Sunday 30 December 2018

Merry Christmas!

I'd like to wish all my blog followers a very Merry Christmas. I hope you all had something nice in your Christmas stockings?

That is assuming you all have been good girls and boys that is!

We are experiencing technical issues in the Brummie household powering off my laptop Christmas Eve has seen the death of it. I think it needs a new system board which will have to wait a bit due to the usual Christmas spend!

So I am trying to get used to using my mobile to write posts.

Loot wise from Santa I was very lucky to get Here's Negan from Mantic games. It is a standalone game set in the Walking Dead comic universe. With Negan and his gang attempting to clear out the Sanctuary of zombies. I also got Golden Eye for the family wii so have spent a bit of time playing that amongst all the kids games. 

The kids got a game called Labyrinth it's quite fun. You have to create paths so ypur mage can collect treasure around the maze. Slotting In the spare tile to create clear paths. I'm not very good at it.

Only really got as far as unpacking and punching everything out. The figures are fab though seemingly much farmers and detailed than the first sets of the Walking Dead figures.

These are going into January's paint queue alongside some figures from Kitbash Games upcoming kickstarter.

Sunday 23 December 2018

Studio Miniatures Eddie

Ok managed to squeeze in one more Movie hero this month. This time from Studio minatures Survivor range. Base on Eddie Murphy's Axel Foley character from Beverly Hills cop. Cracking scuplt which came in two pieces being the main body and the forearm and pistol. I pinned the arm in place as I felt it was to much of a weak point.

Another option for my 7TV cast to go with the other US Cops I am just finished. I shall have to have a look around for models to represent Taggart and Rosewood.

Onto the extras!

Friday 21 December 2018

Crooked Dice Lawmen with hand weapons

Well going through the leadpile of cops and lawmen I found the hand weapons set and they will stand in nicely for US Cop profiles for 7TV where there are equipped with batons and pistols. I still need to pick up the packs with pistols and rifles it seems.

These will be joining my Sergeant I did previously and backing up Riggs and Murtaugh. The main decision now is to decide on what profile to use for Murtaugh as at the moment I have

30 Ratings
Riggs (Action Hero) 10 ratings
Murtaugh (Dependable Deputy or Tough Detective) 6 or 10 ratings
Police Sergeant (US) 3 ratings
4 Police Officers (US) 7 ratings

Tuesday 18 December 2018

Crooked Dice Hero Cop.

Continuing the movie theme (well ish) This one of the many excellent American Police that Crooked Dice do. This one is obviously based on TJ Hooker from the TV series played by William Shatner. I plan to use him as a sergeant to back up Riggs and Murtaugh for my 7TV Cast for the 7TV day on the 26th January.

This one is paired with another Hero Cop who is more of your local Sheriff type resembling Hopper from Stranger Things. I will be doing him very much like his TV alter ego and plan to get some more deputies to join him.

I need to make my mind up on what extras to take as I have some more cops with shotguns (which only really have Sergeant profiles with that armament at the moment) But also have some cops with M16's which I will paint up in similar uniform but have baseball caps so will count them as SWAT.

Monday 17 December 2018

Brigade Games British Agent

I picked up a few packs from the Brigade Games Kickstarter earlier in the year and one of the packs wa the British Agents pack which came with this awesome mini with an umbrella weapon. For me he makes a great looking Kingsman so I will use him as an one the ones not seen in the films perhaps as Gawain or another knight of the round table.

This one comes with a nifty looking female agent in ball gown and silenced pistol which I'm not sure what to do with yet. The other pack I picked up was one of the henchmen packs with a rather excellent looking Oddjob in. This will probably be my last movie related post for now. I am going to another 7TV day at Board in Brum on the 26th January and it is looming rather close so need to sort out a new cast to take and paint!

Thursday 6 December 2018

Hasslefree Cobra

Another movie themed character finished off and out of the leadpile. This time from Hasslefree miniatures called Cobra who is obviously based on Snake Plisskin from the movie Escape From New York. 

Now I have two intentions with this fellow so I did his combat trousers a different colour intentionally. Obviously firstly it is going to be used as Snake Plisskin secondly I am a huge fan of the Deathlands series of books and aside from the main weapon this would make an excellent proxy for Ryan Cawdor the leader of the Post Apocalyptic band.

