Zombicide: Green Horde – Hedges

Zombicide: Green Horde Hedges

I know that title sounds super-exciting, right? Basically, Wave 2 of my Zombicide Green Horde Kickstarter pledge finally arrived a week or so ago, and after having a look and poke around, I found that I’d ordered 2 sets of the 3D Plastic Hedges, as well as 2 sets of the 3D Plastic Obstacles.

Obviously, these will make games of Zombicide nicer looking (which I haven’t played in more than a year now – though to be fair we did play it weekly for a year or more). More obviously, these have a lot of potential use outside of the singular board game. Which even more completely obviously, is why I bought so many of the things.

Zombicide: Green Horde - Hedges

A Marine, Survivor and Reiksgard provide scale.

They looked pretty decent right out of the box – certainly good enough for boardgamers to enjoy. But that doesn’t cut it for us wargamers, so I sprayed them with a darker olive drab colour, then gave them a zenithal spray with a lighter green (both from my custom spray can collection). Marouda then told me that she didn’t think they were dark enough, so I decided to fix that with a dark wash. Since hitting 40 of these would use a bloody lot of wash (Athonian Camoshade, perhaps?) I decided to break out a couple of dropper bottles of my pre-mixed mediums and go the Les Bursley route of making my own – which is why I ended up posting Les’ tutorial here the other day.

Zombicide: Green Horde - Hedges

“Quantity has a quality all it’s own” – Uncle Joe (probably).

The first wash didn’t dry as dark as I would have liked, so I mixed up another, darker tone, and applied that to the lower-mid area of the hedges, and that seemed to do the job. Then a bright green drybrush, paint the rocks, dapple the rocks (I briefly considered the liquid greenstuff-dab technique to give them texture… but doing it on all those rocks across 40 hedges? – no thanks!

Zombicide: Green Horde - Hedges

There’s a decent amount of coverage with the hedges alone. Add in fences, buildings and scatter and there’s a good chunk of table sorted.

So then I gave them a dark wash, and called it a day after nixing the idea of another drybrush and then weathering powders. Again – commonsense. There’s 40 of these bloody things, and nobody is going to be staring too closely at the rocks on their bases.

Zombicide: Green Horde - Hedges

Enough to make a Hedge Maze, albeit a small one!

Gloss spray varnish, let cure for a day, then satin spray varnish – now they’re done! When you see me talk about a “significant” amount of scatter terrain as a project goal shortly, this is the sort of thing I envision. A couple of these isn’t much, but this many is a worthy task.

Zombicide: Green Horde - Hedges

Pretending to be the Bocage…

What I like is the fact that they can easily work across many genres and locales. Modern, Historical, 40k, urban, rural and well-maintained gardens. I can even see them being used for 15mm Bocage hedgerows as needed, since those Normandy hedgerows are huge!

Shadows of Brimstone: Doorways Into Darkness (Mine Doorways)

Shadows of Brimstone: Doorways Into Darkness (Mine Doorways)

Another of the Shadows of Brimstone sets that I started last month, the set comes with 4 each of the Mine Doorways and another type, the “OtherWorlds Doorways”. I haven’t started on the Other Worlds ones, but I’ve just completed these Mine ones.

Shadows of Brimstone: Doorways Into Darkness (Mine Doorways)

They’re not bad. Pretty simple, and as with a lot of the other models from the SoB range, they lack a bit of detail. In this case, the woodgrain in the pillars is really soft and the lanterns are a bit rough. The rocks on the sides were also as smooth as something that’s recently been polished. I gave them a bit of texture using the old dabbing with Liquid Greenstuff trick and it’s improved their appearance no end. Anyway, a relatively simple paintjob across them, and they’re now done.

There’s still another four doorways left to go – the “OtherWorld” doorways. Spoooooky!

Shadows of Brimstone: Doorways Into Darkness (Mine Doorways)

Here’s a scale shot with a Marine and beastman as well as some other Brimstone scenery pieces I painted recently. I guess I gotta paint the other ones now, eh?

Shadows of Brimstone: Mine Terrain (and some crates from Grendel)

Shadows of Brimstone: Mine Terrain

The last of the painted models from April to show off, these were once again some Shadows of Brimstone bits that I found and decided to quickly knock together in order to hit 30 models in the 30-day month of April.

