04 May 2015

Victorian Science Fiction - Rule Sets

In Her Majesty's Name by Osprey

Published in the familiar Osprey-format soft cover edition, In Her Majesty's Name (IHMN) pits "adventuring companies" of a dozen or less figs against each other as the various powers of the Victorian era engage in the Great Game.

With two expansions, IHMN covers Europe, the new world, Africa, and Asia, with everything from the Zulu Nation to the industrialists of America to the Hellfire Club in England.  Very straightforward mechanics combined with an easy-to-use engine for generating custom characters and equipment.  Highly recommended for fast play skirmish for squad to platoon scale.

In Her Majesty's Name - Core Book (British Adventurers, British Army, Prussian Occultists, US Marines, Foreign Legion, British Communists, Egyptian Cultists, Chinese Tongs)
Heroes, Villains and Fiends - First Expansion (Zulus, Apaches, Mexican Army, Mexican Rebels, American Outlaws, American Secret Service, Russian Okhrana, Knights Templar, Hellfire Club, and others)
Sleeping Dragon, Rising Sun - Second Expansion (India, China, Japan, European Colonial forces, and others)

Voyages Extraordinaire by Wessex

This is a very compact rule set with a particular focus on individual characters.  Suitable primarily for skirmish gaming.  It is presently out of print.

Voyages Extraordinaire - Core Book


Space: 1889

21 April 2015

In Her Majesty's Name - Sourcing Miniatures for Various Adventuring Companies

For the Wild West Show:

A variety of excellent cowboys (Earps, in particular), from Blue Moon through Old Glory:

26 June 2014

Russian Uniforms of the 19th Century


More VSF Links

Rules Related Sites!
1889: The Iron Frontier Victorian landship combat rules.
G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. Home page The web based home for all that is G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T.GASLIGHT rules The G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. list on Yahoo!Groups. A great group of folks who actually play the game. A place to ask questions & bounce ideas around.

Heliograph Incorporated Publishers of the current edition of the Space: 1889 tabletop RPG & Transactions of the Royal Martian Geographical Society.
Le Grand Cirque A VSF racing game, often run at conventions. Highly recommended, considering I finally won a game at Historicon. The complete rules, charts, links to recaps, etc.

The Sword and the Flame Classic Colonial wargame rules by Larry Brom, currently available in it's 20th anniversary edition.
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Incredibly Useful Colonial & VSF Miniature Gaming Sites!
The Amazing Adventures of the Red Shadow Colonial Adventure Wargaming in Africa 1880-1920.
Articulated Rot & Steam Launched Drivel Contrivances & Conveyances of War in the Steam Age!
By Jingo! Colonial History & Wargames Page.

The Colonial Angle Colonial miniature wargaming site.
Colonial Wargames (15mm) site by Bob Cordery.

Dogs of War GASLIGHT page Part of the Historical Hobbies site.
The Empire Club Conquerors of the Lost Continent!
German Colonial Uniforms  "This website is intended to give an insight into the uniforms of the Imperial German Colonial and Overseas Forces from 1884-1918 for the English speaking wargamer, modeller or military historian. Until now there has been very little available in the English language on the uniforms worn by German forces in these obscure but fascinating side shows of the Great War and Colonial Era."

Major General Tremorden Rederring's Colonial-era Wargaming Page Enjoyable Victorian-ear warfare with hobby miniatures. This is where the "soda bottles to zeppelins" article can be found!

The Miniatures Page A Web-magazine for Miniature Wargamers. Covers it all: historical, fantasy, sci-fi, etc.

Morval Earth The Lost Victorian Colonies in Morvalistan.
Nap Nuts Singapore The Colonial Science Fiction section of their site.
Patrick's Hobby Shed A blog about his experiences with VSF, Zombie games & more.

Ponape! Victorian Piracy and Adventure in the South Pacific!
The Shastapsh Chronicles A VSF blog with lots of inspirational photos.
Sir Peter in Africa Home of the Madison Gamers: Exploits in Darkest Africa.

Sir Rand McNally's Colonial Page.
The Steam and the Flame Victorian Era Science Fiction Version of The Sword and the Flame.
Team für historische Simulationen A German site with a gallery photos.
Trevor's Colonial Wargames Page Military modelling and wargaming, with an emphasis on the Colonial period.

