Wednesday, January 8, 2020

28mm Werewolf Hunters from Old Glory

Figures and warehouse by Old Glory

The first finished Victorian-era miniatures of 2020* are from the Old Glory/Blue Moon "Things that go Bump in the Night" line: I had a Howling Good Time.

Figures and warehouse by Old Glory

Ye gods and little fishes!, as my grandmother would say; these were both a chore and a delight to paint. I purchased this box set because I like the style of the ladies, and wanted some models for my Trieste Company for In Her Majesty's Name. The ladies were indeed fun and rewarding to paint, but I found the male figures difficult and a bit frustrating, especially the gypsy-like character.

Figures and warehouse by Old Glory

All of the models have good detail, excellent proportions, and decent animation. The ladies especially have a nice style.  The male figures are rather "busy", with shirts, belts, vests, packs, jackets, hats, scarfs, etc. Due to some of the odd accouterments, combined with the civilian portrayal, I found it difficult to tell exactly *what* was being depicted by the sculptor. The box art was helpful, (though not as helpful as I would have liked) and I'm fair pleased with the result.

Figures and warehouse by Old Glory

As with the Sleepy Hollow set, I yielded to the impulse to paint these models' bases as though they were game pieces - packaged as they are as a stand alone game (Nota bene; the one-page rules were absent...again.)

I'm adding another category for rating miniature figures; relate-ability. If I have to guess at what the sculptor was intending, the relate-ability rating goes down.

Animation: 4.5
Detail: 5
Proportions: 5
Relate-ability: 4

Overall: 4.75 out of 5

Also included in the set are several werewolves, which I set aside, lost and found again. I plan on painting these up in the near future, as part of an IHMN/1889 Gothic game.

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*Point of clarification: I started painting these several years ago, at least as far back as 2016. As I mentioned, the male figures were a chore.

Monday, December 30, 2019

"Geste et Geste. Nil Separatum Est"

Starting off, I'd like to apologise for the lengthy gap is posts.  Sorry about that.  I've been very busy working on a 7TV game set in 1970 Philadelphia, and have been conducting research and making visits into the same. I should be able to work up a crossover scenario or two for the Victorian (or at least Edwardian) era as a result.

In fact, it was due to the dearth of posts that I decided to pick up some of Askari Miniatures "Beau Geste" personality miniatures.  At least give'em a review. I'm also working on finishing some of the Martian Trieste Company miniatures for IHMN/S:1889. Now on to Fort Zinderneuf:

Ali Ibn Maurer and Askari miniatures have done an excellent job in capturing the personalities of the protagonists of "The Last Remake of Beau Geste", which is, of itself, a film that is perhaps, more funny than not. Rumour has it that constant studio interference dulled the humour, and having seen the film years ago, I'm inclined to agree.  That said, the figures are excellent.

Figures by Askari Miniatures

Animation: 4.5
Detail: 5
Proportions: 5
Overall: 4.75 out of 5

The only missing item is the Ann-Margaret miniature.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas from Mars

Cover of Look and Learn Magazine, Dec., 1976

Well, it looks kinda Victorian, anyway.  Sorry for the lack of posts, I've been caught up in my 1970s Cthulhu miniatures project. Some painted Victorian minis coming soon. - finis -

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Joyeux Noël du front.

Nos braves garçons s'arrêtent de défendre nos intérêts sur mars-pour un dîner de Noël bien mérité. Toute la France vous salue, braves soldats poilus. 

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Preparing for Market Day

Supplies are arriving for my "Sédition dans le Souk!" IHMN game, scheduled for the Christmas break.  Today, I received the 28mm Town Square Fountain from Rob Rumfelt at Novus Design Studio.

Fountain by Novus Design, 25mm Bobby by Grenadier

This is my second fountain from Novus Design - I like that they arrive finished (just need a shot of dull-cote - make sure you cover and protect the "water") and ready for play. Looks like they're darkening the plastic/resin for the stonework, which suits me. The good folks at Novus might consider in future of offering their product in two or three shades of stone. This would reduce potential need for painting the stone.

Also received today is the "Sandy Cobblestones" mat from Mats By Mars.  This was a lucky break, as I wanted something to represent the cobbling of a Martian city (or Egyptian), and for less than $20 for a 2' x 2' square, the price was right. This is my second mat from Mats by Mars, and I'll certainly be buying again in the near future.

Market Square with "Sandy Cobblestone" Mat by Mars

In the case of both these products, the item went from ordered to my doorstep in under a week. That's gold-star service. Well done, Novus Design Studio and Mats by Mars.


Thursday, November 29, 2018

"Sédition dans le Souk!" IHMN:1889 for the French on Mars

Sédition dans le Souk (WIP)

The noted French anarchist, Julius Sébastien Lazare, is rumoured to be on Mars. French Constabulary, acting on information from the Martian Office of the Súreté, are searching a native Martian market square in Idæus Fons for clues to the rapscallion's whereabouts. The inspectors are backed up with some muscle from the native Gendarmes.

The Native Market at Idæus Fons

This will be a clues/information gathering game with occasional outbursts of native resistance. The closer the player-inspecteurs get to collaring Lazare, the greater the likelyhood of a violent confrontation.

Updates soon.

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. : )