Eliminating the Impossible

My recent holiday, which wasn’t the most intellectually stimulating, did give me a lot of time to think. As it was kind of an enforced exile from both my blog and the hobby in general, unsurprisingly most of my thoughts were of the future direction of the Buffet.

Regular visitors to the Buffet will know that I tend to do things my own way here, so whilst a large percentage of the blogging community may be enthusing about the latest “big thing”, I’ll be off doing something completely different, probably involving re-purposed or cheap figures and scratch-built scenery.

The last few posts here at the Buffet have been focused on gaming Doctor Who in 28mm, but as the populist movement seems to be leaning towards the slightly larger scale “official” DW miniatures from Warlord Games AND there seems to be a glut of these on the Internet at present, I have become somewhat jaded with this subject. Rather than continue and fall completely out of love with it, I’ve decided to take a break from Doctor Who and do something…else.

So, the new project that the Buffet will be focusing on for the next few months arose out of a conversation with Tarot and taps into one of my favourite eras of history, namely the Victorian era. However, being who I am, I will be eschewing the goggles and brass doohickery of ‘Steampunk’, leaving the Martini-Henry and Pith helmet hanging behind the door and steering clear of the Red Planet. However, I will be shrugging myself into an Inverness cape and venturing onto the fog-shrouded cobbles of Victorian London, as I’ve heard that there’s monsters abroad…

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“The British public, safely ensconced within their cosy parlours, have thrilled to the exploits of staunch defenders of the Realm, such as Sherlock Holmes, Abraham van Helsing and Thomas Carnacki, never for one moment suspecting that these accounts concealed truths far stranger than the published fiction.

But that was the entire point. Should they ever comprehend the nature of the threats that stalk the streets of the Capital, Bedlam would have more inhabitants than the rookeries of St Giles.

Whilst those members of the Metropolitan Police Force attached to the Black Museum have some experience in battling the unnatural, sometimes more specialised expertise is needed and they call…him. 

Lancelot Grimm – Eliminator of the Impossible.”

So, over the next few months you can expect stalwart member of the Black Museum force, unnatural creatures of myth and legend, cobbled streets and iron railings, Victorian tenements and alleyways, the Chapel of St Gilbert on the Hill, and Lancelot Grimm himself.

The game is afoot!


19 thoughts on “Eliminating the Impossible

    • Glad you approve, Andy. I was pleasantly surprised to find that other than four Victorian policemen, the rest of the figures assigned to this project are already based and, in some cases, undercoated which gives me a nice head start.

      There will be a few minor purchases along the way, as I do need at least one Hansom cab, but as the majority of the stuff I need for this I’ve either already got or know how I’m going to build, progress should be relatively quick.


  1. Oh how deliciously wonderful! Consider my interest well and truly piqued! I had a hankering to do something similar based around Sherlock Holmes’ ill-fated lecture tour of America – a sort of ‘mash up’ with Scooby Doo as he went around solving mysteries and discovering the truth behind some of the mythology and folklore of the time. I got some characters and the ‘Conundrum Carriage’ painted, along with the bits of the back story, but it never had the traction I hoped for and I certainly lacked the ability or know how to make it into a viable project – still it was great fun.




    Funnily enough Scooby Doo features in my latest diversion as I ponder the possibility of a ‘Survival Horror’ game based our favourite cartoon crime busters. For that matter, I still can’t shift the idea that you sowed in my head about using a Cluedo board as the base – so many ideas, so little time.

    Anyway I wish the very best of luck with this fabulous idea Jez, I do hope that the action will spill into the sewers and around the docks – so wonderfully atmospheric. As for a Hansom cab, how about this?


    They do it on its own here:

    Then of course there is the Hearse and the Jailor’s Van, painted by my good self 🙂


    • I had a feeling you’d approve, Michael, as it does fall within your area of interest. And whilst I had seen your Daphne and Velma before, I hadn’t seen your Holmes, Watson, Baskerville and the wonderful Conundrum Carriage. Lovely work, as always.
      And I was weighing up both the Warbases and Sarissa Precision Hansom cabs, which are both the same price, but the Warbases one looks more in line with what I’m looking for, so I’ll probably pick that one up at Warfare later in the year.
      It should be a fun project, as I’ve already got an idea for the first adventure – just need to build my streets first!


  2. Sometimes you see a post which makes you just stop, look up and stare at a wall for several moments, lost in thought while the wall.. the wall paper even, and certainly any ornamentation nailed upon it, all just falls away: as the mind`s eye creates a portal to other sphere, as it flies down avenues of creative thought and involved speculation. THIS is such a post.

    It’s embarrassing to say, that an excellent blog article can completely derail an otherwise stoic gamer, causing him (or her in my case) to come to a crashing halt, and go off in an entirely new tangent, as the heart seems to get tangled up in the post we have just read, and we yearn to raise the newly spied banner, and stand firmly under it.. touching it even, as though it will bring us good luck and auspicious fortune to be associate with it.

    Oh Jez, Jez, you don`t know what you have done to me here hehe. You paint a picture I am familiar with. I have a deep yearning and emotive weakness and passion for Victorian – in all its many resplendent (and some not so) sparkle hued guises. How easy it would be to leap aboard your ship and say “I want to do this too”. I do actually, I very much do. We even have a beautiful Victorian collection of 28mm minis (mostly Nic`s `Eureka` range models from Australia, and a fair few Empress Miniatures and Artisan ones too), and Stevie already loves his Zulu Wars gaming, and so it would not be too expansive a leap of faith to follow you into this as well.

