Board Game in a Week: Last Night on Earth

Last Night on Earth Survivors - Billy, Sally, Jenny, Johnny

Since we completed the first two of the D&D Adventure board games (Castle Ravenloft, Wrath of Ashardalon) recently, as well as all of the extra DLC missions for the two, it was time for something a little different. We got out Last Night on Earth and once it was open, I had a look at the models, and decided that since they’re pretty simple, I could probably paint them all in a weekend. Well, it took a week rather than a weekend, but I did complete the entire set. Our first four survivors are Billy, The Sheriff’s Son; Sally, High School Sweetheart; Jenny, The Farmer’s Daughter and Johnny, High School Quarterback. I used the photo-artwork of them on their character cards and in the rulebook as painting guides, though I changed the design on Billy’s t-shirt to something that had a chance of reading visually on such a small surface.

Last Night on Earth Survivors - Billy, Sally, Jenny, Johnny

Sally got a bright red fire axe, since that seemed appropriate for the sort of axe that a high school student could reasonably get their hands on. Johnny was just blue tones for his denim and letter jacket, though I lightened his hair a little from the black in the artwork, since the lighter brown/blond tones offset the blues more effectively. I attempoted to add some grain to the baseball bat as well, though it’s a little hard to tell. I also painted Jenny with light brown/dark blonde hair similar to actress Catherine Bach, rather than the golden blonde hair she’s pictures as having since she seems to effectively be Daisy Duke. The Dukes of Hazzard were a little before my time in terms of watching or caring. It was sometimes on TV, but I was too young to care about the hot girl, and wasn’t really into cars – so even when it was on, I didn’t really pay attention or watch it, but I’ve got enough cultural awareness to see a Not-Daisy Duke figure when it’s in front of me (and I have to paint it!)

Last Night on Earth Survivors - Father Joseph, Becky, Sheriff Anderson, Jake Cartwright

The second batch of survivors are: Father Joseph, Man of the Cloth; Becky, The Nurse; Sheriff Anderson, Small Town LawMan and Jake Cartwright, The Drifter. Once again I used the character artwork as my general guide, though there’s not a lot on them, really. I attempted some subtle OSL on Father Joseph, due to the flaming brand in his hand. It’s not amazing, but turned out alright – and certainly good enough for a board game model. Becky gained some forearm tattoos that you can’t really see in these photos and was my first ever attempt at painting stockings (and garter straps) as for me the “Sexy Nurse” look borne by the particular outfit that they chose to put Becky in really goes to one place….

That of course being Janine Lindemulder from the cover of Blink-182‘s seminal Enema of the State album, and the video for What’s My Age Again? (linked below!) All the painted depictions of Becky showed her with long, bare legs (and the stockings aren’t sculpted at all, or even implied), but since Janine wore stockinge in the Blink video and album photos…

Last Night on Earth Survivors - Father Joseph, Becky, Sheriff Anderson, Jake Cartwright

Sherriff Anderson‘s outfit colours was inspired by some google image searches for Sheriff’s uniforms, and so he got the pinstripe on his legs, and the tiny star insignia freehanded on his jacket shoulders. Jake was pretty easy in comparison, basically just being scruffy and earthy!

Last Night on Earth Brown Zombies

As well as the 8 survivors, the game features two sets of seven zombies – “brown” and “green” – so if you have two Zombie players, they can tell their own zombies apart from one another.

Last Night on Earth Green Zombies

So I painted each set in their own palette to distinguish them from one another..

Last Night On Earth Board Game Miniatures Painted

And finally here’s the full set of models from Last Night on Earth – painted in a week, rather than a weekend – but time well spent, I think. Now we just need to play the actual game a little more – though this cohort of painted models also opens up the door up to playing a few other games as well…

Last Night on Earth Red Zombies

As a first little bonus, I fllowed up by painting the “red zombies” set from the Growing Hunger expansion. They also took a week. Unfortnately, there are now even more survivors to get painted up…

As a final bonus, here’s a musical interlude for you. In the spirit of TIM and his frequent musical links, and Becky the Janine up above, here’s some late 1990’s pop-punk for you all. Enjoy!

25 thoughts on “Board Game in a Week: Last Night on Earth

  1. Great work on all, and very impressive that was all in a week. The details on all are just amazing, good call on Becky as that outfit screams kissogram rather than actual nurse

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    • Cheers Dave – yeah, the characters are all basically tropes (and very much deliberately so) and the specific sexy nurse uniform looks pretty much lifted from the Blink Album/Song/Video…

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  2. Wow – great work for a week, it’s always satisfying to just power through a project like that. Good call on not-Janine, like you I thought of Blink 182 as soon as I saw Nurse Becky there (although that may be down to your painting as much me being pre-programmed by them making up a big part of the soundtrack of my youth). Good work on the stockings, from this distance I assumed they were sculpted on.

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    • Yeah, the best thing about doing tthem all was the start-to-finish, all-the-models-done part. of course, now with the expansions there are more zombies and more survivors and at this point that sharp, fast enthusiasm is a bit blunted.

