Visualizing a future filled with the grim darkness of unending asymmetric warfare is fun, but can get to be a touch depressing at times. To spare myself from sliding into the vortex of never-ending war with EastAsia, I picked up a much more cheerful game called 7TV.
It’s a game based on English adventure shows from the late 60s and 70s, such as the classics of the Avengers, UFO, etc. A time when men still drank and smoked, and women in leather catsuits beat the living crap out of weedy men with bad hair and moustaches.
Mostly I was sold on the book because of its fantastic graphic design, and I feel that this sort of thing should be supported. I haven’t actually played yet, but there looks to be a fantastic game in there as well, if the reviews are to be believed.
Naturally I now have a few things on order (because I don’t have enough unpainted stuff lying around) and they won’t be painted in camouflage when they arrive, which will be a nice change.
While I wait for mini Mrs Peel to arrive, I thought I should look ahead to where the action should take place. So I just purchased a PDF of the 7TV Set Designer. It’s a little pricy at £10, but I thought I’d take a chance. It’s a collection of floor templates and walls, already nicely textured (by which I mean computer textures, not real ones) in ready-to-cut-up strips. You could easily do the same yourself by trolling the texture sites and using photoshop, but I’d rather spend the time with this than staring at a computer, as all the preliminary work has been done for you.
The trick was to see if it could create a reasonably good looking TV set in a short amount of time, and in 15mm scale, because there’s no way I’m switching back to 28 for this sort of thing.
I decided to try my hand at making the super-secret base, much like the one shown in the PDF, although not exactly. Here’s the result after about a whopping one hour and half over two days (that’s only 45 minutes a day!):
The three dimensional bits are various things I found in my drawers of painted miniatures, mostly 1/300 scale. The power generators at top left are GZG dropships upside down, and the rest of the equipment is 1/300 scale buildings.
The sets are extremely simple to assemble open topped boxes. Print the desired textures at 60% for 15mm scale, spray glue to matboard and glue into a box shape. Of course, you can also use the textures on other, more complex shapes, but I haven’t done that yet.
Here’s a few closeups to advertise the pilot episode:
The glue isn’t even dry in this picture and you can see it in the corner.
So far it’s looking good. The interior walls are made of offcuts from the outside walls. I coloured the edges with a marker, so I didn’t even have to break out the paint. The tops are still white, so it looks more like a cutaway view.
Was it worth the £10? Actually, I suspect it was, especially if you have access to a cheap printer, spray glue, a respirator and a stack of matboard. More importantly, it works just fine for 15mm scale, so that’s one more reason you can use to justify your impulse purchase of 7TV.