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August 27, 2017

SPACE 1889: Night Raider Flyer

This flyer is the Large Martian Flyer from RedVectors in the UK. It’s the same kit as in my post ‘Barsoom: Large Flyer’.’ (So if you want more of a review, or a ship that’s not a black blob, go there.)  Please note that it was a custom kit, and may not be on their website – Drop them a line if you are interested.

It’s an upsized version of their first 7″ flyer, and is about 10″ long. The difference seems slight, but the new ship is very much larger (See here.)

I painted it black to represent any sinister force of night raiders, whether they be Kraag Martians, Black Martians, or whatever. It will spread terror through my games, both in SPACE 1889 and on Barsoom.

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Overall, the ship is as sturdy as MDF will allow, but you have to watch it when you pick it up: If you squeeze the side railings they will tear out, as they are set very close to the side of the deck. A third support might help there.

There is a gun mount supplied for the front of the ship, but I chose the railings.

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The present crew are less sinister than most night raiders, they are mostly conversions from various Heroclix and plastic D&D miniatures.

As always, Elves make very nice Martians, and you can buy Clix singles quite cheaply.

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It’s a lovely kit at a good price, useful for Barsoom or SPACE 1889. The postage to Canada was the same either way, so I bought two. (After all, if you only have one, who will it fight?)

Even more madness, there is now a 16″ version on the way, 1.5 larger in every dimension….  Hmmmm… How will it look at 24″?

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Also see:

SPACE 1889: Small Martian Flyer

Barsoom: Small Martian Flyer

Barsoom: Large Flyer

 

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July 25, 2017

Barsoom: Large Flyer

Back in January, I wrote about a new flyer that I commissioned from RedVectors. I asked for a ship, essentially the same as their small Martian Flyer, but with a deck 1.5 the length and width.

He speedily did his drawings and cut out a prototype, and it was exactly what I had wanted. The price was good, and the postage (To Canada from the UK) was the same either way, so I bought two. After all, they’ll be good for Barsoom and SPACE 1889. It is 10 inches in length.

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I chose the railing for the front of the ship: There is an optional position for a gun mount provided. The only modification I made was gluing a couple of round ‘woodls’ to the side as a tribute to the Helium flag in the John Carter movie.

It’s easier and neater if you paint the railings and trim pieces before assembly.

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He also lengthened the stand, front-to back, so that it would balance better and be more stable. It came with a base the same size as the smaller flyer, so I made a larger base plate from a dollar store clipboard.

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Overall, the ship is as sturdy as MDF will allow, but you have to watch it when you pick it up: If you squeeze the side railings they will tear out, as they are set very close to the side of the deck. A third support might help there.

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Here it is beside the original smaller (7 inch) version. The extra inches make a big difference!

The crew shown are from Tin Man Miniatures.

June 5, 2017

Barsoom: Green Martians

I bought a bunch of Bronze Age Miniatures Green Martians. (Not what they call them, but…) I like them. They are very animated, and loaded with decorated harness. There are a few spots where the strap detail is a bit soft, usually caused by the extra arms crossing the body.

Note: The figures are all the same size, the pictures are not all to scale.

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I drilled the heads and inserted pins for the peculiar Green Martian ears, and I think it improved the look. The greens I used for the skin are a bit dark to show up well in these pictures, a problem with many of my figures.

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The figures are multi-part, with separate heads, arms, and many loose weapons. The arms at least benefited from pinning, and there were some gaps to fill. (These may have been the result of my attaching the arm at the wrong angle)

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They came without bases, but had pegs on their feet that would fit onto the holes on many plastic bases. I used larger fender washers as bases.

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There are several variants I do not have, and some I do have are positioned differently on their site, so you can build a good-sized force with no two the same.

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January 19, 2017

New Project – Martian Flyers

Filed under: Barsoom, Pulp Gaming, Red Vector Games, Science Fiction, SPACE 1889 — gisby @ 08:51

REDvectors is an odd company, in that they seem to prefer to do custom work. Rather than have an ordinary website, they show you what they have made, and encourage you to approach them with ideas.

Mick then sits down and plans them out, and asks if that’s what you want, and if so, gives you a price.

I originally approached them because they had made a small Martian skiff, rather similar in style to the sand skiffs from Star Wars. (Which have themselves been re-purposed for many a Martian table)

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It’s a great little kit: Perfect fit, nice lines, a great price.  It’s 7 inches long.

I am quite taken with them, but while they are great personal flyers, I wanted something a bit bigger. So I contacted Mick, and asked for a design 50% bigger in length and width, but with railings the same height.

This is the design he presented me with: It is NOT the same as the flyer above, it’s much larger.

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It’s about 10 inches long, with lovely lines, and will be sweet on Barsoom or 1889 Mars. I will probably mount a small gun on the front of each.

So I have two on the way, and I am very excited. More news as it unfolds.

Update 1: Barsoom: Large Flyer

December 15, 2016

SPACE 1889: Martian Flyer

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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

 

September 18, 2016

Barsoom: A Few Beasts

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A Bronze Age Miniatures Banth. Rawr!

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Bronze Age Miniatures Calot. He’s not exactly how I pictured a Calot, but I like him.

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This is a plastic ‘Pathfinder Battles—Reign of Winter: Wolliped‘  that I use as an Apt. Strictly speaking, he doesn’t look like an Apt, but whenever anyone sees him they go ‘Ah! An Apt!’

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He’s the male, I gave him a mane so you could tell him from his harem.

June 3, 2016

Barsoom again

Lately I have been a bit of a Mars fanatic: SPACE 1889 and Barsoom, and sometimes the two intermixed. I have been digging out 20-year-old projects and dealing with them.

I’m also picking up some of the beautiful new stuff that’s been released since then.

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I rebased  a couple of my old homecast Green Martians, and painted one that was sitting on a shelf.

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An old Heritage Green Martian got rebased.

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I bought a D&D plastic Displacer Beast and made a ‘Banth-alike.’ I trimmed away the tentacles, and gave it a putty mane. Not enough legs, but still more than four. It’s not as big or impressive as I would have liked.

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A Reaper Miniatures ‘Bones’ Giant Wasp is now a Sith. I could have found a better angle for the picture.

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I picked up a Bronze Age Miniatures White Ape. Beautiful, and he mixes with my D&D Grillah conversions perfectly.

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These are not new, but fit in here well. They are conversions from D&D plastic Grillahs. I removed their tails (sculpting new bums) and switched hands around, moved limbs, etc.

I think the upper left is the stock arm pose.

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There are plenty more figures in the works, and I am having a lot of fun.

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