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September 1, 2020

VBCW: She-Wolves of the BUF

Filed under: Hinterland Miniatures, Moonraker Miniatures, Pulp Figures, VBCW — gisby @ 15:11

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.

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.

 

October 11, 2017

Mad Dogs With Guns 1

Filed under: Mad Dogs with Guns, Moonraker Miniatures, Pulp Gaming — gisby @ 16:57

When Mad Dogs with Guns was released, we were quite excited. It looked like a fun concept, and Howard and Roderick write fun rules. We weren’t disappointed, the rules are fast and fun, and have a campaign system to tie games together and build your gang.

To this end, I decided to build some more gangsters.

Moonraker Miniatures produces the Dunwich Detective range, designed for 1920’s ‘Eldritch Horror’ games – But they are also great for Roaring 20’s, Bootleggers and Gangsters. There are Cops, Gangsters and Dames – great stuff!

A quick order to Moonraker, and I had a bunch of figures to defend my turf. I decided to do some head swaps, just to get some more variety.

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2006c Gangster with violin case
2006e Gangster loading Revolver
2001f Adventurer/Detective with Pistol

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2006e Gangster loading Revolver (Head swap)
2003b Detective with Pistol
2006c Gangster with violin case (Head swap)

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2003b Detective with Pistol (Head swap)
2001j Press Photographer
2006b Gangster with Tommy-gun (Head swap)

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2006a Gangster with cigar (Head swap)
2003a Detective with Tommy-gun (Head swap)
2006d Gangster with Revolver

I even added a few police, and did a head swap to increase their fire-power.

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2006b Gangster with Tommy-gun (Head swap)
2003c Cop with Nightstick
2003d Cop with Pistol

Of course the figures will also be useful for Horror, Pulp and VBCW, so quite useful all-round.

Now, let the Tommy-guns roar!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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August 5, 2016

Phagon Battle Clones

Filed under: Moonraker Miniatures, Science Fiction — gisby @ 02:46

Nothing much to add: It’s a bunch of Phagon Battle Clones from Moonraker Miniatures. I’m a big fan of the range (and the Phagons themselves.) They are a joy to paint, and paint up so very well.

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I’m using them as proxies for Chigg troops from ‘Space: Above and Beyond.’ They don’t really look a lot like the Chiggs except for being aliens in armour, but they look good, and that’s more important.

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The bodies are dark gunmetal, washed with black, and lightly highlighted with steel. The bronze weapons and copper trim make them quite dazzling in daylight, I wish the photos showed it better.

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Their eyes are painted gold, with a translucent layer of red over them: I was hoping for an amazing effect, or depth, but it just looks red.

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Like the Chiggs, they have troopers with heavy blades instead of bayonets. Very cool.

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.

 

 

 

May 30, 2016

Amazon Peltasts

Filed under: Ancients, 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.

 

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