Gisby's Gaming Blog

April 26, 2019

Moonraker VBCW Militia

Filed under: eM-4 Miniatures, Moonraker Miniatures, Uncategorized, VBCW — gisby @ 00:23

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My main VBCW force is a local militia defending the fictional town of Boxley. This section is made up of eM4/Moonraker  miniatures from the Dunwich Detective range. The range has plenty of figures useful for the VBCW period.

Boxley is of no strategic or tactical importance, so only has to deal with the fringes of most conflict. Truth be told, most of the town’s animosity is reserved for the neighbouring town of East Boxley.

That being said, the two towns are (usually) uneasy allies on the field of battle, if nowhere else. Even though, the Councils must be careful where they deploy the Cricket Team, or the Football team. They haven’t had friendly fire (yet) but there have been fisticuffs, and unfortunate breakouts of sportsmanship. The BUF rotters WILL fire on a match, queering the pitch, as it were.

This merry band is a group of older locals, scorning to serve with the youngsters who ‘have no idea.’ Their only uniform is a flat cap and an armband, and they are armed with shotguns more suitable for hunting than warfare. They have managed to scrounge (steal) A Thompson SMG, given to ‘Little Willy’ Little. He’s young, let HIM deal wi’ it. (For more serious encounters I just treat the shotguns as if they are rifles)

The left-handed shotgunner (2001e Country Gent with Rifle) and the fellow with a pipe (2001c Adventurer with Shotgun) are unmodified. The fellow front left (2001g Adventurer in Tropical Kit) has had his shorts made into flannel bags, and has had a head swap.

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The Captain was in the field in the oeuvres of the Great War: He was soon invalided out, and has a guilty urge to prove himself. Surprisingly, he is competent, and skilled in military matters.

The figure is an eM4/Moonraker 2001B adventurer With Book, with a head replacement. I cut away the book, and gave him a walking stick held at the slope. He’s trying to look martial, but is too aware that most of his men have seen far more service than him.

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‘Little Willy’ Little. The Thompson is heavy and complex, and none of the older men can be bothered. So they give it to ‘Little Willy.’ He’s young, and enthusiastic, and will follow the Captain anywhere, simply because the Captain always calls him ‘Mister Little.’ He hates being called ‘Little Willy.’ His name is James. He’s 2003a Detective with Tommy Gun, with a head swap.

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As it is, the Unit is complete, But we have two bits of support. A lad carrying a flag bearing the traditional Boxley Crossed Swords. (Arms of the Boxley family) and a scout/runner with a pistol. Both are 2006d Gangster with Pistol.

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All figures are available from eM4/Moonraker, and are well cast with little or no flash.

 

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March 6, 2017

SPACE 1889: Gun Carrier

Filed under: Uncategorized — gisby @ 14:38

Martian artillery is primitive by modern standards: Heavy and unwieldy. But they have an advantage we do not have…. Liftwood. They don’t need to drag heavy guns through sand and rocky terrain, they can just pull it with no problems.

The gun carrier is a simple platform fitted with liftwood, operated by a trimsman who hovers the gun 6 or so feet above the ground. It can then be pulled by whatever creatures or troops you have handy. It won’t get bogged down or break axles, and it’s less tiring for those hauling it.

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Because it’s only hovering at a low altitude, and carrying a comparitively light load, it can be made using low-quality, scrap, or past-it’s-best liftwood, and the trimsman doesn’t need to be awfully skilled.

For best stability, the gun should be in a rigid frame, but they can also be hung from ropes.

Of course the same concept can be used for carrying freight, or for making smooth-riding carriages.

It’s not supposed to be a cheap flying gun-platform, or a piece of game-beating technology, more a bit of local colour.

It could also be a ‘Flight of the Phoenix’ plot point, where stranded travelers build a ‘life raft’ from bits of a crashed flyer and hope the wind will blow them to safety, barely skimming the ground.

June 18, 2016

Mystery Pin

Filed under: Uncategorized — gisby @ 01:50

Hi. I am asking for a friend of a friend: Can anyone identify this pin?

She believes it is Polish, WW2 era, and originally had a crown, removed when the unit became part of the British forces.

Please feel free to email me, or to post any ideas in the comments section.

 

February 9, 2016

Updates to ‘The Mexican Adventure’

Filed under: Mexican Adventure, Uncategorized — gisby @ 01:17

Many years ago, I bought Preben Kannick’s ‘Military Uniforms of the World’ and was fascinated by the fact that somehow France had invaded Mexico. (I was 13) This led to a fascination with the war that increased as time went by.

Years later, I was gathering any information that I could, for use in Wargaming. Uniforms, flags, rules were all interesting, and a lot of people seemed to be doing similar research. I started putting information online (with permission) so that others could use it as well. I wrote almost nothing, it’s all the work of people far more talented than I am. The resulting website: ‘The Mexican Adventure.’

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Michael Provost is a Belgian author and illustrator, best known for his French-Language graphic novels: “Mission au Pays des Collines” and “Tacambaro” which chronicle the adventures of Remi Tambour, a young drummer in the Belgian Grenadiers. He has a blog as well.

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Michel has recently sent a bunch of illustrations of the Belgian Legion in Maximilian’s service. They have been added to his already huge selection of period uniforms.

They can be found here: Uniforms : Michel Provost

There are also new photos added to the French, Austrian, and Flag Photos pages.

 

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