Monday, 20 February 2017

Warlord's Challenge 2017 - PA aircraft WIP

Over on the Post Apocalyptic Wargames Forum, the Warlord's 2017 challenge is to build a post apocalyptic aircraft. If you like the sound of it come join in the fun.

Link to 2017 Warlord's Challenge

Before this challenge was decided I thought to pick up a 15mm scale harrier kit. No real reason for the purchase. I am still getting my head into 15mm scaling so the kit was for reference. 

However I now think a crashed or abandoned Harrier would be a cool model. I am not a fan of high tech air power in a post apoc setting. They are notoriously difficult to maintain and drink fuel quicker than a Ruby Team in a free bar. 

First up assembly of the Revel snap together kit. I found this fiddly as bits keep popping off. If I was keeping the jet stock I would use a little super glue to keep it together. As such I assembled it and I left the stores/weapons off because if they pinged off one more time the kit would have seen the underside of my size 11 boot! 

There is a number of ideas in my head for this kit. 

1. A jet during the wars suffers a malfunction or runs low on fuel and is forced to land. In which case some of the stores may still be fitted, although pilots would probably emergency jettison them before a forced/emergency landing. 

2. A jet destroyed during the end. Maybe the blasts forced it out of control? 

3. The jet was shot down during the wars. 

The last two present the question of did the pilot jettison?  I have a few things to think about before work starts. 

Thanks for looking, stay safe out there.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

More Dark Future cars for my Blood & Fire setting.

I was mooching about Evilbay looking for some Mad Max cars and I stumbled on a auction of Dark Future cars. It was one of those lucky finds that I landed. So my forces of Fire and Blood have some new additions....

More Interceptors seeking fame & fortune in the wastelands.

These cars just need the Interceptor names adding to match the others in my collection. Some new weapons may be added too. 

There was this Hotwheels Interceptor conversion. 

There was a few Renegades in the batch too. 

They all need a little touching up. Some new weapons may be nice too. Not too sure what gangs these vehicles will be added too.

In the auction there was some converted hotwheels cars. 

This one will be added to Civilisation's Police Force. 

There is a couple of gang cars too. 

Not sure what gangs to use these for just yet. 

The lot also had these useful bits. Lots of Dark Future weapons. Some conversion fun will be had soon.

In all a good haul. 

Some New Bits!

Finally I got some bits and bobs done. My terrible twosome kittens are nearly 1 year old now and they leave me alone long enough to do some hobby stuff. 

First up I ordered some Sci Fi prepainted prefabs from Pinnacle Games. The arrived flat packed and assembled quite quickly. 

The tops come off so you can allow figures inside. 

These are stackable so you can make a nice 15mm Sci Fi slum. I liked the Pinnacle models and I am hoping to add more to my collection in future. 

Staying on the 15mm theme I picked up this Zevda Ural Truck. 
I have a soft spot for the Ural truck. They would make great post apoc or frontier world work horses. The kit was snap fit and easy to assemble. The covered tarp comes off for cargo hauling. 

As I am thinking about doing Post Apoc in 15mm I felt a Muscle Car to Mad Max would be in order. The problem is Hotwheels cars look to large to my eye. So I went looking around  the HO rail road lines and found a Mustang. The only trouble is HO scale cars cost a small fortune. More than a 1/24 diecast car. 

Staying in the Post Apoc theme I picked up "When" by Matthew Thair. This is a book of Ink Post Apoc art and some poems. 

There is some art work in here. Worth a look if you like or need some inspiration.

Check it out, I found mine on Ebay. 

That's all for now. Take care out there! 

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Wasteland Wondering - Brittannia

Rule Brittannia, Brittannia rule the wastes. 

Welcome back to another Wasteland Wondering. In this issue I will look back at an early creation in Mattblackgod's world. So early it was before this blog began and never really got featured. The forces of Brittannia Bunker City. 

The bunker city forces started life as a Corporation force I had created for the Combat Zone game. The figures where bought off eBay around 2004 for buttons and combined cost less than the officer figure I got a couple of years back. 

Power Armour was good enough for Fallout so Brittannia got some. The Power Armour figures are my old 40K RT Beakie Space Marines. It was good to give them a second life.

Not long after I decided to create a post apoc world inspired in part by the film Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone and 2000AD's Cursed Earth. Mattblackgod's world was born. I wanted to use my Combat Zone collection. After some thought I created the SOS bunkers which was inspired by the Redoubt bunkers of the Deathlands novels mixed with a bit of the Vaults from Fallout. 

I had the bunker open up, then use its personal and equipment to dominate the wastelands around. As the faction wore colours inspired by the Colonial British army they became Brittannia Bunker City ruled by a elite class of Lords and Queen Miranda. 

I ran the faction satiring the real world with a few fictional twists of my own such as Lord's Brown and Blair robbing the city and fleeing. The old game reports can be read on the Post Apoc Wargames Forum in the links below:

Later I created another faction in the Bunker City. The forces of Lord Blackdagger which are converted warzone imperial trenchers.

