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04 Dec 2018 12:43 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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19th Century
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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian20 Jan 2018 8:57 a.m. PST

Do you consider yourself to be a Victorian Science Fiction miniatures gamer?

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2018 8:58 a.m. PST


dampfpanzerwagon Fezian20 Jan 2018 9:03 a.m. PST

Collector Yes – Gamer No.

I've not played a game of Aeronef for ages. But would like to.


Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2018 9:11 a.m. PST

Yes. GASLIGHT. (I really hate the name ****punk. It's nothing but rivets and corsets.)
Kitbashing is great fun, as well as trying to make the science fit.
I have always permitted Science that hadn't been disproven yet. It is Victorian Science after all.

Dynaman878920 Jan 2018 9:14 a.m. PST


Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2018 9:20 a.m. PST

Not yet. I have purchased some figures and i'm looking at rules and intend tp play shortly.


ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2018 9:27 a.m. PST

Nope, no real interest in it.

pancernijoe Inactive Member20 Jan 2018 9:33 a.m. PST

It's fun. All the way from Space 1889 to In Her Majesties Name.

I like to consider it as two variants, one a planet hopping version of colonials and the other an excuse for low powered horror games.

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2018 9:46 a.m. PST


Cyrus the Great20 Jan 2018 9:49 a.m. PST

It's on my painting docket.

Gaying20 Jan 2018 10:25 a.m. PST

Yes and proud of it – great period to play – steam tanks/ flying ships / automatons/ Queen Victoria (God bless your) / Martians / Morlocks / Jules Verne- and the list goes on and on – let your imagination run wild – fantastic

The Beast Rampant20 Jan 2018 10:39 a.m. PST

No, but it's always "someday" consideration.

Palewarrior20 Jan 2018 11:02 a.m. PST

One day maybe, I like the style of miniatures and all the steam/clockwork vehicles.

There was an old RP magazine I used to collect (Arcane),that often had good adventures complete with floor plans. A lot of these had a steampunk feel and would like to play them one day.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2018 11:14 a.m. PST

I've played some VSF games (Space: 1889, Mars Needs Steam), and painted a few miniatures, but it's not my primary interest.

DLIinVSF Inactive Member20 Jan 2018 11:15 a.m. PST

Yes when I get chance.Which sadly isn't often at the moment due to work.

Punk? Isn't that a brief and sad music period in the 1970's. Nothing to to with VSF. Wish Frank C hadn't used it in the past. Love his early Space 1889 work which I base most of my VSF on. Well over 1,000 minis and dozens on land, sea and sky based vehicles plus terrain bursting out of the house.

Why the question Bill?

rmaker20 Jan 2018 11:19 a.m. PST


Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Jan 2018 11:32 a.m. PST





Tgunner20 Jan 2018 12:26 p.m. PST

No, don't play it. It's just not my cup of tea. Colonials? Sure. Colonials on Mars, nah. But on the other hand it is no more silly than mecha sci-fi.

Each to their own.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2018 12:32 p.m. PST

To a limited extant. We haven't yet tried a full-scale game.

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2018 12:57 p.m. PST

No, but I'd like try it someday.

tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Jan 2018 1:23 p.m. PST

I think I can safely say YES!

Kevin C Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2018 2:05 p.m. PST

I just started collecting VSF figures this year and I have to say that I enjoy the period/genre very much.

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2018 2:12 p.m. PST

Being a very silly person, the answer is 'of course!'

Mind you, runs the gambit from steampunk-ish, to some variation of historic. Least I think so.

My historical knowledge is limited.

On the subject of a poll, perhaps it's apropos to suggest a range of answers, some suggested by the answers we're giving.

'Nineteenth century, but doesn't have to be about the empire on which the sun never sets and it's queen (G'awd bless her!)' for instance.

'You won't see me so much as introducing Lee-Medfords even one year early!'


CaptainDarling20 Jan 2018 2:32 p.m. PST

Certainly do…Huzzah!

YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2018 2:38 p.m. PST

Find it very interesting but never bit the bullet and bought anything. Love VSF fiction, though. I would probably need to buy someone's collection to ever start the period/genre.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Jan 2018 3:11 p.m. PST

I would probably need to buy someone's collection to ever start the period/genre.

Actually, that's one of the best things about VSF … if you have any 19th Century figures, you can do VSF. Maybe one big sf element to focus a campaign around. Not necessary, but cool to have.

Captain Gideon Inactive Member20 Jan 2018 3:36 p.m. PST

I would say yes as I have over 1,000 AERONEF miniatures as well as playing several Aeronef games as well as running 2 Aeronefs games at Conventions.

