Monday, 9 April 2018

Wasteland forces WIP

Hello and welcome back to my blog. I hope the wastelands have been kind to you.

Hobby work has been creeping along slowly. Some of this has been inspired by playing the Mad Max video game.

To that end I have been tempted to return to my 20mm Blood & Fire setting. I am itching to tryout Warlands or Gaslands. Warlands wins for me as it includes infantry rules, although I have figured out how to include footsloggers in Gaslands. As I am thinking about 20mm I thought it best to go look at my 20mm car collection. A few weeks ago a shelf collapsed in the man cave. The shelf where my 20mm collection was stored (note to self, don't put up shelves when you have the flu). With some trepidation I opened the boxes. Most of the cars survived ok but I had to carry out some repairs.





There is a mix of Dark Future, Warlands and many hotwheels/matchbox conversions in there. Lots of nice fun to get out on the tabletop post apocalyptic roads. There is plenty to work on too. I got so excited I ordered some of Stan Johansen's 20mm road warriors.

Some work on my 28mm has been going on too. Here are a few WIPs. I got the Nu Necromunda Orlocks assembled. They go together nicely, much better than the Eshers and Golaiths. They have one peice heads which helps. The Orlocks are going to be a trader convoy road guards. They have a certain Road warrior look to them and fit the Post Apocalyptic theme.



One thing that I do not like about these minis is the hipster beards and mustaches. I am not a fan of the look and they certainly don't fit the wastelands. As they are going to be out in the wastes it wasn't too difficult to make some greenstuff face scarves.

In general I like the Orlock kit and there are plenty of spares for conversions. The spare heavy weapons will be adorning some wasteland big hitter vehicles.

As I have been playing Mad Max I have been getting inspired to build a Wasteland Milita for the many strongholds out in the wastelands. Firearms especially automatic weapons are limited. These are usually armed with bows, crossbows and melee weapons. There is a long shot sniper and a couple of people with common firearms (pistol and shotgun).



The figures are WIP and are bitzas of old GW Mordenheim, Warlord Zulu War British, Warlord WW2 British and Wargames Factory Apocalypse Survivors kits. The arms and heads of the Apocalypse Survivors swap nicely with the Warlord figures. The figures need a bit of green stuff and some bits to finish them.

That is all for now. Thanks for reading.

Take care out there.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Wasteland Wondering

Hello and Welcome back wasteland wanderers, 

There hasn't been a post in a while. One thing slowing down painting is a viral bug I have picked up. It has left me not in the mood to do any painting. My good lady had made a full recovery from her operation. 

I have been reading Days Too Dark by JJ Shurte (you can find it on Amazon). It is a great post apocalyptic novel written as a journal of a recovering warrior. The book is a very good read and worth a look if you love post apocalyptic settings. There is quite a few good ideas in there for the PA wargamer and model maker. I liked it so much I had to treat myself to a paperback version. 




Hobby wise I have been working on the Nu Necromunda Eshers, it has been slow going as I keep messing up and having to go back and repair. Half the gang is done now. 

To take a break from the Eshers I painted a random free figure Foundry sent me. Here we see a random Wasteland armed with a homemade black powder musket.





To while away the time I have been playing a lot of the Mad Max video game. All good fun and it is inspiring some new gang ideas. The game is great inspiration for anyone who likes to game/model make the Post Apoc. I found the tomb of a Biker Warlord and looted his "Chariot". I love the bike and skeleton on the back. 


That is my kinda car. I need one for the table top. Or real life. Anyone got a 69 Charger they don't want? 

I have been reading the beta for the Blood and Rust rules, which is a 28mm scale vehicle skirmish game based on the Mad Max movies. The rules read good and I am planning on giving them a spin sometime soon. The rules can be found on the Blood and Rust Facebook page.

The one thing I like about the Mad Max genre is the lack of firearms. Automatic weapons are a rarity. It reflects the post apocalyptic world a couple of decades on. Such weapons would be worn and tired. Good ammunition would be extremely rare. Remade ammunition may be available but would increase wear on the weapon and cause jams. Whilst gun powder and other propellents may be fairly simple to make but finding the necessary chemicals in a post apocalyptic world may be difficult.

One thing about the post apoc wargames figures available on the market is the abundance of automatic weaponry. I would love to see more lines of figures armed with bows, crossbows and various melee weapons. Mark Copplestone's Scavengers would be great in melee versions (hint hint). Or maybe inspired by Road Warrior/Fury Road/Mad Max video game (hint, hint, HINT!!).

Thanks for reading, stay safe out there.


Friday, 2 March 2018

Helsreach table fodder

Hello and Welcome back.

Ever since I was asked to co host the Helsreach table with Curtis from Ramshackle games at the 2018 Bring Your Own Lead show, I have been a little worried that I would not have enough buildings to cover a 8 X 4 foot table. 

Helsreach is a town on Logans World in the old 40K RT fluff. It is cut off from the rest of the imperium for many years at a time. A the world has to survive on its own it has a frontier cum post apocalyptic feel to it which suits my terrain collection perfectly. 

So I set up my 4 X 3 board and started to pile out my collection of township terrain.

Apologies for any flipped images. The pic loader site flipped them and won't let me spin them to a proper view.

