Category Archives: TV Detectives/Pulp

Ted’s Moke!


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One of the visitors to this site, customer of my decal sheet….and clearly also a Crooked Dice customer too Ted Eckel, sent me the photos of his finished Prisoner themed diorama, cleverly utilizing the Moke Box. I was so impressed I thought I’d Pop it up on my blog to show you guys.

Ted, you have made a great job of that Rover looks good too in the background, Moke looks very cool it has to be said, and number six’s badge is very effective.

Thank you kindly for sending the Photos Ted.

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Crooked Dice, Future release!


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I don’t normally give advance warning of other companies releases, but I was pretty pleased to see these two figures which are going to be out in March this year, according to the Crooked dice newsletter.

Both are suitable for populating the village!

I have been telling several prisoner fans about this in the last few days but they don’t get the newsletter so couldn’t see the picture….here it is.

Can’t wait to get my hands (and brushes) on these!


Table Top Gaming Sound Effects


For some time now I have been trying to get sound effects on my gaming board to add another layer of detail. A while back I experimented with the little sound chips that come in gift cards, but once the battery runs down and you have to change it (quite tricky ) you lose the sound effect on the chip and have to upload it again.

Although small, the sound chip and speaker aren’t really small enough to install in smaller scale models….so after some minor success, I ditched the idea.

I found that model railway enthusiasts have fairly sophisticated devices to allow them to have train sounds on their layouts. Which is fairly clever, but these devices are quite expensive.  This is quite a neglected area for model makers, as it is quite unusual to find sound effects used on gaming boards….and i don’t know of any that are directed to that corner of the hobby.

Whilst searching on Ebay in the UK I found several sound effects machines built with railway layouts in mind, however, it was possible to remove all the train sound effects and add your own MP3 sounds via a USB connection.  Luckily my device was able to produce 20 different sound effects of varying length….mainly around 30 seconds each, but some shorter and some longer,   The machines are made by a guy called Peter, he has varying types available, with a range of capabilites and you can find his stock here Link

It is also possible to have a custom machine made, to meet your specific needs.

please email him with any questions you might have. I can certainly recommend him, well worth a look if you want to add some sound to you game or models.

I was able to find all the sounds I needed and tape them from the internet using a free piece of software called “audacity” Using this you can then edit the sound and convert it to an MP3 file and upload it onto your sound card.

I have marked all my buttons to easily find the sound effect I need! i will also wire in some additional speakers and place them inside some buildings at a later date, but the device tself does have internal speakers, which are very effective.

Anyway, really happy with the results, so I thought I’d share in the hope it might be useful for others.

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Where to, Sir?


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I decided to stage a scene early on in “The Prisoner” episode 1 “Arrival”

Using the Info Mat model and converted 1/43 scale Mini moke

 


“What do you want”?…. “Information”


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Free Information that is!

Been really busy putting the finishing touches to the next release from Pigeon Guard Games  It is called the Info-Mat which is based on the Directo-mat device from the 1960’s. In those days it was the height of technology. You’d often see them at Railway stations, and would basically show you a map of the town you were in, by pressing a series of buttons it would light up areas of the map and show you where you were in relation to the place you wanted to go, and then could print out the directions to your destination on a piece of card. Very handy in those pre G.P.S days!!!

One such device featured in the Prisoner Episode 1. “Arrival”,  very handy as our hero did not know where he was at the time….(but he did manage to summon a taxi with it.) and of course, episode 4 “Free For All”

 

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This is an excellent little kit being cleverly constructed from laser cut mdf for a very sturdy frame, then has printed panels of laser cut card, and comes with its own mdf base. (seen here with a converted Big T…now No53….the Rook!). painting is limited to a few edges and the stand. It goes together very rapidly and has a comprehensive instruction guide to help.

A very useful piece of street furniture for any Pulp, Sci fi, or Spy Fi game, as well as of course being a great accessory for all you builders of the Village.


Figure Conversions


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Just to illustrate the differences a comparison shot.

Arms and legs have all been moved from original pose and all three figures use a common body….not much difference betwen no.6 and 12, fairly subtle in fact.


The Schizoid Man


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Been meaning to do this for a while now. Here is No.12 from the “The Schizoid Man” episode.

I slightly modified his stance and angled his head, so he is slightly different from My No. 6 figure.