Posts Tagged ‘soldier’s companion’

Der Wind und der Löwe – Rules?

Posted on January 6th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

I pulled out my copies of Rampant Colonialism (RC) and Soldier’s Companion (SC) a couple of nights ago (and found out that somehow I have two copies of the latter), just to get a feel of what type of rules I want to use for the new project.  Befor…

Foot notes and a brief hiatus….

Posted on August 30th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Despite the horrific dice rolling in the last game, I was very happy with the results. As a way to explore the rules, it was a success and I thought that the gatling did exactly what it was supposed to do. However, I now have to pack everything away fo…

Kas’trum Campaign Pre-Season Game Two – Into the Valley of Death?

Posted on August 9th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

The Hereford’s adjutant was back at his desk. This time it was the reconciliation of the Mess accounts. No matter how he worked the figures he always came up two bottles of claret short – and then there was that troublesome rumour that porter had been …

Kas’trum Campaign Pre-season Game one – One of our Ruperts is missing.

Posted on June 4th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

The early morning Sun licked steaming humidity up from the marsh surrounding the canal hamlet of Roogie’s Landing. The adjutant of the Earl of Hereford’s Regiment of Foot (The Hedgehogs) was doing his best to shuffle papers in the marsh reed shack that…

Kas’trum Campaign details, details, details.

Posted on May 27th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

So having a broad goal in mind, let’s put some structure around it. Drawing inspiration from the Too Fat Lardies At the Sharp End campaign supplement for Chain of Command, as well as earlier ideas of how Kas’trum fits in to the broader fluff of Sp…

Kas’trum Campaign

Posted on May 25th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Kas’trumOne aspect of history and war gaming that has always interested me has been the underdogs, the ordinary, the forgettable and the forgotten. It’s easy to get excited about the heroic, the dashing, the elite troops with all the kit as well as the…

WIP – French Cloudship on Mars

Posted on March 30th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

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 ab…

Unexpected Reinforcements

Posted on March 20th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

In late October of 2016, a package arrived on my doorstep. It was a cookie tin, the classical war gamer storage container of choice. In that cookie tin was “some colonials you might be able to use with your VSF” an unexpected and very generous gift fro…

Steppe Martians

Posted on December 13th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

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 wi…

More Boat Stuff

Posted on November 6th, 2016 under , , , , , , . Posted by

I recently read somewhere about making a type of decal using clear packing tape. The process is to laser print your image, apply a piece of clear packing tape over it then soak the whole lot in water. When you rub away the wet paper, the ink remains on…

Mechanical Men Revisited

Posted on October 16th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Last weekend I ran a couple of test games using the rules from my last post. The basic scenario used a company in line against a single medium mechanical man – mech from here on in. The mech was armed with a gatling ranged 24″/48″ and the riflemen were…

Mechanical Men for Space 1889 Soldier’s Companion

Posted on October 1st, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

A friend recently gave me a number of spare Heroscape miniatures, most of which will get re-purposed in one way or another.  The RPG side of Space 1889 features mechanical men as an item of technology that can be developed using the science rules….

I built a boat.

Posted on September 18th, 2016 under , , , , , , . Posted by

It was a rough start to the month, but one of the ways to keep the black dog at bay, is to keep doing things that make you happy. Gaming does that for me.   I determined that, apart from snuggling up with my wonderful wife this weekend, …

Test Game – Martian Messiah

Posted on May 17th, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

After getting all my toys out I decided to run a test game of Soldier’s Companion. I chose scenario 1 from the book: Martian Messiah. This is a fairly classic search and destroy mission with a platoon of British sweeping the area of a Martian village l…

Martian Muster

Posted on May 16th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

This past weekend, I set up my games table in the garage and got all my Space 1889 bits out to photograph and inventory. A fair bit of this has appeared before in different configurations but everything is now mustered into more or less fixed units, an…

Analogue Painting Challenge – the final tally

Posted on March 27th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

As I mentioned a long while back, I decided to participate in the Analogue Painting Challenge for 2015-16.  I set myself a goal of 500 points and wound up producing 675. I am quite proud of this and very much appreciate the kick in the pants it ga…

Société Impériale Martien de Trieste

Posted on December 31st, 2015 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

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.  Th…

Up the Chari Creek

Posted on December 31st, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Had another opportunity to play the French Conquest of Chad .Went to Ellicott City to play an evening game with Bob Giglio’s crew, using Soldier’s Companion (Mk. II).The scenario was based on the Battle of Kouno, 28 October, 1899, on the Char…

Adventures in (table) Space – Developing the Space 1889 solo campaign

Posted on November 25th, 2015 under , , , , , , . Posted by

So a while back, I posted how I was going to wedge Kas’trum into the existing Space 1889 map of Mars. With work quieting down, I have had some more time to develop my thoughts. Now according to the Soldier’s Companion, a unit on foot in good terrain ca…

"With Fury Unabated…"

Posted on July 31st, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

It’s been some while between posts – unfortunately, there hasn’t been much opportunity for VSF gaming this year. (Hat tip to Alpini Jeff for the nice piccies.)Downtown AlexandriaSo it was fortuitous to be invited to a playtest of Bob Giglio’s most rece…

Elves as Steppe Martians

Posted on September 21st, 2014 under , , , , . Posted by

Hat-tip: The Miniatures Page Picture from Combat Zone Chronicles:  Here’s a link to a nice article by Canadian wargame enthusiast Gisby, proving that when the main miniature manufacturer let’s them down, the Fans Will Find a Way: http://combatzone…

Legio Skorosiam

Posted on June 23rd, 2014 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Just finished to 95% (once again, I still need to put it the eyes) but well pleased with the colour scheme of this Skorosian company of the XXth “Dauntless” Legion, miniatures by RAFM.The original GDW text called for russet as their distinctive colour …

Æronef vs. Ærial Gunboat

Posted on May 12th, 2014 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Discussion on The Miniatures Page encouraged me to descend into the crypt and dig out my old 25mm aerial gunboats.  These had been used for a single game of Sky Galleons of Mars back in the mid-to-late 90s.Above is a comparison of the Ironclad Aer…

28mm Aerial Steam Launch from Ironclad Miniatures

Posted on April 25th, 2014 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Pictured is a 28mm aerial steam launch from Ironclad Miniatures – picked up by yr humble correspondent back in 2008 (have I mentioned lately that I work slowly?). This model holds a special nostalgia for me, as back when we played the Space:1889 RPG, o…

Painted: French Marine Artillerists from Askari Miniatures

Posted on April 22nd, 2014 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

My 28mm French Marine Artillerists (aka les Bigors) from Askari Miniatures have been waiting patiently for several weeks, as they were finished earlier this month – it’s just taken me some time to take the photies.Askari miniatures do paint up nicely.&…