So it is with Crooked Dice. I've watched the company grow over time and have consistently thought that I'd enjoy painting and owning pretty much anything from their catalogue. However, despite dropping hints before birthdays and Christmases, I never obtained anything from them - until recently.
3 weeks ago today, I attended the Glasgow Phoenix Club's annual show, "Wappinshaw" with my friend Steve. There we charged the Light Brigade down the wrong valley at the battle of Balaclava (I was all but wiped out; Steve took relatively few casualties), fought giant bugs in a 1950's B movie and entered a futuristic motorbike race (I was in the middle of the pack; Steve won handsomely , even lapping the tail-ender in the process). Also, we took the opportunity to do some shopping. 3 weeks later, here are some of the purchases, now painted up.
Timelift SecurityApparently, when I was very small, my favourite TV program was "Captain Scarlet". I don't remember this at all (it was a long time ago), though I do remember myself or my brothers having a few of the Dinky toy vehicles from the series - long since lost, sadly. Since then, I've watched a few episodes with my own children and they have enjoyed the show too.
It would probably have stopped there, but then some time ago Crooked Dice brought out their range of "Time Lift Security" figures. These aren't Captain Scarlet models at all (no sirree!), but I thought that with a cunning paint job they could be made to look just like the characters from the show.
I was all for choosing some new and interesting colours for my Spectrum agents. "Captain Orange"? Hmm: sounds a bit like the advertising mascot for a company that makes kid's drinks. "Captain Puce"? Really? Hands up all those who know what colour is "puce"! My wife and children remonstrated with me and so I ended up painting the figures in more traditional livery.
|From left to right: Captain Blue, Captain Scarlet, Lieutenant Green, Colonel White
In terms of the models, the Scarlet model came with a pointing finger; the pistol hand was an optional extra. I'm now thinking that I could have just left him pointing as there are plenty of other guns on show in the squad (and he has another pistol in his holster anyway).
Lieutenant Green came with the option of a standard assault rifle or an unusual-looking high-tech "gun". I chose the latter because it seemed more interesting and will give me more options for gaming with these figures.
|From left to right: Captain Ochre, Captain Brown, Captain Grey, Captain Magenta
Secondly, I don't recall any of the Spectrum personnel being armed with anything other than a pistol, or on rare occasions with a "Mysteron gun". Mind you, I'm no expert on this and am probably mistaken. Still, having assault rifles seems fairly heavy armament for them.
|The evil Captain Black
|Captain Black is confronted by all the Spectrum agents