Gisby's Gaming Blog

March 4, 2017

SPACE 1889: Cavalry

I’ve been making cavalry, from various ex-Grenadier Elves, (from Forlorn Hope Games) and mounts from various companies. I have ‘Thoats’ (Formerly Hexatrixes, bought from Ral  Partha) ‘Tauntauns’ (ex-Grenadier Traveler riding beasts) and Gashants from Rafm. I can’t guarantee the provenence of every one: I bought some from the manufacturers, some from ebay, and some from other 1889 gamers.

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A General or champion: A GW Elf from a bargain bin in a comic store many years ago. He’s riding a Thoat and waving a RENEGADE shield. He originally had a spear, that I replaced with a flattened wire sword.

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Steppe Martian light cavalry. An ex-Grenadier Elf riding an ex-Grenadier riding beast from Traveller. The beast looks like a Tuantuan, so that’s what I’ve been calling it. They’re not bad looking, and the mount is nice and alien looking. This was my first try, I have since finished the unit, but have not yet photographed it.

Because of the angle of the saddle, I had to bend the legs into a more seated position otherwise the rider leaned back in an odd fashion.

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Martian heavy cavalry. An ex-Grenadier Elven Knight riding a Gashant. They did not want to fit together. I had to carve away a lot of saddle, and inside the rider’s legs, plus clip the bottom of the surcoat. I have never been a big fan of Gashants, they always looked to me like they would have sore backs. But it’s not so bad after all.

Again, I have since finished the unit, and they don’t look bad at all en masse. The Gashants might look better with designs painted on them, or colourful toucan-style beaks.

February 5, 2017

SPACE 1889: Martians

Of course you want random personalities for 1889 games and battles, and there are plenty of choices and ranges that can be found. These are a few of my recent conversions and repaints.

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An Old Glory Tarzan painted as a Wyrm Cultist, and a pair of plastic D&D figures. Replacement swords are made from wire hammered flat.martrand1

3 Forlorn Hope female Elves

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3 old GW Elves

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3 plastic D&D figures. Swords and bows are wire. The female archer has the quiver from the bird-handler in the next row.

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A plastic D&D figure, with 2 RAFM Martians with D&D heads.

January 19, 2017

New Project – Martian Flyers

Filed under: Barsoom, Pulp Gaming, Red Vector Games, Science Fiction, SPACE 1889 — gisby @ 08:51

REDvectors is an odd company, in that they seem to prefer to do custom work. Rather than have an ordinary website, they show you what they have made, and encourage you to approach them with ideas.

Mick then sits down and plans them out, and asks if that’s what you want, and if so, gives you a price.

I originally approached them because they had made a small Martian skiff, rather similar in style to the sand skiffs from Star Wars. (Which have themselves been re-purposed for many a Martian table)

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This is one of mine, a great little kit: Perfect fit, nice lines, a great price.

I am quite taken with them, but while they are great personal flyers, I wanted something a bit bigger. So I contacted Mick, and asked for a design 50% bigger in length and width, but with railings the same height.

This is the design he presented me with: It is NOT the same as the flyer above, it’s much larger.

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It’s about 10 inches long, with lovely lines, and will be sweet on Barsoom or 1889 Mars. I will probably mount a small gun on the front of each.

So I have two on the way, and I am very excited. More news as it unfolds.

January 11, 2017

SPACE 1889: Red Legion

Filed under: RAFM Miniatures, SPACE 1889, Victorian Adventure Gaming — gisby @ 13:43

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This is my final RAFM Martian Legion. I thought I had one, so I bought a second one. After it arrived, I found that I had two more. But they were all fun to paint, so I am happy.

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To finish it, I had to wait for a couple of replacement figures from RAFM: I had removed their heads for conversions, which made them look rather odd in the ranks, and it was easier to just replace them. (I put new heads on the old bodies, of course)

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The big swords were the only weapons that needed repairing. (Although one shield gunner plume was broken off and had to be remade.)redreg1

The others are straight-from-the-box, no weapons or hairstyles modified.

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All-in-all, I am pleased with my Martian Legions. I prefer my units to be a bit more uniform, unless they are wild irregulars, but the uniform colour schemes seem to tie them all together quite well enough.

The figures are nicely alien, without being over-the-top.

 

 

December 26, 2016

SPACE 1889: Skirmisher Cavalry

This unit is a bit of a mash-up: It’s made up of ex-Grenadier products from both sides of the pond, and is the result of decades of planning.

