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!

A little shopping trip…

So with a public holiday yesterday, Marouda and I went out and saw Deadpool 2, which was fun. (Probably the funniest online review can be found here. 6min video. Beware, spoilers.)

Anyway, after that, we stopped in BigW, which is one of those discount department stores like Kmart or Target. While we were in there, we checked out the toy section. The $10 Star Wars Hot Wheels ship above is probably a tiny bit small for the actual Resistance Bomber in X-Wing, but Im sure we can use it as a proxy, or as a shuttle instead of the little card token, or even as a damaged ship “terrain” to replace an asteroid.

I also recently ordered Gaslands (should be here …soon!) and I wanted to look at the toy cars.

So we got these:

The above were all $2 each. (Yeah, we got 2 of the armoured cars.)

This triple pack was $6.50.

These Jurassic Park Armoured Cars were $4.00 each. $2.00 for the cars, and $2.00 for the licenced IP, I guess.

I also saw these Hot Wheels tracks there.

Which reminded me that I recently saw (what I think are) these very products in use as walkways on someone’s Necromunda table. I believe it was on someone’s blog, actually. As you can see, the size works for both 32mm and 25mm bases. They’re made from pretty soft/bendy PVC, though, so I’ll need to be careful with them.

So at $4 each… I picked up 5 sets. $20 for all the extra walkways I should ever need. With this many I can easily chop and shorten as many as I want to. Perhaps I can even glue a little circular bit onto some of my terrain to notch the walkways onto. Now I just need to find which locally-available (spray) paints will properly adhere to this soft and bendy PVC…

All in all, more of a preview post than anything else, but what (should be?) a Gaslands force each for Marouda and myself for $20.50, plus something for X-Wing and some Necro-scenery. Not too shabby.

Small Scenics: Wizkids Keg Barrels and Uruk-Hai Siege Bombs

Uruk-Hai Siege Bombs, Wizkids Keg Barrels

Today we have a transitional post between May and June’s finished models, dealing with two small sets of scatter terrain, neither of which really warrant their own post. Let’s face it, they barely justify the one between them except that I’m making a point to post up everything I finish this year.

Uruk-Hai Siege Bombs

The first bits are a few more of the Bombs from Citadel’s Lord of the Rings Uruk-Hai Siege Troops set. I painted four of these a year ago (very close to the day). Not sure where they are now. I’m sure they’re somewhere very safe. And now I have four more. Exciting!

The second models are a trio of barrel kegs from Wizkids that I picked up very recently when ordering some other stuff and needed a bit more product in order to qualify for free shipping. So I got these.

Wizkids Keg Barrels

I mixed some browns for a dark-but rich, stained look to the wood. They should have use inside of any fantasy dungeon or tavern and in many a historical setting. Best used indoors, but I’m sure they’ll be fine if placed outdoors as well. In the end, they’re okay, I guess. They weren’t very good at all to paint, however.

The problem is here. They’re nicely-rendered 3d models – that have been turned into miniatures. They look nice and detailed in their rendered form on a computer screen. Unfortunately, all of those fine, subtle details just don’t come out when the things are produced at 28mm scale. The woodgrain on the sides disappears completely, and the space between the planks almost disappears as well. I have to say that as much as people like to shit on GW (often for any reason they can think of), one thing that can’t be faulted is their awareness of the scale these things are produced in, and the need for the detail to work in and for that scale rather than looking good on a 3D artist’s computer screen , blown up to 1000x the actual model size.

Anyway, they’re low-importance bits of scatter terrain. My four final completed models for May, and the first three for June.

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: 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.

Analysis paralysis: A Mantic BattleZones Bunker

Awhile ago, last year, and inspired by some terrain that Dakka user “Nerdfest” had built, I decided to dig out a bunch of my Mantic BattleZone sprues from their various Kickstarters that had been sitting untouched in storage tubs for years at this point, and make something. So over a rather enjoyable winter afternoon, I put together this bunker-thing. Being winter, there was little point even thinking about spraying it, so I let it sit, though the bare, grey plastic version did get used for a few 40k games.

Once summer rolled around, I gave it a spray. Dark Metallic Charcoal for the outside, and a sort-of undercoat of white for the interior. Now, I’m not sure where to go next with this thing. Broadly speaking, I can see three main options:

  1. Drybrush it various shades of metallic, for a rather generic finish.
  2. Paint it in military/generic “boring” tones that fit into quite a few different games. Military greens, or the more generic Greys or Tans. With or without things like signage or stancilled numbers and letters and so on and so forth.
  3. Paint it in “industrial/hive world” tones. Like the blue-grey from much of the original Necromunda card terrain. Or shades of green, or rusty reds, or…? Kinda like the above, but with more “pop” and of course, things like heavy rust and hazard stripes.

Even within those, there’s plenty of choice, though. So again: Analysis paralysis. Whatever the final verdict, I’ll probably put together a smaller building (4 squares) to go alongside this one and paint it in much the same scheme.

Anyone have any good ideas?

Technobridge!

Pegasus Hobbies Technobridge

Another scenic post today – Pegasus Hobbies’ Technobridge.

Pegasus Hobbies Technobridge

I picked this up quite awhile ago, got around to assembling it awhile ago, and then when we had a brief run of good weather several weeks ago I was finally able to paint it. Warm to hot weather is what I tend to need to get me motivated for any kind of scenery project, mostly so I can take things outside and spray them, and also because drying time is much improved. Box shot is taken from Pegasus’ website. I literally recycled the box (which I had kept for all this time) a week before I took these photos. Ooops!

Pegasus Hobbies Technobridge

I wanted it to look weathered and worn, so after the first spray coats of gunmetal and then a mid-silver, I played around with Vallejo Rust Washes, Orange paint and Pledge One Go floor wax (didn’t work out so great), drybrushing and a couple of different weathering powders.

Pegasus Hobbies Technobridge

I also wanted to emphasise the direction of years of traffic on the bridge, so I used a tissue (hi-tech modelling tools, here!) to “pull” the half-dried grime across the panels along the length of the bridge, creating a directionally weathered effect.

Pegasus Hobbies Technobridge

Here’s a scale shot, so you can see roughly how big the thing is. I didn’t have any vehicles ready, but it could easily fit a single Land Raider, but it’s just a bit too tight to fit two modern Rhinos side by side – you could probably fit a pair of original RT-era rhinos next to each other, though.

Pegasus Hobbies Technobridge

Unfortunately, the thing is too large for my light box, so this was the best I could do to see the sides of the thing once complete. Overhead light is obviously much stronger on the table. While this can easily be considered sci-fi/40k/Necromunda scenery due to its Industrial look and feel, those same design factors actually make it pretty appropriate for a lot of modern settings as well. This is A Good Thing.