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Back in the 70`s the poor Doctor was exiled to earth by the time lords. This lead to the doctor working with U.N.I.T.

When I pulled out the “not” 11th and 12th doctors from my box of Doctor Who models, I also pulled out 15 “not” UNIT models.

First up we have Captain Yates, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, and Sargent Benton.

Followed on by 2 squads of 6 troopers  (4 with SLR`s and 2 with SMG`s)

I went with the following paints

AP: Army painter.         GW: GAmes Workshop.       VA: Vallejo.

Uniform: (AP) Army Green washed, with (GW) Athonion Camoshade wash,  and a dry brush of Army Green.

Pouches and webbing: (VA) 887 Brown Violet.

Beret: (GW) Zandri Dust.

Boots: (GW) Abaddon Black.

Guns: (GW) Abaddon Black, and Leadbelcher.

Hair: (VA) 872 Chocolate Brown.

Skin: (GW) Bugmans Glow,Cadian Flesh, Kislev Flesh. Followed by a wash of Reikland Flesh

Of coarse a UNIT force would not be the same with out the 3rd Doctor and Jo Grant.

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Next up we have the 12th doctor with Osgood and Clara Oswald.

And finally we have 11th Doctor companion Rory Williams, as well as the 10th Doctors companions Donna Noble and Martha Jones.

Now I just need to figure out what to do for the bases?

 

Its hard to believe that 26 years ago that I first came across Doctor Who on TV (23rd of November 1988 to be exact) The story was The Silver Nemesis and it was a cold night in November. However it would be shortly lived as the following year the BBC cancelled it, meaning I had seen 6 story’s from the “original” run. My local library had a few of the old Target Books, which I borrowed and read. It would be a few years before the Doctor would return to TV, this time on a Sunday at lunchtime. Now I only really remember one story and that was the 3rd Doctors: The Green Death (often referred to  as”the one with the maggots”). After this the odd story were repeated here and their on TV.

It would be 1992 before the doctor would have a “regular” slot on TV on SKY channel UK Gold, however it would be 5 years before I would see it again. 1996 saw the Doctor return with the Doctor Who: The Movie which introduced us to the 8th Doctor. However it was short lived, it did well over here with ratings but was poorly received in the States. The following year would see my God-mother getting up at 6 o clock in the morning (Saturdays and Sundays) to recorded me the omnibus editions. This would carry on for the next few years until her death.

It was around late 96, early 97 that I came across the Doctor Who miniatures while flicking through a copy of Wargames Illustrated. It would be later in the year before I started buying the range though the “monthly” subscription service that was offered by Harlequin Miniatures, which lasted for a few years before the license run out.

It would be some years before I would get back into Doctor Who and that would be 2005 with the “new” Doctor Who TV series. Then the following year a “free” set of wargaming  rules were released in the form of the DWMG (Doctor Who Miniatures Game) at last I could use all my DW models that had been boxed up and stored for the past 5-6 years.

Now days it is easier to get my Doctor Who fix, as I own all the DVDs of the classic series (all 143 of them), “new” Who on Blu-ray. 99% of the Big Finish Doctor Who ranges. As well as the missing story’s on audio CDs.

So after re-reading the 7TV rules the other day and my new painting light turning up, I decided to have a go at some painting.  After going through my box of Doctor Who models, I picked out  the 11th and 12th (not) Doctors and 6 companions (3 for each doctor)

Lets see how they turn out?………………………………

I am still struggling to get back into “hobby” mode, despite my nice new painting light arriving yesterday morning!

I have been re-reading the 7TV rulebook and its supplements (Summer Special, On Location, Heroes and Villains Guides) in some vain hope of jump starting my creativity. For those not in the “know”, 7tv set in the 60’s and 70’s and is based on cult TV programs (you can create your own or use the pre-generated ones). Now I have always had a soft spot for 7TV, and have not played the game in a few years.

Now one of the things that I miss about the hobby is making terrain. Back when I first got into wargaming terrain was made from boxes and books, to represent buildings and hills. Coloured pieces of paper or cloth, were used for trees, rivers, and fields. As time went by I learnt how to make terrain from polystyrene and foam core, as well as scratch built trees from wire.

However a few company’s begun making resin terrain (which was often very tacky). Then came the card kits for buildings, which were quickly followed on by “hybrid” plastic and card kits.

Now in the past 10 years “plastic” terrain has become the norm. Hills, trees, buildings, ruins, etc. Can all be bought in plastic. Another “new” comer in the past few years are laser cut MDF building kits, most of which need no glue to assemble them and can be flat Packed away.

