It's been a bit quiet on the gaming front here at Dr Vesuvius's secret volcano lair. There's no particular reason, it's just the way things go sometimes.
The day after my last post, mi hermano impresora Jonesy brought round a shiny new copy of 7TV, the cult TV skirmish wargame from Crooked Dice. It's an absolutely beautiful book that really captures the tone of he classic 1960s and 70s era genre TV. Although Crooked Dice do a range of look-alike miniatures to accompany the game (their "Time-Lift Security" being dead ringers for Captain Scarlet Spectrum agents, for example) the rules are designed to let you recreate any show, real or imagined. As such 7TV is basically a generic cinematic skirmish game, suitable for pulp, anime or any other non-gritty setting.
Jonesy is also quite keen to try out "In The Emperors Name", the more detailed skirmish rules from the people who brought us FUBAR. Again, although it is written for the Warhammer 40K setting, it looks like it should be perfectly possible to adapt it to more generic purposes. So now we have three games lined up for playtesting, 7TV, ITEN and Flying Lead from Ganesha Games.
Finally, getting back to the imagi-nation of Paradiso, recruiting has begun for the Paradiso Armed Forces. Although I have a ton of armed civilian types, cops and obviously sci-fi troopers, I found I had nothing suitable for modern/near future regular military. So I've splashed out on some US marines from The Assault Group, which with a little squinting will do for the Paradisan Army. At the same time I spotted an auction on Ebay for about a dozen vehicles from Old Crow, which has given me a decent selection of APCs most of which, while imaginary in design, would look totally at home rolling through Helmand. When the figures finally arrive from TAG, that will take care of the government forces. I've picked out a selection of minis that will make good anti-government rebels, I just need some softskin trucks for their transport. I refuse to pay resin or metal prices for something so unexciting though, so I'll be trawling the pound shops in the coming weeks for toys suitable for conversion.