Catch Up With Warlord Games’ Doctor Who Miniatures Game

 

We have just managed to catch up with our friends at Warlord Games about their Doctor Who Miniatures Game range, EXTERMINATE (Available from Element Games).

Their latest 2 boxes are looking really good, we have managed to snatch some fantastic images really showing off the potential of these miniatures that are aimed both at collectors and gamers.

We start with the Mire, which are available now, then push on to the Fires Of Pompeii set due August 2018.

The Mire

The Mire are a race under the leaddership of Odin in the Peter Capaldi episode of Doctor Who, The Girl Who Died.

The Warlord Games Mire Box contains 3 miniatures, 3 Mire (one without helmet) and Odin plus Exterminate Game Cards needed for use of the miniatures in the Exterminate Game.

Lead by Odin the Mire hunt down other warrior races, turning their strongest warriors into liquid, which they then drink as their ‘nectar’, feeding on their adrenaline and testosterone. In reality the Mire choose weak opponents deliberately so they can easily defeat them and thus cultivate their fearsome reputation.

The Mire Miniatures Images

Fires Of Pompeii

From Peter Capaldi’s first appearance in new Who, though he was not the title role for this one, Fires Of Pompeii saw David Tennant’s Doctor challenged by the Sibylline Sisterhood and the Pyrovile.

We are waiting on full details of these, but in the meantime check out these images of painted miniatures.

Fires Of Pompeii Images

 

You can find out more about these and all Warlord Game’s Doctor Who ranges on their Into The Time Vortex website.

New Science Fiction TV Channel in UK

Why A New SciFi TV Channel?

With the HUGE amount of choice for our screens a little curated content is still desired. Yes the on demand services (Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and their ilk) are great, but still lack that communal feel of people watching the same program at the same time allowing for a watercooler moment in discussion or a live discussion via social media during. A channel showing a consistent level of content with a specific target in mind that people can either follow all day, or dip into at specific times during the day knowing that they will be entertained or informed about things that are of interest to them.

What Is It About?

Obviously being to afford the likes of Star Trek, Doctor Who et all would be well beyond the first stage of this new UK SciFi Channel. But there are a lot of classic shows that have widely been ignored by the likes of (UK) Netflix and Amazon Prime.

I have a fairly specific timetable of shows in mind

Weekdays

Morning

10am – 12 noon
– well no one is up before 10am are they? then are they? This time of day would see a mix of ‘Daytime TV’ classics. Top, Sci-Fi tie in epoisodes of lifestyle programs like Pawn Stars, Toy Hunter, Auction Hunters etc.

Noon to 1pm
You have got to have your lunch time news. Pulled from the entertainment section and relayed by a mixture of the best Scifi vloggers and news and interviews from the producers themselves.

Afternoons

1pm to 3pm
Classic afternoon drama. Favouring TV programs like The Prisoner, Blakes 7, The Survivors, Randle and Hopkirk (Deceased), The Invisible Man (David McCullum version)

3pm to 5pm
Childrens TV. Starting with classics like He Man, Classic Spider-Man and Hulk, along with 1990s X Men. And a good dose of Gerry Anderson Supermarionation with Captain Scarlet Sting Ray and Joe 90 leading the pack. This would be followed with more drama, a mix of things like Chockey, Kappatoo, Archers Goon, Demon Headmaster, Dark Season and the often excellent Australian childrens SciFi dramas like Girl From Tomorrow.

5pm to 6pm
Tea Time Game Show.
Obviously we are not talking the likes of ‘Tipping Point’ or ‘Pointless’ (though there might be place for Scifi themed celebrity specials). But we are talking about things like Go 8 Bit from DAVE and our first possible original production of a comedy scifi panel show. Possibly a reboot of the 1997 TV Game Show Space Cadets starring Greg Proops, Bill Bailey and Craig Charles.

