Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Corvus Urban Two Floor House

So in addition to starting over with new survivors and zombies, I'm also starting over with buildings as well.  The last time I mostly used cardstock buildings, a lot of which were reinforced with foamcore.  This time around, I'm 3D printing most of them.
This is the Urban Two Floor House from Corvus Games Terrain.  It's less than four dollars for the file, and comes with a removable roof and two floors.  There are not, however, actually floors to the building.  You would need to make those out of something, say the aforementioned foamcore.
First building done!  Thanks for reading.  Comments welcome.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Rick Grimes and Survivor

My first two miniatures from the new "season" are done: Rick Grimes (r) and a random survivor (l).  Both are from Mantic Games' "All Out War" starter box set.  I'm trying to paint the figures not as they appear in the comic book or television series in order to make them my own (ergo Rick's gray hair).  I'm also trying out the GW contrast paints, some of which were used in these guys.

In the background you can see another part of the project--the unpainted, unfinished apartment building I printed.  More on that later!

As always, thanks for looking. Comments welcome!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Back from the dead

It's been over four years.
Really, almost six since I ran a battle report.
To be fair, I've been posting somewhat regularly on my other blogs, regularly gaming.  I've been painting a few miniatures and making a ton of terrain using a 3D printer I got about a year back.
But several years ago, I lost interest in this blog.  Mostly for a lot of personal reasons having to do with the real life Irene.  It just seemed cruel to create a fiction where the relationship between Robb and Irene was a thing.  I was depressed and have my avatar wandering a post-apocalyptic world just didn't seem worthwhile.

Flash forward four or five years.  Things are better, a lot better.  Furthermore, I need a good solo wargaming project that can really engage me creatively.  So, I'm back.   But here's the thing--I got rid of all the terrain and a bunch of other stuff that I need to replace.  So I'm basically starting from scratch.
So new survivors, new zombies, new terrain, and a whole new layout.  With the change I'm going to reset the whole story, the whole zombie timeline.  There will likely even be a new figure representing Robb.
Along those lines, I will not be having other characters be stand-ins for real life people I know, but just fictional characters. 
My plan is to start with the basic box set from The Walking Dead: All Out War, which has a nice selection of figures that can be survivors, gangers, and of course zombies.  I'm also starting to print out some buildings from Corvus Games.  Hopefully I'll have enough stuff together to be able to start batreps by the new year.

So welcome back, thanks for reading, and comments welcome.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Zombicide: Walk of the Dead, Group 2, part one

It has been a long time since I worked on this blog.  Lots of reasons why, but they don't matter.  The good news is, I had a day to myself where I stepped away from my phone for most of it, and decided to spend it getting some good-looking zombies painted up.

They are from the Zombicide booster Walk of the Dead.  I've already painted one set of eight (out of three identical sets), and now I'm starting the second.  What's tricky is painting the same figure a different way so that they don't look too much alike, especially noteworthy figures like the big bald guy.  In the previous incarnation, I painted him to look like a construction worker with an orange jumpsuit.  Now he has a jeans and a long-sleeved shirt tied around his waist.  People will still recognize him as the same figure, but he looks different enough to not be a complete twin.

Anyhow, it is nice to get some stuff done, and just maybe I'll get back into posting batreps too.  Thanks for reading, comments welcome.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

River City Table, Part 2

From my last post, I build a second half of my 3' by 3' modular table using an identical technique: a 2' by 4' piece of MDF board cut into sections, painted, covered with grass paper, and then assembled.  I made a slight variation in the layout for diversity's sake.

When the two pieces are put together, they make a variety of permutations.

Now I could stop here (and may take a little break for a few days) but I've been considering adding additional detail: sidewalks, etc.  What do you think?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

River City Table, Part 1

I've been thinking for a long time, maybe over a year, about creating a small gaming table upon which to play All Things Zombie or other modern-ish game.  For my previous ATZ campaign, I played on an old 4' by 4' table that I made for Mordheim ages ago. It's big, a bit unwieldy, and is pretty uniformly green.

What I wanted was a 3' by 3' square table which would come in two halves (18 inches by 36 inches), and have built into it roads, sidewalks, etc. on which I could arrange buildings.  I considered getting a pre-made mat, but those are expensive and I could never find exactly what I want.  Printing out a cardstock table would offer lots of two-dimensional detail, but would cost a fortune in printing costs (and also be two dimensional).  So I decided to make my own.  I'm pretty crafty, but regardless my plan wouldn't be complicated.  After a lot of sketching on the mist-covered door of my shower stall, I finally decided to move on my plan.

So I thought I would share it with you, step by step.  I'll be building the first half, just to see if it works before I build the second.  Here's the stuff you need for the first half:

  • a 2' by 4' MDF board
  • black spray paint
  • green grass-textured paper (the kind you use for model train layouts)
  • wood glue
  • spray adhesive
First, get the guy at Home Depot to cut your MDF sheet.  You want to cut one foot off the short end, then six inches off the long end of the large piece, then cut the small side piece in half.  This will leave you with four pieces:
  • 18" by 36"
  • 12" by 24"
  • 6" by 18"
  • 6" by 18"
If that sounds unclear, here's a helpful photo of the pieces.

The large piece will make up the base of the table.  On the big piece, spray black on the part where the road will go.  The road will be about six inches across.  Here's a photo of how I wanted it to look.

Now, take the 12" by 24" piece and cut a piece of the grass paper to make the shape.  Spray adhesive on the piece and carefully lay the grass paper on top of it (weigh it down with some odd pieces of plywood) and let it dry for several hours.  Do the same for the 6" by 18" piece.  Save the last piece for the next half of the project.

Attach the two grassy pieces of MDF to the base around the painted roads, creating a layout like I've shown.

Now you have a roughly three-dimensional layout that's pretty inexpensive and easy to build.  I'm going to basically do a second one in a similar fashion to finish up the table, plus add some additional detail, as you'll see.  Stay tuned, and comments always welcome!

Zombicide: Walk of the Dead, Group 1

I've been painting up the Walk of the Dead supplement of miniatures for the board game Zombicide to use in a possible ATZ relaunch.  Walk of the Dead features 24 miniatures which are three sets of eight different poses.  I showed two of the miniatures in my last post, here are the others.

There are some nice variations between very generic, male zombies and very character-ful male and female ones.  Two of the zombies are all-out running, which strikes me as being a little antithetical to my classic zombie movie tastes, but sprinting zombies are all the rage these days (no pun intended).

Now to come up with some color variations for the other 16 zombies in the set, and I'll have replenished my zombie horde with some good looking fellows!