The US Mogdonazian colonization plan - a VSF miniature wargaming site by John Bell.
Victoriana Adventure gaming in a kinder, gentler time: Victorian Science Fiction.

VSF Wargaming - A GASLIGHT powered Victorian Adventure Gaming site.
Yours in a White Wine Sauce! A gentleman's journey into insanity and VSF gaming ... in 1/1200 (2mm) scale.
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Character, Invention & Story Ideas!

How to Draw SteamPunk Machines Really inspirational images.
Dime Novels and Penny Dreadfuls A site devoted to the topic.
Fantastic, Mysterious, and Adventurous Victoriana Notable and Obscure Characters and Places of popular Victorian Fiction
History of  Robots in the Victorian Era Part of the Big Red Hair site.
The Museum of Retro Technology A collection of photos & articles.

Sherlock Holmes Pastiche Characters "The site is essentially a listing of historical, fictional and canonical characters appearing, or mentioned in published Sherlock Holmes pastiches, parodies and other Sherlockian writings."

A site dedicated to steampunk. The site is in Polish & English!
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Retailers & Miniature Manufactures!
Armorcast Historical, Fantasy, SciFi & VSF resin kits of buildings, terrain & contraptions.

Black Tree Design (was Harlequin, then Icon, now BTD) Historical (Zulu & British) figures.

Brigade Games Official GASLIGHT figures, as well as retailer for Foundry, Eureka Pax Limpopo and many, many more.

Castaway Arts Colonial troop figures. Copplestone Castings RETURN to DARKEST AFRICA (colonials) as well as his BACK of BEYOND (1920's pulp) miniature line.

Crocodile Games War Gods of Ægyptus miniatures. Great for Egyptian gods/aliens.

Eureka Miniatures Colonial, Pax Limpopo & "100 Club" vehicles & figures.

Ground Zero Games (GZG) Their own miniature lines as well as a U.K. Source for Eureka's figures.

The Honourable Lead Boiler Suit Company VSF & Historical figures, vehicles, dinosaurs, and more.
Iron Wind Metals Brand New figures as well as Classic Ral Partha miniatures. Here be 'raptors.

Ironclad Miniatures Some really nice 28mm Steam Tanks!

J & T Miniatures Bicorne, Stockades and Settlements, Merrimack & more.

Jeff Valent Studios Victorian civilians figures amongst other items.

The London War Room Figures, vehicles, naval guns & shipboard armaments, as well as Parroom Station miniatures.
Monolith Designs Terrain & a really neat line of figures in their Disturbia line for VSF nightmares.

Micro Mark Small tool specialist.

Old Glory Miniatures Historical figures, buildings & such.

Parroom Station VSF, Martian & personality figures.

Pinnacle Entertainment Group (PEG) Great Rail Wars miniatures.

RAFM Miniatures & Games Both Space: 1889 & Call of Cthulhu miniatures.

Robert L. Bowling Painting Service: RLBPS A U.S. source for many imported miniature gaming products, including HLBSC.

Scheltrum Miniatures VSF Figures & vehicles, as well as other goodies!

Steve Jackson Games (STG) A few, really neat Steampunk miniatures. Get them while you can! As of August 11, 2003, STG has gotten OUT of the miniatures making business. Direct link to their Warehouse 23 online store searching for: "STEAMPUNK MINIATURES"
**NEW** Tobsen77 Miniaturen Resin VSF/SF vehicles without crews.

Walthers Model train supplies - bits, flock, tools, the odd model, etc.
Warrior Online for OVER THE WIRE GAMES line of ENGLAND INVADED figures.
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Where Did You Get Those Goggles & Pith Helmet?!
Studio Foglio Online Store Creators of -amongst many other epic works- the GIRL GENIUS comic book series, and purveyors of related merchandise.
Village Hat Shop A selection of different pith helmets, as well as many other examples of odd & historical headgear. 

Victorian Science Fiction and Steampunk Gaming Links

13 July 2012

Forge World Avenger Strike Fighter

Newly released:


Is it just me, or does that look familiar?

Not that the Crimson Skies planes were absolutely original--see the Heinkel P.1076 and the BMW Schnellbomber II.