Evenings

6pm to 9pm

Evening Drama. Ideally would be programs like The Prisoner, Sapphire and Steel, The X Files, Buffy The Vampire Slayer etc. More likely though would be a mix of quality web series like Cops And Monsters.

9pm  to Close 

Evening Movie – would be a movie with Science Fiction connections, from the 50s, 60s and 70s ( inclusing the likes of Ray Harry Hausen, Hammer and Amacus) a big splash of the 1980s scifi movies and other cult movies up to the present day.

 

Saturdays

The weekends would have a different feel to the week, though blocks of the same sort of programs may appear.

Possibly starting even later on a Saturday. Firstly – classic Saturday Morning cartoons, Dungeons and Dragons etc.

This would be followed by an omnibus of the weeks news and comment.

After noon game.  This would be a table top game coverage. Either of particular Tournaments or events or a full 2 hour battle rep from one on the amazing Table Top gaming youtubers like Ash Barker, The BattleHammer, Beasts Of War or T&G Productions

Following that there would be highlights and results from events all around the country.

In the evening there would be family drama (The A Team anyone?) and a movie.

Ideally there would be another original production in the 7-9pm slot with a family friendly TV show. Hard not to say things like SciFi takes on Saturday Night Takeaway or The Generation Game.

 

Sundays.

Sports in the morning, though we are not talking the likes of Trans World Sports (from the 90s) or Ski Sunday.

Sundays would be a day of eSports action.

For those not in the know, eSports refers to competitive Video Games. As with the table top aspect there are a huge number of events to be covered and there are tousands of Twitch and Youtube games that pull in thousands of viewers.

A personal preference would be to see Go8Bit’s Steve McNeil host a show that pulled in both his own twitch streams and introduces the best of the rest.

Afternoon would be a similar though incorperate the worlds of Cyber Sports and other geekery events. This would be thinks like Drone Racing. Robo Sports and most importantly Robot Wars (which we have just found out has lost it’s home at the BBC).

 

Conclusion?

So this is just bunch of random thoughts. Something I would love to see done, but even on  relying on Youtubers, repeats and other low cost content provision would be a much more demanding bill that I would hope to raise using Crowd Funding.

Setup costs would obviously include equipment, broadcast licence, legal fees, program acquisition, staffing, etc.

A (very) brief look at the state of independent TV in the UK shows very few real independent TV channels, as often even the niche channels are owned by much bigger companies.

I would be interested to know an ballpark figure on what this would cost – I will update this post if I ever get any further in looking.

I would also be interested in your thoughts on this. You can send them to @scifind on twitter.

 

 

Featured Image Credit.

Tina Rataj-Berard

Preview – Prototype Doctor Who Game Models From Warlord Games

Warlord Games are keeping up the pace with the Doctor Who Exterminate War Game model releases.

Further to our last article about the Special Weapons Dalek we have a very early peek at some new models.

Made for both gamers and collectors, these minis are larger scale than the typical Warhammer or Bolt Action models, allowing for extra details making.

We have a first look image of new ranges yet to have reached production.

These are photo sensitive resin 3D prints from different machines with different colour pigmentation.

For each and every new figure we print these test models so we can spot any sculpt errors, measure the height for realism and get them approved with the BBC

Warlord Games Exterminate Miniatures: Amy Pond, Quark, Headless Monks, Auton Girl, Delgado Master, Mondan Cyberman.
Warlord Games Exterminate Miniatures: Amy Pond, Quark, Headless Monks, Auton Girl, Delgado Master, Mondan Cyberman.

 

Warlord Games Exterminate Miniatures: Dominators, , Mondan Cyberman. Amy Pond

Special Weapons Dalek – New Doctor Who Releases Warlord Games

Warlord Games Special Weapons Dalek

A few more exclusive pictures from Warlord Games Doctor Who ranges, including the ever popular Special Weapons Dalek.

Wargames company Warlord Games produces the 38mm figures for painters, collectors and for their wargame EXTERMINATE.

