I play "Victorian Science Fiction" or VSF wargames these are an alternative history in a fantastic setting parallel to our late 19th century. My models are in 15mm scale or approximately 1/107th scale ratio. This scale has both advantages and disadvantages.
On the negative side, very few companies make 15mm VSF figures in this scale, and it is, as a result, less popular among VSF players. The figures are quite small, and it is not easy to impart a lot of character on such small castings.
On the positive side, there are lots of other 15mm 19th century figures and a few fantasy figures to use as well. The small scale allows for very easy conversions, often just by a change in painting scheme. Best of all, in 15mm you can afford to buy, store and field a much bigger variety of forces. Despite being only a bit smaller (say about half the size) or 25-28-30mm figures, the price of 15mm figures is often as low as $0.18 USD each. You can have an entire unit in 15mm for the price of a single 25-28-30mm figure.
Here we see a fantastic battle set on Mars. You can see some of the troop types in this photo. Closest are some Algerian Tirailleurs (a light infantry unit). Behind them you can see a line of French Foreign Legion. Milling about behind them are some cavalry of the Spahis D'Afrique. Also seen are some fantastic "Landships" and a column of mounted FFL in the rear.
To see many more images go to my VSF Battles page
The color and flair of the uniforms of the period is one of the attractions to VSF gaming to me. Researching the historic uniforms can become a hobby of its own. You can check up some typical uniforms at the Red Shadow's page.
Royal Marines make their way down a country road and support the advance of a steam tractor.
To see how I make other Victorian Science Fiction items, go to my VSF How To Page.
I hope to add painting guides and tips on historical figures in the near future.
go to the painting of Martian Bow troops.
You can go to Model Battle Gallery Page. to see other projects I am working on.
Or if you would like to see figures grouped and mounted on bases. You can go to my VSF Battles page
It has been pointed out to me that the name "Magic Dip" is a trade mark for a product used to create a marbleizing effect on craft items. If you are interested in this product go to Magic Dip page to check it out.
For a more detailed and complete sources of "how to"s it is hard to beat The Painting Clinic
Perhaps better suited to larger scale figures Spencer Keen offer some great incites into how to paint more dramatic figures.
A useful trick to give vehicles a more weathered look is salting . This little trick can be used to make a chipped paint effect on aircraft models and such. No really reason a robot might not suffer the same kind of paint damage.
I hope to be able to add more latter.
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