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”
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.
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.
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.
“Groooovy baby”…It was just a question of time before Austin Powers found himself being held against his will, alongside a lot of other 1960’s agents in North Wales!
Typically he has chosen an outlandish blazer and neckerchief combo from the Village stores, he has been given the number 66…which means he might well be a neighbour of Mrs peel (65) !!!!!
Anyway, we love Mike Myers, when are you doing Austin Powers 4????…I think i have a plot for you 😉
The figure is actually the same body I used for Number 6 with a head swap and “Green stuff” Neckerchief. I very carefully reposed the arms and legs so that the figure looked like he was doing Austin’s mad dance routine from the opening shots of the movie..its as close as i could manage, I’m not a sculpter! very happy with this figure. You can buy the parts I used on the Crooked dice website
“Where am I? This ain’t Tooting Broadway!”
Yet another favourite show when I was a kid was “Citizen Smith”, not least because that’s my home town. In a Special episode (very likely a christmas special) he had a holiday in Portmeirion….this got me thinking…..and it fits in nicely with my concept of populating the Village with my TV and film heroes!
Clearly Wolfie has just arrived as he hasn’t had time to put on his Blazer and Deck shoes, chinos, and to swap his Che Guevara beret for something in straw.
I think he might quite like his stay.
Figure is from “The Winter of 79” range available here
Another new face in the Village………..well, Mrs Peel was already a resident!
Here is another superb figure from Crooked Dice, pictured standing in front of the Gloriette.
In case you were wondering about the title…. There was an Avengers episode which spoofed “The Prisoner” called “wish you were here”…..
…….”Not laughing now are we Mr Steed”? hahahahahahahhahahhhahahha
Well, its been a while since my last post….but I have made some progress with the village buildings. First on the list was “The Gloriette” which is the centre piece of Portmeirion and features heavily in several episodes of “The Prisoner”.
Now I have the basis of the Piazza I will begin to add a details, like walls, plants and all the other features, but at this moment I just wanted to take the time to show you the basic builidng itself. The Gloriette is actually a “Folly” and only has the one main wall. The original builidng’s balcony doorway leads out on to a road, which at the rear of builing is at ground level !
Getting this model produced as been quite a long journey from photos and plans through to 3d software for laser cutting. Mike (pigeon guard games) toiled for some time on the detailed sections and produced various pieces of artwork which were beyond my pay scale 😉 Thanks Mike!!! I concentrated my efforts on the simple stuff! I am already working on the next building..news soon.
Invaluable in the research phase has been my friend over at “the unmutual” website Rick Davy who visited Portmeirion on several occasions and took huge numbers of photos and other details needed….Thanks Rick ;)……all actual photos of Portmeirion are reproduced here with his kind permission.
Anyone visiting Portmeirion will be able to buy this model in the Prisoner gift shop on site, or alternatively you can order online at our website Pigeon Guard Games here
There are various ways to recreate the water effects in the pond, for this version I used clear resin poured over some 28mm scales leaves that always seem to litter the pond at certain time of year. I then topped off the resin with some acrylic gel to create the ripple effects of water. I am currently working on the Fountain…pictures soon!
I thought I would take some shots with my “Villagers” and Mokes in situ.
Figures are a mix of converted Foundry and the fantastic Crooked Dice