The winter range is made up the following troop types, each with just one major TV appearance to date.

Draconians, from the Jon Pertwee serial The Frontier In Space.

Movellans, enemy to the Daleks from the Tom Baker story Destiny of the Daleks. Though have had a minor appearance in the Peter Capaldi story, The Pilot.

The Special Weapon Dalek. Dripping oil, the imperial Dalek with the Steam Punk gun, rivets and visor. Seen in Remembrance of the Daleks and begging for a return this is a classic Dalek variant from the last of the Classic Doctor Who stories.

Release dates are subject to change but the Draconians should be in shops in November 2017. The Movellans should be available from in December 2017 and the Special Weapons Dalek is due out in January 2018.

New Doctor Who Tie-In Novelisation From Telos Publishing

Doctor Who White Witch Special Cover F

Doctor Who White Witch Special Cover F
White Witch
Telos Publishing is pleased to announce that this November they will be publishing the official Tie-In Novelisation to the new Doctor Who Spin-off Drama WHITE WITCH OF DEVIL’S END, being released on DVD by Koch Media.

The original Drama follows events in the life of Olive Hawthorne, the White Witch of Devil’s End from the 1971 Doctor Who adventure ‘The Daemons’. Six authors have supplied the tales, and they are being presented by Telos in two different paperback editions:

First is a limited edition A Format paperback, designed to look like the old Target Novelisations. Art by Andrew-Mark Thompson
Second is a B format paperback, with cover to match the DVD release.

Details about the release follow:

Olive Hawthorne is the sole guardian of the sleepy village of Devil’s End. She protects the world from the incursion of demons, vampires, aliens and all manner of otherworldly creatures. But she is getting old … and they keep coming …

This is the story of Olive’s life. From her earliest days, through teenage years, middle age, and now old age. Tales of her adventures with monsters and evil … forever battling against the forces of darkness … and forever seeking to keep the world safe.

Written by Suzanne Barbieri, Debbie Bennett, Raven Dane, Jan Edwards, David J Howe and Sam Stone, and edited by Sam Stone, The Dæmons of Devil’s End is the story of one woman’s exciting and emotional life.

With a Foreword by by actress Damaris Hayman and an Afterword by producer/director Keith Barnfather.

The Dæmons of Devil’s End is based on, and expands upon, the Reeltime Pictures drama production White Witch of Devil’s End released on DVD by Koch Media and available from www.timetraveltv.com. It also spins off from the 1971 BBC Doctor Who adventure ‘The Dæmons’. All characters are used with permission of the relevant rights owners. This book has not been licensed or approved by the BBC or any of its affiliates.

The book also features a special ‘Dossier’ section compiled by Andrew-Mark looking at some of the artefacts held in the UNIT vaults relating to the strange events that have happened in Devil’s End through the years.

Looney Labs Announce #DoctorWho Fluxx!

Doctor Who FLUXX by Looney Labs

In a statement on their facebook page Looney Labs confirmed a Doctor Who flavour of their amazingly mad, evolving card game FLUXX

Yes, the rumors are true: Doctor Who Fluxx is coming soon! We signed off on art proofs and sent it to the printer. It will be in stores on November 23 – 54 years after the very first episode of Doctor Who aired on BBC TV! Get ready to treat yourself for the holidays: buy yourself a copy of Doctor Who Fluxx. It’s about time! #doctorwho #doctorwhofluxx #bbc Doctor Who

It was accompanied by a photo of an uncut sheet of cards.

We are dying to get our hands on this so if Looney Labs are reading we can give you an address to send a copy to.

Doctor Who FLUXX by Looney Labs
Doctor Who FLUXX by Looney Labs

Fluxx

The latest and greatest version of the card game with ever changing rules! Easier than ever with just the four classic card types that fans the world over have come to know and love. It starts out simple: draw one card and play one card – but New Rule cards quickly make things chaotic.

