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richarDISNEY Inactive Member13 May 2010 6:48 a.m. PST

I was watching Ronin a few days ago and the scene where DiNero goes to get the bullet out of him has a guy painting what looks like 54mm figs for a samurai diorama.

This got me thinking…
What other movies has some sort of gaming (wargames or rpgs)/minis painting in it?
And NO console/'puter games please.

I can think of …
E.T. (playing D&D in the beginning)
Murder at 1600 ( Wesley Snipes character has a cool Civil War diorama set up in his apartment)

What others are out there that you can think of?

Grizwald Inactive Member13 May 2010 6:51 a.m. PST


ComradeCommissar Inactive Member13 May 2010 6:52 a.m. PST

40 Year Old Virgin

Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut13 May 2010 6:54 a.m. PST

40 Year Old Virgin. I still hear bout that one. People still tell me that guy is SO me except for the awkwardness with the ledies part, and now that I am not allowed to drive (even biking is a bd idea for me,) well, let's just leave it at that. Besides, I think the comic store is getting some new Iron Man action toys today…

Moonbeast Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2010 7:08 a.m. PST

Stargate SG1 if a T.V. series counts.

Admiral Yi Sun Sin is my Homie Inactive Member13 May 2010 7:12 a.m. PST

God forgive me for bringing this movie up but you asked:

The Patriot
First seen at 6:12
YouTube link

Terrement Inactive Member13 May 2010 7:39 a.m. PST


Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP13 May 2010 8:05 a.m. PST

There was some 80s cop show that had a diorama in it but I forget which one it was now.

ming31 Inactive Member13 May 2010 8:46 a.m. PST

3 days of the Condor , the hit man was painting mini's in his hotel while listening to opera .
the Diorama was from Columbo I think

Personal logo GreyONE Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member13 May 2010 9:31 a.m. PST

James Bond: The Living Daylights

A few of my friends were hired to make the wargame tables and paint the miniatures for the wargame tables that appear in this film. Each table depicts a battle. The character, "Brad Whitaker" (played by Joe Don Baker) is an American arms dealer with a lust for military history and money.

My friends were not given any details of the film, nor the name of the film that the tables and miniatures were to be used, but after filming, were allowed to keep everything. They constructed these props in 1986. They each took one table and miniatures for the battle depicted on the table.

Probably a wargamer's dream come true: Being paid to making several 3D tables and being supp;lied with miniatures, painting the miniatures, and then getting to keep everything at the end. How could your girl friend or wife refuse? (actually, my old girl friend would take issue with this… no matter what, she'd find an angle).

(Phil Dutre) Inactive Member13 May 2010 9:55 a.m. PST

The Oxford Murders – a few seconds of a large wargaming table in the office of Ian McKellan as an Oxford Don.

Mazes & Monsters -- an 80s D&D movie starring a very young Tom Hanks.

Steve Hazuka Inactive Member13 May 2010 10:50 a.m. PST

In ER Bob Newhart had an impressive collection that he painted but was going blind.

KimRYoung Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2010 11:05 a.m. PST

Goldfinger, where he obviously had set up, planned and gamed out the dawn raid on Ft. Knox in miniature.

FYI the original model for the movie is on display at the Patton Armor Museum at Fort Knox if you ever pay a visit.


jfleisher Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2010 11:51 a.m. PST

Which SG-1 episode was it?

Coyote Fezian13 May 2010 12:24 p.m. PST

Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles has a android painting miniatures as it passes through a child-like phase.

thosmoss13 May 2010 12:29 p.m. PST

"The Final Countdown" featured a couple Navy guys in the cafeteria playing Squad Leader …

NWMike13 May 2010 12:39 p.m. PST

The English TV show "New Tricks" has a character who is a "reformed" wargamer.

evilgong13 May 2010 1:16 p.m. PST

Blues Brothers

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2010 2:14 p.m. PST

The Man Without a Face

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2010 2:14 p.m. PST

Oh and The Patriot

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2010 2:40 p.m. PST

Minis-related: Enemy of the State has Wil Smith's son reading a White Dwarf magazine.

