She is the Breton Rose. A Martian screw ship converted into a stream gunboat. Or she will when I put in the engine.
You can't see in these pics but she has a blue hull. I was going to paint the wheel house but then thought it showed she wasn't armoured better then an explanation in the stats. She will have a small converted locomotion engine which will drive the Martian props. She will have two forward guns and either one or two aft. If I add a bit of armour to the top of the wheel house she may get a light gun there as well?
Still behind on the others but they are all getting closer to launch.
No not the sort of canal barges that first came to your mind. This are the flying sort found on Mars.
Some times when larger cargo vessels can't dock at the cloudship port and don't want to wait they hire a barge and crew to unload their cargo. Sometimes merchants hire a barge to collect merchandise they are expecting.
While steam engines could be added to these it doesn't make much sense for craft that travels short distances and doesn't require need for great speed.
I will need to add more weight to the barges rears as they don't balance on the stands. Maybe something inside the power housing. I don't know how I want to do the base. I may even get a clear plastic one?
While some may of been converted must are powered by a hand power screw.
I've added my Aphid to give a bit more scale
The mdf kits come from Blotz Terrian in the UK.
I had hoped for some nice shots of clear sky behind the Aphid but today all my neighbours had to start to cut their grass for the first time this year. AAAARRRRGGGG!!!!
Some of you may remember my DIY Martian marines made from Perry and Agema (now found at North Star miniatures) plastic sprues. Well since I had more access to the internet lately I'd recently read the wonderful http://burningsandsofsyrtismajor.blogspot.com/ from http://burningsandsofsyrtismajor.blogspot.com/2018/12/preparing-for-market-day.html from the jolly good chap kmfrye and how he is expanding his civilian sets.
Ever the nosey parker me popped some suggestions on his page. Well sitting here tonight with the fire blazing and snow out side I just thought why not show some examples you clot. Giving advice is one thing but putting your money where your mouth is another.
So below are some of those conversions I mentioned. Which with the good grace of Fortune I'll finish before the end of the decade.
These two chaps started out as Sudanese warriors with drums. I've add a\ hooded cloak (not rather successfully) to one and a Martian-Mohican style hair cut with Martian ears. As they are barefooted a little bit of green stuff for the "Martian big toe". Most importantly the drums become baskets. One for bread the other for fruit.
These two chaps will get Martian ears or turbans and either items to push or carry or maybe just loads on their backs.
These three once warriors are simple sailors with no more weapons than the odd knife and some rope. Though are the moment the one on your rights looks like he has a string of sausages.
To add another option how about the new Frostgrave Archipelago Tribal warband set for a conversion option.