Double Duty

It was my intention for my last post to be longer, but when I realised what the time was, I decided to cut it short.

So, let us continue looking at alternative figures for Doctor Who gaming in 28mm…

A while ago, Roger Webb very kindly gifted me with a bunch of rubbery plastic figures that were a giveaway with the Doctor Who Adventures magazine, which included the New Paradigm Daleks, but also a variety of other monsters from NuWho. The majority of these were in scale with 28mm figures, but the quality of the sculpts was variable.

However, the figures for both the Silence and the Weeping Angels were fairly acceptable, so on to two pence pieces they went.

First, the Silence;

These figures are about 45mm tall and only come in a single pose. The reason they’re leaning is because they’d been stored in a tin with other metal miniatures on top, prior to basing, and due to the nature of the plastic, they’ve deformed slightly. I’ll probably have to hot and cold water them, to get them to stand up straight.

Obviously, the pose isn’t particularly dynamic, but the Warlord ones aren’t really that much MORE dynamic;

If you bear in mind that the above three figures (which are 32mm scale don’t forget) are now £13.00, should I wish to bolster my Silence forces, I’d much rather support Attica Games, whose ESPchers have SIX different poses and you can get all 6 for £17.00.

Attica Games: ESPcher - The Finger of Doom - jpeg image

The Weeping Angels come in two poses and were slightly taller initially, but as they’re supposed to be the same size as normal humans, I cut off about 3-4mm to make them a more sensible height;

Currently, they do look a bit rubbery and the left-hand angel’s arms are a little stumpy, due to the sculpt. However, with a decent paint-job, they can end up looking like this;

Not my work, but that of Michael Awdry of 28mm Victorian Warfare fame. I’ve only got one of each pose, and as the Crooked Dice one’s are OOP, I decided to bolster my forces with some of the Reaper Bones Angels of Sorrow;

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You get both figures for a very reasonable £4.00 and I think they should match well with the others.

Now, one of the character’s introduced during the 10th Doctor’s run was River Song, who made her first appearance in the 2008 episode “Silence in the Library”, portrayed by Alex Kingston. She spent the entirety of that episode dressed in a spacesuit, like so:

river song space suit costume - Google-Suche | Alex kingston ...

Now, whilst Crooked Dice do still sell a figure based on River’s first appearance – ARC Astronaut C for £4.00;

ARC Astronauts

This doesn’t really represent the sassy, confident River of later episodes, and as Crooked Dice’s “Melody Lake” is OOP, I had to search elsewhere.

Such as Bombshell Miniatures Counterblast range and Science Officer Helen Salinger;

Available in the UK from Westwind Productions, it’s a little pricier than I’d normally pay for a figure, being £7.00, but it’s such a spot-on version of the character, I’m prepared to pay a little more…especially as I bagged a bargain on my next figure(s).

In a previous post, I mentioned that I was looking for additional minions for my vampiric count, to bedevil those stalwart men in blue from the Black Museum. I ended up going for the Myrmourn Banshees, as they were being offered at a reduced rate via the Mortal Realms part-work.

However, had I given the GW website a thorough browse, I would have discovered these “beauties”;

Ur-Ghuls - Blackstone Fortress : Warhammer Quest

These are Ur-Ghuls, which are sightless horrors associated with the Drukhari – in other words, space ghouls that hang around with space dark elves. Anyway, you can buy a single metal Ur-Ghul from Games Workshop…for £12.00. Your other alternative is to buy the Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress boxed game from GW, in which you get the four plastic Ur-Ghuls above. Of course, that’s £95.00, but you do get a bunch of other stuff too…

“But surely you mentioned a bargain, Jez?” I hear you cry. Well, as with most big boxed games, certain enterprising people will buy the game, then break it down into its component parts and sell them on eBay or other sites. So, I managed to pick up the four Ur-Ghuls above for £6.45 including shipping. That works out as about £1.61 a figure, so…BARGAIN!!!

And I will be using them in an upcoming Doctor Who adventure AND probably on the streets of Blackwell too – which explains the title of this post.

Until next time, have fun everyone and stay healthy.

Time For A Doctor

We currently live in unsettling and uncertain times, with restrictions being imposed upon us for our own well-being, to slow down and prevent the spread of this unpleasant virus.

For those of you currently in, or likely to be in, enforced quarantine or self-isolation, it is not only important to maintain your physical health by following the guidelines set out by medical professionals in whichever country you live, but to also maintain your mental health.

Obviously, those who follow this blog are already involved in a hobby which can be performed whilst at home, even if it’s just finally getting around to painting those figures you’ve been promising yourself you’ll do “next time.”

However, those who post or follow blogs about our wonderful hobby are also part of a wider online community, a group of like-minded souls who gather round their computer screens on a semi-regular basis to see what our peers have been up to.

So, whilst we may be forced to self-isolate or practice responsible social distancing physically, there is nothing to stop you from visiting your favorite blogs and maybe posting that comment that you were going to post… when you had the time. Or maybe just checking in with your blogging circle via email, to check how they are.

