Sunday, 15 January 2017

If not the long arm, then the scatter gun of the law...

As part of my slow build on some dark and gritty for This Is Not A Test I got my first Peace Keeper Officer done.

Officers are the rank and file troopers on the Peace Keeper force list.  There will be a few more coming to the wasteland with a variety of gear but my first officer is wearing body armour and armed with his trusty pump action shotgun.

One of the things I like about the Peace Keeper models is that they do a really good job of blending the look of pre-war clothing (in this case a State Trooper uniform) along with some post-apocalyptic elements that make them feel like they truly are part of the setting they live in.

I'm really stoked about these figures and when Worlds End Publishing releases some more of the Peace Keepers they offered during the Kickstarter I'll be putting another order in.


Saturday, 14 January 2017

Gotta get back on that horse...

One of the things I've found about painting miniatures is that as much as I love doing it once I take a break for a few days sometimes those days drag on and I take more of a break than I was planning on.

This week I was travelling for work most of the week so I had 3-4 days I couldn't paint...but then I added on 2 more days that I really just didn't paint.  When this happens sometimes I have to look past what I "want" to do and just pick  something that I can get done so I can get the momentum tolling again.

Quite a while back I asked the question "Do I play this game?" with regards to Infinity.  At this point I'm pretty sure the answer is "no, I do not" but I still buy their figures to use for other games.  Primarily I've had an eye on figures that would make good modern/near-future survivors.  I purchased the figure below around the time The Division came out because I felt he fit the feel of that setting fairly well and could see myself gaming it at some point.   To circle back to where I started about just wanting to get something done he was a fairly good choice because he's well textured but doesn't have a ton of fiddly detail.

I've got everything set I need (I think, better double check) for my Ravenloft game Monday night so assuming I'm right about that I'm going to try to get some Raiders done for  a solo play of This Is Not A Test on Sunday.


Saturday, 7 January 2017

The law is coming to the post apocalypse!

One of the things most miniature gamers experience at some point in their hobby journey is the moment where they want to play a game and when deciding on a force a single model makes the decision for them.  That moment where you find the miniature that on its own makes you want to play the game and collect that particular faction.

I mentioned in my previous post that part of my plan for This Is Not A Test for 2017 for for not every figure I paint to be a funny mutant animal and at some point to be able to field a 'serious' force.  I've really been enjoying the funny/scary animal mutants because as I've referenced time and time again I really enjoy the imagery of Gamma World, but now I want to get into the down and dirty of This Is Not A Test and immerse myself in the game's background rather than shoehorning my tastes into it.
Luckily for me when trying to decide on a faction as I eluded to in my intro there was a single model that made the choice easy for me; the Road Marshal.

How amazing is that miniature?  Look past my mediocre paint job and really look at the sculpt itself.  It's (in my opinion) the perfect symbol for the game it comes from; it has ample detail to excite and draw you in, but isn't so overly busy it gets tied up in style over substance.  From the gas mask, to the chaps, to the spurs this figure has piles of little details to make it feel like a real person without being cartoonishly over adorned with extra pieces.

The funny thing is I've loved this figure since I first saw This Is Not A Test over a year ago but I specifically stayed away from it and the Peacekeepers out of the mistaken impression that I would be playing a lot of games against these exact miniatures.  Its a weird path that leads you back to where you either started or meant to start sometimes.  When I originally back the Kickstarter for This Is Not A Test I did so at the 'rulebook only' level, then as things went on and I immersed myself in the community I simply decided I wanted to increase my pledge to provide more support to the project.  I already had the mutants so my choice was pretty much made for me.

I do have and do plan on painting the rest of the original Peacekeeper models to fill out my collection but I have a few other models from some other ranges I think should blend in as well.

I'm definitely looking forward to bringing the law to those who have it not.


Friday, 6 January 2017

Not all animals I paint for the post-apocalypse are my warband members

I took a break from Ravenloft/Zombicide today to go back to work on some figures for This Is Not A Test.

This year I'm planning on doing 3 separate projects for This Is Not A Test.  I'm going to do a new Gamma Worldish warband of cat-people to scrap with some Alfs at some point this year.  I'm also planning on doing an actual gritty looking 'normal' warband.  And I'd like to get a bunch of the wasteland creatures done for use in scenarios as I go.

I backed the Kickstarter for This Is Not A Test (the first Kickstarter I actually backed!) and as part of their successful funding each contributor above a certain basic level got 3 free giant rats.  I already have quite a lot of giant rats from D&D and some from Malifaux but it was nice to get some that are mutated and fit more with a sci-fi feel.

At this point I don't have any specific plans to use these figures for any games outside of This Is Not A Test but could easily see them on the table for Necromunda or any of the assortment of post-apoc RPGs I keep meaning to get around to.

The goal was to get a fourth figure done today but I came up a bit short.  Hopefully tomorrow my Road Marshal will also make it to the finish line and I'll have the start of my first non-mutant warband done.


Thursday, 5 January 2017

Zombicide - Baldric

Baldric is another of the protagonist models for Zombicide Black Plague.  Many of the characters in Black Plague are grounded in historic medieval themes but Baldric is one of the more fantastically themed characters.  I don't recall any of his background text specifically calling him a wizard but that is what he is.

Baldric is an extremely well executed sculpt that feels very Gandalf-inspired.  From his flowing robes and long beard to the inclusion of a large (especially by wizard standards) sword.  The only bit missing to make him another Gandalf would be the pointy hat.

Much like my last post with the necromancer Baldric will be seeing his first action as a Druid in my Ravenloft game.  I also have to say now that I've painted him I'm really happy with how both figures look with brown robes, it's too easy and too much of a default to paint all evil wizards in black robes.  The necromancer is still a little skull and horn heavy to pass as a good wizard but I feel Baldric would work well in both roles.

I'm suddenly starting to feel a lot closer to being able to actually play Black Plague.  I may need to get off my butt and re-base those first zombies I painted last year...



Still painting Zombicide Black Plague but I've gone back to the real reason I bought the game; to use the miniatures for other games.

Black Plague has this really cool Necromancer figure but to be honest as a longtime Warhammer Undead player I have piles of Necromancer miniatures done already.  So instead I'll be using him as one of the three male druid miniatures I need for my next game session running Curse Of Strahd.

I'm actually hoping to get another Druid done tonight so I can work on a few This Is Not A Test figures tomorrow.


Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Zombicide - Homer

Another addition to the growing Zombicide Black Plague player pool; Homer!

Homer is another lightly armoured figure, in fact in 30+ years of painting and collecting figures for D&D this might be my first model wearing ringmail.  In Zombicide Homer is another character who's background is not that he is a warrior and he is in fact a simple woodsman.

The truth is Homer is slightly off-plan for me (I don't 'need' him for my current game) but I had him primed and based and I wanted to get something done after work today.

My next 2 fantasy figures (if I stay on plan) need to be an armoured warrior/paladin type and one or more sinister looking druids.