Saturday, 18 November 2017

MARS 1/800th AIRIALS & Other Considerations.

Hi. This evening I wrote a one page set of Rules for my Scratch Built 1/800th MARS Airials. Tonight I set up a little confrontation between one Martian vessel against one British on my work bench. I wasn't trying too hard and the British Airial won two consecutive 'Games' outright.

From my little experimental Games with the Airials it would seem that the Martian Squadron will have a devil of a time defeating the British....the Martains are at some disadvantage due to the Design of their vessels. The Martian vessel has only one heavy cannon which is mounted in the Stem and can only fire forward and swivel on an arc of 45 degrees each side of the Bow....whereas the British vessels have Heavy Cannons mounted in Turrets forward and aft which can cover all aspects.

It does get worse for the Martains in a Broadside positional situation where their vessels only have the use of three Light Cannons against the British Broadside of two Heavy cannons plus two Light cannons....clearly the Martians are out-gunned in Broadside by the British.

Possibly the worst feature of the Martain vessels is that there is no protection of the Aft part of their gunnery covering the Stern....certainly this is a major disadvantage should the British cross the 'T' with a British broadside unopposed by the Martains....shock - horror!

Well- I did design these vessels and I might say that I do favor the British and did take some short cuts with the Martain vessel design and now I'm completely surprised by the British vessels being so superior....anyway, after I write up my Rules properly I will stage a larger game and we shall see if the Martains can in some ways out-smart the British.

OTHER Considerations.

As you know I've Designed my Martain and British Airials to a scale of 1/800th....which is roughly suited to 2mm Figures....I have ordered some 2mm Armies with the view to somehow use them jointly with the Airial vessels. All this is somewhat of a more on the curiosity scale for me - I just want to see if it will all work out.

Anyway, for Figure 'Battles' I am currently in the process of making a set of figures which will be larger than 25mm - mainly I see these figures being useful for 'Skirmish' games....or small Company sized engaugements. Also, what I have arrived at to-day in my thinking and planning is a certain desire to make a series of figures that will be around the 15 to 18mm size which can be used for Regimental type Battles....nothing cast in concrete yet - though I am definitely interested in doing this aspect of my MARS Project.....for now more anon.

Well that is about it for this evening.
Until next time.
Cheers. KEV.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017


Hi. I have designed a batch of British and Martian Airials to suit 2mm Scale (1/800th). I had a good assortment of raw materials at hand and only needed to buy some Screw Caps to be used as turrets for an outlay of $4.50 from our Local Hardware Shop.

The Martian and British Airials in a raw state.
I made use of Poker Chips and coat hanger wire for the stands.

A British Steam Airial - Starboard Side.
Have made use of Pinewood, Plastic Screw Caps, steel pins, Styrene sheet, rod and tube.

Martian Electric Airial.
I have made use of MDF wood, Pinewood, Plastic Screw caps, Pins, Map Pins and styrene sheet.

Three Martian Electric Airials in 1/800th -painted with Gold by 'White Knight'.

Three British Steam Airials in 1/800th - painted with 'Tamiya' Grey.
I made up the paper British Flags to 4mm tall and printed them using my Cannon Printer.

The finished Airial Fleets in 1/800th approaching each other at medium range.
Had decided very early with this Project to only make three Airials for each side- later I may decide to add some larger British and Martian versions as required.

Close up of the three British Steam Airials.

The Airial Fleets or Squadrons close in on each other at very short range.


I had a lot of fun making these miniature ships- it took roughly an hour to make each vessel.
Very pleased with the look of the models and well pleased that I managed to create designs and finished models that are well within the scope of the materials and tools that I had available for the Project.

Well- that is it for now.
Until next time.
Cheers. KEV.

Monday, 13 November 2017

My MARS Project - two fold.

Hi. At present a set of my miniature Sculptured figures for MARS are at the molding and casting stage - after which there is more to be done to produce the final masters for production.

A 'Green' and watery MARS.

At this stage my MARS Project is two fold- there will be a set of figures for gaming on the table with figures larger than 25mm- this will be for Skirmish type addition to these figures there will be a 2mm (1/800th) set of Armies for slightly larger games which will also feature Air Vessel in combat.

That is about it for this Update.
Until next time.
Cheers. KEV.

Friday, 3 November 2017

My MARS Colonial Fiction Project.

Hi. As it would happen I have lured myself into another Project- involving Figure Sculpting, Casting and Painting of Miniatures...
....since 1984 I have had a very enjoyable interest in
Frank Chadwick's 'SPACE 1889'. 

