Gisby's Gaming Blog

July 13, 2015

Wargames Factory Romans

Filed under: Ancients, Review — Tags: , , , , — gisby @ 00:01

The Wargames Factory Romans were designed for a set of rules that uses 16-man units. The box comes with 48 figures, giving you 2 distinct units. Each unit is made up of 12 identical infantry and 4 Command figures. You can of course mix things up if you so choose. I chose instead to use two boxes to make 3 24-man units.

Each figure has a body, 2 arms, a head, and a shield. There are 3 different bodies, 4 different weapon arms, 2 different heads, and only one style of shield arm and shield. Since the shield arms are all the same, and made for the same pose, they could have come attached to the figure, it would have made it all easier!

The three bodies are: Standing, standing with legs a bit farther apart, and standing a bit hunched over.

The first unit is made from the standing figure. I used the ‘sword held upright’ arm, and removed the sword, drilling it for a wire pilum. The Officer and Standard Bearer are in this same pose, so I used them in this unit.

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The second unit is made from the crouching guy. I used the ‘throwing pilum’ arm: I cut off the shoulder and glued it to hold an upright wire pilum. I then rebuilt the shoulder with putty. The musician is in the same pose as this figure, so I used him as the Standard Bearer in this unit.

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I painted them in appropriate colours and used a brown Magic Wash over the whole. I am happy with the results.

When the set came out, it was criticized for having soft detail, but they paint up well, and the shields are amazing. Built the way these have been, they rank up well, even on the 15mm wide bases I use.

The third unit isn’t done yet! To make it up to you, here’s a shot of a Peltast unit made from their Numidians box set. Enjoy!

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These figures are available through Wargames Factory.

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June 15, 2015

Warrior Miniatures 25mm Celts & Gauls

Filed under: Ancients, Review — Tags: , , , , — gisby @ 00:01

Warrior Miniatures has several under-appreciated ranges useful for building or filling out 25-28mm Celtic forces. They are also economical, especially if purchased in armies.

The first is listed as 25mm ‘Celts’, and is illustrated on their Gallery Pages. All figures are open-handed, with separate spears and shields. I have replaced the cast spears with wire spears.

Detail tends to be a bit soft, but it’s there, and the anatomy is good. Shields are held in front of the body, and they aren’t waving weapons around like they’ve never seen one before. They mix well in size with other ranges listed as 28mm.

The range has three cavalry types, one in mail, two without. There is only one horse pose, but it’s not bad-looking.

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I thoroughly recommend their Chariot. Mainly because I sculpted it. (Actually, they had the crew, ponies and wheels, so I sculpted the rest of the chariot. I am very pleased with how it turned out, and I encourage everyone to buy a unit or two of them.)
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The range has 8 various infantry that paint up quite well. They are mostly rather sedate, but look good in units, and rank well on bases.

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There is also a range of ‘Gauls,’ rather more spirited, and with a bit of a ‘Victorian illustration’ look to them. There are seven infantry poses plus a single cavalry pose.

They are a slightly smaller 25mm, but not so different that they do not mix well. They are cast with spears and shields in place, I have replaced the spears with wire spears. The cast-on spears tend to be a bit thick but aren’t hard to remove.

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The horse for the mounted warrior is small, more of a pony, making him more suitable for British cavalry than Gallic .You could of course remount him on a larger horse. I like the figure very much though.

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In the mixed group below, the figure with the yellow shield is from the Celts range, the rest are Gauls. There is a slight size difference, but if mixed in a unit, it would not really be noticeable.

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There are also a pair of Celts in their ‘Macedonian and Punic Wars’ range, similar in style  to the ‘Celts’ with separate weapons and shields.

The figures are available from Warrior Miniatures

May 17, 2015

Darkest Africa: Pulp Figures German Colonial Infantry.

Pulp Figures is known for great personality figures and (of course) Pulp Archetypes, but I have always particularly liked their historical troops.

I was very excited when they released their ‘German Colonial’ sets. They are perfect for Colonial warfare, WW1, and the Boxer Rebellion. This uniform could be seen in the Pacific, Africa and Asia.

PGS 15 German Colonial Rifles is  well posed for a skirmishing line, and they really look the part: Tough, experienced troops. (The girl in the first picture is from PHP 19 Dangerous Dames 2)

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PGS 17 German Colonial Maxim Guns

Again, well-posed and well-sculpted, a pair of efficient weapons teams.

Note: The HMG is not the one that came with the set. I accidentally wrecked mine trying some solder work, so had to replace it with a spare.

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I used a RENEGADE 77mm gun with the crews from a set of PGS 17  to give my Colonial Troops some artillery.

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I also have a unit of Seebatallion made up from PGS01, 02, 03, and 06. These troops could also be seen in the Pacific, Africa, and Asia,

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The officer below comes with binoculars in his hand, but I replaced them with a sword.

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Needless to say, I enthusiastically recommend these figures. They are available from Pulp Figures.

For more information on German Colonial Uniforms: http://www.germancolonialuniforms.co.uk/

October 1, 2014

Sailor Girls in Africa

Filed under: Pulp Gaming, Review, Victorian Adventure Gaming — Tags: — gisby @ 05:54

I had a scenario planned, in which the Governor’s six daughters were kidnapped by natives, and the players had to rush around the table to rescue them before the Natives could involve them in a fiery sacrifice.

When I saw the Hinterland sailors, they were perfect for the role (Except for being well-armed, but I could live with that) Naval-styled clothes were quite fashionable as outdoor wear, so they don’t look out of place.

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But I needed a sixth figure, of a younger girl.  Hasslefree has a selection of younger figures, both armed and unarmed, all beautifully sculpted. I went with HA010 Katie, modifying her somewhat.

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I added a longer skirt and sun hat, and replaced her arms. She now clutches a Mauser broom handle and a dolly.

I’m more than pleased with the group, and recommend both ranges.

Hinterland has a range of alternate WW1 female soldiers, all well-sculpted and animated.  http://hinterlandminiatures.weebly.com/

Hasslefree has a large range of SF and Fantasy figures, all superb.  http://www.hfminis.co.uk/

April 13, 2009

Wargames Factory – Plastic Zulu War British – A Review

Filed under: Review, Victorian Adventure Gaming — Tags: , , , — gisby @ 16:56

When Wargames Factory announced their intention to release a set of 1879 British, I was very excited.

Although they were not the first set announced by WF, they were the first set actually released.

They aren’t bad as a first release.

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April 8, 2009

Pulp Gaming: Radon Zombies of the Ionosphere Juggernaut

Filed under: Pulp Gaming, Review — Tags: , , — gisby @ 04:29

I recently got a bunch of the ‘Radon Zombies of the Ionosphere’ from Pulp Figures

The figures themselves represent the rubber-suited minions of an evil mastermind in the spirit of the old movie serials.

They portray these well, evoking the genre perfectly: So much so that I had to build a juggernaut to accompany them.

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December 6, 2008

Review: Arnica Montana Buildings

Arnica MontanaAlthough I usually like to make my own Old West buildings, I recently picked up a few
from Arnica Montana.

When they arrived, I was sad: They were far nicer than I had expected, and I had not ordered anywhere near enough of them!

I was hard-pressed to choose where to start. More…

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