Victorian Science Fiction
John Carter of Mars, Space 1889, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Lost World etc. etc. etc.
The term denotes works set in an era or world in the 19th century, and often set in Victorian era England - but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions.
Personally I got interested in the Martian adventures of John Carter or in the Space 1889 setting. I searched the net for suitable miniatures to play some games and was amazed that there are many suitable ones.
The miniatures to the left (posing as Dejah Thoris) and below are from Bronze Age minis and Parroom minis, while the scenery head is from Fantascene.
Burroughs description of Dejah Thoris: “And the sight which met my eyes was that of a slender, girlish figure, similar in every detail to the earthly women of my past life... Her face was oval and beautiful in the extreme, her every feature was finely chiseled and exquisite, her eyes large and lustrous and her head surmounted by a mass of coal black, waving hair, caught loosely into a strange yet becoming coiffure. Her skin was of a light reddish copper color, against which the crimson glow of her cheeks and the ruby of her beautifully molded lips shone with a strangely enhancing effect.
She was as destitute of clothes as the green Martians who accompanied her; indeed, save for her highly wrought ornaments she was entirely naked, nor could any apparel have enhanced the beauty of her perfect and symmetrical figure. “
John Carter on his faithful Thoat, Green Martian Tars Tarkas and Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium.