More Steam, Sir? (3)

Whereas work is slowly continuing on the last unit for my 19th Century Austrian army (as briefly mentioned here) I need to catch up on some figures that were finished last month but not posted!

These are rocketmen for my Victorian Science Fiction Earth forces in 20mm scale. The figures are by Elheim Miniatures and suitable for both VSF and 1930s pulp armies. I bought these figures years ago and they have very deep bases that needed carefully building up with base texture material (they’ve since been revamped by Elheim with much shallower bases). They come with a variety of weapons (two with carbines, two with “broomhandle” Mauser semi-automatic pistols and one with a Thompson sub-machine gun) that are equally at home for both VSF and pulp settings. I found the clothing details hard to follow so have painted them as best I can in long coats and rocket packs.

Originally I was going to paint them in generic colours more akin to the character in “The Rocketeer” film and have 10 figures in a unit, but I decided to go with smaller five-man units so I painted the first unit shown above as a Foreign Legion Rocket Infantry battalion and picked a colour scheme to match the Foreign Legion Airborne Auto-Rifle Battalion troops I painted back in June. The picture below shows the rocket troops with the Auto-Rifle Battalion figures for comparison.

I think I’d have preferred a darker colour scheme, but the pastel blue and white ties in well with the earlier figures, while bronze helmets and rocket packs give them a nice steampunk appearance. These are neat figures and relatively easy to paint and I’ve got enough figures left to do at least two more units. One of those will probably be in a more generic colour scheme to allow it to be used by any army, so the hard part will be in trying to decide which of my other Earth nations gets its own specific unit of rocketmen!


  1. Excellent work on the French foreign legion Rocketmen John, the colour scheme ties in really well with the rest of the troops. Great idea to do a set in a generic colour scheme so you can add them to any force as well. What’s the choices for the third unit, and general colours ?

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    • Thanks Dave! πŸ™‚ I didn’t really like the colours at first, but they’ve grown on me! I need to check how many figures I’ve got left to determine if I can paint a couple more nation-specific units. At this point, I’ve not really decided which other armies might get them, since that will determine the likely colours. Not all of my armies will have access to the same technology and the front runners for rocketmen at the moment are probably Prussia and the USA, followed by Great Britain maybe.

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  2. I’m glad you mentioned the Rocketeer because that was the first thing that popped into my mind when I saw these, John! I love the personality of these little minis and they really are perfect for a steampunk setting. Most importantly, the group picture with all of them really looks fantastic. One day you’ll be regaling us with some great battle reports using these! πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks Jeff! πŸ™‚ My first thought was to paint them in similar colours to The Rocketeer as a generic unit, but then I thought I’d do some to fill out the ranks of the Foreign Legion. I’d like to try them out in a game and I’m imagining fast movement, short range automatic firepower and the occasional rocket pack malfunction!

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      • Hi john very nice figures – so do you get some that hover? I seem to recall fantasy figures where the judicious placing of the broken tree stump or some foliage allows the figure to be raised off the ground as if by magic!

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        • Thanks Lorenzo! πŸ™‚ There are only four figure variants and they’re all shown in this post! I had thought that the figure with the Mauser pistol pointing upwards could be removed from his base and used to represent a flying figure (or one taking off) but that looked like it might be tricky to get right. I’m happy to just have them on the ground and maybe put a marker next to them if they’re flying!

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  3. Are yes, I liked your post the other day but forgot to leave a comment ,I hope that clears that up πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ‘πŸ», then I will view your other posts , clear as mud eh!

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