Sunday, 2 June 2013

The New Avengers: Mike Gambit

As most people now I love all the spy fi type shows from the 60's and 70's Bond, The Saint, Adam Adamant and Lately The New Avengers. I have my best mate Drew Wood aka Doctor Warlock to thanks for this through one of our many conversations The New Avengers were mentioned 'You'll really like this show Si' and what a corker it is to I love this show I could quite happily watch this series over and over til the cows come home and as for ideas for 7TV Gaming it has them in spades! The way the characters interact with each other and the banter is highly amusing.

My favourite character from the show is Mike  Gambit was a secret agent and former Major in the Parachute Regiment and had a short-lived career as a race car driver. Gambit is somewhat of a mystery, his past never being too thoroughly dealt with.  There are already figures for the avengers which I'd done for John Steed and the Emma Peel? version from the previous Avengers series. So I decided todo me a Gambit conversion he's mostly armed with a pistol of some kind but what sticks in me head is a quote from the first episode The Eagles Nest.


'This is a Smith and Wesson Magnum 38 I loaded it myself this morning'
Summary of the Episode
A British agent is sent to investigate a suspicious monastery on a remote Scottish island, but he is killed by the local fishermen. Then Steed, Gambit, and Purdey are sent to look into their fellow agent's death and to continue his investigation. It seems that at the end of the second world war an aeroplane carrying Germany's Greatest Treasure (whatever that may be) ended up there - and the monks turn out to be not particularly religious.

Here is the youtube video of the whole episode the scene If you want to watch just that it starts around 47:30 but by all means watch the whole episode. I love it!



Anyway I had this huge itch to do a Gambit character which just wouldn't leave me be. It had to have a chunky looking revolver as per the Magnum 38.

Finding a suitable head was the hardest part to do. I eventually managed to find one from Crooked Dice (Fop Minion head) though not perfect (mainly the hair being a tiny bit to bushy) but it fits pretty well. The Body is from Copplestone Castings KKBB Range Freelance Agents pack. Painted him up in his commonly worn brown suit with lemon shirt.




Heres a group pic so far I can use these to play some games. Eventually Steed and Peel will be replaced once I've got the right bits to convert a Purdy. I already have an eye on a figure to replace Steed.


38 comments:

  1. A great conversion Simon and lovely to see the three reunited.

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  2. Great conversion and very good paint Simon .
    On of my favorite TV series
    Greetings
    Vincent .

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  3. An absolute classic. Now here's a challenge for you try a Jason KING figure. Full of 70s suave and as camp as Christmas. :-)

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    1. LOL Thanks mate you mention Jason King every week and I've already done him :P

      http://brummieswargamingblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/department-x-head-hugo-solomon-and.html

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    2. Sorry buddy its my age and the mad cow disease. Hugo is a spiffing figure of a dude.

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    3. LOL No worries mate. Glad you like him :D

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  4. Nice one Simon. And a very good trio I think they are ready for a Game. So I'll look forward to the ARR>

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    1. Thanks Clint, Doctor Warlock has already done some stats for the Trio he's going to dig them out for me. Purdy and new John Steed are in the planning stages. Problem is the steed figure I want is from Foundry and the flat postage is £6.00 and the figure I want is £4.00......

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    2. I would have suggested the Foundry Fantasy site but it seems to have disappeared. I got my recent street violence stuff from there, and the postage was only about £2.50

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    3. Yeah since Foundry have launched the new site they've closed everything else down even Cavalier Books are no longer allowed to order from them either. I'm hoping at the momement a friend of a fried might be putting in an order at some point and they may get added on :D

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    4. I am probably going to phone Foundry tomorrow to pre order some figures for BROADSIDE.

      I might have left it too late though. If you Email me I might be able to get it added to my order and post it to you myself.

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    5. Thanks mate i've dropped you an email that will be a big help :0)

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  5. Thanks for talking us through this Simon. I really enjoyed what I used to see of the New Avengers (even though the Avengers and 60's spy-fi probably grabs me more), and reading your determination to capture one of your favourite characters in mini form is very cool. :)

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    1. Thanks Pulpcitizen Its one of those shows that started a gaming itch that had to be scracted right now! lol

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  6. I have fond memories of watching the New Avengers. Your conversion is top notch. Well done, Simon.

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    1. I obviously think I was born in the wrong era :D Thanks Bryan.

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  7. Brown suit and lemon shirt?! I'm sure it's accurate, but ewww :-) !

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    1. LOL There is that I'm upto Episode 10 of the first series and so far it was the most common outfit he wore.

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  8. Not a big fan of the tv show myself but again, a great job done on the minis mate

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    1. Thanks Dave, I can remember these being on the tv as a kid and not paying them much attention but I think I an appreciate them more now for what they are and tried to do.

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  9. Haha nice effort he certainly looks the part, I look forward to some Spy fi AAR's

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  10. Another cracking looking model mate.

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  11. Even growing up across the pond (in Hawaii no less), I cherish the memories of watching those old spy shows. Particularly love the magnum wielding guy with the "hair helmet." :) Best, Dean

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    1. Thanks Gambit is the newest of the Trio, Planning some new versions of Steed and Purdy.

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  12. I hope you will like the new SAINT TV show which is being prepared for next TV season!
    http://hollywood-spy.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-mortal-instruments-city-of-bones.html

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    1. ooo I'll have a look ta Dezmond

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  13. I loved this series especially Purdey though, wasn't there an episode with a giant rat?

    Nice one with the Gambit....maybe needs some coffee!

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    1. LOL thanks Fran. Not seen that one yet upto episode 10 of Series 1 enjoying it so far.

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  14. Again, great work. I really like how it turned out :)

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    1. Thanks mate I've painted his eyes tonight and washed the suit again as it looks dusty in these pics so hopefully it will blend better.

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  15. Great looking figures for a very nice suject!
    Phil.

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    1. Cheers Phil thanks to Clint John Steed mkII will be done soon :D

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  16. Very nice Simon, i just watched this show on DVD a few weeks back, the one with the giant rat was the best

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