Crooked Dice


Really Yesterday's Post

Having spent much of the day shivering and sleeping I thought it was time I posted what I did yesterday. Things planned for the week are now getting close to completion. So all in all I am feeling quite happy. Despite the shivering.I am even getting close to finishing off the terrain. There are loads of bits to do, enough to do three linear feet, which has kind of put me off so far. Still it's there and and I want to get it done for a couple of game I have planned.Now I thinking about next week. I have found eight figures that I think I purchased in 1992. This would be a nice thing to get out of the Lead Mountain. Not the oldest thing I own but probably the oldest thing I can find at the moment. They turned up a few years ago but there is one missing. I was hoping to find the missing one before I started but what the hell. If I do get round to painting them I have no idea what I will use them for. At the moment I just want to.

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A Mixed Bag Kind Of Week - For Figure Painting

This week I am hoovering up some more of what is hidden in the lead mountain including Crooked Dice, Gripping Beast, Crusader and what I thought was Ironclad but now I am not so sure. This is the last of the Viking Game stuff I got half  a decade ago and the rest rest is also about that age or a little bit olderThis should put to bed the Viking project. The Crooked Dice figures I think were designed for the 1970s TV show concept but I figure that they will do for the 1940s Weird War 2. I did dally with the idea of Victorian skirmish games but the person I thought was going to get involved with didn't follow through. This seems to happen to me a lot. I buy stuff to play games with others who then play a single game, maybe two but generally don't play any at all. Still a friend of mine runs a game (intermittently) in that era and they might just do for the 1930s although they will look out of date for the 1940s.This will put me at least ten figures ahead by the end of the week. At the end of last year I wa

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Modernish Barricades

The post apocalypse is never far from my mind, at least in a gaming sense. Despite Bethesda recently ruining my gaming experience, I do not feel that the world is about to end. I think my interest goes back to reading The Postman by David Brin after reading a review in White Dwarf of all places. A quick reading and rereading of Day of the Triffids and I am kind of a fan of the genre. Zombies and nuclear war seem to be my preferred way to end the world. The Walking Dead and Fallout out gave been my most recent influences in tabletop gaming but I have a lot of love for ideas from the old RPG Aftermath and almost anything done George Romero and a number of other books and computer games.Finding players has been hard in the past so I haven't pushed it. In there here and now things are not so bad on that score.  So I am looking at this as a possibility again so I figured it might be time to do something about it. I don't have many figures left to paint and those that I do have I can't find. What I can find is

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AHPC9 Donnybrook - 25mm Jacobite Artillery

Firstly, thank you to all you lovely lot out there who voted me into second place in the "Sport" bonus round. I had a lot of fun creating the figures and have been asked what rules I plan to use to play Lacrosse with them. I don't know how to play Lacrosse, never mind make rules up for them!!!Another week has passed and I've been very busy with the brush!I've stayed with the Jacobite Highlanders again this week, but have gone forthe simpler form of artillery.All the Highlander figures are like the Horse in my last post from Reiver Castings, while the artillery are from Parkfield Miniatures and Wargames Foundry.There are 7 x artillerymenAnd 2 gunsAlso there are a few packs of Trade Goods from Crooked Dicethat can be used as hastily built barricades. 7 x 25mm  35 points2 x artillery 15 points??? (Should be 10 points each, but one's a tiddler?)5 x various trade goods ?????Lee was very generous and gave me 70 points in total!!!Which along with another group of figures pushed me up to 7th place

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7TV Children of the Fields cast completed .

Finally finished all of the models I recieved in the Kick starter for the children of the fields casts by Crooked Dice for 7tv .The last batch a definate wickerman look to these Lady Winterly and her followersWe love a parade ..well perhaps not the chap on his knees The Black Goat and friends forgot to put the 3 hunting dogs in wih the  winterly cast so stuck them here 

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Dressing For The Apocalypse - 28mm: British Army

Currently Under Fire Miniatures have a range of Cold War figures comprising Soviets, East Germans, West Germans (police and army) and US. Unfortunately there are (currently) no plans for adding British figures to their range (but there is a possibility of a compatible range from another manufacturer).In the meantime, I want a set of figures representing British infantry that are a nice match with the Under Fire and Empress figures that I currently own.Luckily, I have a number of figures from Crooked Dice that will fit the bill.Crooked Dice publish the 7TV skirmish rule set designed for games based on the film and television output of a fictional British production company (and their American subsidiary). They have a matching set of figures for a number of their productions.There are two main ranges that will be the source for my British infantry.The first is their Army figures.This is one of their Army Privates with Rifles.The figures are supplied with tabs and (25mm diameter) slot bases. In this case I cut o

