For those who missed it (and there are a couple comments that sound like that’s the case), an update from June shows some preview renders for parts-in-progress for this set:
The preview render is of course subject to changes, and not necessarily everything that will be in the set, but the preview does include Brodie-style helmets (as well as peaked caps, bearskins, and Victorian-style custodian/pith helmets), including some heads with gas masks, as well as a variety of weapons (including rocket launchers, flame-throwers, plasma guns, and shotguns or grenade launchers. and space-revolvers (Webley style, I think?), in addition to the space-Enfield rifles and space-Lewis-guns. Looks like they’ve got just about everything mentioned in the comments, except the cuppa tea! :)
The uniforms and such do seem to have been given a subtle sci-fi touch – such as knee, shoulder, and elbow armor, and that sort of thing: not really a futuristic sci-fi, but more of a Victorian sci-fi “steampunk” style take on the subject – they look like they’ll be perfect for Space 1889 and similar VSF and steampunk games of the sort that assume an alternate history where the sci-fi inventions of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne allowed Victorian era empires to colonize Mars, Venus, and other planets in the 1800s, and there seems to be an otherwise unserved niche for them in Warhammer 40K, in addition of course to their use in Death Fields.
The Death Fields accessory sprue #1 available for pre-order includes laser rifles and other futuristic weapons, for those looking for something just a little more sci-fi than those revealed so far for these “Space Brits”, and I’m sure we can look forward to additional Death Fields accessory sprues with even more variety, if the first set is a success! :)
For historical gamers, there was a preview from August for a similar set of WWI British soldiers, without the sci-fi spin:
That historical set preview includes Brodie helmets, several styles of military caps, and turbans for Gurkha soldiers, including some heads with gas masks, as well as a variety of weapons including Lewis Guns, Enfields, and Webleys, and even a selection of trench weapons.
And it looks like there’s at least two sets of historical Victorian-era British soldiers in development to accompany a set if Sepoys for Indian Mutiny conflict games (and, no doubt, games involving conflicts elsewhere in the British Empire at the time!)
So, it seems Wargames Atlantic is covering both sci-fi and fantasy gamers interested in British soldiers of this sort in either historically-accurate realism from the mid-1800s to WWI, or Victorians-in-Space / Steampunk sci-fi styles, with no less than five great sets (including those rebellious Indian Sepoys, two sets of Indian Rebellion British soldiers, WWI British infantry, and Space Brits) in the works even as we speak – another exciting year of Wargames Atlantic releases seems to be waiting for us! :)
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