Fab mini now he is finished but man was he a pain in the ass to paint. Some areas of the face were hard to get to due to the pose and I struggled to get his arms aligned when assembling him. Got there in the end I just had to take extra care painting his left eye. I couldn't of done it in pieces I don't think with how fiddly he was to glue and hold it.

A bit of information Deathlands. It is a book series written by a variety of authors under the pen name of James Axler. It takes place roughly one hundred years after a nuclear apocalypse decimated the world on January 20th, 2001. The books revolve around the travels of Ryan Cawdor and his companions as they discover the secrets of century old government experiments and experience the joys and more frequent horrors that roam the wastes of the former United States of America. Welcome to Deathlands, where death lurks behind every corner.
On the morning of January 20, 2001 the climax of the Cold War set the post-apocalyptic stage for the series. The end game began with a pre-emptive strike on Washington. Underground nuclear bombs were detonated from within the basement of the Soviet embassy, by an elite group of Spetsnaz operatives, destroying the central command structure and political system of the United States. For an indefinite period of time a nuclear exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union devastated both countries and subsequently the entire planet (but little details are known outside both countries). All manner of genetic contagions were released infecting the survivors of the firestorm with horrible illnesses. The remaining survivors lived harshly during a time of prolonged nuclear winter known as Sky Dark. The geography, climate, and ecosystems of the world had changed dramatically. What was left of the United States came to be known as the Deathlands.

100 years later civilisation begins again: brutal, short lived, morally confused and crazed from mutation. Between the many hot spots are small plague pits ruled by power hungry individuals who have no limits in order to establish their rule and expand their influence. These individuals are known as the Barons. Their rabble pits are known as Villes and Baronies. Civilisation unknowingly resembles the Dark Ages. Trading resumes between the Villes: Jack (a regional currency), Jolt (a hallucinogenic mixture of Mescaline and Heroin) and slaves are the primary forms of currency. Life is a strange mixture of ancient history and limited technology that is scrapped from the 20th century. Military technology is the most prized possession of all; success is often measured by the number of bullets he or she possesses. A man named Ryan Cawdor leads a group of companions across the Deathlands. Ryan has extremely secret knowledge of the 20th century. The understanding of hidden underground complexes, known as redoubts, that contains Teleportation technology. He and this companions guard this knowledge with their lives. The technology is called MAT-TRANS.

Each novel usually begins with the companions arriving at a frequently unknown redoubt by MAT-TRANS. If the situation is impossible or hostile the companions can use the last destination feature of the transporter to return to the sending location. If the redoubt is unknown then the companions usually explore, looking for weapons and supplies which they rarely find. Sometimes they are lucky and find a working shower or stored food which they always utilise or take. The story picks up speed once the characters leave the redoubt and explore the surrounding countryside. Frequently the companions are captured or forced into a confrontation with the local barons. Each novel reveals a little of the characters' history, motivations and the regional location where they arrived.

 One of many book covers.
The one movie that was done which I would love to get hold of. Its a bit cheesy looking and has very much a B movie look and feel but I don't care.

I have ideas for other companions. I have bits coming to make the infamous Armour J.B Dixx and I have the bits to assemble Mildred the doctor who was a in cryo sleep and woken in the apocalypse. I am unsure when to place in the time line as time goes on companions come and go in the early ones there is a high mortality rate and many get killed off or leave.

Monday 3 December 2018

Rogue Miniatures Riggs and Murtagh

So first up in this month hero theme is Riggs and Murtaugh of course from Lethal Weapon (Also a Christmas movie Die Hard fans) These are sold by Rogue miniatures. (There are issue with the website currently but you can contact them through there Facebook Page to Order)

These are both really nicely detailed sculpts to paint from the details on Riggs Jacket to the little touches like the belt holster, wedding band and tie pin on Murtaugh. At first I thought Murtaugh was perhaps a bit to tall but looking it up he is 6 ft 4 inches!! So fits well really.

I have ideas now for some 8TV using these guys it would make a fun cast with some regular cops as back up. Just need a beat up station wagon for them to ride around in.