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Musketier13 Feb 2009 4:32 a.m. PST

technical services seem to be unpopular amon manufacturers – and yet there were sieges enough in the 18th C. for them to come into there own… So, would anybody know who makes tools like spades, pickaxes etc., suitable for converting 28mm figures (artillery crews I suppose) to sappers or pioneers?

Randall13 Feb 2009 5:33 a.m. PST

Ooh--this is a good question. I'm pretty sure I've seen some tools from various manufacturers (don't remember who, though), but it will be nice to have a list.

Randall13 Feb 2009 5:36 a.m. PST

Here's a start: Brigade Games has an "Assorted Implements and Weapon Set".


No picture, unfortunately, but the set includes: Pitchfork, Bowie knife, Garden Hoe, Shovel, Knife, Rake, Pickaxe, Machete, Spade/trenching shovel, Crowbar.

What you would want, of course, is a collection, though, of, say, 5 shovels or whatever. I wonder if such things are available in plastics? Maybe for model railroaders?

religon13 Feb 2009 6:28 a.m. PST

I have used Black Tree Design's AA105 Grave Diggers Equipment for this purpose. I love my Uruk-hai sapper pushing a wheelbarrow.

Lord Al13 Feb 2009 6:30 a.m. PST

You also might try dollhouse stores. 1/4 scale is a little large for 28mm, but it's not bad and usually cheap.

Musketier13 Feb 2009 7:15 a.m. PST

Thanks for the helpful hints so far, and apologies to all for the typos – "Preview" didn't exist when last I posted, so I clean overlooked it…

The problem is indeed the scale, as model railroad stuff is mostly too wee. Perhpas I should launch it on Eureka's Club 100?

Personal logo andygamer Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2009 8:21 a.m. PST

I don't know if they can/would sell you the equipment separately, but Front Rank have SYW Austrian and Prussian sappers/miners that come with shovels and picks. And London War Room has Spanish engineers and sappers/miners too.

Also, there might be tools available in cowboy ranges to go with prospectors and settlers that you could get (if sold separately).

KatieL13 Feb 2009 8:32 a.m. PST

Interestingly, I recently bought some dollshouse accessories. White metal castings of C17/C18 wheelbarrows; they're designed to be small garden planters in doll scale -- They end up being pretty good 28mm ones.

I got them from Maple Street, but alas I can't find them in the catalogue.

Tools; Bicorne does a set of artillery tools and one of "farm implements", Redoubt makes various tools around in various ranges to go in the open hands of their pioneer figures, including a wheelbarrow in the ECW, a shovel, various picks and hammers.

Amazon makes various tools. Black cat bases do some.

Essex makes X25 Assorted Medieval peasants weapons

Irregular have SW20 Farm implements

HLBSC used to have MPA1 Miners equipment

sywplayer13 Feb 2009 2:42 p.m. PST

Front Rank make a French Artillery Crewman with a wheelbarrow.

Neotacha14 Feb 2009 7:26 p.m. PST

Ooo, good question. And not just for converting to sappers and such, but using in villages for flavor. Thanks to Randall for that link.

I have some tools, but darned if I can recall who made them. Yes, I have the BTD grave digger's tools, but I also have some from maybe Frontline?

Neotacha15 Feb 2009 6:36 a.m. PST

I am an idiot. Check Reaper for adventurer's tools.

Prestonpans15 Feb 2009 3:03 p.m. PST

For late 17th and early 18th Century Reiver Castings make sappers, tools and field fortifications in 28mm scale.

Musketier16 Feb 2009 1:31 a.m. PST

yes I have the Reiver sappers, although their cast-on tools are a little on the crude side – but then in the late 17th C. perhaps they were. I shall probably mix and match all of the above tools, and load some of them onto a couple of pack animals, to create a "Charge!"-style engineer battalion…
Many thanks to all contributors!

Greylegion08 Jul 2019 5:52 p.m. PST

Look at Black Cat Bases.

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