Shadows of Brimstone: Mine Terrain

Shadows of Brimstone: Mine Terrain

The quality in this kit is probably best described as variable. The buffer stop is rather excellent. Nice and chunky. The actual stoppers look a bit oversized, but fine. I painted the reinforcements and such as metal rather than wood mostly as an excuse to get some more colours onto it, and I’ve gone for a pale wood, not quite grey yet – to represent aged wood. I’d have added some grass, etc, but since I figure this is going to spend a lot of time deep in a mine when playing SoB, I’d keep it without any of that sort of thing.

Shadows of Brimstone: Mine Terrain

The mine cart is more than a bit undersized. It barely fits on the tracks, and if you blow on it (or look at it funny) it will fly off. However, the boxes and barrels are a bit more egregious…

This is what was shown in the Kickstarter. So when the sprue arrived, the photo of painted minis above provides both of the “2x crates” and one of the barrels. (yeah, even though the render shows 2x double-crates). Want to see the other barrel?

See that tiny thing that’s the size of the Space Marine’s head? Yeah, that’s the other barrel. So I’ve left it on the sprue so I don’t lose it, since it’s useless as a bit of scatter on it’s own, and will need to be glued to something larger to have any use at all. The other thing is a pickaxe, which wasn’t promised, but I guess takes the place of the other crate. I’m not exactly what you’d call upset – mostly because I have many other barrels and crates, but it’s a bit annoying and silly. They could surely have fit another of the crate piece or the barrel on the sprue in place of that stuff.

Scotia Grendel 1007 Crates

Anyway, on Monday night while I was working my way through this stuff, and the Pylons, and the dive-suit Harvesters, and the Auto-turrets, it quickly became apparent that I was not going to get he turrets finished before April ended. So I went searching for some simple resin terrain that I may not have painted. I found this pair of crate stacks, which I picked up in the 90’s from Grendel (now Scotia Grendel), and quickly knocked them up over an hour or so (mostly drying time) while working on the other stuff. In doing that, I hit 31 models for the month of April – which achieves my goal for at least one miniature for each day, every month in 2018.

Shadows of Brimstone: Mine Terrain, Scotia Grendel 1007 Crates

Here’s the “Mine Terrain” set, along with the crates, and a Space Marine to provide scale reference.

Tomorrow, my Assembly April stuff, then the Community Assembly April, then my rounded-up painted April stuff. Then back to April’s minis.

Shadows of Brimstone: Custodians of Targa

I didn’t originally intend to paint these once I got over the hump of 30 figures for April. As they’re a bit silly looking and to me, rather Meh, aesthetically overall. But since they go with the Pylons I did last week and assembly was super easy, barely an inconvenience, I decided to go ahead and do them anyway.

They don’t actually come with bases, and are too large for 32mm or even 40mm Citadel bases. I’m wasn’t going to waste a Citadel 50mm base on them (I don’t have all that many spares, being a newer size) and they looked clownish on 60mm bases. Luckily, a big bag of 50mm rolled-edge, WarmaHordes-style bases came to my rescue. I was able to perch them on the rolled edges, and they actually look quite decent and appropriate on them.

As you can see once again, they’re very simple models. The only assembly was dropping their ball-heads into the sockets. Black Spray, Silver Spray, Black Wash, Silver Drybrush, Chrome Drybrush, Balthazar Gold bits, picked out with Model Air Copper, Strone Tone Wash, White Wash in the lenses, followed by a Moot Green wash for colour. Waystone Green in there on top, and we’re done.

As with the Pylons, they could be Necontyr something something, or simply large spidery AdMech Non-Combat Servitors, as they lack any obvious weapons. Maybe Servitors for my Iron Warriors? I could even use them for Shadows of Brimstone, in a pinch(!) I realised that I didn’t provide any scale reference for the pylons the other day, so this Iron Warriors Marine does the trick for both sets.

Shadows of Brimstone: Derelict Ship Auto Turrets

Shadows of Brimstone: Derelict Ship Auto Turrets

Here’s something assembled last month but painting completed this month. I know, I’m overdue on the Assembly April round-up – both my own and the community one. Unfortunately I have a slightly messed up knee and foot at the moment so my mobility isn’t great (went for an ultrasound this morning – followup next Monday) and so – yeah – some of these posts are going to be out of “proper” sequence while I get the photographs sorted out – including taking the bloody things, as I wanted to try something new for them. Oh, and I’ve …misplaced a sprue that I wanted to include in one of the posts.

In short: Sorry the Assembly April posts are late. Yes, they’re still coming. And in the meantime I’ll be posting whatever I can, so as not to have a month’s worth of backlog as stuff gets completed.

