Gisby's Gaming Blog

September 2, 2020

Dragon Bait Miniatures Victorian Adventure

Dragon Bait Miniatures has released a number of Victorian Adventure miniatures under their ‘Steam Bait’ label. It has their Venus 1888: Women at War figures, and a number of personalities and oddities. I got a few to add to my SPACE 1889 forces.

The first two are Curious Kate and Chatty Cathy, ace reporter and photographer, chasing stories on Mars. They have hired Gurty Gunn as protection. (These are the Dragonbait names, I will be changing them) They are lovely useful little castings, on the large side of 28mm. They came supplied with 25mm bases, which I tossed.

I also got a set of five Russian Steam Robots. They are about 40mm tall, and come in four pieces: Head, body, rifle, and pack.

The robot body is covered in chainmail, with a gas mask-looking face and it bears an iron (or leather) bound pack. They are monstrous in appearance, and should sweep the field.

The pack is detailed with a bucket on one side, and tools on the other.

All five robots are identical, but the separate rifle and head allows for some variation. (As does my lack of skill assembling things)

They come supplied with 25mm bases, but I don’t use 25mm bases, so I replaced them.

The robots are very impressive, and VERY Steampunk.

Also see:

Venus 1888: Women at War (1)

Venus 1888: Women at War (2)

Venus 1888: Women at War (2)

These are more of Dragon Bait Miniatures‘ VSF range, Female cavalry on clockwork unicycle unicorns.

They are lovely sculpts, on the large side of 28mm.

When I got them, I thought the arms were connected with an indifferently-shaped piece of sprue. But it was a bar that fit into a slot in the back of the figure. Trying to get them to fit was surprisingly easy, and they fit with essentially no gapping, I was rather impressed.

The cavalry are (generally) a body, a set of arms, and a scabbard. The fit of the arms is good, but there is no defined point to attach the scabbard. (Or I was too stupid to see it)

The armour, helmets, and equipment are well-detailed, and the faces are quite pretty.

The standard bearer came with an attached banner pole, which I replaced with wire, and a standard I designed for them.

The unicorns come in six parts: two body halves, a neck, a head, and a tail. (that functions as the key to wind it up)

They are designed to balance on a 25mm base, but I don’t use 25mm bases, so I put them on washers.

The sixth part is the control handle: I was convinced it was impossible to get it to fit, until Joe steered me to his ‘How To’ video on Youtube.

The unicorns are lovely sculpts, with elegant styling and detail.

The design of the unicorns allows you to vary the pose of the head and neck, but beware: If you set the neck too high, you won’t be able to get the control lever to fit.

I enjoyed building and painting this unit, even though the control handles were driving me crazy. (Once I knew how it was easy, though.)

They will fit in nicely with my SPACE:1889 forces. (I made a gashant, and these figures fit the saddle better than the figures I used to design the saddle…..)

Also see:

Venus 1888: Women at War (1)

Dragon Bait Victorian Adventure

Venus 1888: Women at War (1)

Back in 2018, Joe Corsaro of Dragon Bait Miniatures ran a Kickstarter for his Victorian Science-Fiction setting: Venus 1888.

Venus is lethal to human males, but has too many resources to be ignored. As a result, female regiments have to be raised for service there. I present to you the Venus Reg’t of the Honourable Martian Company.

The command pack has an officer, bugler, and standard bearer. While the Officer is a single-piece casting, the others need their packs and a rifle attached.

The standard bearer comes with a pole attached, but I replaced it with a piece of wire, and added a standard I made for the unit. (It is not a Government unit, but a unit of a chartered trading company with a charter for Mars and Venus)

The infantry pack has 9 infantry and an NCO. The NCO is another single-piece casting. The rifle (with hands attached) and pack are separate pieces.

The figures are well-detailed, easy-to-assemble, and paint up well. They are on the large end of 28mm, so should survive scale creep for a while.

The pack has interesting detail bits: A parasol stowed on the back, and a tea cup hung on the side.

