Monday, January 1, 2018


At least that's what I think they're all shouting - unless it's "God Save the Queen - Empress!"

Both will do. : )

Thursday, March 30, 2017

WIP - French Cloudship on Mars

Ironclad Miniatures in the UK have a nifty small Martian Cloudship available that I'm modifying for use by the French on Mars.

To begin, the French colony doesn't have the ship building capacity which the British enjoy in Syrtis Major. With a limited ability to build modern aerial gunboats, the authorities in Idaeus Fons must improvise, and the French-Martian Colonial Airfleet is comprised mostly of native, wooden designs in French service.

Resin bits by Ironclad Miniatures

Since my cloudship was going to be retrofitted with steam, dans la méthode des Américains, I wanted extra space for the steam engine, so I replaced the deck supplied with a new deck, cut from light balsa and basswood. The lower hull will remain the same, save for the addition of an air-screw or two.

Miniatures by Askari

Depicted for the reader's gentle delectation are four French Naval artillerymen, from Askari Miniatures. I am debating placing a half-height deck house/covered hatch in the centre, but have yet to find a model I like....

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Cheshire Circus from Brigade Games

After a dismal posting record for 2016, my New Year's resolution is to post at least once a month in 2017, for both my miniature wargame blogs. This will include works-in-progress.

Cheshire Family Circus from Brigade Games

For the next IHMN project on my table, the Cheshire Circus Family from Brigade Games was selected to represent a "Cirque de Sang", which will be troubling my Police Métropolitaine de Paris.

Sword Swallower, Fool, Strongman, Ringmaster

The English-style Cheshire Circus was selected because it more closely represents a European circus, especially with the "Punchinello-esque Fool/Clown and the "Arabian" characters of the Knife-thrower and Strong man.

Knive Thrower, Jester, Juggler
 Miniatures are cleanly cast, with good detailing and animation. 

Bearded Lady, 2-headed Man, Contortionist

These miniatures also work for any period from the 19th Century to the mid-late 20th, and thus will be performing double-duty, as part of a 7TV adventure on my Sci-Fi Blog.

Brigade Games Cheshire Family Circus
Animation: 4.5
Detail: 4.5
Proportions: 4
Variety: 5
Overall: 4.5 out of 5

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Steppe Martians

Here are some RAFM Steppe Martians, which I was able to finish over the (US) Thanksgiving weekend.

The colours were inspired by Native American Plains Indians, including the "paint" scheme of the gashants. Spears were (Old Glory?) tips added to piano wire.

RAFM minis are fun to paint - pity the line is still so limited.

These minis will probably do double duty, in both British service (as Graham's Irregulars) and French service (as Xanthe Desert Goumiers). I still need to paint European officers for the respective nationalities.

RAFM Steppe Martians
Animation: 4
Detail: 4
Proportions: 4
Variety: 1
Overall: 3.25 out of 5

Release the harka!

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Warbands of the Cimmerian League

Whilst my attention has been diverted, I haven't altogether been neglecting my Martian forces, and was able to finish off a warband between 7TV projects.

From the Hesperian Basin, on Mars, some irregulars. These might appear in the service of the Hesperian Basin Trade Company (HBTC) or deployed against them.

These are from RAFM. They're painted in jewel-tones to suggest a militia from a fairly prosperous town. No firearms, as the Cimmerian League is a bit far from most European trade...for now.

To begin, some archers:

Miniatures by RAFM

And some swordsmen.  I intend to fit them with shields, just as soon as I locate where I've put them. Yes, I need to paint the eyes...again.

Miniatures by RAFM

Finally, the leader. I used an elf from the old Grenadier line. They're also available from Mirlton, for ruinous shipping costs. The gashant is RAFM.

Rider by Grenadier, mount by RAFM

Rider by Grenadier, mount by RAFM
He's riding a bit high in the stirrups - probably shouting "Charge!" or "View hallooo!".

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