I've placed several orders tonight for figures as shown below.
I've chosen to go with 25mm OLD GLORY (US) figures for the ITALIANS and also- ( and here is the quirky bit.....) for figures to serve as my MARTIANS - I will be employing the rather suitable 25/28mm Games Workshop HIGH ELVES from WARHAMMER.
Above: 25mm OLD GLORY - 'Italian Sailors'.
I really like these castings from Old Glory (US) Boxer Rebellion sets - as there are 30 figures in each packet I can afford to convert at least one of the figures into an Italian Flag Bearer using Piano Wire and printed paper. I have not a lot in the way of information about Italian Sailor Uniforms - though, seeing that SPACE 1889 is indeed fictional - I can please myself about what constitutes a typical uniform of the period for the Italians.
Above: 25mm Old Glory - 'British Zulu War' Command figures.
No- I will not be painting these up as being British. Rather I will convert some Officers to serve as ITALIAN Naval Officers and the remaining figures will be painted up as ITALIAN Infantry Command.
I particularly like the fact that with this Old Glory set- there are a good many variations of pose.
Above: 25mm Old Glory - 'British Infantry Zulu War- without kit'.
As with some of the British Command figures I will paint up these British Infantry to look ITALIAN.
I have no bones about doing this sort of paint conversion to produce the Italians - last year I did a similar conversion with my 1/72nd Esci Zulu War British - to produce Italians for the Abyssinian Campaign. Believe me- it does work!
Above: Now for the quirky bit~!
Shown above is an assortment of Games Workshop 'High Elves' in a pretty awful state of disrepair with missing parts and broken pieces etc....I've bought these from e-Bay for a reasonable price thinking that I can restore the figures. I have estimated that the purchase has saved me at least $100 decidedly so, if not more- after looking at current GW prices here in Sydney.
I figure that I will only need about thirty odd figures per side for a basic Skirmish Game....later I may add more HIGH ELVES to bolster my stock of MARTIANS.
In using 'High Elves' as MARTIANS - I do not think that it is too absurd or far fetched. If anything I do think they look the part....being in armor - I'm already thinking about 'Armor Saves' against the Italian's rifle fire at longer ranges....also, having Bow armed Martians will give the MARTIANS some hitting capacity against the humans at a good range.....yes, I'm pleased with my purchase of the 'High Elves' and certainly look forward to restoring them.
Also - through the last week I ordered a 2mm Army by IRREGULAR - I've got it in the back of my mind to do something along the lines of 1/900th Aeronef / SPACE 1889 ...with scratch built flying ships. This will all be an entirely separate Project ...something I've been thinking about for years- I've now the time to do these things and most importantly - the motivation and concentration to try and get things done in a reasonable time.
At this stage I have decided to sell all my 15mm Colonials.
Well- I am looking forward to the arrival of the 25/28mm Old Glory and Games Workshop figures....it will be great to get underway soon.