These guys were on the ‘List’ from earlier this year. Being older 7TV miniatures, they were packaged by Crooked Dice as a starter set of Minions and are still available to buy.
I got them a few years back at the Reading Game Show ‘Warfare’ when Crooked dice were moving from the 1st version of the game to the 2nd edition of their main rules. A lot of stuff at that time was being sold off slightly cheaper than normal by stockists.
The bases are due to get finished in the next week or so, so please excuse them for now… The pack came with a good mix of figures, with heads supplied separately, so that they can be switched about for added variety.
As well as the standard ‘Goons with Guns’ you get a couple of lesser armed minions which can be leader types or security guards if you prefer.
They appear to be led by an officer who commands with a ‘will of steel’ and the help of Tom Selleck in his prime…
Lets not forget the need for an effective administration team…
I suspect these guys will get some good usage in other games as well. I have a hankering to get a couple of older infiltration style games out of the cupboard, and I may well need a security detail for door guard duty…
As these were put together last week, before my man-flu, they were ready for undercoating as soon as I could warm up a space (and a can of spray).
In hind sight (a wonderful thing you know) these chaps would have been nice to paint up in an almost Star Trek manner. The Officer in a yellow uniform. Maybe the clipboard carrying ‘Doc’ in blue and plenty of red shirted security guard types.
In the end the uniforms reminded me of the bridge of a different star ship. Namely a Star Destroyer. I don’t know why but when I see the uniform of the officer, on the left of the picture, I think of Star Wars and the Imperial officers of the fleet. The high collar and chest ribbons are the reason I think.
Either way it is also because I am lazy, and just painting them all one colour will be easier…
I have undercoated these guys too. I will not be marking them as a -1 point fail, as I managed to put them away as soon as they were dry. With that done, I should not get any further distracted away from The Plan.
As I was feeling smug about putting the Juves away (and as I had a can of grey paint in my hand) I recoated the bases of these again. Their first undercoat and initial paint job was done weeks ago but, as Coronasan correctly pointed out, they needed metal washers adding to their bases to make them less top heavy.
Still not sure how to finish these off but the lights were done weeks ago and I noticed today that I always look at them from the top so never see the orange light. They will need some work to take them past just plain grey lamp posts. That can wait though, as they are also not on the plan (unless I claim that they should be done sooner as they are used as the race gates in our games of Gaslands). Until then they have been put away like the Juves…
Score for post +1 point / Total score +1
After three posts I have managed to get back to -1 for the tally of keeping to the New Year Plan, but I suspect I may be able to get out of this rut with the next couple of posts.
This time round we have the Boiler Suited Minions. I finally managed to clean and build these chaps. A job that has taken about 2 or 3 years to complete as they were bought at a show in 2015 if memory serves me right.
Bought to help me field a Fistful of Kung Fu force that could also be used in Ospreys Black Ops, they may now feature in those games or as an evil villains henchmen in Scrappers or Rogue Stars.
These guys are all supplied with separate heads, as the 7TV range has a whole host of head swap options. I have used the original heads and found that most do not fit exactly as planned. Most needed either, a bit of shaping at the neck, or some extra glue to fit and fill any gaps. Slightly surprising for such nice, detailed figures.
They look like they will paint up well with easy one colour jump suits. I fancy these guys as the more boring grey uniformed types so its likely they will get a spray can undercoat in the base colour then just belts, bits, guns and skin picked out in a contrasting colour. There is enough variation in the range for leaders and specialists to be picked out so they should come in handy for a good few games.
As these are definitely on the list I will count it as a success and put myself on a positive score for the first time…
Score for this post +1 point / Total score +1