Tuesday, 22 May 2012

When there's no more room in Hell...

The dead shall walk the Earth!

Say what you will, Zombies do make good gaming fodder.  There are a fair few manufacturers out there, although as I don't have many Zombies I can't comment on the majority of them.

I don't have any 15mm Zombies, so in order to reduce the shocking amount of things that I need to paint (and I'm getting into my Zombie phase again - you know what I mean) here are some of my 28mm miniatures...

First up are the really controversial ones, Wargames Factory Zombie Horde.  I say controversial but what I really mean is that the majority of people who have seen them think that they are softly sculpted, oddly proportioned tat.  I am not one of those.  I'll agree that they are not up to modern day standards of what can be accomplished with plastics but until another manufacturer comes out with a good, cheap Zombie sprue, I can't find any better for the price.  There are better metal mini's out there but for the amount of figures you'll need for a good sized Zombie game, you will not find a cheaper alternative.  As part of the nameless masses I think they do the job just fine.


What would any good Zombie game be without the survivors?

For 28mm, you will not find better than Hasslefree miniatures.  Kev White is a fantastic sculptor - I cannot fault anything this guy does, in any way.  I only wish my painting skills could do the minis justice, but alas I can only do so much!

Here are the first pair (both Suzi I believe) :



Next up is Baker, I've made him a Baltimore Ravens fan, needed to use purple somewhere (taking these names from the Hasslefree shop by the way):


A slight departure now, from Pig Iron Productions, one of their System Troopers:


Always good for use as clean-up squad members...

Last but not least, my personal favourite of the bunch, from Hasslefree, Suzi again - although this time she's looking a bit worse for wear...


Anyway, hope you like them, as ever comments are welcome!

All we want to do is eat your brains...

It's not unreasonable.

Oh wait, yes it is.

Zombies!

One word that gets most miniature gamers in a frenzy - some because they hate them and some because they are worryingly too well prepared for the forthcoming Zombie Apocalypse.

I like Zombie games, from Zombies!!! by Twilight Creations:


Through to Last Night on Earth from Flying Frog:


Both are very different types of game, Zombies!!! probably needing house rules to get the most out of it whereas LNOE is a fantastic cinematic Zombie experience, the game is tailored to feel like a proper Zombie film, with excellent artwork throughout and it even comes with a soundtrack.  The miniatures are also quite good, evoking the character of the game very well.

Being a bit of a computer geek as well, I have to mention the most awesome Zombie game ever made, Left 4 Dead and its sequel:


It is without a doubt the most entertaining co-operative game I have ever played, bar none.  Call of Duty, Battlefield 19-whatever, none of them can match up to the fun you get with a couple of friends when you're playing as a Zombie knocking some pitiful human off the side of a hospital roof.  It's glorious.  The original game's maps have been ported over into the sequel as well (along with the characters) for added entertainment.

Next up, Zombie miniatures!

I hate white...

It's official.

White is the colour of evil.

You can't highlight it.  It's white.  It is, by definition, the highest point of a highlight.  Sure you can get "off white", but that's not really white then is it?

Anyway, to get to the point of today's post - my 15mm miniatures are by and large complete.  The only thing left to paint are my Harook and I hope to get them done within the next week or so.

Until then, I thought I'd have a bit of a relapse and finish off some things that have been waiting ages (and by that I mean about 2 years).

So without further ado, here are some bits and pieces from EM4:

Mech's (hence my white frustration):

 



A plastic EM4 trooper (test paint scheme):


An EM4 Power Armour Trooper:


More to come shortly!


Monday, 7 May 2012

Hunter's Planet

A few updates today, firstly a 15mm Predator from Khurasan (excellent sculpt by the way).  I've not based him yet as I'm still playing about with Games Workshops new texture paints (more on them later):


I quite like the earthy tones for the predator, about 5 or 6 different shades in all with a wash of Devlan Mud on everything but the armour, Badab Black for that in case you were wondering!

Next up is a walker made from re-purposed Mechwarrior parts:


I've used the cockpit section from a Hawkmoth Gunship as it looks as though it could actually comfortably house a 15mm miniature without too much trouble.

I've tried out two of the texture paints, one is the snowy ground and the other is the concrete (as you can see on the base above).  They're not too bad at all after playing around with them for a bit, although I'd definitely suggest two coats of the paint to get the best effect from it though, along with a drybrush in a slightly lighter colour.  The base above only has a single coat, next coat to be done shortly.

Now for the oddities of this post, two EM-4 plastic Mechs, one painted with the new Games Workshop paints, trying out a selection of the blues as it's always been a colour I've struggled with.  GW's paints have definitely improved since they've redone them, they seem to flow much easier than before and with the expansion in the range there's a lot less mixing that needs to be done (I've always hated mixing paints - lazy I know).


So there's the first test, had to give it a vaguely Battletech paint scheme so went with a Bannson's Raiders one (all blue with some cream sections).

For the next one I went for a rather odd paint scheme, used by Wizkids version of Battletech (Mechwarrior CMG) for the Republic of the Sphere, a knight of the republic:


The idea is that they can be used for multiple scales, as Ed-209 type walkers for 15mm or as true Battlemech's in 6mm.

That's it for now, hope you like them and comments welcome!