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: More bits of scatter terrain… a cache and more tank traps.

Another quick post today. Been working on more bits of scatter terrain which will probably end up being mostly used for Zone Alfa. They are enjoable to paint and are ‘quick wins’ in terms of getting things finished. All of these bits were printed on my 3D printer.

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First up we have an ammo cache… abandoned some where in the Zone it will make a nice objective marker.

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I printed out some more of the tank traps too but this time I based them up and made them a little more over grown. It should make for a bit of  hard cover in the game.

 

Cheers,

 

Pete.

From the shed: Creature Swarms.

One of the monster types that can spawn in a game of Zone Alfa is swarms of creatures. I didn’t have any in my collection and thought that they might be tricky to scratch build so I bought a few from the Reaper Bones collection.

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4 bases of rats, and 2 each of spiders and beetles should be enough for my purposes. They were fun and quick to do too. The Reaper Bones models are made of a funny plastic but they took (brush on) paint well. I’ll be getting some more of them.

 

Cheers,

 

Pete.

From the Shed: Nurgle Terminators.

I’ve been slowly working my way through my backlog of minis. Now that there is a new (9th) edition of 40k coming out it give me extra impetus to get a decent sized army painted. So to help that along I’ve finished off my Death Guard Terminators.

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I had already painted one of the blightlord terminators for a Kill Team game so I do have a squad of five in total. They all came from the Dolorous Strain box set.

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I’ve also got a little squad of the Death Shroud versions- topoled up for melee they should be fairly powerful in the game.

Unfortunately I used up the rest of my Death Guard Green so I need to wait until the shops open back up to get some more to finish off my characters and Daemon Prince. Then it will be pretty much army done.

 

Cheers,

 

Pete.

From the Shed: Nurgle forces.

I’ve used some of my lockdown time whilst I’m not studying to get some bit painted for my nurgle force.

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First up are the Plague Marines. i tried to use a wide a selection of weapons as possible to give me options for kill team. Also I’ve enough for 3 fivve man squads in 40k.

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First up we have the Champion and icon bearer.

 

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Next the two special weapon marines: blight launcher and plague sprayer (think chemical flamer).

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Then we have three close combat marines- pretty powerful when you get them into a melee fight.

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The Plagueburst crawler is a great kit, lots of detail fun to paint and build- adds a decent amount of firepower to my little force.

 

The plan is post lockdown to start with some 500 point games of 40k and see where it goes. At a stretch I could put out about 2000points I think but I want to work my way up there first.

 

Cheers,

 

Pete.

 

 

 

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.