“Underground Entrance Hatch” Scratchbuilt Scenery

A very simple piece of scratchbuilt scenery today – one I built many years ago but never quite finished to my satisfaction, that also got broken in the interim. It’s been sitting in a box of stuff to get around to restoring and fixing up for a few years now, and so with Dave Stone’s Winter of Scenery Challenge being a thing right now I decided to bring it inside (skipping past The Tray) and spent really not all that much time getting it to the point where I’d be happy to place it on the table again.

As far as what was needed/worked on – the ladder had broken, so that needed gluing back together, a bit of a repaint of the dirt, some weathering powders, the tufts and all of the rust. I also repainted the sludge coming out of the pipe with a mix of Black Templar Contrast Paint and Water Effects for a nice glossy oily muck look, replacing the luminous yellow-green that had been there originally. The base is made from thin MDF with putty over the top buiult up around a little square hatch made from foam core. The ladder is just made from a length of square modelling plastic clipped and glued together with the rungs, and the hatch is simply some layered card. A little cat litter for rubble/stones and a bit of aluminium tube for the pipe.

A Necromunda model provides a size reference for us here. I originally built it for both Necromunda and 40k, but I could see it being usable in any sci-fi or post-apoc game, or even various games set anywhere from WWII to moden settingt o near future as well, through to the aforementioend Sci-Fi and Post-Apoc games. I always like a nice, versatile bit of terrain!

Zombicide Season 1 Core Set & Season 2 Bonus Abominations (Contrast Paint Experiment #23)

Zombicide Abominations

As a finale to the previous two sets of Zombicide Abominations, I’ve finally finished my “normal” set of them. I may be missing one of them, actually. I’m definitely missing a Berserker Fattie. But as it stands, these are the last of my Abominations for the modern versions of Zombicide, finally painted (until 2nd Edition arrives!)

Zombicide Abominations

Zombicide Abominations

The “tourist” sculpt (see the camera?) seems to be the one I’m missing an extra model of, though it shouldn’t be an issue in most normal games – where four A-Bombs will be way more than enough. The other sculpt seems to indicate that he used to be a tradie (or a tradesman) with the tool belt, rag, drill and safety goggles. With that in mind, I tried to use approriate colours for them and gave a couple of them flouros. I also gave these “vanilla” Abominations white street lines on their bases as opposed to the yellow on the exotic ones, just as a small visual distinction.

Zombicide Abominations

Zombicide Abominations

Much easier to get individual colour distinction on these models, as they’re not covered in Red Carapace like the Berserkers, or “Toxic Green” skin as with the, er, Toxic ones, as I’m able to vary both the clothing and the skin on these. I used various Contrast Paints on them, thinning, mixing and varying them, even across the same model to create some (hopefully) disgusting discolouration – even if they’re not quite as disgusting as Poxwalkers. What say you, John?

Zombicide Abominations

I’ve thrown in this size comparison shot with a GW Ogre, showing that they’re decently tall models, especially when you compare the smaller bases with the GW model. That’s because I’m thinking they might count for Ann’s Miniatures of Magnitude Challenge being run over May & June. (Hurry! Last Days!)

Zombicide Abominations, Toxic Abominations, Berserker Abominations

Finally, here’s a group shot with the other completed modern Abominations. Not 100% sure on my next Zombicide step right now, I’ve got a ton of Fatties of all three types, but perhaps some of the more exotic Abominations from Black Plague and Green Horde would be more fun to paint, even if they’re not as common on the board as regular zombies, runners and fatties…