Gisby's Gaming Blog

October 10, 2020

VBCW: Renegade Gorblimey Caps

Filed under: RENEGADE Miniatures, VBCW, WW1 — gisby @ 09:57

This is another unit made made from ‘spares’ that I didn’t want in my WW1 forces. It’s intended for use in my VBCW, but it’s appropriate for use on the Western Front in 1915. There are no armbands or modifications particular to VBCW.

As fond as I was of the Renegade Early War British, they did one thing that annoyed me a lot. They had several packs of early war infantry, but in two of them they included figures in gorblimey caps. These figures were useless for a 1914 army. And I was building a 1914 army.

If they had put them all in one set, it would have been a nice option for folks building 1915 armies. As it was, it just meant that only one of their sets was useful for 1914. When I started, I converted some gorblimey caps to field caps, but eventually just didn’t get any more of the sets that had them.

When I searched my spares, I found 6 figures in gorblimey caps. To round out the unit I added an officer, and an NCO with a converted cap. To finish it, I took two of the rifleman with bandaged head, another despised pose.

I used blue stuff to make press-moulds of gorblimey hats, put putty in them, and pressed the figures’ heads into the putty. Surprisingly, it worked.

Above we see a converted bomber and gorblimey cap – both done with press-moulds and heads shoved into the putty. The third figure is the same pose, but already had a service cap.

In the end, they turned out to be a nice little VBCW unit, and a great use for otherwise unloved figures.

June 10, 2020

VBCW: Renegade Miniatures Post Office Rifles

Filed under: RENEGADE Miniatures, VBCW, WW1 — gisby @ 10:45

When I sorted all my unused Renegade Miniatures WW1 Early War British I found two units worth of of marching/at trail figures. I’m not normally a fan of these poses, so they had been languishing in a drawer for many years.

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The first I painted as a red-coated militia unit. This one I painted as a unit of Post Office Rifles. The British Post Office raised regiments for several wars, so they seemed quite likely for the VBCW.

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I gave them navy jackets and stone grey pants, and blue puttees. It only now occurs to me that I don’t actually know what a British postman’s uniform looked like. I like them anyway.

See also: VBCW: Renegade Miniatures Militia

June 6, 2020

VBCW: Renegade Miniatures Militia

Filed under: RENEGADE Miniatures, VBCW — gisby @ 09:53

After I painted all my VBCW regulars, I started going through my ‘spares’ to see what I had that I could paint up as random units. I knew I had a bunch of Renegade Miniatures WW1 Early War British that I hadn’t used for various reasons. As it turns out, there were 70 of them.

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I found a couple of drawers of marching/at trail figures. They had been mixed in with advancing/firing figures in the Renegade packs, so I had put them to one side.

As it turns out, there were enough for two 10-man units, if I added an officer and an NCO to each.

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I painted them as a red-coated militia unit. I can use it for either side as needed, and provide another splash of colour. I think they look OK, and not completely unlikely.

See also: VBCW: Renegade Miniatures Post Office Rifles

December 17, 2019

RENEGADE Celts

Filed under: Ancients, Celts, RENEGADE Miniatures — gisby @ 16:57

No surprise, I have a bunch of RENEGADE Celts. They are tall, hefty figures, well-detailed, and well sculpted. Their swords are a bit big, but could be worse.

The pictures are a bit overexposed,  sorry.

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My one and only RENEGADE chariot. Compared to my other chariots, it’s huge. The base is still OK at 40mm width, but it had to be lengthened to fit the chariot.

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12 Gallic cavalry. They too tower over my other cavalry, those horses are big. They barely fit on the 20mm x 40mm bases.

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3 units of 50 LMI. They are a mix of all the various packs. RENEGADE has/had 4 packs of warriors, plus slingers and archers.

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To get maximum variety in the units, I took packs of slingers and archers and converted them to spearmen.

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I painted and based them all, then separated them into 50-man units.

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I’m left with an extra 16 figures, to be mixed in with some of my other random Celts.renli

There’s a 12-man LI javelin unit converted from archers…. Shields are thumb tacks, javelins are wire.

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And 12 archers with no conversion.

Nice figures, and big enough to have held their own against scale creep. I like ’em. I wish RENEGADE was still in production.

 

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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