    But this is your thunder, and we do have our own magnum opus to attend to **starts humming the Star Wars theme tune** but I feel confident that one day (in the not too distant future) we WILL be joining you here amidst the empire`s greatest names of renown; and complementing one another with dazzling displays of splendour, no doubt from opposite ends of the old Vic Bellows Camera. Indeed, much of our quasi futuristic vision of Steampunian Imperial Coruscant.. looks remarkably like certain regions of olde London towne.

    splendid post Jez, and I`m delighted for you. And for us, as it means lots of wonderful articles to look forward to for you along the way, and lots of games too I hope. Oh please let there be games too **claps hands together in gleeful hope and expectation**

    …. and cake, and cucumber sandwiches, and tea, yes yea, served from cold China cups and little ornate saucers.


    • Thank you very much, Hils. I’ve always been a fan of the more macabre aspects of the Victorian era, both fact and fiction, so my little corner of London will reflect this.
      Whilst the intention is to have detailed gaming tiles, similar to my road and pumpkin patch ones, to play on, I’ve decided that I’m not going to let unpainted figures or not completely finished scenery prevent me from playing some games. (And If I post black and white photos of my games no-one will realise!)
      So, games will indeed be played, but first the cobbles must go down. And should you wish to visit and I’m off chasing spring-heeled fiends or small boys dressed entirely in leaves across the rooftops of the city, leave a note with the Punch and Judy man on the corner. 😉


  3. It took a lot of effort to put away my Victorian and Victorian Colonial collection this month just passed. As you know, we are painting the house and preparing for it to go on the market next year, and so `herself` has been `making me` box up lots and lots of stuff, if she perceives I`m not using it at the moment (causing me to try and LOOK like I`m playing with e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g…. all at once, to avoid her ever hawkish attention gaze).

    *sigh* And the you go and write a cool article about the same ruddy subject I`ve just been soooo good about boxing up, oh so carefully but with sad (wet handkerchief) regret. Its not not fair I tell you, its not fair.

    Hils is right, we do have a rather massive collection of this stuff for the table (actually this is one of MY collections as I am the Victorian miniatures collector here… she`s more the Victorian historian expert and loves her myriad collection of books on the subject instead), and it never takes much for me to want to get back into it myself. Mind you, I`ve taken a rather embarrassingly long break from it all this last year and more…. you just can`t do it all can you, and other projects have taken centre stage recently. But still, this subject is never far from my heart.

    Well done Jez, and BEST OF LUCK with this one. I`m jealous as hell, and will be enjoying all you do with this, following you every step of the way, in spirit, in all you write for it.


    • Apologies Stevie – it would appear that this particular project has struck a nerve with everybody. Plus it give me an excuse to buy a few figures I’ve had my eye on for a while.

      I think we have a fair trade – I can vicariously enjoy your Star Wars posts, and you can enjoy my Gothic Victoriana. Hopefully it will live up to your expectations, but may not be entirely historically accurate…lol


  4. Well this looks like it will be a rollercoaster ride and a half, that’s the trouble with holidays, too much time to think and as we all know thinking is BAD!!

    Looking forward to your twist on Victorian London, It’s nice to see everyone taking off on their own little leaps of fantasy and doing their own thing, be it Star Wars, post apoc, space opera RPG, Darkest Africa, Zombies, etc..makes trawling the blogs so much more interesting than when everyone is into the latest “in” game…

    Cheers Roger.


  5. This sounds a great project Jez, and look forward to seeing all the scenery you make and models you paint ( or not if their in black and white). I must admit prefer the darker side of any time period so shall watch with interest. Will be good to see some of this era again after they stopped Penny Dreadful


    • Thanks Dave. “Penny Dreadful” is the tone I’m going for, mixed in with my own unique sense of humour, so macabre with a hint of the absurd. Already planning some suitable ‘street furniture’ – a Punch and Judy booth, a hot chestnut seller, that kind of thing. I think I also need a ‘Giant Rat of Sumatra’, but hopefully mine will be more convincing than the one from “The Talons of Weng- Chiang”. 😉


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  7. To paraphrase Emperor Palpatine:…”As for you, young Crow…We shall be watching your career with great interest.”

    I love the Victorian stuff, and I’m doubly glad it’s not VSF. Not that VSF is bad, it’s just all the rage now. I love me some John Carter, but I love Holmes and Watson more. I’m looking forward to your upcoming posts, Jez!
    Also, I love the name “Black Museum” force! I listen to Old Time Radio a lot while I paint, and I love the old Black Museum radio show, featuring the great Orson Welles! If you haven’t checked it out, look it up and give it a listen while you work your Victorian magic!


    • Thanks Keith. As you’ve probably gathered, if it’s all the rage, I’ll probably be doing something slightly different. I do like a bit of VSF, but I prefer my Victoriana a little more…visceral. If you enjoyed the HBO series “Penny Dreadful”, that’s the tone I’m going for.
      The idea for the Black Museum forve has the same source as the Welles radio drama. I’ve just extrapolated that the reason the general public were never allowed access to Scotland Yard’s Black Museum was because it dealt with crimes of the rum and uncanny, the sort that the British public shouldn’t know about.
      Expect grisly muders commited by villains inspired by Gothic melodrama of the time, but with my own unique spin. It’s going to be fun.


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