Saturday, 3 August 2013

Stargate SG1.

Stargate SG-1 resumes the plot of the original feature film and follows the present-day adventures of SG-1, a military team from Earth. SG-1 and two dozen other SG teams venture to distant planets using a fictional alien portal known as a Stargate, which in the series is housed in a top-secret United States Air Force military base known as Stargate Command (SGC) underneath Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In the first eight seasons, the mission of the SG teams is to explore the galaxy and search for alien technology and allies to defend Earth against the Goa'uld, a snake-like parasitic alien race that takes humans as unwilling hosts. As explained in the series' backstory, the Goa'uld transported human slaves from Earth to other habitable planets across the galaxy thousands of years ago and now pose as gods of Ancient Earth mythologies, particularly Egyptian mythology. SG-1 eventually learns that highly evolved human-like beings, known as the Ancients, had originally built the Stargate network millions of years earlier, before they used their extraordinary powers to ascend to a higher plane of existence, after which they pledged to not interfere in the lives of other species. The Ori, who belong to the same race of ascended beings as the Ancients but who use their powers to subjugate other species, forcing them to worship the Ori and to believe a doctrine of religious fundamentalism, assume the role of the main antagonists in seasons 9 and 10.

SG1 and SG2 move through the gate following the MALP 'all clear'. A Jaffa watches...

SG1 with Captain Sam Carter, Teal'c and Daniel Jackson led by Colonel Jack O'Neill.

SG2 led by Lt. Colonel Cam Mitchell.

The Jaffa arrive...

...led by the Goa'uld Ishkur!
I have been a fan of all things Stargate since the original movie and fancied a small project to have some gaming in this setting. Stargate figures in 28mm have come and gone, with a variety of makers (Gripping Beast, Eureka etc) and they seem to be a rarity these days. Other than a unit of Jaffa (possibly Eureka) I picked up from eBay I have had to content myself with the slightly less well received sets from the now defunct Phoenix Icons via Cold War Miniatures.

Although on the 'skinny' side, with some rather delicate Ma'Tok staff weapons for the Jaffa, once painted up I think these figures look pretty good. I actually do like the look of the SG1 team! The Stargate and DHD are not bad either. Add to this the Gripping Beast limited edition System Lord and a a 'not' MALP from Ainsty I think I have a pretty good selection to get going with. I am not sure if I will add to this (maybe some more SG teams and some civilian types?) but for now I think I have enough.

I have not decided on a ruleset yet but was originally thinking of using 7TV. Herkybird has some good Stargate games over at his blog Herkybirds Nest and uses his own set of rules which I might check out.

Some of the Jaffa of Apophis.

Figures and Stargate are all from Phoenix Icons. The 'MALP' is by Ainsty. I am unsure of the makers of the figures in the bottom picture, possibly Eureka or GB?

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