Podcast host Mike Hobbs continues his series on gaming “Blake’s 7″
Has it been a week already, must be time for part 4 of the articles on my B7 project, so where were we? Oh yeah I’ve waffled on about my ideas for the games and discussed rules and figures, so let’s move on a bit…
A little while ago my order from Crooked Dice arrived so I now have enough figures to get me going, well I still need to paint them but hey you know what I mean.
I was really impressed by the speed and level of service I got from Crooked Dice with good communication via email letting me know my package was on the way. The 2 starter packs arrived in DVD style boxes and the other 2 figures were in a small jiffy bag so no chance of the figures being damaged.
The figures are well sculpted and cast with minimal mould lines, and are full of character so I’m looking forward to painting them, don’t worry I’ll post pictures of the finished figures in a future article
Basing figures is always something I try to get right and for this project I’m going to try something new and mount the figures on transparent acrylic disks instead of standard resin bases. I’ve already ordered an assortment from Sally 4th and they should be arriving any day. Clear bases seem to be the next big thing with skirmish games so I thought I would jump on the band wagon and try them out again I’ll go into how this all works in the next article.
I am still mulling over rule sets but as I said last time I am going to play a small test scenario with the 3 sets of rules and work out which one gives the best feel for the campaign, but in the meantime it means I need to give a bit of thought to the issue of terrain.
One good thing about this series was the limited amount of sets they used, I think the types of terrain used in all 4 series could be condensed down to 3 types of locations, and they were:-
- On the Liberator space ship itself, either on the flight deck, the transporter room or occasionally the hold
- On an alien world, often this would look like an abandoned quarry (the BBC did love to film in quarries) or occasionally in a forest, or an industrial area
- Inside some base or another space ship, again this might be filmed in an abandoned factory, or some tunnels or more than likely some futuristic set with walls made out of plywood
So that does make things simple, games played outside of a ship or a base could be handled with my existing desert and skirmish terrain. (I have loads of stuff for these types of games) But I do need something modular for the inside sets i.e. space ships or bases and what could be better than my latest big purchase, the Battlesystems Sci-fi terrain:
This stuff is fantastic, it’s printed card and can be clipped together to form the inside of a space ship or a planet side base. I did get enough of this to create multi-level buildings covering 4ft x 2ft and with the bunker add-on I have outside walls which allow me to play games were Blake and his band of misfits have to break into a base and locate some object or blow something up, it’s absolutely perfect.
To be honest it was the purchase of this terrain system that finally allowed me to think about starting this project at all, as the purchase of resin based terrain would have worked out far too expensive. Plus I know I would have never finished assembling and painting it.
So there we go, my figures have arrived, my terrain is pretty much sorted, next big hurdle is to decide on what game system I want to use and start mapping out some scenarios
See you next time where I’ll plan out the test game and try to get some dice rolled…