From the printer- sci fi terrain.

Firstly I hope everyone is dstaying safe and well in these lock down times.

I’ve been using my time to do a bit of 3 D printing. and getting them prepped for paint. This just consists of a quick clean up and a few coats of Mr. Surfacer paint.

First up are a selection of vats and tanks.

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Then with have some tank traps and an ammo cache that I’ll probably use for Zone Alfa.

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Definately for Zone Alfa is this sign from Pripyat seen here un prepped.

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Finally I printed off this Nuked city marker- no real use for it yet but I’m sure it will appear in a megagage at some point. Players always seem to love flinging nukes about in them….

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Cheers,

 

Pete.

From the Shed: Pox Walkers.

Whilst I had some painting mojo I got these finished that had been sat on my painting tray from well before xmas.

 

I wasn’t happy with my first attempt at some pox walkers so I experimented with these. a mix of GW contrast paints and normal techniques with plenty of ‘nurgle’s rot’ added for slime effects.

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A bit paler than my normal style but I like them- Will do the rest I have to do like that.

Cheers,

 

Pete.

From the shed: Aeronautica Imperialis.

I got the starter box set of GW’s Aeronautica Imperialis for xmas and wanted to get the planes painted before I played it.

The orks’ aircarft were easy to do – a spray of red paint and adding some details.

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For the Imperial planes I also used a spray can, grey primer first then green over the top after masking first. Then just an easy job to add the details in and finish off with a wash.

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Rather pleased with how they turned out.

I’ll be sure to post when I’ve played the game.

 

Cheers,

 

Pete.

 

 

From the shed: Copplestone Scavengers.

Nothing like the promise of a game to get you painting again…

 

… with a game of Zone Alfa (game report coming soon) arranged with Joe I needed some figures so I rummaged in the shed to look for the Copplestone Casting minis I knew I had to make up a Bandit gang.

I knew that I did that post about playing Zone Alfa in 20mm, and I fully intend to do that at home, but a chance conversation at the club wher I mostly play Necromunda led to me finding that there were a few people interested in getting a campaign up and running.

 

Any way I churned these out over the weekend and I’m pretty pleased with them for a rush job.

 

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Cheers,

 

Pete.

Late Feb Update…

Thought I’d take this oppertunity, won’t get it again for 4 years, to do a little update.

Been really busy with a combination of illness and uni work. I have presented my first academic paper which went really well. Accordingly I’ve not had time to do any hobby based stuff, well at least not in terms of painting. Hence very little to show off on the blog. Most of my time is spent reading or on research. I’ve about 4 reams worth of printed out journal articles to go through- I’m just thankful that I’ve got a laser printer.

The promise of a Zone Alfa game on Monday has gotten me to pick up my paintbrush again so I should have something to show soon.

I’ve been getting a few games in here and there. A few board games and the next Necromunda campaign has just started so expect some battle reports soon.

I’m really enjoying the 3D printer- have it running most days while I try and get the hang of it and the settings. It is still seeming to be something of a dark art to me… I think I need to read up more on it.

 

That is all for now.

 

Cheers,

 

Pete.

 

 

 

20mm resources for Zone Alpha.

Zone Alpha is a new SF skirmish ruleset from Osprey Publishing. I preordered it just after xmas and my copy arrived today. I had been following the development of the rules of the author, Patrick Todoroff’s blog Stalker7 link Taking its inspiration from Soviet/ Russian themed Science Fiction, starting with the excellent novel Roadside Picnic and the film of that book Stalker as well as the PC game series of the same name. Also the Metro 2033 series. It is a milieu that I’m rather drawn to (hence me having so many props at hand for the photo).

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Players take the role of a crew of explores/ trespassers/ robbers infiltrating a alien contaminated zone to loot it for valuable artifacts to sell on, all the while battling each other and the mutated inhabitants of the zone. Given how much I have invested in the scale I will be playing my games in 20mm rather than 28mm (even though there are some great figures in this scale). I thought I’d jot down my ideas of what I’m going to be using…

 

Human figures:

The top billing should be the two boxes of plastic Stalker figures put out by Dark Alliance– ideal for this game and currently undercoated waiting to be painted on my desk.

Under Fire miniatures do some great ranges that will be useful- their Chechens will make excellent bandits and the Russian range an excellent military themed crew.

Similarly Elhiem miniatures does a comprehensive range of irregular and modern Russian figures ideal for this game. Also their spare head range contains both western and Russian gasmask heads that will be ideal for conversions (another project on the go in the shed).

Both Under Fire and Elhiem have featured on this blog in the past.

For some wierder cultist types Stan Johansen miniatures would be worth a look.

Zone hostiles:

I’ll be getting my vermin swarms from either the Reaper Bones plastic range or Irregular miniatures.

Zombies/ Ghouls will be from the Twilight Creations bag O’ zombies, my mutant dogs will be from the same source too. A few metal Elhiem zombies will be added into the mix too.

Mutants will come from the CP Models range; they have some wonderfully quirky bits in their ranges.

Vehicles:

Here the advantage of choosing 20mm really comes in, so many plastic kits to choose from that cover Russian subjects. ICM, Model Collect, Revell, Zvesda are all company that you should look up.

If you don’t fancy making plastic kits look for ther many diecasts that are available for companies such as Fabbri.

The aforementioned Elhiem also other some 3D printed vehicles that would be great.

S and S models offers an extensive range of resin kits that cover most of the Russian basics.

Hope that will be of some use to you.

 

Given what I know I’ve got in the shed ready to go I’d probably be able to get a game up and running in no time at all… watch this space.

 

Cheers,

 

Pete.