How ever getting back to 7TV, I would like to go back to the grass roots of wargaming. And in much the same way as a set designer on a cult TV program make scenery from basic materials. Its early days but hopefully it will be the spark I need to get the “hobby” mode started again!

I have to say I am struggling to get motivated with any “hobby” time over the past few weeks.

It all started when I cleared the paint station.

I did however manage to finish of the JD Judges and 3 (of the 4) Dark Judges, as well as all of the plastic terminators for Terminator: Genisys. Everything else has been put away, so that hopefully I can start from scratch.

However It has not happened, It may well have something to do with both the change in the weather and the clocks going back. Meaning its is darker one hour earlier. Add to that my Painting light broke at the beginning of the year (something that slipped my mind and was forgotten).

I Have however been reading 7tv from Crooked dice, in preparation for the new 2nd edition being released within the next few months. Which in turn has made me work up a few “rough” cast lists for a Doctor Who game of the The Invasion from 1968.

Hopefully the new light I have ordered will Inspire me to get back to painting…………………………………….

Way back in the mists of time I played a game called Mordheim from GW  and was very active on the various forums and groups at the time. One of the thing that I helped develop was a set of rules for fighting battles in sewers, and with all intentions making a 3D terrain set up. But with one thing and another the 3D set up got pushed to one side and my Warhammer Quest tiles were used as the layout to test the rules. A few months later some one sent me a link (its not the same link as the website has moved and changed over the years!).

http://ainstycastings.co.uk/index.php/cPath/26/sort/2a/page/1/osCsid/ff90fec5c4f4fb9c3289b1dd42cffd8d

But by now Mordheim was being played less and less, and other games were being played. But I really liked the look of the sewer terrain and always thought that one day I would own some.

Roll on to 2006 and the classic Doctor Who story makes it on to DVD, now I had seen screen captures for the episode but had never seen it on VHS. And to my surprise it featured a scene with Zoe,Jamie and UNIT in the sewers being chased by Cybermen again the Ainsty Sewer models sprang to mind and shortly afterwards the Doctor Who miniatures game appeared on the internet.

Since 2006 I have planned to buy the sewer set at least 5 times but for one reason or  another I have not purchased it. Until a few weeks ago!

I am on both the Doctor Who miniatures game and 7TV Action groups on face book and by chance someone was selling the basic sewer set, expansion set and a few other pieces for £100 inc postage.

How could  I refuse such an offer! well I did not and it is on its way to me now!

But my problem is, What colours do I use?

As we approach the end of 2013 I thought it would be a good time to look back over the past year.

First up Painting.

I started the year with the LOTR and Hobbit ranges from Games Workshop and I managed to paint quite a few models. I set my sights on working my way through the Fellowship Of The Ring  journey book, and building up the models that were needed to play the battles in the book. I started with Frodo,Sam,Merry,Pippin and the Nazgul before moving on to Aragorn and Gandalf the grey. I picked up most of the Hobbit releases as they came out, But with the total lack of Hobbit content in White Dwarf I cancelled my subscription with issue 400.

February, March, and April were pretty quite on the painting front due to work commitments i did paint a few Judge Dredd models but apart form that not much else got painted.

April also saw Salute 2013, which I attended and picked up some 15mm Sci-Fi models and a heap of Judge Dredd  models including  “cough,cough” a Manta Prowl Tank “cough,cough” which I am lead to believe many of there JD Kick starter backers are still waiting for.

May through to October saw me restart my Doctor Who miniatures collection, I must have painted 200 models from Daleks to Zygons and everything in between. I also started buying the Big Finish Audio’s which have been a great help in keeping me focused while painting.

The tail end of October through till now I have been doing Gimli, Legoles, and Bormir from LOTR and the goblins from The hobbit. At first I was not looking forward to paint the goblins but once I got started I soon worked my way through them.

Next we move on to Kick starters.

Now Kick starters seem to be a good way of getting a project under way by allowing the public (you and me) to support the the funding of production.

Now I started the year by backing the Rogue Trooper project from Mongoose Publishing, which was due to be shipped in September 2013. We are now nearing the end of December and their is no sign of any models what so ever. The main sculptor has left the project for personal reasons. And now the replacement sculptor has real life problems so the chances of seeing any greens before Christmas is very very slim.  In all I am very disappointed with Mongoose and I am in the process of getting a refund for the project (which was meant to take a week, two at the most. But now has stretched to a month) In all I will never back another project by Mongoose Publishing. I am so glad I did NOT back the Judge Dredd project as I see people over their are getting pissed off as well. But when you have a company that sells models to the public before the KS backers what do you expect!