Once again, we’ve got some Shadows of Brimstone models, selected for the same simple-assembly, simple paint as the previous few. Once again I’m only figuring out how this stuff actually goes together with the other items from the giant box of seemingly-random shrink-wrapped plastic baggies as I type this and work out what the fricking things are called, and which expansion they’re from. So it turns out that these are from the Derelict Ship expansion.

I considered painting them in silver-greys because spaceship, but again – I like generic. Besides, they’re a pretty odd design. What looks like an energy cable, yet the weapon has what looks entirely like the gun barrel shrouds that you’d see on a machinegun. And some odd-looking power pack and vent-type stuff on the sides and rear. So I’m going to go with yet another miniature model weapon system designed by someone with no real understanding of firearms or weapons.

Shadows of Brimstone: Derelict Ship Auto Turrets

So I just went for a green that would work okay with the Sedition Wars Barricades and Crates I painted last year. Didn’t need to be a perfect match – the models will look fine for the boardgame, and outside of that, this stuff is just generic scenery for the most part. I did make a Derelict Spaceship allowance, though – I went with grey (dirty grey, because derelict) bases and avoided the sandy, weatherbeaten look that the other terrain pieces have. Since the things have power cables going into the floor, I felt they needed some sort of base rather than to go unbased.

I’ll have something else tomorrow.

Shadows of Brimstone: Harvesters from Beyond

Shadows of Brimstone: Harvesters from Beyond

Another trio of my last-minute, get-to-30-models-for-the-month frenzy at the end of April, the Harvesters (or Harvestors, during the Kickstarter!) ticked a few useful boxes. Simple figures. Simple colour scheme. Minor Assembly. Able to be speedpainted. A few decals, particularly from the AdMech sheets to make the suits a bit more detailed, and also give them a tenuous link to a 40k faction, in case I find something to double-duty them with. (Probably industrial servitor drones as scenery, at a guess).

For reals.

The glowing glass(?) domes as depicted on their artwork got the simple OSL treatment, though I went with a green rather than yellow. They all then got a coat of gloss which makes them look decent. Naturally, that doesn’t come across at all in photographs. Ah well.

Shadows of Brimstone: Harvesters from Beyond

Turns out that they are also their own self-contained expansion set for Shadows of Brimstone, so I guess that’s good as well. Shadows is one of those Board Games, much like many of Games Workshop’s ones where every piece is a multipart model that requires assembly. The upside of this is that when it’s done, it should look pretty good. The downside is that as a miniature painter, I won’t even consider playing it until all of at least a core box is assembled, and then painted. So it becomes a multi-year wait. (Hi, new versions of Warhammer Quest!)

Shadows of Brimstone: Targa Plateau Dark Stone Pylons

Shadows of Brimstone Targa Plateau Dark Stone Pylons

Over the course of last month, I became more and more acutely aware that I hadn’t actually finished painting many models at all over April. Last weekend, while going to sleep, and inspired by the tentacles that I’d just finished the actual painting on, I had an idea. Find some low-detail, mediocre-quality models that I could smash out with very little effort. Like the Gangsters and Nazis I did in January, or the Tentacles. The only question was: What to choose? Saturday night, after watching the replay of Longest Royal Rumble, I had a look. I’ve got a plethora of boardgame models that would fit the bill perfectly, but getting them quick and cleaning up all the flash on boardgame PVC aren’t compatible ideas. Then it hit me: Shadows of Brimstone. Low-detail, simple models that I don’t and won’t ever especially care a lot about that are also in HIPs, which is one of my (and most gamers’) preferred materials to work with. So a trip to the War Room at 11pm at night and I found a few appropriate kits. Stayed up for an hour ot two assembling some of them, and spent a decent chunk of time on Sunday and after work Monday getting enough done to hit my minimum 1-per-day each month. Here’s the first pair of them.

As you can see, they’re simple models. Three-part assembly not including the bases. After spray black and drybrush a-go-go, I black washed them, based them and let dry. After that, I lined several areas with thin white, let dry, then made a paint wash with a lime-ish green to give them a bit of a glow effect. The idea is to make them (kinda) visually Necron-compatible, as well as to reference Warpstone. No idea what the rules are or how they’re used in SoB. Apparently they’re from the “Custodians of Targa” pack, but since almost items from the Kickstarter arrived as a giant pile of unlabelled shrink-wrapped baggies (like a Mantic Kickstarter) I’ll worry about their finer details later.