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Monday, 13 August 2012

Ramblings (2)

No great accomplishments this weeks this week but I have had time to reflect on the fact that it's been just over a year since I was taken into hospital and and whilst there, I started on this Zombie project.  My thoughts at the time were very jumbled (drugs) but I knew that a totally new venture would take a long time to get underway.  I think that at the time I said it would take about a year and that I would be in full swing by Xmas 2012. Over the last year I have had many, many nice surprises and made very many friends in the Zombie Wargaming Community, all of whom have been encouraging and helpful.
At the time, starting a new project from scratch was a daunting task but bit by bit I've made steady progress, so much so that I even managed my first practise game, using the All Things Zombie rules but without the zombies !  I had two friends actually playing the game whilst I tried to keep them to the rules.  It worked well, with only a few minor problems, no photographs were taken (to protect the innocent), but we're already planning our next game - with Zombies !


Efforts to advance my Zombie project over the last week has mainly been concentrated on further work on my urban terrain boards, however continued problems with my back haven't helped the cause. I'll be writing up a complete blog about the boards when they're nearer completion.
The photograph to the right shows the initial stages in the making of the terrain boards, but due to the cameraman's myopia doesn't really show that much.
The bases board (the large sheet of MDF with the bar-code showing in the bottom right hand corner)
measures 8ft x 4ft (2400mm x 1200mm) and one of the boards that will go on top can just be made out on the left hand side of the photo.
To fill the streets with rush hour traffic even more another trip to Poundland/World garnered me four more SUV type civilian vehicles.  I had thought that a quick going over in Acetone would remove the transfers (decals), but I soon discovered that they were actually a part of the overall paintwork.
They have the same garish silver interior as the last set of Military style Humvees/SUV's and are basically the same design, lacking the pull-back and let go motors.
They'll all be getting their windows blanked out and will all end up with a new paint job.



I've also been plodding away at some  of my Wargames Foundry figures and have managed to finish off these nine.

They're the usual mix of suits, survivors and civilians most of whom will be in most people's collections no doubt.
As you've probably gathered, I'm pretty much bored painting figures and really need to turn my attentions to making some building to fill my Urban Terrain as well as reading rules, planning my campaign, getting a few practice games in, reading blogs, commenting on blogs, reading forums, watching for new figure releases etc. etc. etc.

There just isn't enough time in the week !

That's it though for this week and as always, all comments are welcomed and appreciated.

I don't think I've gained any followers in the last week or so, but if you're lurking out there, "Welcome to my blog", I hope you find something to amuse or interest you.

16 comments:

  1. No great accomplishments you say, but progress nonetheless. Once you get your gaming boards completed that will be a huge step forward. I've said it before and I'll say it again - I really envy you for having the space to game on a 4' by 8' board!

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    1. Thanks bryan.it's always good to have others ' encouragement.

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  2. Indeed, something done is better than nothing done. Take a breaking from painting and hit you fingers with hammers and cut them with saws. Once your mended you'll be ready to paint some more figures!

    The figures you have got done look great mate.

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    1. Thanks Brummie, I have to have special permission from SWMBO before I'm allowed to play with anything heavy or sharp !
      Thosr figures have another twenty or so mates almot ready != They've taken forever.

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    2. I know the feeling I had this problem with getting zombies done. I don't find them as interesting as survivors if you know what I mean.

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    3. I'm with you on that one too

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  3. Still looking good mate. Survivors will always have more character and hence be more fun to paint. You could try to get hold of some special zombies. No generic ordinary zombie.

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    1. Thanks LS = all encouragemne welcome ! I'm actually holding fire on painting some specials, so all is not lost.

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  4. 4' by 8' is huge. I envy you!

    Yes, masses of zombies can be boring to paint! One thing I try to do with them is paint or model the occasional one somewhat differently. It gives me something to look forward to after a batch of "plain" ones!

    This might be adding something extra to the base; perhaps a zombie partially entangled in barbed wire (hmm...I might just have to do this one myself) Or it might be painting them as a fan of your favourite (least favourite?) football team or pop group. Of course, this does depend on whether you enjoy painting!

    Failing that, I read somewhere that 50% or more of the people in the world wear jeans, so you'll be fine as long as you paint trousers blue-grey with a dark wash!

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    1. Hey colgar, you're right, I've got a whole lot of "interesting" z's to paint as well as others, I think I just need a break and re-charge those batteries!

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    1. You're never robbed at 25p a vehicle.

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  6. Hallo mate, As far as I can tell you are no different from the rest of us. We all have peeks and troughs in our hobby. 3 years ago I was about to give it up, but now I'm as strong as ever. It's the same with modeling and painting some weeks I can't be bothered, other weeks I am straining at the bit to get things done.

    My advice would be to get the large board cut into smaller sections they will be less daunting to work on. How big you have them is up to you, 2' square or 2'x4' or even 1' by 2', just plan it out first.And when you get one started you'll feel more like ploughing on with the rest. I would also battern the back to stop it warping.

    Sucess breeds sucess. Once the ball is rolling it's easier to maintain momentum.

    Hope that helps more than it hinders. All the best Clint.

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    1. All encouragement does help CLint, the large sheet is merely my baseboard, all my terrain pieces will sit atop of it - all will be revealed in due course.

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  7. Hey Mr Z - I understand exactly where you are ... there isn't enough time in the day to do everything that you want to, and when you do have time, you can't be bothered :(

    If you find a cure, please share! or maybe bottle and sell it! ;)

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    1. Colin, your post made me smile, thanks for that !

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