Next came SpineSpur, which I owned some years ago.  When the models were first released I grabbed hold of most of them and got them painted up and played some games. The models were on display in my “then” local gaming store, but  one day the owner shut up shop and did a runner my models were never to be seen again! So with the chance to grab the lot in one go along with the remaining models and a nice shiny hardback rulebook I jumped in feet first and become one of the Senators of Spinespur. The project was due to ship in November but was pushed back to December due to a problem with the cover of the book, it has now shipped and is winging its way to me now!

Then came Dead zone from Mantic games, this roller coaster ride saw stuff being added at a very fast rate. I managed to grab one of the early bird pledges (number 7). The whole project has become huge and has been split into 2 waves, with the 1st part shipped early November instead of December and the 2nd part is due to ship in April 2014. Now I am pleased with what I have got so far (a few bits are missing but nothing to major), But the packaging was absolutely crap. The main game box was half empty and was inside another box, with stuff being put in another bigger box full of polystyrene packing chips. the main box itself had suffered some damage which ment some of the contents had fallen out. Overall great product but very bad packaging!

Next came the Tablescapes project by secret weapon, my plan was to use these boards with Judge Dredd and SpineSpur. The project was ment to start shipping from October with my sets being sent November 2013 to January 2014. It now looks like all of the unlocked designs will be shipped by the end of Q1 2014 (end of March).

Next up came All Quite On The Martian Front, being a fan of War Of The Worlds this was a must for me. Delivery was December that now looks like its going to be January.

Next up Incursion, having invested in the 1st edition of the game I just had to back a new edition. Delivery is set for March 2014.

Next came Mars Attacks, I mainly backed this one for the scenery that is being produced to use in SpineSpur. Delivery is set for August 2014.

Then their was Shadows Of Brimstone, Being a massive fan of Warhammer Quest. SOB seems to be a good replacement for WHQ, with it being set in the Weird Wild West. Delivery is set for August 2014.

Then their was AvP, I backed this project early on but sat on the fence for most of it and wait to see if I wanted to stay on board in the end I stayed. Delivery is set for May 2014.

At the same time was Battle systems terrain, which looks very handy for AvP. Delivery is set for May 2014.

Finally their is Zombie Miniatures Survivors, Barricades and walls, which is still running but. And looks promising for SpineSpur. Delivery is set for April 2014.

Now we move on to entertainment.

I have seen 2 films this year at the cinema

First was Despicable Me 2 in 3D, which was a great follow up to the 1st film.

Then their was The Hobbit D.O.S. again this was a great follow up to the 1st film and it left it on a great cliffhanger (its just a shame we have to wait 12 months to see the final part!)

I have also been picking up Doctor Who audio books from Big Finish, these are great to listen to while painting. And they have helped me paint more models. Speaking of Doctor Who, November saw the 50th anniversary in which we saw the outcome of the time war. Christmas days sees the final episode of the 11th doctor (Matt Smith) then he regenerates into the 12th doctor (Peter Capaldi).

So as 2013 draws to a close I will see you all in 2014.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

So Saturday the 23rd of November 1963 marked the first ever episode of Doctor Who.

Now Saturday the 23rd of November 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the show, with a special episode lasting 75 minutes and bring back the 10th doctor and the 8.5 version of the doctor played by John Hurt.

Now don’t get me wrong it was good but, The inclusion of the Zygons added nothing to it. What happened with them and U.N.I.T.? towards the end we were left hanging in limbo as to the fate of them.

Then their was the focus on changing the out come of the time war. Since “new” Who started all references to the Time War have been referred as a fixed point in time, that cannot be changed. But now  Gallifrey is hidden in a “pocket dimension” and is still out their waiting to be found. Now I have the feeling that the doctor is going to be searching the galaxy for Gallifrey (much like star trek: voyager trying to find its way home).

In all I enjoyed it but I feel like the Zygons were wasted and were just used as “filler” for the episode. It would also have been the idea time for Matt Smith to regenerate into Peter Capaldi rather than the X-mas special. All in all it was good and i would give it a 6-7 out 10.

The after show party screened on BBC3 was a total waste of time. Out of the two presenter, the bloke I had never heard of before (it seems I was not the only person) and Zoe Ball just likes the sound of her own voice. Their was 20+ old companions their and they whizzed through them with questions so fast some of them had no chance of answering the questions. Add to that the shit band doing the “who” theme tune in different styles, The “live” interview with 1 direction (what was that about?) and the 5 minutes spent interviewing the two couples who were getting married the next day. Totals up to a total load of shit! So all in all I would give that 2 out of 10 (only for the fact that the old companions were their).