Gisby's Gaming Blog

June 22, 2015

Guns for Fun 3 – Turkish WW1 Guns

Filed under: WW1 — Tags: , , , , , , — gisby @ 00:01

I needed another opponent for my WW1 Russians, so I decided to build a Turkish force. I used the Copplestone Castings Back of Beyond Turks, because they are gorgeous figures.

Unfortunately, the range is somewhat limited, having only Command, Infantry, and HMG & crew figures. I still needed Artillery.

My first solution was to take the Back of Beyond Chinese field gun, and replace the heads on the crew. The uniforms aren’t perfectly accurate, but you can’t really see them well, clustered around the gun. I have absolutely no idea what type the gun represents.

turgun1b turgun1c

For a second piece, I turned to Irregular MiniaturesVery Useful Guns range, and picked up a German 77mm gun and Turkish crew.

turgun2b turgun2a

I found myself with a spare pair of kneeling Irregular Turks, so I removed their rifles, and paired them with a spare HMG from my parts box. They turned out well, I think.

trkmg2a trkmg2b

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May 11, 2015

Some Guns for Fun

Filed under: WW1 — Tags: , , , , — gisby @ 01:41

When building WW1 forces, you need more than Infantry. You need Machine Guns and Artillery.Unfortunately, what you want is sometimes not available.

I built a WW1 BEF force from RENEGADE Early War British. I had to alter some hats to 1914 styles, but overall they are a good-looking range.

But I wanted a small Canadian force so I could fight Second Ypres. The infantry was easy, I just painted them a different shade than the British. It’s not 100% correct, the uniforms were not identical, but it’s good enough for me.

I made a Colt MG and crewed it with spare Artillery figures. Most parts are from the Vickers guns, I just made the actual gun, from wire & putty.

canmg1 canmg2

The Canadian gun is a 4.5 in. QF Howitzer from tin-soldier.com. I chose the dark green because I wanted it to look like the die-cast toy artillery of my youth. The gun is an excellent kit, fits together well, and looks good when finished. (I actually made this piece so I could use the gun. I really like the kit)

The crew is from the RENEGADE 18 pounder.

cangun1 cangun2

I bought another 4.5 in QF Howitzer for my Interwar Chinese. I used my Chinese Gun & Crew for my WW1 Turks.

The crew are made from random Chinese figures from Copplestone Castings.

chigun2 chigun1

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…

August 18, 2008

Darkest Africa: The Shostim Trading Company

Filed under: Victorian Adventure Gaming — Tags: , , — gisby @ 00:29

Or…. IT TOOK ME TWO YEARS TO MAKE CHICK’S BIRTHDAY PRESENT

I’m a slug. A lazy slug. I had an idea for a birthday gift for my pal Chick, and it took two years to finish it.

In this time, I did a lot of other stuff: A half dozen websites, masters for 50+ miniatures, painted about 1000 figures. In the end, I decided to just FINISH it, and it took… 3 days. It was sitting at that stage for months. I am a slug. More…

August 14, 2008

SPACE 1889: A German walker

I am a big fan of the SPACE 1889 rules and setting. They had role-playing rules, tabletop battle rules, plus aerial and naval rules. They combined Victorian and Barsoomian elements well, and deserved to be far more popular than they were. Even now, 20 years later they still have a following.

I’ll admit, in places the rules weren’t great, but in others they were teriffic.

Where they shone, was in background. The rules themselves were followed by a bunch of reasonably priced sourcebooks, each with background material a-plenty and a really crappy scenario. More…

August 13, 2008

Darkest Africa: Native huts

Filed under: Victorian Adventure Gaming — Tags: , , — gisby @ 23:36
African Huts

When Foundry first started their Darkest Africa range, I was quite excited. The possibilities for adventure in the great untamed continent seemed endless. And so it has proven.

So of course I needed to make some scenery for my games. Where better to start than huts? A quick internet search showed a wide variety of native buildings: I chose these because they are so generic. More…

August 12, 2008

Darkest Africa: King’s Hall. An Ideal first Project

Filed under: Victorian Adventure Gaming — Tags: , , — gisby @ 22:56
African King's Hall

This was a simple piece inspired by a papier mache box sold in a craft store. It has a plain rectangular bottom, but the lid was a gabled roof-shape with overhanging eaves. It is structurally strong, and is pre-made with a removeable roof. There are several sizes available, including some I have looked at for European buildings.

I originally bought it years ago to make into a Dark Ages Hall (which wouldn’t reallyhave been all that different) but looking through Stanley’s Darkest Africa books I saw a similar structure and was thus inspired. More…

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