Armoured Car: Ironclad Miniatures

| Monday, 20 October 2014 | 1 comments |
If you haven't seen them before, you'll enjoy Ironclad Miniatures's great range of VSF vehicles.  I tossed and turned for ages before settling on my initial (and I stress initial) purchase- the 3 wheeled Armoured Car to support my Royal Navy landing force.

 The vehicle comes in 5 parts - resin hull, turret and stack, and metal wheels x3 and the gun barrel.
All parts were cleanly cast and there was not pitting on the resin  A few small bubbles were quickly cleaned up with no damage to detail.

The model itself was very easy to assemble and paint, though I decided I wanted a more experimental look so replaced the stack with a taller one like an early coal fired warship, with a few supports welded on to help keep it place.

I high recommend this mode and the service I received from Ironclad Miniatures was outstanding.  I am ow umming and ahhing over what to get next...

Osprey's New Book - Steampunk Soldiers

| Friday, 17 October 2014 | 4 comments |
Osprey Publishing is releasing a new book in their Dark Osprey series in November. Steampunk Soldiers: Uniforms and Weapons From The Age of Steam.

I received a review copy a couple of weeks back and have just finished reading it. I must admit, when I first picked the book up I wasn't quite sure how much I would get out of it. At a quick flick through there's no denying that it is an attractive book. However, what use would it be to a wargamer, or roleplayer? Clearly, looking at the quality of the illustrations, as with the traditional historical Osprey range, there is plenty of inspiration for a figure sculptor but I am not planning to sculpt any more steampunk figures.

Still I dove into the book and found that it is well written and offers some fascinating ideas for new armies/companies, as well as giving some interesting scenario ideas. The book is written as a guide to the worlds military forces, with the fictional "author/artist" having toured the world and recorded his impressions of the various troops he has seen, both in paint and text.

The illustrations are beautiful and full of flavour. I would have liked to see some more strange and exotic steampunk outfits and equipment, several of the illustrations could easily be confused with historical pictures, however, the aim of the book has clearly been for a subtle deviation from history, at least in most instances.

The real joy of this book though is the text, it offers valuable ideas for new steampunk gaming scenarios, and for anyone who doesn't like the existing fluff from their own steampunk rules systems this will give you a great alternative, at least supplying plenty of alternative ideas to work with.

After finishing the book I have been left with an abiding desire to explore the world some more. I hope the book is successful enough for Osprey to commission a sequel that could possibly explore larger scale military equipment, vehicles, ships, space vessels and possibly even fortifications...

In Her Majesty's Name Gas Grenade Templates

| Thursday, 16 October 2014 | 3 comments |
I played my first game using my new Totenkopf Battalion company last week. It was the first time that any of us had used grenades, and as they use gas grenades a lot I didn't know what to expect. As it turns out they proved extremely effective and laid waste to Jeff's Scotland Yard company.

As I tossed the grenades around I placed a D10 at the impact point with the number of turns it would stay in effect on to. At the beginning of each turn I went around and reduced the turns left by one. It worked out fine, but it didn't really capture the feel of a field covered with swirling clouds of toxic gas. Also rolling D10s on the table while all the gas making D10s were lying around became a little confusing.

So over the last couple of days I have devised a template for use with the gas grenades.

I laser cut the basic disc to the size of the gas cloud and  engraved 1 to 10 on it. I also cut a 10 toothed gear in the middle. Then I added a second disc with a loop to show how many turns the gas has left.

I decided to use yellow and green light gathering acrylic as it  represented the sickly glow of the poison gas rather well. Also, at Del's suggestion I made a couple of the templates with three legs so that they could be placed over other terrain items.

Each turn it is just a case of lifting out the top disc and rotating it to show how many turns the gas has left.
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