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 20, 2020

Space 1889 – RAFM Martians on Gashants

Filed under: RAFM Miniatures, SPACE 1889, Victorian Adventure Gaming — gisby @ 13:50

TL:DR I bought some Martian figures and put them on the Gashants they were designed for

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This unit was actually completely unexpected. I had bought a Baker’s Dozen of the ‘new’ RAFM Gashant, even though I had no cavalry to put on it. I based and painted them, and started looking around for some riders. RAFM made a couple of riders, but they weren’t what I wanted.

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Meanwhile, I posted pictures of my British on Gashants on Facebook. A number of the guys responded with pictures of theirs, and one picture was of some lovely armoured cavalry on Gashants. ‘What are those?’ I thought, and then I noticed they had Martian feet.

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Apparently I had always looked at the first two cavalry on page 1 of the RAFM catalogue, then ignored the THIRD cavalryman on page 2. He was what I wanted.  I like the figure but not the new Gashants. I feel that they do not display well somehow.

I gave them wire lances and shields from the spares box.

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I had a spare Gashant, so I put an officer on it. It’s taken 31 years, and this is the first time I have ever painted the Martian from the Legions set and put him on a Gashant.

July 7, 2020

SPACE 1889: British Cavalry

I was going through a box of figures, and I found a pair of Castaway Arts Sudan-era British cavalrymen. “I know what I can do with these!’ I thought, then remembered that 20+years ago I had bought a unit of British cavalry for use on Mars.

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Surprisingly, I was able to stand up, wade through the clutter, and go directly to the container where they nestled, mixed with other forgotten minis.

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The figure that started this all: A Castaway Arts British officer. He came with an absolutely beautiful horse, but that’s not what I wanted for him. A bit of bending and filing, and he sat comfortably on a Gashant.

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The second figure was also from Castaway Arts, I decided to use him as a scout or galloper, mounted on a Tauntaun for speed.

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The long-forgotten unit was from the Victorian Classics range (Produced by Frontier.) They were larger than Frontier’s other offerings, and fit in well with RAFM and Foundry of the time.

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I had to spread their legs a bit to get them to fit, but fit they did. I was amazed, after 20+ years kicking around in a pile of lead, none were broken – I had been expecting to do some repairs.

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I painted them in khaki, but on reflection, they might have looked more impressive in red or blue jackets. The unit as is seems to be all shades of beige.

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September 25, 2019

SPACE 1889: Wild Men of Mars

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SPACE 1889 has various races of Martians, each a distinct branch of a common evolutionary tree. There are Steppe Martians, and Canal Martians, and the bestial Kraag Martians. In my campaign we also have the primitive Wild or Cave Martians.

Unlike the other races on Mars they are hairless, with large skull-like heads. They are also unique in having long, pendulous wattles, resembling human beards. (This has led to anti-human propagandists claiming that Humans are related to the Cave folk.)

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The Wild Martians have been forced to live in the worst parts of the most uninhabitable areas of the planet. As a result, to many Martians, they are a mere folk-tale, of savagery and cannibalism.

But they are fierce warriors, armed with stone-tipped spears and simple shields. They can be found as cheap cannon-fodder in other people’s armies, or fighting on their own behalf, trying to hold onto what land they have.

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The figures are North  Star ‘Steampunk’ Alien Tribal Warband. They are good sculpts, open -handed, and come in a random assortment of 10. Size-wise they match well with SPACE 1889 Martians, and their feet and ears suggest a common ancestry.

I could have tarted them (and their wattles) up with more war-paint, but was prevented by my lack of imagination.

I replaced the supplied weapons with wire spears, and used some Darkest Africa shields.

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They make for a frightening warband, and a useful threat to any party in the wilderness.

 

 

 

August 7, 2018

SPACE 1889: City-State Archers

Filed under: Forlorn Hope Games, SPACE 1889, Victorian Adventure Gaming — gisby @ 23:39

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This unit is made up of ex-Grenadier High Elven Archers, from Forlorn Hope Games. I made several units from the High Elves in order to get more variety in my Martian forces.

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As is my wont, I replaced the bows and weapons with floral wire. The supplied bows were fine, but wire is stronger.

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The officer is a spearman with his spear replaced with a wire sword. The standard bearer is a two-handed axeman with a wire staff. The standard was printed on my computer.

The sword was hammered flat on an anvil, and given  a small plastic tsuba.

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There are two types of archer in the unit. There is more variety available, but I wanted some uniformity in helmets and plumes.

I have several other ex-High Elf units, so they work well together as a separate or allied force.

Also see:

SPACE 1889: City State Spearmen

SPACE 1889: City State Cutters

 

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.

July 27, 2018

SPACE 1889: City-State Cutters

Filed under: Forlorn Hope Games, SPACE 1889, Victorian Adventure Gaming — gisby @ 14:02

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This unit is made up of ex-Grenadier High Elven axemen and swordsmen, from Forlorn Hope Games. I wanted some more variety in units, as Mars is a big place: Armour fashions must vary from city to city.

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Martian troops seem quite fond of big chopping weapons, so these figures fit right in. There are equal numbers of axes and swords in the ranks. They look quite determined, even eager to get into the fray.

I had thought of doing separate units of the two types, but decided against it.

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The officer is a spearman with his spear replaced with a wire sword. The standard bearer is an axeman with a wire staff, and a standard printed on my computer.

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This unit matches two other  infantry units and a gashant cavalry unit in style, so they can be used as an Allied or Enemy force on their own.

 

 

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

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