This force was largely inspired by the Blackadder Goes Forth tv series. 

I grew bored of small high tech factions ruling the wastelands. So I had a orbital satellite malfunction and drop nukes on Brittannia and it's rival bunker city Aryanriche. Isn't playing god great?

I now lament the loss of the city. In the last couple of years or so the UK has provided a lot of inspiration for breakaway factions, mutant outbreaks (such as orange skinned mutants with strange thick eyebrows for instance) and possibly civil war (Brexit war?).  I had a lot of fun lampooning the real world in miniature it seems a shame to miss some great opportunities to do so again. 

I could resurrect Brittannia...but what happened to the survivors of the Bunker City?  

One group stayed near by the bunker city ruins and formed the town of Nu Albion. The place is a dystopia and has many troubles. There are mutants in the Nu Londioum ruins and rad ghouls in the bunker ruins to the east. To the west the Skrap Knights of King Arty and to the North the Fatal Floozies gang. 

Skrap Knights of King Arty.

Another group of Brittannia headed across the sea to the Confedracy where they mingled into the townships and farms. Two groups headed north. One went into the Nukadonia mountains never to be heard from again. The other set up the town of Nu Calidonia on the borders of Pictiseland and has constant trouble with Pictise tribes men. 

Blackdagger's company was deployed to a colony before the nukes and survived. They now have thrived in the wastelands. 

When Utopia City began evacuation of the wastelands a few people from Nu Albion, Nu Calidonia and Blackdaggarland where "saved" and now live in Brittannia block within the megacity. It would seem that they are my best bet of restarting a Brittannia faction. 

Living in the megacity isn't what the survivors of Brittannia expected. It is worse than life in the wastelands. I can see them aquiring the equipment, technology and supplies to return and reclaim their lands. 

Now all I need to figure out is how and where?  The Blackdaggers are well equipped and will not bow to a new leader easily. The other two factions are weaker. Or maybe the new faction should look for another lost SOS bunker to set up home?

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

2000AD's Cursed Earth

Hello and welcome back. One of my ambitions for 2017 is to get more blog posts up, so this is a good start. 

Part of my Christmas haul was a copy of 2000AD's Judge Dredd, The Cursed Earth uncensored book. 

This is from a Judge Dredd story 2000 AD ran back in 1978. In the story Mega City 2 is hit by a terrible virus. Mega city 1 has a vaccine but can not deliver it to Mega City 2 as the infected hold the cities airport. Judge Dredd volunteers to cross the 3000 miles of Cursed Earth to deliver the vaccine. Or as I like to think of it, Judge Dredd does route 66! 

Reading this graphic novel/comic book took me back to being a child. It was 1979 and I had chicken pox. My Aunty left a pile of old comics belonging to a cousin for me to read. In there was a pile 2000ADs. The issues with this story line or most of it was in the comic pile.

Looking back it started my love for the 2000AD comic, my interest in Science Fiction/Fantasy genre and most importantly my love for the Post Apocalyptic Genre. 

The Cursed Earth isn't just a hellish wasteland like those of Mad Max. It is filled with towns, ruins and wrecks. The art work in the graphic novel is enough to inspire the terrain builder. 

The tales are typical 2000AD with some parodies of the modern world and a little bit of wackiness. It fits my style for Mattblackgod's World. 

If you are stuck for ideas for gaming the post apocalyptic world then The Cursed Earth is worth a look. If you game Judge Dredd then this is a must. There are mutants, cultists, mutant beasts, bio engineered beasts, insane robots, aliens  (the 2000AD world made it to space before wasting the world), warbands and many more ideas to inspire. Ideas as such as the burger wars story may inspire similar warbands maybe with a more modern or localised slant. 

In short, Judge Dredd The Cursed Earth is chock full of ideas and art inspiration for the post apocalyptic wargamer and modeller. It isn't for the gritty or modern setting but fits any sci fi one. It's well worth a look.

That's all for now. Thanks for reading. Take care out there!

Happy New Year 2017!

Happy New Year for 2017! I hope your hangovers are not too bad.

Phew, what a year 2016 was. We lost a lot of talent. I hope 2017 lays off our remaining talent and concentrates on people we don't need or want like Politicians or bankers.

I didn't get to look back at my hobby stuff for last year as there was too much going on. My hobby stuff concentrated mainly on 20mm post apoc cars and miniatures from various lines. Sadly my hobby ambitions tailed off thanks to the arrival of these two loons.

The tuxedo is called Toffee and the black one Dixie. They are brothers.They are a fair bit bigger than when this picture was taken and at 9 months are larger than our poor suffering 13 year old cat, Joey. These horrors are slowing down but are into everything still and want to play with everything. They devistated our Christmas Decorations. Two live wire kittens makes hobby time difficult. 

Still one of my hobby ambitions for 2017 is to start hobbying again. I want to get my 28mm post apoc figures painted (there is a fair few of them), get my Ork/Trog mobs started and get my 15mm post apoc started. I also intend to get my wife to try a game or three. 

