Saturday, 4 February 2017

Choosing SPACE 1889.

Hi. I have spent the last few days mulling over what to do regarding gaming and miniatures- trying to define exactly what I want to do into the future - Today I settled on choosing to go with SPACE 1889.

Long ago in the early 1980s when Frank Chadwick's concept of SPACE 1889 emerged- I was indeed most taken by it and have always had an admiring and fascinating interest in his VSF work. Alas, playing at SPACE 1889 in any form never really evolved for me- I did have a sort of VSF going in 28mm , though it wasn't SPACE 1889.

 Tonight I placed an order for Frank Chadwick's book 'Ironclads and Ether Flyers'. I just enjoy the concept of flying vessels in the Victorian era - I look forward to reading this book and tend to hope that perhaps the rules can be adaptable to a larger scale for the Airials so that I can use actual figures with the vessels - something which cannot be done in small ship scales of 1/1200th and such.

 I've had a copy of Frank Chadwick's 'Soldiers Companion' ever since it was published back in 1984- the text and illustrations have always fascinated me- and I ponder why I've never done anything really in terms of games using the book. I also have a copy of Frank Chadwick's 'Conklins Atlas' - this too has proven to be a most interesting read and visually stimulating work.

As to the Games in mind for SPACE 1889.

I tend to think that I'd like to play a sort of semi-skirmish / largish battle with some form of Airials being present in this scale.

Time  and progress will tell how successful the idea of mixing Foot Units with what could be quite dominating small Airial vessels in the field of battle turns is all pretty interesting.

Thanks for reading.
Having fun!


  1. Interesting to loop back to VSF after buying the book all those years ago. I look forward to seeing how you progress. I presume the Airials will be scratch built. Cheers Peter

    1. Hi Peter- yes, SPACE 1889 is to be my future Project in 15mm from here on in- and accordingly I hope to scratch build the Airials-very much looking forward to it all. Cheers. KEV.

  2. Interesting combination Kev.
    I play Martian Empires for the WotW campaigns and they give quite a good feel.

    1. Stuart,
      I do have a copy of Martain Empires and certainly it has impressed me as an easy set of 15mm Rules for this stage I am a long way from really getting started - there is a possablity that it may not be until the end of the month before the 15mm figures arrive...waiting is a curse. Cheers. KEV.

  3. Sounds like even exploring the possibilities could be quite enjoyable.

    1. Ross,
      Yes- certainly a good deal of entertainment with exploring SPACE 1889 to be had - I'm hoping that the 15mm Project will be underway soon and very much looking forward to it. Regards. KEV.