Even the object of the game will often change as you play, as players swap out one Goal card for another. Can you achieve World Peace before someone changes the goal to Bread and Chocolate?

Fluxx Doctor Who Licence.

Doctor Who is not the first licenced version of Fluxx, there are versions of this card game tied into The Regular Show, Monty Python, Adventure Time, Batman and Firefly. As well as generic varieties, like Star Fluxx, Pirate Fluxx and Cthulhu Fluxx.

Sneak Peak Warlord Games Doctor Who Release Voyage of the Damned

Warlord Games Doctor Who Exterminate Game
Warlord Games Doctor Who Exterminate Game
Warlord Games Doctor Who Exterminate Game

Warlord Games really hit a home run with their Doctor Who Into The Vortex miniatures / skirmish game when they released it at Salute 2017.
The Warlord stand and the Exterminate core set for the game was my first point of call and first purchase of the day.

In the Exterminate! miniatures game your Cyberman and Dalek forces can recruit neutral factions, improving their chances of success and adding even more variety to your games.
These highly detailed plastic Cybermen and Dalek miniatures are ‘push-fit’ allowing them to be easily built without glue.

As well as this core set with plastic miniatures Warlord Games have an ongoing release of metal miniatures for use in the game, or for collectors / painters. Previous releases have go included Judoon, Zygons, various Doctors and Companions and a medley of monsters.

View a selection of games and miniatures at Element Games

Here’s a sneak peek of two figures from the forthcoming Voyage of the Damned episode set. Astrid Peth as played by Kylie Minogue and David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor.

The other three figures from this set will be revealed shortly.

Again Warlord have captured the essence of the characters in 38mm*. With the moulded named bases these are ideal for the collector in addition to the gamer. I suspect that the gamer will be mounting these on 30mm bases for the sake of the game.

I just wish I could paint as well as the person who prepared these minis for these images.

August 2017 Warlord Doctor Who Releases

Warlord Ogron
Warlord Ogron

Ogrons: often used by the Daleks to do their dirty jobs

Hailing from the outer fringes of the Mutter’s Spiral, Ogrons are tall, ape-like humanoids of limited intelligence. Due to their great strength and mindless obedience, they are typically used by other species as mercenaries.
The most common employer of Ogrons were the Daleks. In Day of the Daleks, they used Ogrons to control the human population after their 22nd-century invasion of Earth.

Buy From Element Games

Doctor Who -The Woman Who Lived
The Woman Who Lived

The Woman Who Lived.

An ordinary Viking girl killed after a battle with the alien Mire, Ashildr was resurrected by the Doctor using a Mire repair kit which was able to fix her physiology.
Now with a potentially infinite lifespan, she chose aliases such as Lady Sherade, Ash, El Dir, Alys and the Knightmare, having forgotten her original identity over the centuries.

Buy From Element Games

*correction 24/8/2017 Warlord have let me know that the miniatures are 38mm scale rather than the wargame standard of 28mm, allowing for greater detail and for the figures to be more in proportion than their 28mm counterparts.

The Doctor Who Mr Men. Figures!

Mr Men Doctor Who Vinyl (?) Figures

If you have already missed it the Doctor Who / Mister Men mash up books rock. Aside from the inevitable additional books in this series (coming soon) what more can the various parties do to supply colourful representations of the Doctor to the collectors out there?

Doctor Who / Mr Men Vinyl figures (I presume they are vinyl I haven’t yet got my hands on these yet) also presumably about 3 3/4 inches tall to set them selves solidly in the sights of collectors of Funko Vinyl Figures.

All I have at the moment are these beautiful images:

Mr Men Doctor Who Vinyl (?) Figures
Mr Men Doctor Who Vinyl (?) Figures

The Usual Suspects. The Evolution of a Doctor Who Masterpiece

Yes Jodie Whittaker is the Thirteenth Doctor in Doctor Who. Ish. Well you know. Those other regenerations that confuse things. Anyway I digress that Doctor Who discussion is for another time.

