Sunday, March 5, 2017

'Characters/Scene from' KenR: 'Blakes7'

Blake, Vila, Gann, Avon, Orac, Jenna and Cally

Those of you of a certain age from the UK will remember, I hope with fondness the absolutely superb Sci Fi TV Series Blakes 7. I loved the programme then and still watch it today.

Filmed on a shoestring  (another great 80s show) with creaking sets it survived on its brilliant characters, their interplay and great writing. Even the computers Zen and Orac had personality !


The figures themselves are heroic 28mm from Crooked Dice, part of the 7tv range, and marvellous figures they are too. Sold under the banner of Future Freedom Fighters they are a fantastic likeness of the TV show actors.

The actual cast.
I have emulated the costumes used in the series, some of which are shown above. The first two series are the classic episodes, the cast changed dramatically from the start of series 3.


The chaps are shown above, left to right is Gann the gentle giant, Blake the Rebel leader (or was he ?), Vila the cowardly thief and Avon the charismatic second in command who was out for himself (or was he ?)


Then the ladies, Cally on the left a telepath and Jenna on the right the beautiful smuggler (I don't mind admitting having a crush on her as a young man). Also Orac the world's first portable supercomputer, it was able to link in with all the other computers in the galaxy and obtain detailed information in seconds, that was the late 70s, today it's called the Internet.


So there we have it 6 28mm Figs plus whatever you want to class Orac as ? Another Fig or a crewed weapon ?

Great fun painting these and very much against my norm.  I am firmly in the historical Camp and always paint Figs in batches of 6 to 10, it always takes me a while to get going with individual figures, I think the subject matter kept me going on these.

I do have lots of the other side, the Federation, to pit against these in future battles on Yarkshire 7tv. May or may not get those done before the end of the challenge.

13 comments:

  1. Oh I hoped we might see these. Takes me back alright ... nicely done sir

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    1. Thanks Dave, glad someone remembered this great series.

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  2. They look good, but I haven't seen the series!

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    1. Cheers Barks, definitely worth a watch.

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  3. I had never heard of this series...very neat submission! I love the things I learn about in the Challenge.

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    1. Never heard Greg ! Get on the You Tube young man

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  4. Oh well done, I loved this as a boy and may have to add these to the collection.

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    1. Thanks Michael, the figures are not with a company called Beast in the Broch after a split in the crooked dice ranks.

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  5. I have never heard of this series - it obviously never travelled out of the UK the way that the Doctor did. Your marvellous figures have me very curious to research it now.

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    1. Thanks Michael, I did wonder whilst painting them if anyone outside the UK and under 40 would remember them.

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  6. Ahhh, fond memories! Nice painting on these Ken :)

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  7. Favourite sci fi series as a child and these are lovely versions of it!
    Best Iain

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  8. This brings back amazing memories! Thanks so much for painting these guys - they're fantastic!

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