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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.

 

February 5, 2017

SPACE 1889: Martians

Of course you want random personalities for 1889 games and battles, and there are plenty of choices and ranges that can be found. These are a few of my recent conversions and repaints.

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An Old Glory Tarzan painted as a Wyrm Cultist, and a pair of plastic D&D figures. Replacement swords are made from wire hammered flat.martrand1

3 Forlorn Hope female Elves

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3 old GW Elves

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3 plastic D&D figures. Swords and bows are wire. The female archer has the quiver from the bird-handler in the next row.

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A plastic D&D figure, with 2 RAFM Martians with D&D heads.

July 30, 2016

SPACE 1889 again

More of my Martian Mania: Martians for SPACE 1889. None of them were made to be Martians, yet somehow, they fit in well enough.

I’m starting new projects and finishing old ones. Loads of fun.

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The first figures are Elfsera Elves, available as prepainted figures from eM-4 Miniatures.

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I replaced all their weapons with swords, and gave most of them shields.

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This is an old Ral Partha Elf. He too got a new sword and shield.

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A Grenadier Elf from Doug at Moonraker Miniatures.

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These are old, probably Frontier. They were sort of beat up. so I gave them new weapons and shields.

 

 

 

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