Friday, 24 February 2017

SPACE 1889 - First Unit of MARTIANS.

Hi. Had an evening of painting up a Unit of 'Martians'- converted from High Elves.

'Martian' Spear armed Unit.

'Martian' Unit.

Above: On the Left is the original High Elf which Greg had painted- on the Right is my 'Martian' conversion.
I struck upon a few problems with what I wanted to do with the figures....firstly I wanted to get rid of the Games Workshop square bases....try as I might the figures are very well glued down to the square bases - so I am stuck with them. Secondly, whatever the figures have been lacquered with tends to repel additional painting. I have seemed to get by with Tamiya Paints for the Black and Purple...the Humbrol Gold does not seem to work to good in coverage though is passable. I have painted the bases with my usual Matise Acrylic 'Green Grey' / 'Antique Green'...I repainted the bases this color because it is the same color I will paint the Old Glory ITALIAN troop bases when I do them later.

Pleased at this stage - there is a good week ahead of me repainting the High Elves to sort of look like Martians.

Cheers. KEV.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

SPACE 1889 - What is IN the BOX?

Hi. This morning my friend Greg phoned me for a chat and update and we chatted about my 25mm SPACE 1889 Project and I outlined that I intended to use Games Workshop HIGH ELVES as my MARTAINS. As fortune would have it Greg mentioned he had a HIGH ELF Army for sale. I visited Greg this afternoon to look at the High Elf army - and being as poor as I am at the moment we patched up a most amicable swap....the box of Greg's High Elves being exchanged for my Scalextric 24hr Le Mans Set plus extra track. The Scalextric Set will ultimately go to Greg's Son and Grandson. We are both pleased with the exchange.

Above: Greg's box of  Games Workshop 25mm High Elves.

Above: High Elf mounted Leaders and Cavalry.

Above: High Elf Champion on a Winged Pegasus.

Two Units of High Elf Bows.

A Unit of High Elf Spears.

A second unit of High Elf Spears.

Foot High Elf Command figures and Standards.

Close up of High Elf Command Champions.

High Elf - two Horse Chariot.

A High Elf Ballista.

Full array of the High Elf Army.

Picture of Bow Units and Cavalry.

Foot High Elf Command Figures in front of Spear armed High Elves.

The High Elf  Pegasis mounted Commander.

Array of the High Elf Army from the left flank.

Samples of Greg's superb painting of High Elves.


I am very pleased with Greg's High Elves. Thankyou Greg!
At this stage I may never need to purchase further High Elves for my Martian Force.

Initially I only intended to have forces of about 30 figures on each side - obtaining Greg's High Elf Army today has certainly changed those plans.

Apart from Greg's High Elves I do have another 30 High Elves yet to be received from e-Bay ....these being basically unpainted and in need of repair- these will be the figures that I will work on first in order to convert them into MARTIANS.

With the e-Bay High Elves I can experiment with uniform colors before I attempt to change Greg's figures in any way. I am looking forward to it all - and certainly feel happy after today's swap.


Wednesday, 22 February 2017

SPACE 1889- going to a 25mm SKIRMISH Game.

Hi. Well I have decided to go to 25mm scale - thinking about Skirmish Games for my SPACE 1889 Project. To be precise it will be all about The ITALIANS on MARS....not sure how this fits in with Frank Chadwick's overall scenario for SPACE 1889.  I certainly have a liking for the Italians.
I've placed several orders tonight for figures as shown below.
I've chosen to go with 25mm OLD GLORY (US) figures for the ITALIANS and also- ( and here is the quirky bit.....) for figures to serve as my MARTIANS - I will be employing the rather suitable 25/28mm Games Workshop HIGH ELVES from WARHAMMER.

Above: 25mm OLD GLORY - 'Italian Sailors'.
I really like these castings from Old Glory (US) Boxer Rebellion sets - as there are 30 figures in each packet I can afford to convert at least one of the figures into an Italian Flag Bearer using Piano Wire and printed paper. I have not a lot in the way of information about Italian Sailor Uniforms - though, seeing that SPACE 1889 is indeed fictional - I can please myself about what constitutes a typical uniform of the period for the Italians.

Above: 25mm Old Glory - 'British Zulu War' Command figures.
No- I will not be painting these up as being British. Rather I will convert some Officers to serve as ITALIAN Naval Officers and the remaining figures will be painted up as ITALIAN Infantry Command.
I particularly like the fact that with this Old Glory set- there are a good many variations of pose.

