For my sins I’m a big horror film fan, especially the sleazy 70s/80s exploitation ones; I’m also old enough to remember the bad old days when Britain’s films were heavily censored…
… accordingly, when I saw this model I had to get it. It reminded me of one of my favourite Zombie films and would be perfect for an oft talked about campaign I want to run.
Zombie Flesh Eaters aka Zombi 2 (Lucio Fulci, 1979) was to serve as a sequel of sorts to the Night of the Living Dead. It was quite notorious in its day for its gore and became added to the “Video Nasties” list in the early 80s in the UK.
In one scene a topless woman is shown preparing for and then undertaking a scuba dive… so far so typical of that sort of film… sure enough a shark is shown approaching closer and closer to the woman. Seeing it she feels to find and underwater Zombie shuffling along the seabed. The shark and Zombie then have a massive underwater fight allowing the woman to escape….
So how does this fit into a wargames campaign? Well, Evan and I have long planneda Zombie Survivors type campaign wher we ewach run rival groups of survivors holed up somewhere trying to make it through the apocalypse. His group was to live aboard a large boat that he has made, mine in a prison… So I mashed the film together with the campaign idea and figured that the Zombies can go in the water and fight the aquatic life so perhaps the shark became a Zombieshark and I could use it to menace Evan’s survivors on their boat.
Well that was the excuse for buying the model and I’m sticking to it.
The model is a Reaper Bones one; they do a few more large fish ones that I may well get to go along with this one, I’m sure I could work those into the campaign too.
Given that the local club where I play Necromunda has been closed since lockdown I thought it would be a good time to get the next 10 of my gang painted… I know that makes 30 but it gives me plenty of options to swap out models as my gang grows in campaigns (which will hopefully restart sooner rather than later). Also I still had some of the Forge World Weapon parts to use up.
The only down side is I’ve gone off the colour scheme I picked for them now. I’ll still use them as they are a good gang but I was less enthused about painting them than I thought I would be.
The past 2 months I’ve been a bit ill, not really ill just annoyingly so which has stopped me doing as much as I’ve liked… long story short I’m one of those people who, after a mild case of covid have developed the so called ‘long covid’ symptoms. What energy I have got is going on my uni work.
I’ve been keeping my hand in though working on bits and pieces here and there. I find the odd painting session does wonders for my mental health and lifts my mood.
Gaming has been all online bar one exception. Given the high rate of covid cases in my area we are currently under restrictions of not being able to mix in doors with people outside your bubble – good thing I’ve got a gamer (my mate not Nicola she counts as household) in mine. The rules are quite contradictory and hard to follow but you do what you can. The good thing is I’m getting 2 night’s gaming in a week with an online group that I’ve gamed with in the past when we could face to face.
I’ve been taking pictures of everything so I shall upload them as time permits so you can see what I’ve been working on. The printer is proving to be great fun, plenty printed out and I’m enjoying tweaking it and trying to get the best out of it with small scale prints.