Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Well Done to....

...Dead Earth Games!

I received my KS rewards a couple days ago, and before I start putting paint to the figures, I wanted to post up a little review of the KS. So...here's what all came in the package - 

The Rulebook is lovely. Full color. Loads of pictures and artwork of lovely post apocalyptic scenes! I'm still in the process of getting all the stuff to play some games, so I'll do a review of the rules here in the future. Something I completely forgot about is that the guys put everybody who supported the KS in the "thank you" section in the book, so it's kinda cool to see my name in there haha. I'm a nerd. Sue me.

Also included are card stock tokens and cards. Now, they'll be perfectly fine once laminated...but I personally would've gone with a thicker card stock. And I would encourage the guys to consider getting tokens made either out of plastic or mdf sometime in the future to sell along with the other products for the game.

"Shut up Dave and tell us about/show us the minis!" Ok ok. So, I jumped in on all the minis produced with the KS monies and man am I glad I did. These things are awesome. The following pics are of them straight out of the bags. I did nothing to them other than set them on my white board. 

The State Faction:

The Red Claw Faction:

The Adam's Family Faction:

As you can see, there was no, I repeat, no cleanup required at all. The sculpting is crisp and well detailed, though they are a bit slimmer than most 28mm figures, I'm chocking that up to it's rather hard to find food in Post-Apocalyptic Britain lol. I'm really excited to paint all these figures. 17 in total. 

Based on the way this KS was handled, the communication between the backers and the lads at the AtDE crew, the quality of the products, and the fact that everything was delivered on time...I can honestly say that I cannot wait to see what they come up with next. And Rich, get the web store up mate! I want to spend more money with y'all!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

6MMRPC - Zombtober #4

God I hate this. Royal Canadian Mounted Police Constable Denton Quaid mutters to himself as he aims his service pistol at the zombie Canadian prime minister shambling towards him on the steps of the White House...the US President a few shambling steps behind the PM............


Another Tiny Terrors mini from Studio Miniatures, and the absolute blast to paint Constable is from Reaper!

Also, painted up this medical tent.  It's from a set of $2 army men I bought at a bargain mart for my boys, I just knicked the tent.

It'll do for what I'm planning for it.  Though I'm undecided if I want to secure it to a base.  Thoughts?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Quick note to say, my Across The Dead Earth Kickstarter stuff has arrived!!! Pics and some early reviewish thoughts soon!!!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Zombicanus II

War Encampment - II Legion
Brittania, 135mi north of the wall.

This dispatch may not reach you. Our encampment is surrounded. The reports of the dead walking are true...our legion encountered several villages full of rotting celtii walking about...when our men came into view, they were attacked and while the corpses were dispatched, several of the men were bitten. Our medicos weren't too worried, and then our men fell ill with a terrible fever and died. Laid out for burial, they must have rose thru the night and attacked several men. It's been hell ever since. The clash of arms has drew many more of the dead celtii from the surrounding region, and as we throw our dead over the walls of our camp, it adds to the ranks of the dead.

Gods help us.

Our few scouts that have gotten out and been able to return have spoke of celtii leaving on small boats towards that island to the West. If this reaches you, impress upon the senate that we need reinforcements on the island. If by some miracle we survive, then we'll need them to help subdue the dead...if, as I think is more likely, we all die, the IV Legion will need help holding us all back at the wall. 


Thursday, October 16, 2014


Here is a link to a one stop shot of all the blogs participating in the 6 Month Mountain Reduction and Painting Challenge 6MMRPC Blog Roll.

It was kindly put together by daveb over at Miniature Insurrection. Thanks Dave!

6MMRPC - Zombtober #3

So, up this week for zombies are these two gnarly gents -


The hospital patient is a Reaper mini, loads of detail (as you can see in the rear pic). Pretty happy with how he's turned out.
The 2nd one I painted up as a sort of old hippie working as a greeter at a hunting or camping store.  He's a Studio Miniatures fig from I believe their "Zombie Horde 1" set.
Side note - ABSOLUTELY LOVE the new technical paint from GW - "Blood for the Blood God". If you don't have any, go buy some...ASAP. You'll thank me later.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Dark Age Archers - West Wind

So continuing on with my Dark Ages project as well as Zombtober, I've finished up these West Wind Archers. 

Absolutely lovely sculpting. They didn't require any cleanup, and took paint wonderfully. I've got several packs of West Wind figures from different periods, and they're all lovely!

Zombtober - Firefighter Survivors

This weeks entry of survivors is rather special.  For those that don't know, I work for a city fire department in the Midwest.  I tried to paint these four guys similar to my FD. 