I had previously completed my 'MARS' Project in 40mm several year ago - dissatisfied with the amount of room required by 40mm Armies- I sold the entire collection. Now, I am interested in re-vamping this Project- though to a smaller scale.

As background reading to inspire my own Rules Writing for 'MARS' I chose to read through Frank Chadwick's excellent book -'SOLDIERS COMPANION'.

 I found the Miniatures Rules for SPACE 1889 to be rather lengthy at thirty pages covering the base rules - before moving onto other times heavy reading with some difficult rules mechanisms to get my head around. However a good amount of the Base Rules  are most appealing and do somewhat influence my thinking to-wards developing my own simpler set of rules....I am the sort of enthusiast who likes 'One-Page Rules' and certainly balk at referring to reams of Rules - and I certainly do not like any Rules where you are obliged constantly to refer to indexed volumes of text and tables to work out relatively minor points of conjecture. For now more anon.

Above: Shown is my Collection of SPACE 1889 Books.


I would certainly be interested in hearing from any of my Readers who may have played 
SPACE 1889 as a Wargame - with the Frank Chadwick miniatures rules.

To-morrow ( Saturday) I will commence some Miniatures Sculpting.
It is the sort of activity where you have to be in the right mood.

Until next time.
Cheers. KEV.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

My NEW Fictional COLONIAL Project.

Hi. I have decided to re-visit an old favorite fictional Project of mine:
 'The Invasion of the Colony of New South Wales by Russia in the 1880s'.

 Back in 1984 I devised a Campaign featuring the fictional Russian invasion of NSW - all done in 1/72nd with ESCI Zulu War British (and Conversions) along with Crimea Russians also by ESCI.
My friends and I held one demonstration game at the Spartan Association in Sydney where I employed my models and figures to fight the 'Battle of  Warrilla - Windang' ( on the South Coast of New South Wales). The game was most enjoyable involving the two towns, bridges, troops and a gunboat - however I was rather inexperienced at taking the concept further to evolve a full blown Campaign.
The NEW October 2017 Project:
I have decided to re-build my New South Wales forces and Russian invaders using the excellent Minifigs 15mm from the Zulu War and Crimea ranges. I placed an order for the Minifigs with the UK yesterday and the figures should arrive by Airmail in another three weeks.

I intend to devise a series of fictional Battles- possibly 'Linked'- involving Infantry, Cavalry and Artillery of the Colony of New South Wales against the Russians. I have shrunk my Games Table to be now 4ft x 11ft which will allow ample room to deploy the 15mm Armies. At this stage the Fictional Campaign Games will be fought out between my friend -Greg Mc - and myself.

Well- that is about it for to-night.
Until next time.
Cheers. KEV.

Friday, 20 October 2017

GREG's SUDAN Introductory Game.

Hi. Have shared a pleasing morning with my friend Greg in his Games Room - playing out an Introductory Sudan Scenario with Greg's PERRY 28mm Armies.

The Sudan Scenario was used to Introduce 'Black Powder' rules to me and involved a British Infantry Square supported by British Cavalry trying to reach a small Oasis Town ( held by the Naval Brigade).
A great Game - Thanks Greg....the whole took around two hours with a short break for lunch.

 Above: The Naval Brigade behind light cover and palms near the Oasis Town - beautifully painted Sailors and Officers by Greg.

 I took command of the Mahadists - and managed to 'Win' the battle by preventing the British Column reaching the small town- losses to the British were such that the remnants were compelled to withdraw from whence they came having lost their Cavalry and Artillery to the frenzied natives.

Above: Greg - in Command of the British.
The terrain, buildings and troops presented by Greg is just superbly done- absolutely perfect!

KEV (me)- with the Dervish command.

Early photo showing the British Infantry and Cavalry advancing.


Thoroughly enjoyed Greg's game - the Scenario went along well and the Black Powder rules were easily followed and did give decisive outcomes.

Full marks to Greg for his reaching this culmination of his Sudan Project - simply splendid. 
Well done Mate!

                                                      Note:   IN The NEXT INSTALLMENT.

My next Posting should deal with my NEW Colonial Project in 15mm ...please stay tuned.
Until then-
Cheers. KEV.

Thursday, 14 September 2017


Hi. I thought to show you my favorite Playmates Figure - a 'Conversion' of SCOTTY the Chief Engineers for STAR TREK-The Motion Picture. (TMP).

I really am fond of the Montgomery Scott figure - as Chief Engineer of the ENTERPRISE he is the one in charge of keeping the engines and power mechanics of the star ship in peek operational performance.

 I do like my 'Conversion' figure of Scotty - certainly admire this Playmates character.

Well- that is about it for the moment.
Until next time.