I wish all my readers and their families a happy, healthy, safe and prosperous 2017!

Stay safe out there!

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Merry Christmas 2016!

It is Christmas Eve in the Liverpool Wastelands and it was quiet all through the house, no creature was stirring not even a rad Roach!

I wish all my blog followers a very merry Christmas. I hope you and yours have a wonderful time.

May post apoc santa bring you gifts galore and not try to steal your guzzoline! Personally I hope he brings me this!

Just the thing for a sing a long next to the yule fire!

Merry Christmas! Have a good one and stay safe out there! 

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Whiskey - post apoc novel review.

Hello and welcome back to my blog. I read a lot of Post Apocalyptic fiction as it often provides some inspiration for the hobby. In this post I would like to review Evan Pickering's new novel Whiskey.

Whiskey is the sequel to Hood, which is the first part of Evan Pickering's American Rebirth series. The novel is available through Amazon.

In the book, Whiskey and Tay are on a training mission in the ruins of Manhatten and find themselves being dragged into another war in Post Apocalyptic USA. This story is set 20 years after Hood and the world has moved on. Whiskey and Tay now serve the in Rangers under Son's of Liberty which run the nearest thing to a small country. A feudal near medieval style country, it is the nearest thing to stability out in the ruined USA.

The novel has any interesting characters and factions. I enjoyed this novel and found it an exciting page turner. It is a fitting sequel to Hood. Great read and I look forward to the next novel in this series.

So what is in it for the humble Post Apocalyptic Wargamer? Evan's world features a lot of reclamation of the human world by nature. Fans of Across the Death Earth will like the series and I would advise they read it just for inspiration.

There are plenty of different factions and ideas for games. Fitting for us PA wargamers many fights are small scale skirmishes between handfuls of survivors. Don't let that distract you as the novel does talk of past larger scale battles if you fancy larger games.

I liked the variey of characters, factions and ideas in this novel. There are plenty of terrain ideas too. In all worth reading in my opinion.

Thanks for reading and take out there!

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Wasteland Wondering -

Welcome back to another Wasteland Wondering.

I recently had the honor of being asked to write a guest blog post for the Apocalyptic Fiction blog. The article had to be from the angle of Post Apocalyptic Rebirth.

So here it is... Please take a look,  lot of my models are featured in the post too.

Thanks for looking,  stay safe out there! 

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Wasteland Wondering. ..A catch up.

Welcome back to another Wasteland Wondering. It has been a while since I last posted. I am still alive and kicking.

In this post I hope to cover what I have been up to. Sadly very little hobby has happened. This forced hobby hiatus is slowly driving me insane. At 8 months old the two little kitties are now larger than our 13 year old cat, Joey. Their range of devastation has grown whilst their curiosity and willfulness hasn't.  Getting any hobby related items out will lead to much yelling and damage. They found some 28mm scale mdf sci fi computer console/desks for the Technomancer project. I found them smashed to bits after the kitties thought they made interesting toys. Some bits are still missing.

With Christmas around the corner we are going to be in for a bumpy holiday season. I am expecting full on kitten (well cat now) fueled Christmas decoration devastation. There is a Gonk soft toy they are harrassing as I type. They should be slowing down soon, I hope! Strangely we can't imagine life without the furry manics.

Meanwhile life has kept me busy. The unused model sale went well and I have another potential buyer for some of my other odds n ends, if I ever get my act together. My wife talked me into going to a couple of Rugby League games during the recent 4 nations tournament. Plus the League final between Wigan and Warrington. Good job I don't mind watching Rugby! I have also been catching up with an old friend who fled to Canada years ago (Hi Ian, if you are reading this!). In addition we have been doing a fair bit of touring the wonderful country around these parts.

I have flicked through a few rule books. I thought 40K Killteam would be a good way to get some games locally as I have small collection of 40k figures (I have a evil plot to twist 40K players to the darkside of Post Apoc Wargaming. *cue evil plot laugh*). As it turns out if you plan to use other factions other than the two in the Killteam boxset you will need the codexs for them. They don't put that on the box for us “collector” types. GW really does know how to wring the money out of a product. I would need Orks, IG (or whatever they call the guard now) and possibly Space Wolves.

I managed to read the entire 2000AD's Durham Red series of novels and Whisky by Evan Pickering. All good books offering many ideas to the wargamer. I hope to get some reviews of these written soon.

Hobby wise I am still picking up the odd bunch of figures that grab my interest but that has become stunted by the actual lack of hobby happening. I have plans and it is frustrating not to be able to start work on them (such as restarting MBW in 15mm!). Good job the kittens are cute and I love them.

One thing I have found strange is the new Fallout 4 game. I am a huge fan of the series. It has hugely inspired my hobby work. However for some reason that I can't put my finger on Fallout 4 just doesn't gel with me. It is like something essential is missing. I wonder if any other seasoned Fallout Out players feel the same about it?

Well that rounds this post up for now, thanks for looking and stay safe out there!