pulp Figures: Jet Truppen

Filed under: Germany, Pulp Figures, Pulp Gaming — gisby @ 23:06

This is an unusual unit for me: I didn’t have any intended use for them, I just wanted them because damme, they are the coolest miniatures out there. They are from the Pulp Figures Weird Menace range.

The figures are sinister and threatening, and would look good even without the jet packs.

They are a scary-looking bunch.

September 10, 2020

VBCW: Crusader British Infantry

Filed under: Crusader Miniatures, VBCW — gisby @ 10:41

When I started with VBCW, one of the attractions was the fact that I could field wargames versions of toys I had lusted after as a child. Sometimes it has been a joy: The HLBS 8-in Howitzer stood in for the Britains 18-in Howitzer. Sometimes it has been a disappointment: It turns out that the dimly-remembered Crescent cannon was an 18-pounder, and I already had plenty of those.

But these were not a disappointment.

As a child, a very good friend gifted me a bunch of Britains Swoppet British Infantry. They were beautiful, and I loved them dearly.

I tried to paint my Crusader Miniatures British to match the Swoppets, and when I see them on the table, I see the beloved toys of my youth.

They also have a HMG for support. It’s painted bronze-green like the Britains artillery.

and a 2-pounder AT gun, also painted bronze-green.

It was a bit fiddly to assemble, but in the end, worth it.

Between the gun and the command pack, I have some spare officers for officerly tasks.

L to R: Crusader, Great War, Pulp Figures/Crucible Crush, Woodbine

September 2, 2020

Dragon Bait Miniatures Victorian Adventure

Dragon Bait Miniatures has released a number of Victorian Adventure miniatures under their ‘Steam Bait’ label. It has their Venus 1888: Women at War figures, and a number of personalities and oddities. I got a few to add to my SPACE 1889 forces.

The first two are Curious Kate and Chatty Cathy, ace reporter and photographer, chasing stories on Mars. They have hired Gurty Gunn as protection. (These are the Dragonbait names, I will be changing them) They are lovely useful little castings, on the large side of 28mm. They came supplied with 25mm bases, which I tossed.

I also got a set of five Russian Steam Robots. They are about 40mm tall, and come in four pieces: Head, body, rifle, and pack.

The robot body is covered in chainmail, with a gas mask-looking face and it bears an iron (or leather) bound pack. They are monstrous in appearance, and should sweep the field.

The pack is detailed with a bucket on one side, and tools on the other.

All five robots are identical, but the separate rifle and head allows for some variation. (As does my lack of skill assembling things)

They come supplied with 25mm bases, but I don’t use 25mm bases, so I replaced them.

The robots are very impressive, and VERY Steampunk.

Also see:

Venus 1888: Women at War (1)

Venus 1888: Women at War (2)

Venus 1888: Women at War (2)

These are more of Dragon Bait Miniatures‘ VSF range, Female cavalry on clockwork unicycle unicorns.

They are lovely sculpts, on the large side of 28mm.

When I got them, I thought the arms were connected with an indifferently-shaped piece of sprue. But it was a bar that fit into a slot in the back of the figure. Trying to get them to fit was surprisingly easy, and they fit with essentially no gapping, I was rather impressed.

The cavalry are (generally) a body, a set of arms, and a scabbard. The fit of the arms is good, but there is no defined point to attach the scabbard. (Or I was too stupid to see it)

The armour, helmets, and equipment are well-detailed, and the faces are quite pretty.

The standard bearer came with an attached banner pole, which I replaced with wire, and a standard I designed for them.

The unicorns come in six parts: two body halves, a neck, a head, and a tail. (that functions as the key to wind it up)

They are designed to balance on a 25mm base, but I don’t use 25mm bases, so I put them on washers.

The sixth part is the control handle: I was convinced it was impossible to get it to fit, until Joe steered me to his ‘How To’ video on Youtube.

The unicorns are lovely sculpts, with elegant styling and detail.

The design of the unicorns allows you to vary the pose of the head and neck, but beware: If you set the neck too high, you won’t be able to get the control lever to fit.

I enjoyed building and painting this unit, even though the control handles were driving me crazy. (Once I knew how it was easy, though.)

They will fit in nicely with my SPACE:1889 forces. (I made a gashant, and these figures fit the saddle better than the figures I used to design the saddle…..)

Also see:

Venus 1888: Women at War (1)

Dragon Bait Victorian Adventure

Venus 1888: Women at War (1)

Back in 2018, Joe Corsaro of Dragon Bait Miniatures ran a Kickstarter for his Victorian Science-Fiction setting: Venus 1888.

Venus is lethal to human males, but has too many resources to be ignored. As a result, female regiments have to be raised for service there. I present to you the Venus Reg’t of the Honourable Martian Company.

The command pack has an officer, bugler, and standard bearer. While the Officer is a single-piece casting, the others need their packs and a rifle attached.

The standard bearer comes with a pole attached, but I replaced it with a piece of wire, and added a standard I made for the unit. (It is not a Government unit, but a unit of a chartered trading company with a charter for Mars and Venus)

The infantry pack has 9 infantry and an NCO. The NCO is another single-piece casting. The rifle (with hands attached) and pack are separate pieces.

The figures are well-detailed, easy-to-assemble, and paint up well. They are on the large end of 28mm, so should survive scale creep for a while.

The pack has interesting detail bits: A parasol stowed on the back, and a tea cup hung on the side.

There are several variants of the infantry figure, with slightly different poses and hairstyles. I found the faces rather pretty. I don’t know if there’s a certain mix or if they are supplied at random.

All in all, I found them pleasant to work with and to paint. They will fit nicely into my SPACE 1889 forces, and will provide an interesting bit of colour to the battles.

Also see:

Venus 1888: Women at War (2)

Dragon Bait Victorian Science Fiction

September 1, 2020

VBCW: She-Wolves of the BUF

Filed under: Hinterland Miniatures, Moonraker Miniatures, Pulp Figures, VBCW — gisby @ 15:11

When I started building VBCW forces, I bought some BUF troops in side cap and jodhpurs. It struck me how much they resembled a bunch of troops I already had: The Pulp Figures She-Wolves.

I already had many of these figures, and they were painted to match the police in a SF campaign I was running. Rather than repaint them, I chose to put my BUF troops in blue uniforms.

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I picked up enough figures to make a unit. They are armed mostly with MP38s. This SMG is just outside the VBCW period, but I just ignore that fact.

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The unit has an officer and an NCO, and several extra figures not shown – There are several packs of She-Wolves, including a unit builder.

The figures are well sculpted and cast, and the service is great.

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I have a few extras from other manufacturers. Left to right:  A converted Moonraker Future Warrior, a Hinterland trooper, and an Artizan Designs miniature.

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