Zona Alfa: From the Shed to the table.

I tend to work better to a deadline so was more than happy to run a game of Zona Alfa for friends with a week’s notice, even though I still had nearly 30 models to paint in that time. Firstly I needed to finish off the various zone hostiles that I had collected, these are the various monster/ fauna that inhabit the zone and make life difficult for the players. I had a mix of zombies from Mantic, Copplestone and Pig Iron. All were painted in a similar muted palette and complement each other. The Mantic and Copplestone ones go well together as they look like the reanimated corpses of previous expiditions to the zone….

The horde of zombies.
Pig Iron Production zombies
Mantic zombies
Copplestone zombie troopers.

I also had a small selection of Reaper Bones models to represent the mutants, both large and standard size, that can also appear in the game. Nicola very kindly painted these three for me.

Reaper Bones used as mutants.

I also wanted to round out my collection of military types witha few more figures. I got some of the Under Fire Miniatures cold war camo suited Soviets and added Pig Iron Productions gas mask heads and backpacks to give them more of a STALKER vibe. Whilst the hardness of the metal that both companies used made drilling them tough on the fingers I’m really pleased with how they turned out.

The converted Under Fire miniatures Soviets.

For the game at the club I wrote a brief intro to the game (which I can post if people want) and made up four forces for the players to use: two military, one scientist and one bandit. After a quick run through of the rules they teams set off to revover the protyped weapon left cached by a previous expedition into the zone. I purposely ignored the Allies and Enemies rules for this game, mainly as it was a one off zero sum mission it would added more combat to get the players better used to the rules.

My Zona Alfa collection in it storage box.

Set in a level one zone I placed the two hot spots so that the players would be able to interact with at least one lot of zone hostiles each.

The game table, the objective was in the cached ammo crate, the skulls are hotspots. Most of the terrain was from my 3D printer.

In the end the Scientist and the Military player ended up trading shots and finding out how bloody the combat syestem can be whilst the Bandits crept forward clearining a hotspot and then cunningly used electric juice to speed forward to snatch the mission objective, after the Military team had dispatched the rats it had spawned the previous turn. The scientist cleared the hotspot closesst to them, again hiding a rat swarm before finding an anomily there and getting a rare artifact. At the point the Bandits were attracting a lot of attention so began to take a lot of fire as the other two teams attempted to snatch the weapon for themselves… at the expense of most of their team they did manage to get it off the table. However, I did point out to the players that in a campaign game they’d need to watch their casualties more and that finding a rare artifact could mean that whilst you don’t win the game the money it earns your team may be more beneficial in the long run.

The Bandits emerge from the edge of the woods.

The Military team pinned down behind the ruins.

The game went down really well and there are a couple more players who wish to try it so hopefully there will be enough interest to get a campaign going. I’m sure I did some of the rules wrong but it has been a long time since I ran the game, pre COVID19 infact. As always I enjoy running the game and seeing how the players interact as much as I do playing.

Cheers,

Pete.

34 comments on “Zona Alfa: From the Shed to the table.

  1. I noticed the zombies having blood all down their fronts. But they would have that from their feeding habits. Nice touch.

  2. ccglazier says:

    Excellent, comrade. Big Russian Bear Hugs of Gratitude from the Institute!

  3. Nicely done on all the figures Pete and glad the game went down well. 🙂

  4. tehlulzpare says:

    Very, very nice. Excellent miniatures and battle report as well!

  5. Looks and sounds like it was a good game! 🙂 Well done on getting everything ready for it!

  6. Guru PIG says:

    Great figures. They have come up suitably gory. The mutants are awesome. The game sounded excellent. The genre is just what I like and I am looking forward to when my Zona Alpha rules arrive from Book Depository.

  7. Oh cool man they all look great. Nice game too and don’t worry too much about the rules Hehe the main thing is you had fun.

  8. Wudugast says:

    Sounds like it was a lot of fun. 🙂 Love the zombies, nice and gory! 

  9. Jeff Groves says:

    Nicely done all around, looks like a great time! That’s quite a lot of figures to paint so well so quickly.

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Thanks Jeff. I’ve worked out a system that suits me- it is my best compromise between speed and quality. I’ve done it so often I’ve got fairly quick at it now.

      Cheers,

      Pete.

  10. […] I have turned myself to finishing off the few pieces of terrain I have left to do. Just like in Pete’s recent blog one of the incentives was a deadline of this Friday when Steve N and myself are going to have a […]

  11. What a smashing lot of figures the camo is excellent (as are the conversions), and the Zom’s as great too, looks like you had a good gaming session with all your new toys. 😉

    Cheers Roger.

  12. your evil twin says:

    Looks like everyone had a brilliant game in the Zone. I love how the fact it was a 3 player game meant 2 factions went up against each other while the third snuck right to the objective. I’d be curious to read the backstory/mission briefing you came up with, I’m a big fan of the narrative aspect of the game.

  13. Marvin says:

    Fun with zombies! Great entertainment, Pete. 🙂

  14. Mr. White says:

    Fantastic critters! love the zeds.

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  16. Ax brown says:

    Fantastic miniature selection and paint jobs, this looks like a great time getting other players involved. Im working on my zone collection as well so thank you for the inspiration!!

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Thank you. It seems to have become my favourite game at the moment. I’m working on yet another team at the moment so watch the blog for that one too.

      Cheers,

      Pete.

  17. Nice post Pete and a nice game write up. The figures look the part and are nicely done too. Great to see you gaming!

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