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      • I know that feeling but look at it this way, the core game is done, now you’re just building on top of that. You’re not still climbing the metaphorical mountain to get the basic game painted up, anything you do now is a bonus! 🙂

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      • That’s true. I’ve got the red zombiers painted, and if I actually put my mind to it, I’ll have the Blue Zombies done as well. That will just leave the Purple Zombies, and the two sets of Grave Weapon Zombies. And then all the bloody suvivors. But if I cut them down to a couple at a time…

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  3. Really nice work! You turned what I’m sure were lackluster board game sculpts into something very eye catching. These will really make your games look sharp! I always appreciate how you work pop culture into your painting too.

    I was in middle school and high school when Blink 182 came out so I recognized the nurse immediately. I was already into punk by then and found Blink too pop-punk (or maybe just too popular at the time but they were one of the most successful rock bands of that era without a doubt. Do you know the band Bodyjar by any chance? I like some of their songs (strangely since they are very pop-punk) and I’m pretty sure they’re Australian or at least bigger in Oz than they ever were in the US.

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    • Cheers, Kuribo. I’m still pondering on what exactly I’ll do with the Skate-Goth Chick figure that came with one of the expansions. I’m sure I’ll think of something that entertains me!
      I didn’t get into Blink until I went overseas for the first time in the late 1990’s. My nephew loaned me one of his sisters’ CDs for me to burn while I was loading up on music. I was vaguely aware that Blink was a pretend-punk band that seemed to mostly be for teenaged girls (I was well into my 20’s at this point, and my taste in punk had a bit of Ramones and Pistols, but generally went more towards Dead Kennedys, Jello Biafra, Rollins, DOA, etc) but he told me that they’re not too bad, so I gave them a chance with The Mark, Tom and Travis show, and (possibly) Enema at the same time (or I may have bought it a biut later, or even when I was gone). I’ve been listening to them ever since!
      Bodyjar – I remember them!
      Local band from here in Melb, actually. I had to listen to a couple of their songs just now since I couldn’t recall much about them, and yeah, they do sound VERY pop-punk, particularly musically. You just made me think about Spiderbait, actually.

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      • I look forward to seeing her. I’m sure she’ll look great!

        Your comments on Blink are spot on. Pseudo-Punk bands were enormously popular during that period (punk music was as popular back then as I think it has been in my lifetime too) so Blink were hardly the only ones getting in on the act. People around my age have a real fondness for them still.

        I heard Bodyjar in one of the Tony Hawk games and they were a band that stuck with me for some reason. Not one of my all-time favorites but definitely good for a listen when the mood strikes. I’ve never heard of Spiderbait, I will have to give them a listen 🙂

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      • Well, for all of the “hating fame” stuff, Kurt basically wanted Nirvana to be a pop band, and there’s a lot of pop in their stuff, even on the less accessable albums.
        if you’re interested in some different takes on alternative pop-rock, you should also check out Happyland, and then the different phases of Regurgitator (because their stuff is VERY different from album to album). A couple of my favourite local bands from the early 2000s…

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  4. Lovely painting. It is such a sweet feeling to actually complete a project (notwithstanding the expansions, of course) and one that I’m sure that few gamers will have experienced.

    Have you played the game yet?

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  5. Yeah, we played it a few times back in the day, and now once since I painted the figures. Need to re-learn a lot of the rules now, and get some more games in – but we got distracted by Marvel Champions arriving in the last week.

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  6. I dub the guy on the right, with the axes “IRO”!! Haha!

    Nice work on these, lovely looking with the paints on them. Did you finish two whole D&D boxed games?! We’ve only gotten through the first scenario on most of those, and it always seems to take forever. Mainly because I end up having to explain all the rules and run everyone’s character for them. “Uhhh, I don’t know what to do…” “ok, give me your cards and I’ll look!” Next turn, same thing…. I’d probably be better off playing Solo!

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    • Hahaha that’s right? I think we saw him in one of those hats, and the pose and axes seem to fit perfectly. Good call!
      The D&D games definiately took awhile to get going, but after a few games the rules became familiar enough that we could run through them pretty smoothly. We also offer ideas to each other about options of things to do without going full-backseat driver, and do the whole “hey could you go do this thing, because then I can do that thing?” thing.
      oh, and those rules/phase summary cards are a must for every player!

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      • You probably have a more experienced group too. I’m usually teaching kids or novice players. And for whatever reason, seeing all those stats and powers can melt their brain. I guess just figure with rpg stats a part of so many video games, that there would be some exposure and they would get it easier, but not always the case.

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      • At this point, three months into Lockdown #2, the group is just myself and Marouda. I guess you’d consider her a semi-novice player, but repetition and frequency of play honed her ability to play the game from a trip to the dentist (for me) to the point where she could basically run the party of all 4 or even 5 characters pretty well if I needed to go to the toilet. Not as well as I could, but you know how that is! 😉
        (to her credit, though – she got to the point where she’d be able to see things or strategies that I wouldn’t

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