Monday, October 24, 2016

GZG 15mm Vilani Imperial Officers and Staff

Between phases of building my next 7TV extravaganza, I was able to finish some Vilani Imperium officers and staff. (Picture taken with my I*Phone - I will be replacing this with a proper pic in the next few days).

Miniatures by Ground Zero Games

These are GZG # SG15-J14, being part of Jon's new updated Japanese Corporate release. They are smart little figures, and I'm looking forward to deploying them as part of my Imperial 484th "Nusku" Infantry Brigade.

Animation: 5
Detail: 5
Proportions: 5
Variety: 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

The two chaps on the single "squad" base are from the initial, pre-2014 GZG release. They are fully compatible with the new sculpts - though they lack some animation...Ω

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Downing Street has Fallen: The Invasion

Last week saw Megz and yrs truly visiting the WAMPS (Wargame Association of Metropolitan Philadelphia) and running two sessions of the 7TV scenario "The Invasion".

Inspired by multiple invasion plots from such series as Doctor Who and The Bionic Woman, this scenario depicts an attempt by the maniacal Dr. Argo to kidnap the British Prime Minister by employing his mechanical terrors, The Argonauts.

In a nutshell, Dr. Argo is using his Argonauts to kidnap the British Prime Minister (played herein by Lindsey Duncan).

We were using the 7TV First Edition - there is a 2nd edition which seems to be designed for faster play (from what I gather, mainly in how the information is organised). Having finally put a few 1st Ed. games in me hamper, I'm happy enough with it and unlikely to migrate the 2E, at least not yet.
Outside Downing Street - Mrs PM under duress.

The gate to Downing Street is from a model train scenery set. Funnily enough, I purchased the set back in the 90's, and it lay unused in a box for nearly two decades. Even funnier, I couldn't find it, so I had to track down the company and buy another one. Eh? Because it's perfect, that's why.
Argonauts Advance
All figures used were from the Crooked Dice range, with the exception of the PM - that came from the Space Vixens from Mars range as Mrs. Plumber. I painted her as Mrs. Thatcher - admittedly, Britain's first and only female PM was elected in 1979 - but that'll do, Mags, that'll do. I have another fig I can use as Ted Heath if I want to set the scenario earlier.

A squaddie about to be torn between two mechanical lovers...
Building facades for the end of Downing Street were constructed from foam core/board with either paper or thin plastic sheeting for details. The gray basswood buildings were purchased about ten years ago from a hobbyist at a convention - I plan to paint them white to simulate the Ministry of Defense buildings across the street.
The general melee and firefight. The Army's Laser Team has arrived, bottom left.
The scenario is taken from the 7TV Programme Guide "The Argonauts" and features such surprises as Fembots infiltrating as innocent bystanders, only to open up with a twin set of Vickies, I mean Vickers. The army is supported by a Department X laser rifle team (changed from the as-written bazooka team) which proved capable of destroying an argonaut with a single shot.

BTW, I've registered this game for NJ.Con on June 10th...

MK III Mechanical Smackdown: Incoming

Mrs PM escapes her captors...on the #14...for now.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Invasion of the Argonauts

During the last week or so, I was able to paint up some figures for the Crooked Dice 7TV programme: The Argonauts.

These mechanical menaces are the creation of the insane scientific genius, Dr. Argo. Maimed in an experiment gone horribly wrong, Argo dispatches his minions, dubbed "Argonauts", to visit death and destruction upon his enemies, real or imagined.

"Bronze, Iron and Steel..."

As a counterpoint to the brute strenght of the Argonauts, Dr. Argo's more insidious creations: The FemDroids.

"It's colder in here than I thought..."

With synthetic flesh, armed with 36mm double-D cannons, these alluring automatons specialise in "surprise attacks against soft targets."

When the face-plate drops, all bets are off...

Both Crooked Dice sets were a delight to paint. The Argonauts are packeaged with an additional alternate head - allowing for the creation of a "Cyber-toaster" from the classic "Cattlecar Galaxia" relaunch. 

The FemDroids each ship with a single head - two humanlike, and two with exposed circuits and LED eyes.  All four sport retro-1960's hair.

Plans are to have a sufficient Argonaut force to assault White Hall in a 7TV/Dr Who crossover: Doctor Who and the Invasion of the Argonauts...

Friday, December 11, 2015

7TV: Lady Winterly and Mr. Mangel

"I take it you've met my...associate..."
Following on the heels of my last post, I present Lady Winterly, modern sorceress, and her magical construct, Mr. Mangel.

Admittedly, I'm veering into Modern Gothic Horror here - but I don't wish to start Yet Another Blog. To my way of thinking, this is just a step away from Doctor Who, and in fact I will probably tie the two together so my conscience stops bothering me.

Lady Winterly is the scion of Winterly Grange, a manor and village in a remote and somewhat backward unnamed shire in England (but probably Wiltshire). Lady Winterly is an adherent to the Old Law, and rules her modern demense with the power of Nature and the Elements.

