01 July 2021

Zombie Apocalypse - The Whisperers Return!

Almost 6 (six goddamn years!) ago I built some Whisperers for my zombie-apocalypse games - since their first appearance back then in The Walking Dead comic they've now been included in the TV show (which I've long since stopped watching due to general shittiness!). I decided recently to add some more stealthy killers to them, based on a later comic where they're shown using flaming arrows against a settlement (now ended!) comic series.
I decided that bows and flame weapons would work nicely - in this case I've given the survivor on the left a crowbar, molotov cocktail (unlit) and a shotgun under his tarp/poncho and the survivor on the right is armed with a modern recurve bow.
The tarp/cloak/poncho is meant to offer some protection from the elements as well as disguising the fact that they're armed. This combined with the zombie skin leather suits they create should allow them to blend in with the large herds of zeds. The cloaks are generally paper towel with PVA added.
Here we have another recurve bow and a crossbow.
All of these are kitbashed from a selection of kits - the Male Survivors and Female Survivors from what was Wargames Factory (subsequently bought and sold by Warlord Games, sadly no longer in production), Studio Miniatures plastic zombies (heads and some arms), Warlord Games plastic GIs (various pouches, which a lot of ended up covered in the ponchos!) plus a shotgun from the Warlord Games plastic US Airborne kit.    

I'm using these to tick off both "Kitbashed Model" boxes...
Which takes me to a full house! I can start a fresh bingo board! That leaves me at 1150pts so far this year!

30 June 2021

What I done got did in the rest of June...

Just a quick post with the rest of the stuff I've been on with this month! I was hoping to have more finished for this month but various real life things have got in the way - pretty standard!
I really want to play some co-operative horror games when my friends start coming to visit now that lockdown is almost finished so I worked on these lovely gents!
I also got a bunch of fencing sorted out to go with my previously shown farmhouse and church terrain!
Finally a WizKids Dungeons & Dragons Carrion Crawler - a great mini that I almost finished last month, before it slipped off my desk and lost an antennae! I replaced both with plastic coated wire as you can see in the pic!
So, three Hero or Character squares and one Any Model - the fences don't count sadly as I'm out of appropriate boxes! Just Kitbashed Model boxes left - I have some WIP Genestealer-infected Orlock Gangers for Necromunda that will fit the bill!
I think that takes me up to 530pts with all the additional lines crossed off! I'm planning on taking better pictures of my horror minis and fences in the next couple of weeks and I want to post about the horror project plans soon too - let me know what you think of the above!

08 June 2021

Barricades and Loot - The Walking Dead Miniatures Game, Mantic

I was recently having a think about what I’d need to start playing a couple of games and it struck me that it would only take a little bit of work to be able to play both Dracula’s America and something like Last Days Zombie Apocalypse - there’s some crossover for me with these skirmish games, I’ll likely be setting both campaigns around the Louisiana area and the recently completed farmhouse, barn and church would work for rural America - with the right set dressing I’d be more than happy to use them for both 1870s and modern times!
This bunch of barricades and objective markers come from Mantic Games and were originally an upgrade for their The Walking Dead base game to take you from cardboard terrain to 3D detailed pieces. A while ago (5 years maybes?) Mantic had a special festive offer, giving you double the set for the same price - so around £18 for 8 wrecked vehicles, 12 barricades and 20 loot/objective markers. It seemed perfect for my zomb-apoc and post-apoc collections and my sister bought me them as a Christmas gift.
Upon receiving them I was impressed - they’re generally high detail and cleaning up the few moldlines here and there wasn’t too arduous. I believe this set is now available through their Terrain Crate line which has subsequently been released.  As usual, I got these cleaned up, undercoated and promptly got distracted by something shiny and new!
As part of the aforementioned “get a game started” target, I thought these were a perfect addition to my modern zomb-apoc plans! Some of the barricades (the ones that are all wooden) could easily work for Dracula’s America as well as the planned Lovecraftian gaming too!
The crates of cans are my favourite part of the set and I took some time to paint some teeny tiny Heinz Baked Beans and Campbells soup labels. I also attempted to add some newspaper-ish squiggles on some of the papers lying against the boxes or on some of the other markers - I also included a TIME magazine somewhere in there, some American dollars and even a tiny drivers license (I googled US driving license and used McLovin’s as inspiration!).
Finally, the backpacks - the bunny was my favourite!

This is 32 components in total and they’ll count as 3 x 10 Figures. I need to get these posts updated with my Bingo card - hopefully I can get that done soon! Thanks for reading and I’d LOVE to read your thoughts! 

Next up are the 8 vehicles from the set - 4 sedans and 4 pickup trucks. I sprayed them with a bunch of rattle-can dregs a while back to mix things up. I should have them finished in the next week or so. After those I think it’ll be some fences - I have some from Renedra that will work for both of the aforementioned settings!

31 May 2021

Medieval Beekeepers - Midlam Miniatures


Blasted through these lovely mega quirky medieval beekeepers from Midlam Miniatures this evening - they do these and some lovely Halfling ones too! Their whole range is great and has many gems that you’d struggle to find elsewhere! I’ve catalogued my dark ages/medieval/fantasy villagers elsewhere on this blog (back in the mists of time) and these will fit perfectly alongside the rest of the stuff I already have!
As you can see from this recreation, the sculpts are pretty spot on from what we know about medieval beekeeping! I’ve seen an amazing terrain piece including bee hives in a shelter built in the roots of a fallen tree that I really want to emulate when I get around to building more dark ages terrain! I also have a set of hives from Midlam that I’ll be incorporating into that piece!

That leaves me on a healthy 260 points for Hobby Bingo!