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shthar28 Mar 2019 7:50 p.m. PST

But wait, it's worse.

The guy dies, and his wife wants his 'miniature tank collection' out of the basement.

Last Man Standing, episode Tanks for the Memories…sheesh.

Dn Jackson28 Mar 2019 9:03 p.m. PST

That's an old episode. And I didn't see anything wrong with it. From the tone of your post it seems you object to any historical miniatures in a TV show. What am I missing?

Oh, and it was a model collection, not gaming miniatures.

shthar28 Mar 2019 10:12 p.m. PST

It's not that it's wrong, it's SAD.

A lot of guys I know have died in the past few years. And thier wives just want the 'toys' out of the basement so they can sell the house.

I couldn't even watch the whole episode. Too close to home.

AegonTheUnready Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2019 2:16 a.m. PST

I liked the epsode of T:SSC where the robot is painting D&D figures for a game…

Let's see – the episode of The Crown where Elizabeth goes to one of her advisers homes and he is recreating the battle of Salamanca

The episode of The Bridge where the police chief is painting Trolls for Warhammer

Twin Peaks of course – the hotel owner is fighting a Civil War battle with 54mm figures

Oh yeah lest i forget – the old Avengers TV show eppy where Mrs Peele defeats Steed at Waterloo, Trafalgar and the battle of Britain because she has an uncle in the Army, the Royal navy and the RAF! ha!

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2019 3:45 a.m. PST

That Avengers episode, Aegon. Are you sure? I remembered it as a kid Steed was babysitting, not Mrs. Peele.

But yeah. In three years, I want to get the wargaming stuff down to what my son can put in a van for one trip to a hobby shop or a convention, because I think he'd throw it away before he made two.

mildbill29 Mar 2019 4:12 a.m. PST

That's why I have contracted with a friend to sell my stuff when I go. He gets the long dollar and my wife gets a steady cash flow for a year.

All Sir Garnett29 Mar 2019 4:49 a.m. PST

One word – Callan…

Londonplod29 Mar 2019 5:10 a.m. PST

Do not forget Frank Underwood's 54mm ACW collection in House of Cards.

athun2529 Mar 2019 6:18 a.m. PST

Well, I am 'only' 58, but after having friends younger than me pass, I am starting to go through my stuff. All that unpainted lead for still-born projects, unused armies, rules, terrain, etc, are going. I do not want to stick my wife with that headache, or over burden my gaming group either.

haywire29 Mar 2019 6:31 a.m. PST


AegonTheUnready Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2019 8:37 a.m. PST

Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicle

@robert piepenbrink I suppose I'll have to dig through Netflix and find it and watch. But I defintiely remember Peele kicking Steeds rear end

Korvessa29 Mar 2019 8:41 a.m. PST


Richard IV planning his campaigns.

DHautpol29 Mar 2019 10:37 a.m. PST

Robert and Aegon

I think the episode you are remembering is "Requiem" from Series 6.

Steed is, indeed, 'babysitting' a witness who defeats him over a wide range of games. In the meantime the baddies pretend to blow up Steed's flat to try to get Tara King (not Mrs Peel) to reveal where Steed is hiding the witness.

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP29 Mar 2019 10:39 a.m. PST

No, it was John Steed keeping a young lady out of sight for a time as he tried to distract/entertain her. ONE of those "distractions" was something that could have been Trafalgar where we see two fleets deployed at the start, then return from Mrs. Peele (Gawd Bless 'Er!) moving the story along to see only one or two of Steed's ships still afloat. The game young lady points out that he could still continue the fight, but Steed points out he could hardly commit them to continued action as they would be "Awash with survivors!"

While I had been playing board wargames for years prior to that episode's first play here in The States and collected ROCO Minitanks and Airfix figures, I still had no grasp of actually gaming with miniatures. The idea that a wargame would include such realities as "survivors" being picked up or otherwise clinging to a means of rescue so impacted me, that I have always made allowances for such things in the many rules sets I've written and published over the years.

While the idea of Steed and Peele "interacting" with one another in a wargames setting would represent a moment of pure bliss for the fans of both, I'm afraid that just never happened.

We had to imagine other ways for that perfect couple to… "interact."


Personal logo Silurian Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2019 2:06 p.m. PST

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (original).

Dad: "They're not toys! They're MINIATURE FIGURINES!"

Dn Jackson29 Mar 2019 10:14 p.m. PST

"I couldn't even watch the whole episode. Too close to home."

Ah. Sorry, didn't understand what you were getting at in your original post. Agreed, it is close to home for me too.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP30 Mar 2019 1:59 p.m. PST

TVAG, I remember being struck by the high level of representation. Steed is pushing a single casting, and the kid is explaining "you still have half a battalion!"

Ah for a world in which you could reasonably expect a miniature Napoleonics army in the house--and that both sides understood the same rules!

Athun25, I think you're right, but may I offer one caveat? I've dumped more projects--let along castings--than I can count in the last three years, but I'm not making any particular effort to dispose of a huge stack of unpainted Napoleonic and ACW 1/72. I enjoy painting them, so once I've got my "keeper" armies where I want them, I can go on painting the plastics and getting rid of them as I do. Won't bother me a bit if the kid dumps some unpainted cheap plastics: it's the real armies I want to find new homes.

Uparmored30 Mar 2019 11:01 p.m. PST

I remember Callan when I was a kid

AegonTheUnready Supporting Member of TMP31 Mar 2019 9:13 a.m. PST

@silurian Which episode was that?

von Schwartz31 Mar 2019 9:25 a.m. PST

AegonTheUnready, I don't recall Steed's rear end, all I remember is Peele's rear end.

Hey I was only 18 years old!!!

HarmonWard05 Aug 2019 8:29 p.m. PST

CSI: Las Vegas

The H Man07 Sep 2019 8:43 p.m. PST

Star trek ds9 with the ongoing Alamo.

Heart beat had some naps.

James Bond with the guns under the table.

Red dwarf "sorry for interrupting the warhammer" or such quote.

My Family. He does 1 beautiful nap, taking hours, then, giving up, proceeds to "dunk" paint the others.

Volleyfire24 Sep 2019 1:18 p.m. PST

Sir John Hurt played an Oxford Prof in something, might have been in New Tricks I think, where he had a large wargames table and obviously was supposed to be a devotee.

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Nov 2019 8:27 p.m. PST

There was an episode of Columbo that featured the battle of Gettysburg with miniatures or toy soldiers. Something happened to one of the figures (broken and repaired ?) that ruined the murder's alibi.

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP05 Nov 2019 1:56 p.m. PST

You are thinking of this one?:

A summary from Wikipedia: Final clue/twist: Columbo realized that a shipping box labeled as having contained books (which Brailie received earlier on the day of the murder) was too small to contain the number of books it was supposed to contain, and thus the box must have instead contained the toy soldiers for the diorama, and the books must have arrived in a shipment that arrived later (which Brailie claimed contained the toy soldiers). This meant that Brailie had swapped the labels on the boxes and had had enough time to set up the diorama over the course of the day, and therefore had no alibi for the time of the murder.

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