From the Shed: Zombie Shark.

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.

Cheers,

Pete.

From the Shed: The latest expansion for my Van Saar gang.

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.

Still on with the pics.

The full 10.

The shield carriers – hand flamer, plasma pistol, flamer, multimelta and las carbine.

Gangers with melta gun, combi plasma/ las gun and servo claw, Graviton gun, stave and sub las carbine, twin plasma pistols.

Cheers,

Pete.

Autumn 2020 Update

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.

I hope everyone is well and stays safe.

Cheers,

Pete.

From the Shed: NBC troopers and assorted GW figures.

I rush painted these for the Zone Alfa game that I featured in my last blog post.

The NBC troops are, of cource, early Copplestone sculpts (still available from Moonraker minitaures) . I can’t say enough nice things about this range….

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The Ur Ghouls and Spindle drones are from the Blackstone Fortress exapansion pack that I picked up.

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They should be useful for lots of different things. The Ur Ghouls (the blue ones) were to  stand in as mutants in Zone Alfa.

Cheers,

 

Pete.

 

 

Game Report: Zone Alfa.

Been rather busy recently with uni work so not had much time to do as much hobby stuff but I know where my priorities lie. As such I’ve not bneen gaming much. There was a brief window where people from 2 different households could meet inside before my  area was subject to a localised lockdown… in that gap I managed to get a small game of Zone Alfa (Osprey Games) in with Joe. I painted up some more minis for it which I’ll put up soon.

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We had planned to get a Zone Alfa campaign up and running at the club, but Covid put paid to that. I had, however, started to get a few bits and pieces for it in 28mm so that is the scale I played against Joe with. I know I was planning to do 20mm Zone Alfa at home, and I still am, but we were being sensible and socially distanced; so we only touched our own toys, tape measures and dice and so on.

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My previous game of Zone Alfa degenerated into a rather bloody gun fight as the factions we both played were mutally atagonistic. This time as we both ran military teams so were cautiously allied. We could have rolled to shoot at each other but neither of us decided to.

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In the end this worked in our favour as it was a good refresher on how the exploration,  anomalies and zone hostiles worked.

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We weren’t using the game as part of a campaign- where Zone Alfa shines- more as a rules refresher. I think in the end Joe’s forces would have looted more stuff than me but I’d have got mnore experience for my team as I killed more.

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It was really good to get to roll some dice again and get new figures on the table. Shame that the new lockdown has already got in the way of 2 games that I had planned. It was also nice to have some of my 3D printed terrain on the table too. Hopefully I won’t have to wait too long until my next game now.

 

Cheers,

 

Pete.

 

 

From the Shed: Turkish Leopard

This has been another tank that I’ve had for ages half finished. Inspired by the news I painted it up in Turkish colours but never really got round to finish it. I tried to go with the offical MIG pigments fixative liquid, not quite sure it worked well. I think less might be more with them…

The base model is the 1/72nd Hasegawa Leopard 2A4.

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Cheers,

 

Pete.

From the Shed: German house.

I picked up a rather battered HO (1/87th) scale German house in a job lot from ebay a while back. It has been knocking about my work bench for ages so I’ve taken the oppertunity to give it a spruce up and finish it off.

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It is a little small but mixed in at the edge of the board I’m sure it will be fine, sods law means that the battle will be focused around in in all likleihood.

 

Cheers,

 

Pete.

From the Shed: Zuk Vans

I got the stl file for this Cold War Polish classic from thingiverse, rescaled it to 1/72nd and ran a few off my 3d printer. It should make a great little run around for my Warsaw Pact forces.

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I’ve been asked by a friend to print him out a larger one as a transport for his Zone Alfa team. Can’t wait to see what he does with it.

Cheers,

 

Pete.