There are several variants of the infantry figure, with slightly different poses and hairstyles. I found the faces rather pretty. I don’t know if there’s a certain mix or if they are supplied at random.

All in all, I found them pleasant to work with and to paint. They will fit nicely into my SPACE 1889 forces, and will provide an interesting bit of colour to the battles.

Also see:

Venus 1888: Women at War (2)

Dragon Bait Victorian Science Fiction

August 1, 2018

SPACE 1889: Lancer Cavalry

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This unit was originally intended to go on Tauntauns: I thought the long skinny lance on the awkward-looking mount would be both alien-looking and funny. But when it came time to make this unit, I thought it was the LAST of my cavalry units,  and I had a box of Thoats ready for it.

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I thought nothing of it, and completed the unit. It was only then that I found the Tauntauns I had intended to use.

There was still a unit to go, that I WAS going to put on Thoats. It wound up on the Tauntauns. Oh well….

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But I think they look good on Thoats: Certainly the heavier mount makes them look fiercer. The combination of lance and sword caused me to treat them as a hell-for-leather berserker unit.

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The rider is an ex-Grenadier Elven standard bearer from Forlorn Hope Games, with a lance made from floral wire.

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The Standard bearer has a standard printed on my computer, and the pole is twisted from more floral wire.

February 14, 2018

Barsoom: Small Martian Flyer

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This is the RedVectors Small Martian Flyer, as seen in my post ‘SPACE 1889: Small Martian Flyer.’

It’s 7″ long, with a bit of crowding, you can fit 12 figures on the decks on 20mm bases. Since this release, they have developed a 10″ and 16″ version, with similar styling.

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It’s a lovely kit, inexpensive, and goes together into a sorta-Star-Wars-inspired little skiff. The fit is excellent, and it’s still a pretty simple build. There is also an optional section for a front gun mount provided, but I chose not to use it.

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The original stand was not very stable: This picture shows how I modifiedit. (The ship now comes with a longer, more stable base)

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I’ll be using it for Barsoom and SPACE 1889 both. It’s just a great little kit of a generic small flyer. I recommend that you paint the rails and trim pieces before assembly, it makes for a much neater finish.

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Here it is beside a smaller Galoob Sand Skiff. The style is very similar. The crews shown are from Bronze Age Miniatures.

Also see:

SPACE 1889: Small Martian Flyer

Barsoom: Large Flyer

August 27, 2017

SPACE 1889: Night Raider Flyer

This flyer is the Large Martian Flyer from RedVectors in the UK. It’s the same kit as in my post ‘Barsoom: Large Flyer’.’ (So if you want more of a review, or a ship that’s not a black blob, go there.)  Please note that it was a custom kit, and may not be on their website – Drop them a line if you are interested.

It’s an upsized version of their first 7″ flyer, and is about 10″ long. The difference seems slight, but the new ship is very much larger (See here.)

I painted it black to represent any sinister force of night raiders, whether they be Kraag Martians, Black Martians, or whatever. It will spread terror through my games, both in SPACE 1889 and on Barsoom.

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Overall, the ship is as sturdy as MDF will allow, but you have to watch it when you pick it up: If you squeeze the side railings they will tear out, as they are set very close to the side of the deck. A third support might help there.

There is a gun mount supplied for the front of the ship, but I chose the railings.

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The present crew are less sinister than most night raiders, they are mostly conversions from various Heroclix and plastic D&D miniatures.

As always, Elves make very nice Martians, and you can buy Clix singles quite cheaply.

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It’s a lovely kit at a good price, useful for Barsoom or SPACE 1889. The postage to Canada was the same either way, so I bought two. (After all, if you only have one, who will it fight?)

Even more madness, there is now a 16″ version on the way, 1.5 larger in every dimension….  Hmmmm… How will it look at 24″?

