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WaltOHara01 Feb 2016 7:43 a.m. PST

I've been bringing some ancient ideas for games back into existence in the last few years, which I think is an agreeable trend. One such idea was the "Steampunk Individual Flying Pilot" game which I first conceived of back in a previous era when "Steampunk" was called "Victorian Science Fiction" by miniature gamers and Eureka's Pax Limpopo line was the bee's knees. I started collecting 28mm-ish figures who were sculpted in flight costumes (but not necessarily in flight poses). The idea was to build a flight stand from parts that was articulated, heavy enough to support the figure and extendable to at least 3 levels of altitude. I created a few flight stand prototypes put together from parts from Home Depot, but they were massively clunky. I had some kite-men from the defunct(?) schiltrum miniatures and rocket men from Pulp figures (in a decent flight pose, I might add) and some german rocket men.. Well, the project stalled until 2015, when the Miniatures Market had a big sale, including Spartan Games' Dystopian Legions line, which has 4 sets of in flight miniatures. The project was reborn!

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(Pseudo Americans from Dystopian Legion)

Now, I'm not a huge fan of Dystopian Wars as a setting and the Legions game kind of came and went without a lot of fanfare, but I do like the figures, even if they are too large to match anything else I have in VSF.

So here's a post on the design ideas, the figures painted (so far) and the modern approach to flight stands.

Blog Post: link

Any suggestions for attaching the figures to stands appreciated, either here or in the comments section under the post.

Thanks for reading and thanks for your time and attention!

Walt

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2016 11:29 a.m. PST

I see you've covered most of the suggestions on working with the stands, so I've nothing useful.

I tended to blow through the DL stuff when MM had it's blowout, as I think the tankettes were already gone, but sorry I missed those.

As for the VSF vs Steampunk appellations, I've given up getting excited. I know I can never be as particular as the folks on Colonial, and not nearly as silly as some of the 'lasses' displayed here. ;->=

Do want to hear more; my own 'birdmen' from the GW Fantasy line await some use.

Doug

Mako11 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member01 Feb 2016 2:07 p.m. PST

Depending on how much your miniatures weigh, these Topgun Dogfight Flight Stands should work:


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As you can see, they permit virtually any attitude of climbing, diving, and banking flight to be represented, including even inverted maneuvers. They have five antenna sections, and extend from 7" – 22" in height.

I've used them with the diecast metal, Titanium spacefighters, for Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica battles, so they should work for your minis.

Magnets are used for attaching the minis to the tips of the stand's antenna, which also have magnets.

I sell them in matched polarity sets to make gaming easier.

They're also great, as you can see, for aerial wargaming with miniatures in 1/72, 1/100, 1/144, 1/200, 1/300, and yes, even in 1/600th scales.


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E-mail me, if you want more info:

rkentjr AT Hotmail (dot} c o m

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