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Back in the day, Grenadier USA produced various boxed sets, including a set of Traveler beasties, including a rider on a TaunTaun-like beast. (Traveler fans will no doubt know its name, I do not)

Seeing the potential for use in a fantasy army that I never built, I bought several dozen of the beast, and they sat in a box for 25 or so years.

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When I started my SPACE 1889 jag, I picked up some Elven horse archers from Forlorn Hope Games, and mounted them on these not-TaunTauns. They make a nice change from Gashants, and are a lot more fun to paint. (Although part of that is my boring paint choice for Gashants)

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I also put Elven cavalry on Ral Partha Hexatrixes, that I use as Thoats. I’ve since finished the unit, but haven’t taken any pictures yet.

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Last of all, we have a Tin Man Miniatures Calot. He looks a bit smug, but he’s a nice figure.

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December 15, 2016

SPACE 1889: Martian Flyer

This is a laser-cut MDF Martian skiff from RedVectors. It’s a lovely kit, well designed, and a joy to build. I recommend it.

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Stylistically it’s strongly influenced by the Desert Skiffs in Star Wars. Nothing wrong with that, it’s a good look. It’s useful for Star Wars, Barsoom, SPACE 1889, or of course any other game with flying boats.

It comes with a stand as shown, but it isn’t perfectly stable, especially with a metal crew. Having the supports farther apart, a longer base, or farther back on the hull might help.

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The crew shown above are my Martian Marines from Forlorn Hope Games, with a RAFM pilot.

There are two options for the prow: The railing as shown, or an oval platform for a gun. I think there is also an option for the hull with layered MDF making a solid stepped hull.

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The  railings and other fittings are best (or most easily) painted before assembly (I couldn’t wait, and assembled it as soon as it arrived)

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There is no visible means of propulsion, but if you want it, a propeller is easily added.

Now if they’d only build one 50% longer.

 

October 31, 2016

SPACE 1889: Green Legion

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This was the third of my RAFM Martian Legions, made up from a mix of stripped & rearmed figures and new figures. As always, the standard bearer is the Martian from the Adventurers pack.

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The unit colours, aqua and blue were taken from the scout figure on the right, still sporting his paint from 25 years ago.

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I tried for a brighter steel for this unit, to contrast with the Black Legion.

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The halberdier has a replacement glaive from wire, and a more stylish hairstyle.

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The unit looks good, even dressed in aqua.

 

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.

September 4, 2016

SPACE 1889: Martian Artillery

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My Martians needed artillery. So I went to the Irregular Miniatures site, and found a renaissance cannon. Animal-headed, it was alien-looking enough to be perfect.

So I ordered it.

When it arrived, it was beautiful, just like in the picture. It was just a bit bigger than I expected. I was looking for a field piece, and got a huge field piece. But hey, nobody said the Martians had well-designed artillery.

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I picked up four RAFM artillerymen to man it. I made the gun tools out of wire.

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All in all, I rather like it as a unit. The gun is impressive, and sized way out of proportion to it’s effectiveness.

August 26, 2016

SPACE 1889: Black Legion

This was the second of my RAFM Martian Legions. After I painted the first, I decided to check my unpainted figures to see what more I had. I was sure I had a legion and a half unpainted.

I first checked my painted figures. To my surprise I found a legion-and-a-half painted, far more than expected. Not well painted, I really hated them. They were converted to different weapon styles, and painted as individuals. They just didn’t look good.

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I went to my unpainted pile, and lo and behold, there was still a legion-and-a-half in my unpainted pile. At some point I had picked up another Legion, giving me a total of four.

So I stripped the painted figures, re-armed them to fit in the Legion, and started painting them.

I wanted an elite-in-their-own-opinion unit, dressed in black and red.I was trying for a dramatic look. I’m not sure how successful it was.

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The officer has had his sword replaced with a wire blade, shaped and flattened. The standard bearer is the Martian from the Adventurers pack.

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The halberdier has a glaive, made from wire.He was one of the figures converted to wield two swords

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The big sword also has a wire blade. I went with a darker steel for their armour, with a darker black wash. (A darker wash, not a darker black, duh)

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This halberdier has a cutting spear, also made from wire. This unit seems heavy on figures retrofitted back from my conversions.

The figures look better after retrofitting than they did when converted, and I am overall quite pleased with the results. The red and black looks sort-of-dramatic, and the unit looks good en masse.

Two more units to go!

 

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