Gisby's Gaming Blog

March 4, 2017

SPACE 1889: Cavalry

I’ve been making cavalry, from various ex-Grenadier Elves, (from Forlorn Hope Games) and mounts from various companies. I have ‘Thoats’ (Formerly Hexatrixes, bought from Ral  Partha) ‘Tauntauns’ (ex-Grenadier Traveler riding beasts) and Gashants from Rafm. I can’t guarantee the provenence of every one: I bought some from the manufacturers, some from ebay, and some from other 1889 gamers.

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A General or champion: A GW Elf from a bargain bin in a comic store many years ago. He’s riding a Thoat and waving a RENEGADE shield. He originally had a spear, that I replaced with a flattened wire sword.

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Steppe Martian light cavalry. An ex-Grenadier Elf riding an ex-Grenadier riding beast from Traveller. The beast looks like a Tuantuan, so that’s what I’ve been calling it. They’re not bad looking, and the mount is nice and alien looking. This was my first try, I have since finished the unit, but have not yet photographed it.

Because of the angle of the saddle, I had to bend the legs into a more seated position otherwise the rider leaned back in an odd fashion.

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Martian heavy cavalry. An ex-Grenadier Elven Knight riding a Gashant. They did not want to fit together. I had to carve away a lot of saddle, and inside the rider’s legs, plus clip the bottom of the surcoat. I have never been a big fan of Gashants, they always looked to me like they would have sore backs. But it’s not so bad after all.

Again, I have since finished the unit, and they don’t look bad at all en masse. The Gashants might look better with designs painted on them, or colourful toucan-style beaks.

December 26, 2016

SPACE 1889: Skirmisher Cavalry

This unit is a bit of a mash-up: It’s made up of ex-Grenadier products from both sides of the pond, and is the result of decades of planning.

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Back in the day, Grenadier USA produced various boxed sets, including a set of Traveler beasties, including a rider on a TaunTaun-like beast. (Traveler fans will no doubt know its name, I do not)

Seeing the potential for use in a fantasy army that I never built, I bought several dozen of the beast, and they sat in a box for 25 or so years.

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When I started my SPACE 1889 jag, I picked up some Elven horse archers from Forlorn Hope Games, and mounted them on these not-TaunTauns. They make a nice change from Gashants, and are a lot more fun to paint. (Although part of that is my boring paint choice for Gashants)

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I also put Elven cavalry on Ral Partha Hexatrixes, that I use as Thoats. I’ve since finished the unit, but haven’t taken any pictures yet.

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Last of all, we have a Tin Man Miniatures Calot. He looks a bit smug, but he’s a nice figure.

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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.

 

October 16, 2016

SPACE 1889: Ship’s Artillery

My SPACE 1889 kick was started when I bought a Crossover Miniatures Omura class airship. It’s a 28mm laser-cut MDF ‘not-a-Hullcutter’ and is pretty darn big, with room for a lot of crew.

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It also needs a lot of artillery for the deck, with various long and short guns, and a massive Lob Gun amidship.

The Lob Gun (above) is an ECW mortar from RENEGADE. It’s a lovely piece, and comes with huge cannonballs and a powder charge.(Plus an ECW crew, of course)

The Master Gunner is converted from a Wood Elf archer, and the assistant is converted from the open-handed Elf. All figures are from Forlorn Hope Games.

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All other gunners are also made from the same open-handed Elf, with slow matches and rammers added from wire.

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The guns are from the Irregular Miniatures Pirates range: There are three different barrels, but all carriages are the same. Each gun comes in four parts: Barrel, carriage, and two very tiny  trunnion straps.

As it happens, I needed three different rates of cannon, so they were perfect.

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The rammers are made from a piece of wire. One end has a brush made from crochet cotton wrapped around the end and hardened with cyano adhesive. The other end has a block made from a strip of paper wrapped around the shaft and hardened with cyano.

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The slow match is a fine wire wrapped around a heavier wire. I made a prototype y-shaped linstock, but it looked too high-tech to me. I wanted more primitive gunnery for my Martians.

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I went for a dark grey-blue uniform because gunnery is a dirty business, and this shade won’t show the grime so much.

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This gun is on a prototype deck base. It’s about the right size, but the final bases will be planked rather than a plain square of wood.

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If worst comes to worst, they make a fairly worthwhile battery for a fortress.

August 14, 2016

SPACE 1889: Raptors

I wanted something spectacular and over-the top for my Martian forces, a unit that would inspire both fear and terror, and add a ‘cool unit’ factor to the game.

Since I was already using a lot of Dark Elves for my forces, I opted for the ex-Grenadier  Dark Elf Raptor cavalry, obtained from Forlorn Hope Games. I figured MY Mars would have Raptors.

Imagine my joy: The new SPACE 1889 rules already had Raptors on Mars!

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In line, it’s a foot across, and is easily the heaviest unit on the table. I may choose to field it as two six-man units.

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The raptors are quite scary: Well detailed, and supplied randomly with open or closed mouths. The riders have nicely detailed armour that highlights well.

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I chose a crescent design for the standard, because it mirrors the lunate shields. I copied the raptor markings from a picture on the internet.

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A wedge of raptors, in case a line doesn’t hit hard enough.

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To be honest, with those tails waving around, a wedge is the easiest formation to rank up other than a line.

August 6, 2016

SPACE 1889 Cavalry

Filed under: Forlorn Hope Games, SPACE 1889, Victorian Adventure Gaming — gisby @ 00:01

This is a sort-of SPACE 1889/Barsoom mashup.

Many years ago I bought a whole bunch of Ral Partha Hexatrixes to use as Thoats, but never did anything with them. They only had six legs, but it’s still more than four….thoatcav1

So I got a bunch of Wood  Elf cavalry from Forlorn Hope Games and mounted them on the Thoats. Apparently MY Mars has Thoats.

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July 23, 2016

SPACE 1889 Skirmishers

A unit of Martian Bowmen, formerly Wood Elves from Forlorn Hope Games.

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I replaced all the bows with wire. (The bows were fine, I just usually replace weapons with wire.) The fellow second from the left has been given a sword to mark him as an officer.

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