Katzbalger20 Jan 2018 4:23 p.m. PST

Yes, when I get the chance. Which, unfortunately, is not often.


rvandusen20 Jan 2018 4:37 p.m. PST

Yes, mostly Lost World and Lost Race SF, but also some more horror-themed VSF.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2018 5:37 p.m. PST


tnjrp20 Jan 2018 10:43 p.m. PST


Have some Victorian/Steampunk minis tho.

Mick the Metalsmith Inactive Member21 Jan 2018 5:27 a.m. PST

Want to be but too many other projects in the queue at the moment.

Rdfraf Supporting Member of TMP21 Jan 2018 9:16 a.m. PST

Oh yes!

zoneofcontrol Inactive Member21 Jan 2018 11:22 a.m. PST

"Punk? Isn't that a brief and sad music period in the 1970's."

P.U.N.K. by New England:
YouTube link

PUNK = Puny Under-Nourished Kid

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member21 Jan 2018 12:40 p.m. PST

I've been buying Victorian character figures in 15-18mm for a long time, but haven't painted them yet.

I hope they get to be used in games in the future.


mrinku21 Jan 2018 1:09 p.m. PST

Space:1889 hooked me in way back when it was first published.

Rich Bliss21 Jan 2018 2:04 p.m. PST

Yes, but only on Earth. No aliens, no flying ships other than the occasional balloon or dirigible. Science weapons at a minimum. Think Gwangi or 20,000 Leagues instead of John Carter

Covert Walrus21 Jan 2018 3:35 p.m. PST

Does Dystopian Wars count? Before it got churned into Wild West Exodus, anyway?

If so, yes.

DyeHard22 Jan 2018 11:57 a.m. PST

It has been part of my 15mm diet for more than 20 years.


Zamboni Inactive Member22 Jan 2018 12:36 p.m. PST

Yes, but most of the tech advances are on big stuff like steam tanks, zeppelins, and Martian tripods. Most it can't be miniaturized yet, so ground troops are still using the Brown Bess and Gatling guns, not Tesla cannons.

tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Jan 2018 3:29 p.m. PST

For all VSF gamers we'll be running a large game the weekend of President's Weekend at Weldon Spring in Missouri (close to St Louis) link

Its FREE! There will be steam tanks, flying vessels and aliens!

Your Kidding22 Jan 2018 6:24 p.m. PST

Heck yeah. Dystopian wars (land and sea) for the epic feel. Gaslight for 15mm platoons. And, In Her Majesty's Name for warbands.

Lion in the Stars25 Jan 2018 2:56 p.m. PST

Space 1889 from way back in the day, love the looks of the skyships. Nowadays, Hive and the Flame is very inspiring. Read Peshawar Lancers back when, have El Bourak, too, for a more mystical setting.

I keep threatening to deploy some light gunboats to the Northwest Frontier, ruin the days of the Pathans (and then I remember that the Russians had Hind helos back in the 1980s and didn't do so well subjugating the place).

There's a pretty significant amount of manga and anime that is steam-powered, too, though the iconic Sakura Wars is set in 1924 (Taisho 12).

tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Jan 2018 4:41 p.m. PST

Thanks for your kind words!

cybrt54 Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2018 11:31 p.m. PST

Absolutely, my favorite period.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP26 Jan 2018 11:34 a.m. PST

Yuppers, hooked since the dawn of Space 1889.

Micman Supporting Member of TMP21 Feb 2018 11:33 a.m. PST

A group of us have been playing our TSATF variant of Space 1889 for almost 15 years. Had a game last Monday with 11 players. Great fun was had by all. Also some Sky Galleons of Mars in the original scale as well as 28mm.

chironex24 Feb 2018 11:39 p.m. PST

I haven't really played in some time, but I do collect. If you don't count Warmahordes, then I have a few other fantastical vehicles and figures, and am starting to collect Hinterland figures.
I prefer a more subtle introduction of fictitious elements, such as most armies using guns powered by explosives or mechanical/fluid pressure means, and anything really "out there", such as electrical weapons or power suits is to be the domain of aliens, mad science or lost, advanced civilisations. There will be airships and steam tanks, but only very rare mecha or automata. Largely because I can't find many VSF/AMF/Steampunk mecha or automata that I like.

kmfrye04 Mar 2018 12:10 p.m. PST

Yes. Quite. Starting with Historical Colonials, I already had half the minis painted.

Keith F.

Personal logo Toy Soldier Green Supporting Member of TMP08 Mar 2018 7:32 p.m. PST

Yes and in two scales, 3 and 15mm, over three different settings.

-3mm Clockwork Civil War
-3mm Victorian SyFy (Aeronefs & Landships)
-15mm Green & Red Martians vs. invading colonial powers from Earth.

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