It was a desert.. a wasteland.. hardly anything to be honest..
TV back then was just a couple of analog channels, vulnerable to thunderstorms, with a lot of them showing black and white stuff from the 1950s and 60s. There were not many channels to be honest, and Sci-fi shows, when they were on, were few and far between. The mid-70s had kiddie sci-fi shows like Isis, or quasi-campy ones like the Six Million Dollar Man. The tail end of the 70s saw mostly campy stuff like Buck Rogers and Battlestar Galactica. It was only Star Trek that at least attempted to be serious.. Sci-fi movies were mostly Godzilla schlock and those journey to the center of the Earth types.
Even less can be said about fantasy.. I can't remember any classic fantasy TV shows in the 70s to be honest except perhaps that Lord of the Rings cartoon one with the memorable song "Where there's a whip, there's a way." What little else there was came from the sword & sandals variety and the Ray Harryhausen movies. It was however those Ray Harryhausen ones that I still find memorable all these years later.
It was no stretch therefore that I got the miniature rules 7th Voyage: Wargaming In the World of Stop Motion Mythic Fantasy, which pay tribute to those Ray Harryhausen movies.
I have no idea how the rules will parody or honour stop animation if they do, but I'm willing to give it a shot. However, I didn't have anything painted, so I got to rummage around and first start with the Sinbad- inspired ones, an old favourite character.
I manage to base some Arabian themed minis I had (mostly from Reaper), as well as a Ray Harryhausen clone of his cyclops, which was a perfect start.
I banged out six paint jobs from last night to today to tabletop-quality level which I am pleased with. It should be a good start to at least try out the 7th Voyage rules.
The cyclops is a dead ringer for the cyclops in one of the old stop animation movies.
so it was a pleasure to paint..
The Vizier of Morabia (Marabia)
In the Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Sinbad teams up with the Vizier of Marabia, who had his face burnt-off by the evil sorcerer Koura. For some reason, I still find that mask intriguing, and was pleased that there was a mini, the Vizier of Morabia that was a dead ringer for the character in the movie sold by Harwood Hobbies. I bought it up and got it recently.
I enjoyed painting this one the most today..
I had 3 reapers that looked Arabian, so I elected them as Sinbad and crew..
and I had one guy that looked less like Sinbad's crew and more like cannon-fodder muscle for some bad guy.
so I painted him all clad up in a "uniform" of sorts.
I still have more to do as I want to get a sculpt that looks like the evil wizard Koura (played by the Dr. Who actor Tom Baker)...
It will be great to find a Kali sculpture, but that would be wishing too much..
Anyways, today was a good start and I'm on on the way to try out the rules soon.