Moonbeast Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2010 4:29 p.m. PST

Season 6, vol. 2, episode 8 "The Other Guys". One of the geeky scientists (Jay if I remember correctly) is painting figures for his Stargate diorama in his apartment.

Chocolate Fezian Inactive Member13 May 2010 4:56 p.m. PST

My Kingdom for a Horse
UK TV drama Sean Bean, plays a geeky school teacher that wargames and does ECW re-enactments

Personal logo GreyONE Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member14 May 2010 2:48 a.m. PST

Actor Bill Murray stated: "This is Bob, he paints miniatures and he is gay"

(from the movie: Ground Hog Day; I am guessing the name, "Bob" as I cannot remember the actual name of the character in the film).

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2010 3:23 a.m. PST

"Season 6, vol. 2, episode 8 "The Other Guys". One of the geeky scientists (Jay if I remember correctly) is painting figures for his Stargate diorama in his apartment.

No it is actualy episode 9 of season 7. Called Avenger 2.0

In other guys they just run around Gua'uld motherships ect.

lutonjames Inactive Member14 May 2010 8:23 a.m. PST

At the end of SLC Punk (when looking back to when they teenagers)the main characters are playing D&D.

Hexxenhammer Inactive Member14 May 2010 8:27 a.m. PST

Who makes the minis the french dude with the awesome beard is painting in Ronin? Are they bigger than 28mm?

SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER Inactive Member14 May 2010 9:24 a.m. PST

There was an episode of Simon and Simon, but I don't remember
which one. There was also a 70s British show where the hero was playing a Miniatures game by mail.

DS6151 Inactive Member07 Jun 2010 4:45 a.m. PST

DS9. The Doctor and Chief have a 1/72 scale Alamo dio they use to figure stratagies before trying them out in the holodeck.

Daffy Doug Inactive Member07 Jun 2010 8:58 a.m. PST no painting per se, but the perv got his minis from somewhere. The "bad guys" throw him down on top of his gaming table on top of his minis – made me wince….

Nick Pasha23 Oct 2017 12:46 p.m. PST

Three days of the condor. Max Von Sydow character paints miniatures to relax.

Great War Ace Inactive Member24 Oct 2017 7:06 p.m. PST

Spy Who Came In From The Cold, the creep who assaults the girl gets slammed down on his wargames table, crushing a bunch of bowmen. It really is an esoteric scene, and practically all I remember of the film.

Cloak and Dagger of course, is all about RPG, "Jack Flack" (Dabney Coleman), the little kid's spy alter ego for his father. link

Unicorn City is all about gaming, both D&D and Larping. link

Great War Ace Inactive Member24 Oct 2017 7:08 p.m. PST

I've been Necroed! Spy Who Came In From The Cold, two posts above mine, is mine. Should there be some kind of ban on necromancing threads?

Great War Ace Inactive Member24 Oct 2017 7:10 p.m. PST

And you (Nick Pasha) committed necromancy on this thread only to offer a movie that was already mentioned by "ming". I guess you don't read threads, do you? ;)

RudyNelson25 Oct 2017 5:17 a.m. PST

TV show but back in the 1980s, the rich evil guy often painted miniatures at his desk in his fancy office. The show was Falcon Crest.

Wakefield Warmonger26 Oct 2017 12:09 p.m. PST

My favourite reference to wargaming in fiction is in 'Red Hand For Callan' – Callan thinks about what he might do with his fee as a hit man and thinks about buying wargames figures. Now that's what I call a wargamer!

Jefthing Inactive Member27 Oct 2017 12:29 p.m. PST

The IT crowd: Moss hooks some awful alpha male business types into the world of fantasy role playing when Jen fails to provide suitable 'adult' entertainment. It should also be noted that Roy has two or three Matchbox model kits behind his desk in later series.

Young Winston: the first real conversation Winston has with his father is over his model soldiers.

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