Miniature by Crooked Dice

I need to make another attempt at her right eye - it looks as though she's had a round with Mr. Winterly. The miniature for Winterly is available through Crooked Dice. Even comes with a little corn dollie to use as a talisman, or to sell to curious tourists.

Next is Mr. Mangel, her ladyships golem-like enforcer, and is raised using arcane magic to deal destruction to Lady Winterly's foes. I was at a loss for what miniature to use, having visited Reaper's Chronoscope line as well as one that sells witches and scarecrows (but neglected to post enough pictures to cover the range) without a satisfactory result.

The project was headed towards the back of the workbench when a chance conversation with an old game friend brought Malifaux's The Carver miniature to my attention (thanks Cam!). I bought the miniature on the spot - despite it having giant scissors for hands.

Miniature by Wyrd Games
Back of Miniature also by Wyrd Games

A bit of modelling with milliput, styrene sheet, piano wire and glue and Viola! Mr. Mangel will shortly rise from the fields. The plastic model comes in pieces, to be assembled, so I took the liberty (whilst making his hands) of filling the void with milliput for added weight (also added a small pebble from the back garden). The original model also comes with a groove in the back (cunningly hidden on mine with a burlap-coloured patch) which needed filling. A model railroad corn stalk (should be wheat or barley) was added for colour.

I actually resisted the urge to glue a dis-corporated 28mm head, rolling at his feet - Megz thinks I need professional help as is...

Monday, November 30, 2015

7TV: Children of the Corn Fields

The second post contains pictures of Lady Winterly's Animated Corn Dolls/Scare Crows.
Miniatures from Gripping Beast

Also from Gripping Beast, these horrors are raised by Lady Winterly's dark magic to wreak vengence on those who scorn the Old Laws or fail to show concern for heath and woodland.

"Hay, summon else might need th'phone!"
Animation: 4
Detail: 5
Proportions: 4
Variety: 5
Overall: 4.5 out of 5

The village green depicts the commons of Winterly Grange, and is taken from the 7TV Episode Guide "Rogue's Gallery", available from the publishers at Crooked Dice. Plans are to bring this to the Cold Wars convention as an introductory game.

NEXT TIME: A full article on the village and the paper models used will feature in an upcoming post...

Morris Dancers of DOOOM for 7TV

When I mentioned to the Friday Night Pals that I needed Armed Morris Dancers for a 7TV game, the reaction was a bemused one. Albrecht said that was a sentence he had never heard before.

These were had from Gripping Beast. They came in good time and are perfectly 28mm. Contrary to the listing's description, they are armed with more than just pistols - two, indeed with pistols, and two with shotguns/rifles - though one of the Morrismen is going to have some difficulty unslinging his piece with a "zyder" jug glued to his face.

Morris Men by Gripping Beast and Telecom Box by Black Cat Bases (?)
These represent the servants of Lady Winterly, the severe mistress of Winterly Grange. A devotee of the Old Religion, her family has held sway over the local countryside for untold generations - but more of her anon. 

Animation: 5
Detail: 5
Proportions: 5
Variety: 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

The Morrismen are shown with the one trace of modern technology permitted in the village - a Brit-telecom phone box. I think I had the box from Black Cat Bases, but the clear resin ones seem to be discontinued...

Monday, September 14, 2015

And some 28mm 7TV: Archer Vice

Three new minis from Hasslefree Miniatures - this might be my very first Hasslefree order. I've browsed the website, admired the figures, but over the years I've never had an application for Kev's sexy little figures. Until recently...

I'm very pleased with both the minis and the result. There was even some candy sweets enclosed in the packet, and an extra miniature included, as a consolation for having taken a bit longer than is usual for Hasslefree to dispatch - though it didn't seem it took that long to me. Still, free candy + miniature = morning win.

Minis are part of their "Mission Improbable"  line and painted to portray a certain well known secret agent, codename "Duchess" (Oh, she loved that dog...) and his on-again, off-again girlfriend.

Miniatures by Hasselfree

The animation is very nice (and while I did have to glue his right arm on, I'm getting used to it) and Kev has captured the look and character of the subjects. To obtain the series look, Agent Stirling's hair and trade-mark turtleneck were painted black and then dry-brushed with midnight blue and then a light gray-blue.

Agent Cain was painted to look tan-ish ("Well, what's the word. Lana? You freaked out when I called you a quadroon..."). I'm very pleased with the colour. Upon seeing the result, Megz commented "That is one hot little mini..." and I don't think she meant the dress.

Miniature by Hasselfree

As an added benefit, Hasslefree also sell Agent Jashun, the somewhat intoxicated version. I painted him holding a Glenfiddich bottle - if one is going to swill whiskey, swill one of the best brands.

I've statted both models for 7TV - I'm going to need to introduce a rule for being intoxicated (the miniature, not the gamer) and the effects thereof. Possibly an event card entitled "Stirling Shivered" that swaps drunken Shtirling for the sober one...