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Also see:

SPACE 1889: Small Martian Flyer

Barsoom: Small Martian Flyer

Barsoom: Large Flyer

 

August 21, 2017

SPACE 1889: Charging Cavalry Archers

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This unit is made from ex-Grenadier Elf Cavalry from Forlorn Hope Games mounted on riding beasts from Traveler. (I call them tauntauns because they look like them)

Even though they are merrily waving their swords around, they are a unit of mounted archers. They have quivers on their backs, and bows in cases slung behind their saddles. (The bowcases fit like the saddle was made for them)

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Like all my Martian units, they are uniformed in ‘off’ colours I’d never use for human uniforms.

The rider comes in two parts: below the waist, and above, joined with a swivel-y waist so you can choose the angle of the top half. The figures are mostly unmodified: Their legs are bent so they are seated more knees-up to fit the saddle, and they are joined at the waist at a different angle than they would be on a horse. Otherwise they’d be leaning back, staring at the sky.

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Originally I had intended to mount them on ex-Ral Partha Hexatrixes, (used as thoats) but after I had completed three thoat Cavalry, I got distracted. I THOUGHT I had finished the unit, but I had not. I used the thoats for a different unit.

I realized my mistake after I thought I was finished my Martians. I found three lonely riders on mounts, and realized I had never finished the unit. In a box I found a unit’s wort of tauntauns waiting for riders,  so that was that. I even had to rip finished riders off their thoats and put them on new mounts.

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This is the first group of figures I did for this unit. I think they looked good on the thoats, but maybe they are better on the tauntauns.

August 14, 2017

SPACE 1889: Martian Knights

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This is a unit of ex-Grenadier Elven Knights from Forlorn Hope Games mounted on RAFM gashants. They look like an ideal match, but there was some work involved.

The Knights were intended for horses, far less bulky than the gashants. To get them to fit, I took my Dremel and ground out inside the rider’s legs, and carved the saddle from the gashant, and I even had to trim away the surcoat to clear the gashant’s knees. Thankfully they don’t need a perfect fit under their robes.

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The lances are made from floral wire, and the standard was printed on my computer, using a clip art design. Their weapon arms are separate, so they could have been couched, but I just prefer upright spears.

There are several different Elven Knights, but I specified this product code, as the upswept shield resembles one of the RAFM shields.

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If I had more talent and imagination, I would have painted unit colours and designs on the mount’s beak and flanks – They cry out for decoration. Lance pennants would also spruce ’em up a bit.

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I have several other units based on the High Elves, and they look good  together. They can easily be used as a separate force, or can just give variety to my forces.

August 6, 2017

SPACE 1889: Nomad Cavalry

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This unit is made from ex-Grenadier Wood Elf cavalry from Forlorn Hope Games, mounted on ex-Grenadier Traveler riding beasts. (No idea what they called them.) I imagine them as lighter and fleeter than Gashants, performing Light Cavalry duties.

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The riders were originally swordsmen, but I replaced the swords with javelins made from floral wire.

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I have two units of archers on the same style of beast, they look particularly convincing working together as tribal auxiliaries to my City-State forces.

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Their round shields are painted to imitate the lunate shields of several other units. The standard was printed on my computer, using clip art  for the design.

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The riding beasts have a charming face, I like to think it hides a nasty disposition.

July 29, 2017

SPACE 1889: City-State Spearmen

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This unit is made up of ex-Grenadier High Elven spearmen, from Forlorn Hope Games. There are several styles in the range, and I chose the one with the upswept shield because it resembles a shield in the RAFM Martian Legion.

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As is my wont, I replaced the spears with pole weapons made from floral wire. The supplied spears were fine, but wire is stronger and I wanted a variety of cutting blades rather than spears.

There are two types, in equal numbers: A straight blade, and a curved glaive blade. I formed the blades and then hammered them flat on a small anvil. Each has a small tsuba punched from sheet plastic.

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The officer is a spearman with his spear replaced with a wire sword. The sword was made like the glaives, but with a short handle. The standard was printed on my computer, and the pole was twisted from the same wire as the spears..

This unit matches two other units and a gashant cavalry unit in style, so they all have similar standards, in different colours. The four units make a good force on their own.

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