Well, new Doctor, you know what that means, it is another face to The Usual Suspects, a piece of comic art produced by Lee Sullivan.

For those that don’t know Lee Sullivan is a graphic artist responsible for comic strips including Doctor Who Transformers, ThunderCats, RoboCop, William Shatner’s TekWorld, Thunderbirds and 2000 AD.

This image, now iconic to Doctor Who fans has a long history, starting way back in 1999. Named and themed around the poster for the 1995 movie of the same title.

Doctor Who's Usual suspects 1999
Doctor Who’s Usual suspects 1999
Usual Suspects 1995 Movie Poster
Usual Suspects 1995 Movie Poster

But things were not over for this piece of work once it saw print.

2000 saw the addition of Paul McGann’s Doctor in velvet frock coat, and Peter Cushing’s Movie Doctor Who. That brought the art up to date, and with “New Who” just a glimmer in Russel T Davies eye it could have all finished there.
Once New Who came around versions with Christopher Ecclestone’s Doctor and David Tennant’s Doctor came, even with the addition of the Comic Relief Doctor’s portrayed by Rowan Atkinson and Richard E Grant

New Who Doctors. Comic Relief Doctors.

Finally with the addition of Matt Smiths 11th Doctor the picture made it to be an official poster with all 12 ‘cannon’ Doctors of the time.

But just as Doctor Who doesn’t stand still neither does this image.

By 2014 we have seen the inclusion of The War Doctor, Peter Capaldi’s Doctor and a costume change of the 8th Doctor now sporting the Night Of The Doctor attire. Also a slight modificatons on the image of several Doctors, and other minor costume changes. Let’s play spot the difference shall we?

Doctor Who 12th Doctor

Jacket changes for 3,4 and 7. Change of waistcoat for 6, Blue Suit for 10. Probably others I have missed.

Now 26th July 2017 Lee Sullivan has revealed his first version of the image with the new face of Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker.

Doctor Who All Doctors WIth Jodie Whittaker

In this image she is sporting a costume inspired by the (brief) reveal trailer, as there is no official word on what her costume will be like. So I am sure that we will see an additional variation of this soon.

Now then Lee, any chance of a similar poster of The Master?

See more of Lee’s art on his website here.

Lee has lately been working on the comic series of The Rivers Of London. Buy Here or Find Out More on this here.

Images of the Doctor Who Usual Suspects used with permission of Lee Sullivan.

Use of the Usual Suspects 1995 poster under fair use for illustration purposes only.

#DoctorSue – Doctor Who / Sue Perkins Twitter Campaign Update

Sue Perkins Alternate Doctor for Bigfinish's Doctor Who Unbound

Update 16th February 2017

Over 4 years after the original campaign we are glad to see Neil Gaiman supports Sue Perkins for Doctor Who, on a Radio 5 Live interview.

“needless to say I’d love to see a woman Doctor, the time is absolutely right.”

Neil Gaiman on Doctor Who: I’d cast Sue Perkins

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UPDATE 1st June 2013
Matt Smith to leave Doctor Who
In response to this, with new casting of the Doctor coming soon we have relaunched this:

UPDATE 5th March 2013

Did you spot any coverage on websites, newspapers, TV or Radio, get in touch @scifind and let us know.

If you are not familliar with the Doctor Who / Sue Perkins Campaign please read the original post.

It all started shortly after the campaign was started with a reply to @MrsScifind on twitter:

@sueperkins
@sueperkins

(not the main @scifind twitter account, something that baffles me to this day.

This was very quickly acted upon by Digital Spy:

‘Doctor Who’: Sue Perkins subject of female Doctor campaign

Published Tuesday, Feb 12 2013, 17:31 GMT | By Tom Eames
Published Tuesday, Feb 12 2013, 17:31 GMT | By Tom Eames

Unfortunately Digital Spy did NOT read the original article on Scifind!

