Well, thanks to Brummie over on his blog (link) and CPBelt’s blog (link) (and yes, I am blaming the both of you!), I have been getting a taste to
restart my Victorian gaming again (or more realistically, adding to my collection of unpainted Victorian miniatures.) I guess first I have to explain that I am not crazy about the current state of steam-punk and quite actually despise it (more on that later). But this Kickstarter has several figures and most of the transportation kits are very much in line with what I have been looking for my Victorian project that has been in a coma for a few years.
|"Oh, so true!"|
|"That is Cyber-punk with gears glued on it, dammit!"|
|"Maintain Law & Order", none of that sappy "To Serve and Protect" talk here|
But more importantly is the Victorian machines! They have a Black Mariah which I have to get, an Omnibus, a Brougham, and a Landau carriages. I already have a couple of Hansom cabs. But the real twinkle in my eye is on the Victorian Fire Engine. I use to be a volunteer fireman many years ago and always love a fire truck. But I have to get two of these for a one-off game using Brigade Games’ Victorian firemen for my Gangs of New York. One engine will be painted up represent the “Black Joke” for NYC’s Volunteer Engine Company No. 33 and the other will be done up for an opposing “fire gang”, probably the “Americus” Engine Company No. 6, especially with one of their “punch ups” that will make for an interesting game. I am pasting this quote from the book, Our Firemen, The History of the NY Fire Departments, by Augustine E. Costello:
|Yeah, it is a hand pump engine, but that is why I am try to paint the model into the spirit of it|
“In the latter part of that year [ed. 1843] some of the opponents of 33 Engine, who were connected with Nos. 6, 15, and 44 Engine Companies, gave out that they were going to take off the "eagle," a wooden figure which decorated the front of 33 Engine's house, and on Christmas Eve down they came through Sheriff Street, tooting horns and making demonstrations towards Gouverneur Street. The boys at the engine house had no notion of having their eagle taken down, and had prepared a warm reception for their visitors. They had a howitzer loaded with slugs, chains, and bolts. The crowd first turned their attention to the "Ten to One" [ed. 33 Co] house, and a man on that building leveled his musket at them, but before he could pull the trigger Tom Primrose, of 33 Engine, hit him and knocked his musket up, the ball going through a doctor's window opposite, and just passing over the nose of that gentleman, who was lying in bed. The shot soon brought the constables, and the crowd quickly dispersed.”
Well, besides this Kickstarter, there is “Nickstarter” for North Star Miniatures for Osprey’s, In Her Majesty’s Name, (link). I will try to post on that later.
Until then, be seeing you