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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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year - Bonne Année

Société Impériale Martien de Trieste

Here's a little writeup, designed to introduce the Hapsburgs into Space 1889/IHMN

The Imperial Martian Society of Trieste is an Austrian commercial enterprise, based in Trieste, and offers passenger and cargo service between Trieste and Mars.  This is often through leased tonnage on British, French, Russian or German ether flyers.

The Austrian Government is primarily concerned with thwarting Russian ambitions in the Balkans, and as a result of this lack of interest, Austria has no territorial concessions on Mars. Austrian commercial factors trade through the Martian enclaves of friendly countries, especially Prussia, Russia, Britain and France. The Martian Trade consists of exported foodstuffs such as wheat, rice and flour and finished goods such as metal tools and cookware. The Trieste Company also trades (by special order) in heavy machinery: locomotives, boilers, pump and drive engines.  

The Trieste Company is currently looking toward expanding their interest in the Hesperian/Cimmerian Basin, an area relatively untouched by the other Great Powers.

Troops: The Trieste Company has few regular troops, instead relying upon hired irregular bands of Hesperian or Cimmerian Canal Martians, commanded by officers of the Royal and Imperial (KuK) Austrian Navy, along with some mounted contingents. These are occasionally stiffened by a company or platoon of sailors from the Imperial (KuK) Austrian Navy.

Uniform: Crewmen and Officers wear a version of the Imperial Austrian Postal uniform (itself based on the army pattern): dark blue tunic with light blue trousers and a low-crowned shako. Working/field order consists of a white, naval-style jumper with a white field cap or dark blue beret.

Weaponry: Single-shot breechloaders (M1867 Werndl/Holub) or Lorenz rifled muskets for the European troops. Muskets or rifled muskets for company/martian troops. 

Miniatures available: Any good Martian figure for the local troops. Any good late 19th century Austrian sailors for the "on loan" company troops. Use Austrian naval officer miniatures for the Postmaster/Officers.

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