Neither did THE SUN NEWSPAPER online.

Doctor Sue? Fans launch campaign for Perkins to be the next Time Lord

 By ANGHARAD LLEWELLYN Published: 12th February 2013

By ANGHARAD LLEWELLYN
Published: 12th February 2013

This coverage was mirrored in the PRINT VERSION OF A NATIONAL NEWSPAPER the following day (13th Feb)

The Sun Newspaper 13th Feb 2013.
The Sun Newspaper 13th Feb 2013.

The Daily Mirror was next:

Time Lady: Comedian Sue Perkins “beyond flattered” by calls for her to be first female Doctor Who

By Rob Leigh  13 Feb 2013 14:37
By Rob Leigh 13 Feb 2013 14:37 – At least they made an effort with the image.

Like before they actually made no attempt to get across the message of the original article, instead they decided to focus on the 40 year old argument of should the Doctor regenerate into a woman.

This was closely followed by NME, who quoted Scifind and made reference to the Bigfinish Unbound audios – but still failed to get what we were driving at.

To date we have not seen evidence of print coverage in The Mirror.

Past her original tweet Sue Perkins has failed to comment. We hope to hold a discussion with BigFinish very soon.

MARCH MENTIONS

Debate on Reveal Magazine

"The sci-fi website Scifind has stirred up a right hornets' nest with its call for a woman to be cast as the lead in Doctor Who. " Reveal's Chief Sub Editor, Andrew Saxton 5th March 2013
“The sci-fi website Scifind has stirred up a right hornets’ nest with its call for a woman to be cast as the lead in Doctor Who. ” Reveal’s Chief Sub Editor, Andrew Saxton 5th March 2013

Looks like Scifind started a debate over at woman’s weekly mag REVEAL

Doctor Sue On Google

Google now shows "Sue Perkins Doctor Who" as a predictive search - Added 5th March 2013
Google now shows “Sue Perkins Doctor Who” as a predictive search – Added 5th March 2013

Passing Mention in The Scotsman

After The Great British Bake-Off and with the clamour for her to be the first female lead in Doctor Who,

MORE LINKS

Will Sue Perkins be the first female Doctor Who?

TV Throng

Doctor Who fans split in the debate as to whether Sue Perkins (or any woman at all) should be the new Doctor!

Unreality TV

Whovians declare the idea of comedian Sue Perkins to be first female Doctor Who “awesome,” while some traditional fans insist the iconic role must be played by a man

Fark – Hundreds of comments!

 

A Few Thoughts On Peter Capaldi Leaving Doctor Who.

Peter Capaldi Doctor WhoFirst obvious thought is ‘shame’ as I would have liked to have seen more stories that let him shine, though he does have another 13 episodes ahead of him so there may be just that to come.

Secondly, ‘well done sir’. It was a pleasure to see Capaldi’s Doctor rock the boat a little.

Next. Endless speculation on who will be the next Doctor. Names new and old are all showing up on social media right now, from Susan Calman to Eddie Redmayne



Yes I have started to push Sue Perkins again (#doctorsue) but that is half in jest and harks back to me wanting her to do a Bigfinish Audio rather than a full series as the Doctor.

But I have 2 main thoughts, neither rules the other out.

Ade Edmondson
Ade Edmondson

Firstly Adrian Edmondson would make an excellent Doctor as we have seen him do the Zany and the Serious acting in his career.

Secondly the Christmas special should end on the regeneration cliffhanger, and the following series should see Paul McGann get 13 full episodes at the controls of the Tardis. Maybe in the spirit of past multi Doctor stories McGann could aid with the resolution of the Christmas story, but the plot follows the 8th Doctor through the next series, only to resolve the regeneration on the last episode.

Anyway, would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions – @scifind on twitter.