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von Schwartz10 Feb 2019 1:38 p.m. PST

Does anyone get into steampunk Victorian wargaming? Are there are any websites? I stumbled onto one once but can't recall where the devil I found it. Looked very cool with giant land warships and all sorts of weird and bizarre weapons like land torpedoes that looked like tricycles with long control cables attached. Must have all been scratch built.

Covert Walrus In the TMP Dawghouse10 Feb 2019 2:04 p.m. PST

Yes, and I was well into the Dystopian Wars game from Spartan before that company's "well-deserved" demise.

You might want to glance at Erueka Miniature's "Pax Limpopo" for a less than serious take on steampunk;

Chris Palmer10 Feb 2019 3:09 p.m. PST

Steampunk, also called Victorian Science Fiction, is a very popular genre of gaming. There are a number of manufacturers who make both figures and infernal machines specifically for that kind of gaming. Besides Eureka mentioned above, there is also Brigade Games, and Ironclad Miniatures are two others. A company called Hinterland do a great range of VSF Women miniatures, and Brigade Models do a wonderful line of 1/1200 Airships

There are a number of sets of rules that support Steampunk/ VSF gaming. GASLIGHT is one that I co-wrote with Buck Surdu. There's a free starter version on the website:

DalyDR10 Feb 2019 4:38 p.m. PST

Sounds like you might be thinking of "Major General Tremorden-Rederring's Colonial Wargames Page", now dormant/dead. It had some wonderful stuff, including those landships and penny-farthing torpedoes. Still can see some of it at:



tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Feb 2019 5:31 p.m. PST

Please allow me to mention Hive, Queen and Country with its miniatures rules The Sword and the Hive. and here are pictures of some of our games and miniatures


cybrt54 Supporting Member of TMP10 Feb 2019 6:55 p.m. PST

There are also various Facebook groups that deal with VSF gaming.

von Schwartz10 Feb 2019 8:03 p.m. PST

Thanks to all, especially for the pics, many evenings of entertainment there. Just curious, where are these groups out of, are they UK, Aus, Can, or US, or all of the above? I'd like to find a local group, Florida or SE US.

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP10 Feb 2019 9:57 p.m. PST

I am not into VSF (or any SF) gaming at all, but my favorite scratch-builder-blogger in the world is Colonel O'Truth. Everything he's blogged about has been 19th C. and except for an Old West town to die for, most of it has been about his VSF creations. I get a lot of inspiration for my own historical crafting and modeling from reading his blog.

- Ix

DyeHard11 Feb 2019 10:10 a.m. PST

The term "Victorian Science Fiction" or just "VSF" will help you find items of interest.

This is a page I put together in the last century to help folks who might want to play such in 15mm (Or 18mm which has become more popular with time.):

People have also pushed this into somewhat more modern times, that is Edwardian Sci/Fi (ESF)
Basically Weird World War I
These include, but not limited to:
All Quiet on the Martian Front:

And Slave 2 Gaming's "Dark World War"

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP11 Feb 2019 10:44 a.m. PST

Imperial Skies by Brigade Games also pushes into Edwardian for a great game of aerial combat with sweet miniatures.

Steampunk is a good catch-all term that avoids the pedantic nitpicking over Victorian or Edwardian. I'm happy with calling it all VSF, and just risk spraining my eyes if I roll them too much when the pedants start in.

Winston Smith11 Feb 2019 11:43 a.m. PST

I really hate the word "-punk" tacked on anything.
All it means is corsets and rivets.
Victorian Science Fiction is much better.

But that's just me. Harrumph.

Rich Bliss11 Feb 2019 11:50 a.m. PST

Not just you, Winston

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP11 Feb 2019 12:19 p.m. PST

Oww, my eyes!

: 3

Chris Palmer11 Feb 2019 12:46 p.m. PST

Best definition I ever read:

Steampunk: Women wear their corsets as outerwear.

Victorian Science Fiction: Women wear their corsets properly under their outer clothing.


legatushedlius11 Feb 2019 2:06 p.m. PST

You must look at the Osprey In Her majesty's Name rules and supplements with supporting range of miniatures. Also West Wind's wonderful Empire of the Dead range of figures and vehicles.

I haven't updated my blog for some years, as eye problems stopped me painting but you might find some useful links on it.

von Schwartz13 Feb 2019 6:55 p.m. PST

There goes Winston, harruphing again.

And just what is wrong with wearing corsets as outerwear, I mean if they have the figure well…?

BTW are you sure that those are rivets, I mean….?

Personal logo Fergal Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Feb 2019 8:39 a.m. PST

I've always felt the distinction is thus:

VSF – Science fiction as seen through Victorian authors' eyes, or the thinking of the Victorian times. Mars has canals, aether is what fills space, etc…Captain Nemo, War of the Worlds, etc…

Steampunk – Gears and brass strapped on modern technology.

Tommy2014 Feb 2019 11:41 a.m. PST

Agree with Fergal…

Colonel O Truth14 Feb 2019 2:14 p.m. PST

Did someone mention rivets?!

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP15 Feb 2019 10:02 a.m. PST

Steampunk Gears and brass strapped on modern technology.
Ahem! Riveted on. Humph!

I also generally concur Fergal's definitions, though I'm not necessarily offended by some post-Victorian sci fi concepts being "Victorianized", if something Victorians might have thought up.

Another way to state the distinction: VSF is a historical literary context, "steampunk" is an aesthetic theme.

Victorian French battleships were not VSF (they actually existed), but they were totally steampunk:

von Schwartz07 Mar 2019 6:40 p.m. PST

Are those gunports?!?!

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