First table








Second table













Table 3

















I can safely say there is enough to fill one table. Some bits need a little tlc, not surprising as some of these models are over 12 years old. Helsreach will have a shanty, industrial zone and the commercial zone for the Star Bastards to fight over. The streets will need widening as the hooligans fighting across the table will have vehicles.

The other part of the table will be wastelands. I will be bringing a few bits to break the wastelands up.

Thanks for looking. Stay safe out there.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

New additions to the Wastelands.

Hello and Welcome Back to my blog.

Finally I have got some miniatures finished. Hopefully my groove is coming back.

Out on the Western edge of the ruins of Matt Black City Vault 22 has opened. The dwellers have chosen to remain in the vault but now send scouting parties out in the ruins of the mega city looking for anything the vault can use.



Meanwhile on the other side of the ruins a Technomancer goes to work in his workshop in Wastetopia. Found any old tech you need to trade or fix then this is the guy for you. He is a bit stingy on trades though.



Wanderers are common in the in post apocalyptic wastelands of Matt Black God's world. Many are insane or running from their past. This Wanderer, Max suffers from both. Still he is a handy gun to hire and is a skilled driver. This means he is popular with those who need a dirty job doing.




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Here is Immortan Trump, the leader of New Sodom City (NSC). Since arriving in the ruins of MBC the Immortan has restarted his war against Liberty City. NSC has started raiding Liberty City supply & trade convoys. He is also raising suspicions about Utiopa's presence in the ruins.






Out in the wastelands don't trust anyone, not even little girls.





This little girl is probably a cannibal. The figure is a OOP Hetzerdog Babylons Burning Ghoul miniature. I was digging through a old box of zombies and found her. She had her base tidied up. 

Thanks for looking. Stay Safe Out There.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Wasteland Wondering -still alive.


Welcome back Wasteland Wanderers, 

Long time, no post. I am still alive and kicking. Mini painting has been going slow and not just because of the cats. We had a raiding run into the Lake District last weekend. 



It is one of the most beautiful parts of the UK and every time I visit it blows me away. 

My paint queue has been growing exponentially with various kickstarters dropping goodies on my door mat. Then I got some Blots Industrial walls for the Nu Necromunda boards. 70 of them.What have I done? *sob* As they are not too gothic looking they will also be useful for post apocalyptic games as walls and what have you. 

I have gotten a few figures painted. Some Vault Dwellers and characters for the wastelands. They are just waiting for me to finish the bases. Pictures will follow as soon as I get them finished. The Nu Necromuda Eshers are primed ready for paint. 

The Goliaths have gone in another direction. These guys are huge and remind me of the various bosses you come across in the Mad Max video game. 


So my twisted mind started off developing a post apocalyptic feudal army with each of the Goilaths as a Warlord with his own turf, serving under a Overlord. As such I am doing some Post Apocalyptic conversions on them. Each warlord will have a themed gang of warriors too. At least that is the plan until I get distracted.

As for the Overlord, I wanted something even more intimidating looking than a Nu Necromuda Goliath. I started converting a plastic GW Ogre but I wasn't too happy with how it looked. The pose on the figure is limited plus the muscle is more like an old school wrestler rather than a iron pumping chemed up meat head. For now I am looking at converting a Heresy Boris figure for the Overlord.

I have been looking at the Nu Necromuda Orlocks that GW has just released. They have a certain post apocalyptic warrior look. I am thinking of using them as road guards for merchant convoys crossing the wastelands. 

The Ten figures have arrived from Hysterical Games, so as soon as I get organised I will set up a sales thread over on the Post Apocalyptic Wargames Forum. Watch this space.

My Bunker/Star/Space Bastards are nearly assembled. Just some odds and ends to do before I get them painted. No idea what colours I should choose. I like rust. Does old power armour rust?  There is a request the vehicle for the gang. Something open topped. I believe last year's Bring Your Own Lead Helsreach table/game had some issues with gangs riding around in tanks. If I don't get time to build one I am sure my collection will have something suitable for my force. 

Not too sure on how the painting will progress. My good Lady is off for to hospital tomorrow for a operation, so I may have a busy week or two. 

Thanks for reading.

Take Care out there.




Thursday, 1 February 2018

New terrain for the Wastelands.

Hello and Welcome back,

January saw me slowly crawling forward working on various terrain items including the Nu Necromunda stuff. Finally I have gotten around to finishing it and getting pictures.  


First up a block house. It could be a home or part of a defensive line.


The block house is a resin model from Ramshackle Games.

My wife got me these resin barricades for Xmas. There was no manufacturer on the packaging. 



They are a little more Sci Fi than my PA stuff but forces like Utopia could field them. They where relatively easy to paint. A blast with black primer and a dusting of white primer. It was just picking out the details. 

Now some Nu Necromunda walls and doors....






These could be easily used in the wastelands. I have been playing Mad Max and there is a lot of rusting ships bulkheads in the wastelands.
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Door barricades. All these could be used in the wastelands.  


Ammo and weapon crates. The lids are not glued on and they are double sided. Some have frag, gas and plasma traps in them.
Some data screens and a shrine. 
Finally something nasty lurks in the tunnels. Handy mutant beasty for the wastes as well as Necromunda. I went for a maggot colour. I figured that something that lurks in the dark would probably be pale in colour. 

That's all for now. Thanks for looking and stay safe out there.