It won’t take much of your time and, at the moment, “free” time is something we all have a bit more of than we’re used to. You never know, that one person you reach out to might not be coping as well as they’d like everyone to believe and your words may just help.

Jez


 

Now that the serious part of this post is out of the way, let’s have a bit of fun.

As regular readers had probably gathered from my previous post, my intention going forward is to provide an alternative to what the BBC and Chris Chibnall have been peddling as Doctor Who since October 2018.

I could wax lyrical and go into a full explanation of what is wrong with Mr Chibnall’s vision of what he believes Doctor Who should be, but what would start out as a deconstruction may very well end up as a rant, followed by the desire to form a mob of pitchfork and torch-wielding true fans, to round up all those responsible and summarily burn them at the stake…

Anyone who has attempted to watch any of the episodes of the series since Chibnall and Whittaker took over will understand exactly what I’m talking about.

So, rather than dwell upon it, I have decided that the televised adventures of the Doctor finished at approximately 6.27pm GMT on 25th December 2017, when the 12th incarnation of the Doctor (as portrayed by Peter Capaldi) finally gave in to the injuries he had sustained and began to regenerate.

MY version of events will continue from this point (as I demonstrated in the video trailer in my previous post – go and watch it if you haven’t already, it’s cool), with the ongoing tabletop adventures of the newly regenerated 13th incarnation of the Doctor.

Obviously, I will need a figure to represent him. Luckily, I already have one…

Time Lost

This is the Time Traveller (Mini 380) from the Time Lost Heroes set, £4.00 from Crooked Dice. Based on the eponymous hero from George Pal’s 1960 “The Time Machine” movie, as portrayed by Rod Taylor, I’d always intended using this figure as a Time Lord, but not specifically as an incarnation of the Doctor. But times they do change…

And unlike Chibnall, I fully intend on using as many of the Doctor’s previous foes as I can feasibly get away with, but staying firmly within existing canon and what I believe Doctor Who should be. I do have several of the Doctor’s more iconic foes already – including Daleks and Cybermen – but am always on the lookout for 28mm figures to proxy characters that either are unavailable from Black Tree Design or the figures available are a bit naff.

For example, the figure from Black Tree representing Anthony Ainley’s incarnation of the Master is a bit…meh;

You’re not on the list, you’re not getting in.

It could be the paint job on the Black Tree site or that he looks a bit like Gareth Hale from the comedy duo Hale & Pace, but I’ve yet to see a painted version of this figure that has made me want to buy it.

However, this figure…

Sheriff of Nottingham

Which is from North Star Military Figures and is sold as the Sheriff of Nottingham in their Robin Hood range, is a much better version of the Master, in my opinion. And it’s only £2.00, which is cheaper than Black Tree’s version.

That’s an example of a figure that’s a bit naff, but what of an example of a character that Black Tree doesn’t make? Or, for that matter, neither does Warlord?

Whilst she only appeared in two official adventures (as I think we can disregard Dimensions in Time – because it was a charity special and a bit rubbish), no-one currently makes an official representation of the Rani, as portrayed by Kate O’Mara;

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Both Black Tree and Warlord do figures of the Tetraps, which appeared in the second televised adventure to feature the Rani – Time and the Rani – which was also the first episode to feature Sylvester McCoy as the 7th Doctor, but neither does a figure of the Rani.

So, the above image is the more iconic version of the Rani, dating from 1987, so we’re talking big hair and an 80’s sci-fi vibe. This thinking led me to this figure…

Alien Invaders 1

I know it’s supposed to be Diana from the original 1980’s sci-fi series V, one of the leaders of the Visitors, but this figure of Alien Invader 1A from Crooked Dice for £4.00, does have the look and sassiness of the Rani, so I’m personally going to go with this.

Whether my incarnation of the Doctor will face either of these iconic foes remains to be seen, but I certainly intend on having some fun finding out, so be sure to continue to ‘tune in’ to the Buffet.

The Order of the White Rose

Since the horrifying events of that fateful night the previous October, Dr. Wilton Hume had devoted his considerable intellect and resources to tracking down those responsible for the death of his grand-daughter, Susan. And, being one of the foremost eminences in the study of the Un-Natural, his network of contacts and associates extended far beyond the shores of Britain, to the darkest recesses of the Continent.

 

Based on the telegram he held in his trembling grasp, his dedication to this cause had borne fruit, at it appeared the Count had finally shown his hand… in Wisborg, of all places.

However, whilst his first instinct was to immediately depart for Germany, he knew from bitter experience that to venture unprepared into the maw of the beast was to court disaster. His grand-daughter’s neck snapping like so much kindling was not a sound he would soon forget and, in order to send the fiend responsible screaming back to whatever Hell had spawned it, he would require assistance.

Fortunately, there were people he could call upon…

 

Mr Lancelot Grimm, occasional consultant to that branch of the Metropolitan Police Service known colloquially as “The Black Museum.” His knowledge of the Un-Natural was extensive, both from painstaking research and practical experience, as was his ability to be prepared for almost every eventuality.