Captain and Firefighter - Front
Captain and Firefighter - Rear

Firefighter and Probie (He's the cleaner one on the right) - Front

Firefighter and Probie - Rear
I apologize for that annoying hair, I didn't notice it while taking photos haha.  These firefighters are from http://www.tin-soldier.com/rpg2.html The sculpts aren't that great...needed a ton of cleanup, and the tools that came with them were so bloody terrible, I refuse to use them.  When I find suitable tools or weapons, I'll go back and add them.
These are the best modern US Firefighters I've found though...and I'm decently happy with them now that they're painted.  Enjoy! 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Zombtober...Sort of.

This is a mini that I painted last year for Zombtober 2013, but while looking over my zombies I decided I wanted to do some extra work on the base. So, I present you with -

This is a Reaper Zombie Stripper.  I now have a different style of painting zombies...basically more greyish.  That being said, I like her paint job.  I dressed up the base with a stripper pole (paper clip), and some dollar bills (paper, colored with one of my wee lads markers and then washed with a dark brown wash). 
I'm not counting this as my official Zombtober 2014 entry for this week, but I wanted to share it with y'all.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Zombtober 2014 #2

Time for my next round of zombies.  Now I must admit, some of these were half finished from last year, so the work put in was not too bad at all.

These three Zeds are Wargames Factory plastics...on first opening the box I thought they were terrible...assembly was a pain in the @ss and there was not a lot of variety in poses.  Oh what a paint job will do!

These two - Left is a Studio Miniatures Tiny Terrors sculpt, painted in Oregon Ducks Colors.  Right is my attempt at making a slightly older Black Sabbath fan out of a WF plastic.

These two = Left is a Reaper Zombie Doctor. Right is also a Studio Miniatures Tiny Terrors Sculpt.

I'm posting better pics of these HazMat Team members due to a request.  Again, they're from Hasslefree and were a joy to paint. No cleanup needed!

Hope y'all enjoy this zombie goodness!

My First Joker

From the depths of space, an incredibly ancient vessel drifts slowly towards the Imperium of mankind...........

Yes folks, I went and used my first joker on, "Space Hulk" by Games Workshop.  I would like to point out that it theoretically is a board game, but....Since I plan on painting the mini's, Chris ruled that it was a joker. Blast it!

So, what came in the box you ask? Well, here is the list on the back of the box -
1 Rulebook
1 Mission Book w/16 Missions
12 Space Marine Models
22 GeneStealer Models
1 Broodlord Model
3 Mission Objective Models
110 Gaming Counters
77 Corridor and Room Sections
2 Boarding Torpedoes and Ramps
20 Doors w/Plastic Stands
5 D6 Dice
1 Mission Status Display
1 Timer
I'd also like to note that the first thing that fell out when I opened this monstrosity of a box (it bloody weighs AT LEAST 10 pounds) was a roll of ZipLock bags to store all the counters in! Well done GW. 
This will be honestly my first move anywhere near the 40K universe...but after having a read through the rulebook, I'm excited to have a game or 10.  There will be further pics and progress reports as I clear room on the workbench to be able to work on this stuff!

6MMRPC - More Finished Vikings and Civilians

Finished these Viking Warriors from Gripping Beast.  They required a bit of cleanup but were loaded with detail.

Also finished up these Pictish Slingers.  I believe they're from Black Tree. Loads of character and required minimal cleanup. Beautiful sculpts!

These Dark Age Hogs (Can't remember what manufacturer) and the GB Shepherds to mind 'em. Oh and the Reaper woman...who I'm not really sure if she'll work for dark ages or not.


And last but not least, a Romano-British Champion!

Slowly but surely making headway into my Dark Age backlog...though these bloody zombies are slowing it down!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

6MMRPC Zombtober Update #1

While this is being posted on Tuesday, Oct. 7 I promise that the figures were done last Friday...that being said, theoretically today is the end of the first week in Oct, so I think I'm ok!

So anyway, my Zombtober entry for this week are these lovely zombies from Studio Miniatures.  Nice clean sculpts. I'm continuously impressed by the quality of SM products.

I painted the older gentleman as a Amish Zombie, and the kid is wearing a shirt with the number 1 on it.  He's a Kansas City Chiefs fan obviously!

Further blog posts coming tonight and tomorrow, including an admission of my using my first Joker in the 6MMRPC.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Zombtober is a very simple challenge, originally developed by Rob over at Four Colour Super Minis.

Basically the one and only rule is: Paint at least 1 Zombie per week in October, and blog about it (pictures highly encouraged).

My personal goal, is - 4 Zombies per week, and at least 1 survivor.  I'm also going to be working on some terrain and figures for my post-apocalyptic gaming, as well as continuing work on my Vikings. 

It's going to be a busy month!

Also, passed 2000 pageviews! Next goal is 5000! I'm debating an idea of at 10,000 maybe doing some sort of competition for some sort of prize haha.