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Offline VonAkers

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SPACE 1889
« on: July 09, 2020, 01:05:24 PM »
Hi Guys
Been working on a Project for a while now..
Not doing the Space 1889 thing , rather Space 1881 ...let me explain.
For those of you that dont know Space 1889 follows  a Fantasy Sci Fi Steam Punk scenario where Humans ( British First ) start to Colonise Mars , and they start to set up a Colony set up  that looks very similar to India .

I dont mind the old "India on Mars theme" , I just think perhaps a bit earlier holds a bit more interest .
More a  European Scramble for Mars , rather than"oh the Brits Colonised over there already as well have they ? bad luck for us .

Figures to use .

The British and Colonial European Troops are very easy , any Victorian types/ Late 19th c troops will fit in sorted ..

The Martians .., well the Martians were a bit of an issue.
There is an "Official" Range from RAFM , however they are a much older range ,there are some gems in there , and some very poor figures as well , ( there must of been several sculpters at work ) I deceided  to usea few of those , but not many .
However the Gashants ( Martain Cavalry Mounts ) are quite ok , and no one else does those , so will use them .
Now i have seen people convert figures ( using Grenadier Elves ) , and even use GW kroot for High Martians  ( as they are a bit different and barbaric )

However I ended up going for The Superb  Bronze Age Miniatures range .
Now these were more HG Wells "Barsoom Martians ", but the figures are all superb Perry Esk sculpts and so  they were the only Real way to go
Also David from  Bronze Age was very kind and help full  and great  to deal with , and even sourced some OOP earlier models for me ..Thanks Guys !!
So a large order was placed ( after  Refinancing the house ) lol

I picked up specific guns all from Patrick at TVAG , and his help and service was First Rate , I highly recommend him and TVAG ( a veritable treasure trove of goodies over there )
Gunners are converted Bronze Age Miniatures .

As discussed I shall be using the RAFM Gashants , with some Martian riders and dropping various Eurpean riders on to some spare mounts .

That is it for now some pics to follow,I shall have them back from Macs Painting Service shortly , and shall post pics , if I can figure out How.


Offline Easy E

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Re: SPACE 1889
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2020, 06:52:04 PM »
This thread demands Pics! 

I agree that a "scramble for Mars" would be a much more fun background than the Mars has all ready been colonized trope.
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Offline fastolfrus

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Re: SPACE 1889
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2020, 07:38:34 PM »
there are a few other Martian types around.

Oshiro have Japanese on Mars to fit in with the Martians from Red Planet:

or Northstar have some Martians, but currently not on their website (running at limited capacity whilst short-staffed during Covid)

Ironclad have cephalopods and Sanwar, also Selenites and Martians (including mounted):
Gary, Glynis, and Alasdair (there are three of us, but we are too mean to have more than one login)

Offline Cat

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Re: SPACE 1889
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2020, 12:22:04 AM »
Sounds like a great setting, looking forward to more reports!

Offline Will Bailie

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Re: SPACE 1889
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2020, 02:53:28 AM »
Also looking forward to seeing the photos!  I've been a fan of the setting ever since GDW published it back in the '80s.

One quibble, Barsoom is the creation of Edgar Rice Burroughs, not HG Wells  :D

For Wells' Martians, you'd need tripods ;)  (and if you are looking for a tripod model, Peter Dennis' Little Wars has a paper one you can build...)

Best wishes, and I'll be looking for the photos as they come! 

Offline VonAkers

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Re: SPACE 1889
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2020, 11:22:20 PM »
Hi Guys
Yeah my mistake .. Edgar  Rice Burroughs , sorry typing late at nite .
Thanks for the feed back guys pics on the way shortly

Offline LCpl McDoom

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Re: SPACE 1889
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2020, 11:35:06 AM »
Also interested to see what you come up with.  :)

My own Space 1889 planning remains mainly rooted in the original setting, and cherry-picking some of the new aspects from the recent re-printing of Space 1889 by Clockwork Publishing. It's mainly to use 'The Men Who Would Be Kings' rules from Osprey too.

Keen to see how you progress with this.


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