Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I got a Zuzzy, I got a Zuzzy...

Photo From Zuzzy.com
I received my long awaited Zuzzy gaming mat last week.  I ordered a 4'x6'  Wounded City mat and am quite pleased,  The wait was longer than anticipated.  Zuzzy set the expectation of 2-5 weeks.  It actually took about 7 1/2.  In their defense, at exactly 5 weeks I received an email from them saying that the had received a larger than expected amount of orders, and had had some problems with their vinyl vendor.  They apologized, and said that my order would be out shortly, and it was.  Kevin even threw in complimentary 14"x11" swath of mat for free.

Here are my impressions on the products. The mat came in a square cardboard tube, which will come in handy for storage.  The label the package inside came with instructions on the back.  I'll get back to that in a second.  The mat was considerably thinner than I had expected.  Still, it seems pretty durable.  The detail on the mat is exactly as pictured on the Zuzzy site.  I painted the small swath according to the instruction.  First I washed it with a black wash ( 20/1 Future/Black ink).  Next I dry brushed it with white, and dappled it with brown.  Finally, I painted the brick with Burnt Seinna, Cadnium Red, and Pumpkin Orange.  As you can see it turned out nicely.

Finally, I wanted to make sure that everything matched I broke out one of my finished TEOTWAWKI pieces and put it on top.  It all matched up well, although I may need to rethink my basing on future pieces.  I can work the cracked look into future ones to make it more seamless.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

TEOTWAWKI - Ruined Storage Tank Facility

Here's another finished terrain set, with the center piece being a rusty storage tank.  The walls surrounding the tank create a trench like setting, affording figures covered movement and protection.  I am going to make some outer wall pieces, in order to make  this a more complete defensive position.


Monday, February 20, 2012

More Repurposed Clickys (Modern Gunmen)

So much for catchy post titles, huh?  The title really says it all.  These are a couple more Heroclix minis I re-purposed.  I bought my last big batch of clickys from Troll and Toad with the intent of repainting them, selling them, and using the profits on my Post Apoc project.  As of right now, though, I think these two are going to stay in my collection.  I really like these two  figs.

The first one is the Heroclix "Manchester Black" figure.  He had what looked like a banana in his hand, that just wouldn't do.  I armed him with a Mac10, scrounged from a mini in the "pile O' lead".  The stance, and the way the gun is held give the figure a sense of attitude.  He looks like a proper gun toting Hooligan.  I'm not even going to rename the figure, because the name "Manchester Black" is so cool.

The second figure is one of the Heroclix Punisher incarnations.   I love the stance on this fig, and the detail is towards the top end, for clicky figures.  All I did was re-base  and re-paint it.  He will eventually, at some point, hopefully, maybe find his way onto the table as a Hi-Tech gunman, or assassin.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Professor and Number 19

I present for your critique, the Professor and  Number 19.  The Professor is a genius at cybernetics, and has been refining the technology.  Number 19 is the culmination of all his work to date.  Human from the neck up, and even then; barely, Number 19 is the most extensive body conversion the Professor has done.  The Professor is sort of a Frankenstein figure, as he stand, fist clenched in triumph, as his creation walks.

These minis are re-purposed Heroclix figs; I've been on kind of a spate of repainting lately, so look for more in the coming weeks.  The Professor is the Bruce Banner figure and Number 19 is the Pretty Boy figure.  The detail on both of them is really good and they painted up very well.  The bases are slotta base that I applied my diamond tread technique to.  I think I am going to repost the tutorial I did  on how to make it.

In the future, the only thing I would do different would be to strip the factory paint job off, in order to get crisper detail.  The loss, due to paint build up, isn't that bad on these two.  On a couple of others in the batch I bought, the loss is really bad.  To the point, that I need to go back and strip the primer I applied, as well as the factory job, in order to try and salvage them.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

TEOTWAWKI - Blasted Ruins WIP, Pt 5

These pieces were actually the first pieces I built and painted.  They were posted over on the Post Apoc Wargames Forum a couple of months ago, and I thought now would be a good time to bring them together with the rest of the ruins.  Keeping with the flow of things, I'll post the WIP photos, then the finished ones next week.