Above: 25mm Old Glory - 'British Infantry Zulu War- without kit'.
As with some of the British Command figures I will paint up these British Infantry to look ITALIAN.
I have no bones about doing this sort of paint conversion to produce the Italians - last year I did a similar conversion with my 1/72nd Esci Zulu War British - to produce Italians for the Abyssinian Campaign. Believe me- it does work!

Above: Now for the quirky bit~!

Shown above is an assortment of Games Workshop 'High Elves' in a pretty awful state of disrepair with missing parts and broken pieces etc....I've bought these from e-Bay for a reasonable price thinking that I can restore the figures. 

I figure that I will only need about thirty odd figures per side for a basic Skirmish Game....later I may add more HIGH ELVES to bolster my stock of  MARTIANS.

In using 'High Elves' as MARTIANS - I do not think that it is too absurd or far fetched. If anything I do think they look the part....being in armor - I'm already thinking about 'Armor Saves' against the Italian's rifle fire at longer ranges....also, having Bow armed Martians will give the MARTIANS some hitting capacity against the humans at a good range.

Also - through the last week I ordered a 2mm Army by IRREGULAR - I've got it in the back of my mind to  do something along the lines of 1/900th Aeronef / SPACE 1889 ...with scratch built flying ships. This will all be an entirely separate Project ...something I've been thinking about for years- I've now the time to do these things and most importantly - the motivation and concentration to try and get things done in a reasonable time.

Well- I am looking forward to the arrival of the 25/28mm Old Glory and Games Workshop will be great to get underway soon.

Cheers. KEV.

Monday, 6 February 2017

SPACE 1889 My Resources.

Hi. Thought to show you my collection of publications for SPACE 1889.

 I have owned the 'Cloudships & Gunboats' boxed edition probably since 1984...however, it does compliment the Boardgame - 'Sky Galleons of Mars'...which I do not have yet- unfortunatly.
I especially like the box cover artwork for 'Cloudships & Gunboats' - a very good idea is gained of the actual appearance of the Frank Chadwick's style of Martians.

                                   UPDATE Note: Have just ordered a copy of  'Sky Galleons of Mars'.

 The 'SOLDIERS COMPANION' by Frank Chadwick. This is a very interesting book which contains the Miniatures Rules and Army Lists. I've had this book since covers all the protagonist Nations and Races encountered in the SPACE 1889 worlds.

 'CONKLIN's ATLAS of the WORLDS' by Frank Chadwick. This Conklins is a must read and ready reference to a plathora of background information regarding the worlds of SPACE 1889.

 'IRONCLADS and ETHER FLYERS' by Frank Chadwick. I've ordered this book - I have big hopes for this publication - thinking that I can adapt some of the rules for gaming of SPACE 1889.


At this stage I await a figures ordered from the US and also the delivery of the books 'IRONCLADS and ETHER FLYERS' and 'SKY GALLEONS of MARS'.

Really looking forward to this project and intend to get a PROJECT Folder underway - tomorrow.


Saturday, 4 February 2017

Choosing SPACE 1889.

Hi. I have spent the last few days mulling over what to do regarding gaming and miniatures- trying to define exactly what I want to do into the future - Today I settled on choosing to go with SPACE 1889.

Long ago in the early 1980s when Frank Chadwick's concept of SPACE 1889 emerged- I was indeed most taken by it and have always had an admiring and fascinating interest in his VSF work. Alas, playing at SPACE 1889 in any form never really evolved for me- I did have a sort of VSF going in 28mm , though it wasn't SPACE 1889.

 Tonight I placed an order for Frank Chadwick's book 'Ironclads and Ether Flyers'. I just enjoy the concept of flying vessels in the Victorian era - I look forward to reading this book and tend to hope that perhaps the rules can be adaptable to a larger scale for the Airials so that I can use actual figures with the vessels - something which cannot be done in small ship scales of 1/1200th and such.

 I've had a copy of Frank Chadwick's 'Soldiers Companion' ever since it was published back in 1984- the text and illustrations have always fascinated me- and I ponder why I've never done anything really in terms of games using the book. I also have a copy of Frank Chadwick's 'Conklins Atlas' - this too has proven to be a most interesting read and visually stimulating work.

As to the Games in mind for SPACE 1889.

I tend to think that I'd like to play a sort of semi-skirmish / largish battle with some form of Airials being present in this scale.

Time  and progress will tell how successful the idea of mixing Foot Units with what could be quite dominating small Airial vessels in the field of battle turns is all pretty interesting.

Thanks for reading.
Having fun!