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...

Thursday, September 10, 2015

More 7TV Space Madness

Nice long weekend saw some miniatures painted, for our first 7TV foray:

First is some backup for Dr. Lake - Brock Hampson: 50% Scottish, 50% Swedish, 50% Winnebago:

Miniatures from Reaper and Denizen

Miniature is from the Reaper Chronoscope line (50044: Frank Russo, Mercenary Hero). Nice mini - I wasn't mad about having to glue his right arm on, but I got over that. I also had some trouble with the orange-on-red dry brushing on the space suit - for some reason the tint kept darkening instead of lightening. I might try this miniature again, and give him a green-stuff mullet.

Second, playing the part of The Guru, is Roger Delgado's "Master" miniature, from the Black Tree 3rd Doctor Who line. Lovely miniature and captures a lot of the actor's/character's natural charisma.

Miniatures from Black Tree Designs and East Riding Miniatures

Last and most deadly is the Guru's young ward/executioner Kali, from the East Riding Miniatures Corporate Wars/Assassin line (JBA1).  Kali required a bit of modding, and the pistol she had been brandishing was cut away and an easy ivory blow-pipe added. I have a couple of addition ERM25 minis on hand for conversion to Sisters of Kali-style assassins.

Next up will be some additional 'rogue' agents for some added mayhem and variety...Ω

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


7TV and the world of Cult TV fascinates me, especially all of those wonderful TV shows I would watch as a kid (either from atop, or behind, the settee). Add to that a sprinkling of James Bondian-esque miniatures, and I was hooked on my first read-through.

Much to my delight, I realised I could put on a decent game with impressive scenery without having to break all that much new ground. I have a 28mm space station in storage, I have forces for the extras on both sides. All I needed was Melody Lake, Professor Kneale and Brock, er, Jock Hampson for the A.R.C. (Albion Rocket Consortium) side, and the Guru and Kali on the S.H.I.V.A. (Bad Guys) side.

One minor issue I had was ordering from Crooked Dice, as the "Guru", in his classic suit, was listed as Out of Stock. I understand they have recently had to move to new digs. That said, OOS does not help your business, as purchasers will go elsewhere for the product. Miniature gamers want what they want when they want it - based on current market models, only 20% of your customers are willing to wait.

Pictured here is my first painted mini for 7TV - Melody Lake in her scarlet space suit.  She is accompanied by her A.R.C. supporting  cast, also in space suits. Ms. Lake is a Denizen miniature (SF38) - she was already primed and waiting to be painted. The supporting lads from A.R.C.  were painted about 10 year's ago for a Traveller game - it's interesting to see how my painting style has improved (IMO) since then.

Denizen 25's are a breeze to paint. Time and funds permitting, I hope to purchase the Melody Lake from Crooked Dice, along with some other of their exceptional miniatures, in the not-too-distant future...Ω