Gisby's Gaming Blog

February 19, 2022

VBCW: Pankhurst Battalion

Like many gamers, I have a fascination for all-female units, especially in eras and armies that had none. I’d prefer to not go into the psychology behind it, but I cannot deny it.

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Minifigs has, in their Matchlock MiniaturesForgotten Front‘ range, four uniformed females for a ‘Pankhurst’ Battalion. The uniforms appear to be based on WW1-era nursing uniforms with webbing added, and they look the part. They are single-piece castings, and generally cleanly cast. I only chose to use one casting for the ranks, as the other is a firing pose, and the last is a standard bearer. (But she is a rather dynamic figure!)

As supplied, their rifles and bayonets are rather flimsy and prone to breakage. I strengthened them with putty, but didn’t file them down enough, so the bayonets look like cleavers.

The Officer is blowing a whistle and waving an umbrella rather than a sword, a rather charming touch.

The figures are fairly tall and hefty, giving a definitely Amazonian feel to the unit. They may not fit well with a lot of figures, or you can just not worry about it.

Overall a pleasing unit, and I am happy with it. I’d use it in Victorian or Pulp settings as well.

September 2, 2020

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

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.

May 30, 2016

Amazon Peltasts

Filed under: Ancients, Female Units, Moonraker Miniatures — gisby @ 16:44

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When Moonraker Miniatures made the Ludus Gladiators available, I was pleased as punch. I had wanted to make a unit of peltasts from their female gladiator (GLAD07) but she was only available as part of a pre-painted set.

Now it was possible to do so.

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I replaced the swords with wire javelins.

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Because the figures have a wide metal belt and strap-on greaves, they look more Italian than Greek, so I tried to paint the tunics appropriately. But since they are fantasy figures (Amazons) so long as they are colourful they look OK.

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They are based as regular LMI for WRG 6th ed.

 

July 6, 2015

Hinterland Miniatures Trench Raiders – Hun Honeys

Filed under: Female Units, Hinterland Miniatures, WW1 — Tags: — gisby @ 01:01

A while ago Hinterland Miniatures released a set of ‘Trench Raiders’ – A set of female soldiers in an approximation of 1914 German uniforms. They were lovely, delicate figures, but were equipped with gas masks and with late war automatic weapons that (I felt) did not ‘go with’ the early war look. (Despite the fact that nowhere was any claim made that these were ‘fantasy 1914 Germans’ or anything of the sort)

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Being a gamer on the internet, I could not let my shrill complaints go without being voiced. I wrote to the manufacturer, who answered me quite civilly that they were fantasy figures, not 1914 Germans. I tried to explain that my wants and opinions far outweighed any logic in the matter, and generously offered to shriek loudly until my concerns were met.

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Several months later, Hinterland released a 6-figure set ‘Trench Raider Unit Builder’ containing 2 each of 3 poses, without gas masks and armed with rifles, exactly what I had asked for. They also added a ‘Trench Raider HMG’ with a MG08, 2 crew, and a third figure with a bare head and a Bergmann SMG.

Having made such a stink over the first releases, I felt I should put my money where my mouth was, so I ordered 3 sets and a HMG pack.

They arrived in about a week (I’m in Canada) well packed and complete.

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(The figures above are: Princess Cecilie on foot, the NCO from the HMG pack, and a converted Trench Raider officer: None are from the Trench Raiders pack)

The figures are beautifully-detailed, flash-free, and the bottoms of the bases came pre-sanded so they were flat.

They are a small 28mm – They are small and slender women, in a smaller 28mm scale. They do NOT mix well with my RENEGADE 1914 Germans. The picture below shows in order, a RENEGADE German, a Hinterland Trench Raider, and a Ral Partha 25mm Zulu War Briton.

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The uniforms are an approximation of early war German uniforms: They wear y-strap suspenders, puttees, and jodphurs. One of the poses has a grenade at her belt, and two carry bags of them. I can live with this.

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The machine gunner is the only figure wearing a pack: It’s sort of low-relief, and the mess kit is a flat indication rather than a solid piece. The loader  seems tinier than most, but that’s mostly her pose. She lacks her MG drag straps. The HMG was a nice little model, but I replaced it with one from the spares box just for uniformity’s sake.

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The figures were a delight to paint. As I said, they are delicate, crisp, and well-detailed. I happily recommend them to anyone wanting female sort-of-German soldiers.

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