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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.

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October 6, 2016

Irregular Miniatures Celts

Filed under: Ancients, Celts, Irregular Miniatures, Moonraker Miniatures — gisby @ 17:39

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These are Irregular Miniatures Celts, the three Command figures plus some of the variants of IP29 and IP30. They provide a nice 15-figure General and bodyguard unit.

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These are the Command figures (IP40 a, b, c), unmodified except for replacing the standard shaft with wire.

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The spearmen come with open hands for the wire spears supplied.

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I have heard Irregular described as ‘Old School’ wargaming figures, and I suppose they are. But Irregular was providing codes with head, equipment, and pose variations long before it became fashionable.

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It’s actually nice to see figures that aren’t waving their arms about pointlessly: They fit on their bases and rank up nicely.

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September 4, 2016

SPACE 1889: Martian Artillery

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My Martians needed artillery. So I went to the Irregular Miniatures site, and found a renaissance cannon. Animal-headed, it was alien-looking enough to be perfect.

So I ordered it.

When it arrived, it was beautiful, just like in the picture. It was just a bit bigger than I expected. I was looking for a field piece, and got a huge field piece. But hey, nobody said the Martians had well-designed artillery.

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I picked up four RAFM artillerymen to man it. I made the gun tools out of wire.

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All in all, I rather like it as a unit. The gun is impressive, and sized way out of proportion to it’s effectiveness.

June 29, 2015

Some Random Celts

Filed under: Ancients, Celts, Irregular Miniatures, Wargames Foundry — gisby @ 00:01

When I started Ancients Wargaming  40+ years ago, the first army I built was Ancient Britons. I was enamoured of the Chariots and wild infantry, still no doubt influenced by ‘Eagle of the Ninth’ and the Airfix Ancient Britons. Since then, I have built Gallic, Galatian, and Pictish armies, filling shelves with plaid and chariots. There were Minifigs, Hinchliffe, Lamming, Ral Partha, and everything under the sun. The units were very mixed.

In fact, the Gallic army was made in order to use up the extra figures I’d acquired when making my Britons.

I haven’t been an active Ancients gamer in over 20 years. This hasn’t stopped me from adding to my Celtic hordes, I now have several armies worth of Celts, they are just not organized into a formal army. Sometimes I just get samples, sometimes I just go nuts.

I’ll start with the samples.

Alternative Armies: These figures are from their Celtic Myth range. The infantry look very much like Old Glory both in style and size. The Warlord on shield I particularly like, in spite of the follower in a breech cloth. (All weapons have been replaced with wire. His spear is a clumsy attempt at a flamberge-style spearhead.)

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I bought the Prince August 28mm Celtic moulds when they were on sale. I have yet to produce any decent figures from them. They do however sell Command sets precast. They are expensive, and a bit bigger than the figures in the moulds, but they are nice nonetheless. One-piece castings.

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Mirliton has a selection of Celts in their range, Weapons and shields are separate and quite fine, although I have replaced all the weapons.

The first three in the third picture are their nude fanatics, the rest are run-of-the-mill warrior types. There are several duplicates, as they don’t have a lot of different types.

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In spite of being their webmaster for years, I never got many of Wargames Foundry‘s Celts, even though they have several beautiful ranges. I have one chariot, one infantry, and one cavalry and that’s about it.

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I’m also a big fan of Irregular Miniatures, but have only a chariot from their range. (Since I  made this post I have bought more. See: Irregular Miniatures Celts)

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June 8, 2015

Guns for Fun 2 – Guns for Huns

Filed under: Germany, Irregular Miniatures, WW1 — Tags: , , , , , — gisby @ 00:01

My 1914 Germans are from RENEGADE. They are good-looking figures, and really look the part. But their HMG crews are all prone, and I wanted some seated MG crews. I bought these from Irregular Miniatures, and replaced the guns with spares I had in the box.

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Kannick’s ‘Uniforms of the World‘ and some photos in the ‘Illustrated War News‘ showed the Maxim on an odd, wheeled version of its sledge, not the same as the Russian wheeled carriage. These were shown in use by the MG Battalions, so I converted the Irregular crew  with MG Bn shakoes. The photos were probably from pre-1914 wargames, so the wheels might have been gone by 1914, but it makes for an interesting piece.

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My artillery park has several 77mm guns. It was a common gun, but hardly the only gun the Germans used in WW1.

For variety I picked up a Krupp 15cm FH13 (short) from Irregular Miniatures ‘Really Useful Guns’ range, and paired it with a spare RENEGADE gun crew. I filed their helmet spikes to balls, as German artillerymen wore a ball on their helmet rather than a spike. (Aside from the Bavarians, who did wear a spike)

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I was worried that the crew might be a bit too big for the gun, but it looks fine. The gun is simple in design, but builds up well and looks the part.The gun shield needs to be curved at the top, (a bit more than I did) but it’s easy enough to do.

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Irregular has a large range of guns, with suggestions on who used them, and when. These guns fill in a lot of gaps for smaller armies and conflicts . The guns themselves are good-looking, well cast, and build up well.

I also have several 77mm field guns from various manufacturers. Before RENEGADE added the 77mm to their range I bought an Irregular piece. It looks a bit small beside the RENEGADE infantry, but the artillery isn’t usually up front with them.

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I picked up an incorrectly-assembled Foundry 77mm second hand, repaired it, and gave it a crew from Irregular. It’s the same size as the Irregular piece.

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And of course when RENEGADE added the gun to their range, I added it to my Artillery Park. It’s a much bigger, sturdier piece than the others, and they don’t look right side-by-side. But all of them are nice pieces in their own right.

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