These four stand alone walls and one corner piece  are mounted on CDs  I used pink foam on  a couple of them, in order to give the ground level wall more height.  Detailing is done with various strips of cereal box, straws, hunks of foam-core and pink foam, and bits of wire. 

The miniatures in the photos give a good sense of how tall the levels in the Gamecraft building are.


Monday, February 6, 2012

Goblin Factory Goblins

Here's a rehashed posting of some minis I did several years ago.  If you root around the web, you'll find them already posted over on The Guild.  These are some of the best goblin minis around, IMO.  I like them more than the GW types.  They are proportioned correctly for 25mm; probably midway between a halfling and a human in size.  If one really wanted to, they could probably be used as 20mm Orcs, as well.

Command and Champion
Axemen...er Goblins
Sword armed
Spear unit
Wolf Riders

I did these on commision, so they are not part of my collection.  I really like this line and need to get some for myself. The wolf riders are especially good.  My painting skills have improved since I did them, as well as my photography skills, and I'd like to see what I could do with them now.

Friday, February 3, 2012

On The Workbench - 02/12

Already into the second month of the year, and I forgot to queue this up.  Oh well, I had an anniversary on the first, a 15 year old's birthday on the 4th,the wife a youngest are going to Omaha this weekend, and Valentine's day on the 14th.  I think I'm allowed a bit of lee-way this month.  Here's this month's "On the Workbench" post. 

The new items and projects that I added stuff to are denoted by an * next to them.

On the Workbench for February 2012:
(This is all stuff that is partially finished; in no particular order)

15 28mm PA Survivors - 3, 5 man packs from Lead Adventure Miniatures 
26 Heroclix Figs* - Figures for conversion into sci-fi and horror gaming minis
16 x Pulp/Steampunk Minis* - 5 more figs added for the commision painting of some Fiendish Fabrications figures
20 Mantic Ghouls - Mantic Ghoul Regiment 

6 28mm Survivors - Obelisck Nighthawk gang 
2 x HotWheels Planes* - Conversions for 15mm post apocalyptic style games
5 28mm Vampires - Pontoonier Wierd West vampires for Two Hour Wargames.  Unfinished commission work that is grinding along on no certain timeline.

28mm Post Apoc Ruins Project - Ruins made from Gamecraft's Foamcore 6 story building.  This one is half done.
10mm Ruins Project - Foamcore ruins for a BTech style game using Mechwarrior figs; another half finished project. 
28mm Vehicles* - 6-8 vehicles for my survivor
15mm Suburbia - Paper/foamcore houses for suburban Lazarus. 
50 20mm WWII Russians - Minis for a semi defunct NUTS! East Front project I planned
2 T-34/85s - Same As Above
Various Fantasy/Sci Fi minis* - I have a box of old minis I use to try out techniques and hone my skills.  I have quite a few half painted figs that I'd like to finish

January's Finished Projects/Minis 
 (I will be posting these up through out the month, as I get photos and such)

5 x MegaMinis Forest Creatures - Critters for THWs
20 28mm Zombies - Wargames Factory Plastic Zombies; posted over on WTL.
4 x 28mm PA Ruins - 3 more ruins for my PA project on this blog
8 28mm Survivors - The last of the Atcheson Designs ATZ figs; posted over on WTL, as well.
1 x Horrorclix Dire Wolf - Posted here last month.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

TEOTWAWKI - Blasted Ruins WIP, Pt 4

I made up a couple of test pieces, to see if what I had in mind was easy to do and feasible.  The first idea was to make some rubble piles to intersperse amongst the ruined buildings.  I threw one together using a CD, DAS Modeling Clay, Foamboard, Pink foam, Sand and other bits and pieces.   I like the way it turned out, and it was definitely easy to make and paint.  Now, I just need to make about 5-8 more of these:

Next, I wanted to create some sort of trench like system, so I made some walls and storage tank.  I filled the voids with debris, and viola, a sunken area to move through; like a trench.

Playing around with this piece, I think I am going to make some small stand alone pieces to put around this to make it look like a complete ruined building, vs just the tank interior walls.