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Scooby Doo V the Monsters a 7TV game

Last nights game at the club  was a 7tv scooby doo game ,two local crazies had been disguising them selves as monsters to keep people away from the old spooky graveyard whilst they prepared to summon real  monsters to take over the world .The gang and local sherrif turned up to stop this by finding 5 amulets hidden around the graveyard , the two locals cold try to summon a real monster each turn with the summoning getting harder as scooby & co found the amulets . The game started fairly well with Shaggy and scooby finding one of the evil icons and fred and daphne resuing the human sacrifice ,but soon went sour when magic was used to send Velma to the far side of the graveyard alone and the local police were taken out by the werewolf ....Things went from bad to worse with scooby and Fred both being taken out and shaggy and daphne both taking wounds the forces of evil win ...well until the next episode of scooby Doo (theme song plays )The Gang discuss their plans Help arrivesThe game a f

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More bits and pieces

Got a few more bits painted and based for various games , a knight templer and frost wraith plus some treasure for Frostgrave both figures Northstar figures , The black goat , little Lord Winterley and his side kick Mister Mangel for 7tv Children of the fields from crooked dice and finally a few animals for frostgrave but bases left plain so they can be used for anygame , a bear and 2 boars with 3 young piglets all from warbases.

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Children of the fields

The latest stuff Ive managed to paint are the corn dolls and the Brood , the corn dolls are basically scarecrows as sen in dozens of horror films but I believe these are based on a David Tenant era  Dr Who episode ,they come multi part so you can amke a few variants , the Brood are based on the Children of the Damned pale skin white hair and staring gold eyes ,all scary stuff .

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Children of the Fields a few more finished .

Managed to get afew more bits done , almost finished now only another 17 to go . Lady Winterly ,the village signpost ,the may queens and the Straw man are all now ready for action . I tried to give the impression that the may queens dresses were see through as they are obviously based on the dancing school girls in the original Whickerman film ,so I did a light flesh wash in the areas where the bodies pressed against their robes not sure how it looks ....A lovely large resin model the raunchy may queens 

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Mummer men and Murder of Crows -more children of the fields 7tv weirdness

Managed to get a few more figures finished for the Children of the fields programme guide for 7TV , a group of mummer men ,brightly coloured folk dancers with bells around their feet and musical instruments to cheer you up and clubs to smash your heads in ,,,, plus 3 murders of crows .All figures from the crooked dice KickstarterNo idea how to base these so went for these ideas the rather magnificent 7 

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Truck Utility Medium, Fitted For Radio - 28mm

Vehicles specifically for Twilight 2000 in 28mm are quite rare, so occasionally you have to improvise.Crooked Dice have a miniatures game (7TV) and a matching range of figures, most revolving around the film and television output of a fictional British production company from the 'sixties to the 'eighties.To provide transport for some of the characters, in 2016 they introduced a vehicle which has a remarkable resemblance to a Series III Land Rover.A slightly out of focus William Killian (another Crooked Dice figure, sadly not currently in production) for scale.This makes a nice shortish wheelbase hard top Land Rover.Recently Crooked Dice have run a Kickstarter for a Post Apocalyptic version of their 7TV game. They added a number of conversion items including a Medium Stowage Set. This includes one piece that fits neatly on to the front of their Land Rover, and another that makes a great roof rack load.In the Tankograd book on Key Flight '89, on page 28 there is a photograph of a Land Rover series III wit

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7TV: DEPARTMENT X and the Mist from MARS

This past Fall-In! miniatures convention saw a "re-imagined" transmission of 7TV's 'The Mist from Mars' featuring an all-new cast: the stalwart defenders of Earth - Department X, lead by Dr. Hugo Solomon and his companion Pandora King.The Lancaster Host is still in the process of "renovation", though it feels like for every step forward, it's two steps back. This year, the main ballroom was 50% accessible, causing many games to be relocated the old restaurant, linen cupboards, and in one case, down an old stairwell behind a door marked "Beware of the Leopard"*.So, thus, my 4:00 PM Friday game, though sold out, was full of empty people.  Since we were testing the 7TV2 Countdown Cards, Megz and I decided to have a go.Landrover and Infantry by Crooked DiceDepartment X deploys - the lead squad, under Captain Nick Keats started on foot. On the second turn, Sgt. Tam Fraser arrived with the X-Weapon Team (a heavy "laser"), via Landrover.  The 'rover was only used as an entry point, given that in previous g

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