Whilst I had fellow blogger Mattyoo staying with me recently, I took the opportunity to show him our local table-top/car-boot held regularly every Saturday and Sunday. In the past I bought nearly all of my fairly large collection of Lledo vehicles there for my now stalled gangster project and knew that it was also a fine source for modern vehicles from many different manufacturers.Whilst Mattyoo spent his time buying enough vehicles for a small military convoy I looked to increasing my own collection of civilian vehicles.
The ambulance above, (the £2 one) I think was a great find and scale-wise fitted very well.
Even though I do have two other ambulances, I did have one of them earmarked as a Hazmat vehicle and who can resist any model that has opening doors ?
Whilst on the medical spending spree I also nabbed this one, which whilst maybe a little under-scale for the larger 28mm figures, it's still perfectly adequate for my purposes.
Hummers, of course, are probably iconic vehicles for the zombie apocalypse due to the yellow one from the film Zombieland.
This one will be left as is for some time to come I suspect.
I was quite surprised by the interior detail in this model, as can be seen in the photograph below and will probably end up using this without the 'canvas' top.
It is one of those vehicles that will need a re-paint before use as it's too "Russian Military", even for my lax taste.
The 'sun roof' though does look a bit odd.
Other than the slightly undersized medical truck, I was very pleased with these purchases, but it does mean I will have to look for another vegetable basket to store my growing collection in (making five in all).
With these five vehicles and my purchase from a previous shopping spree, which I'll blog about soon that was all my holiday money spent up.
With the recent flurry of modelling card-buildings, I too have once more launched myself into yet another attempt at getting a passable card-building completed. I'll be blogging about this in a future post too and hopefully I'll also be concluding the recent 'Burbs series of games.
And that is they say is it for this week, although I do have a new follower "Stephen" to welcome (it appears he doesn't have a blog to follow) and of course to once more say that your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.
Monday, 18 August 2014
|Zombies to left of them, zombies to the right of them...|
The photograph on the left shows their start position in yellow, zombies in red and their immediate objective, the supermarket employees entrance in blue.
Unfortunately it doesn't show the Potential enemies forces (PEF's), but it does show the myriad of dice still left on the table from the previous game.
|"No running ahead of me Mattias"|
There were about a dozen or so zombies on the table at the start and all the spawn points were back functioning and there was less chance of traffic.
Scott was armed with his "trusty" reproduction Katana whilst Mattias had the complimentary Wakazashi that came with it, they also both had a secondary one-handed improvised weapon.
There plan was to see if there was anyone in the supermarket, as the employees cars were still there from the previous day. With their plan all set they took off (at a run of course).
Luckily for the two of them, the zombies were seemingly distracted and took little notice of them and the three PEFs (ahead and to the left of them) were similarly idle.
As they made their way across the road the zombies did start to take an interest in their apparent breakfast and another was attracted by the movement.
The PEF's however continued to be disinterested in the whole proceedings.
|"Briands, erm I mean brains"|
|Two PEFs can be seen behind the fence|
|A family of three pops up !|
|"Ignore the bins !"|
This was an excellent opportunity to try out their newly acquired weapons to help a family that was going to be in trouble very soon. So our heroes picked up their pace and headed for the back of the supermarket, hoping that the family they left in their wake would be a suitable distraction to their course of action.
(Late news just in: "Officials report chivalry is officially dead in Springwater Hill")
It was on the cards that this wasn't going to end well for the forsaken family in Laslo park, the child followed Scott and Mattias' example and did a runner, whilst the father bravely fought of a zombie as his wife fell by his side.
|General view, the child can just be made out behind our heroes.|
|"Look Mattias, more zombie bait..."|
|"Head for the park she said"|
|"We'll be OK there she said..."|
|"Save me please misters"|
Brendan did a runner, back from whence he had come whilst the kid from the park ran ahead of the pair of heroes, now sauntering toward their goal, allowing the child to be some sort of "scout", all of this commotion of course attracted more zombies to their area.
|"Stop running so fast, damn you"|
Ignoring the child's plea for help (allegedly) Mattias took off like the wind, whilst Scott was right behind him.
|"Mmmm, family bite sized child"|
|"Everyone over here, form a queue"|
The two remaining PEFs moved up to the corner of the Supermarket and behind it.
Almost as soon as it had started the feast in the park stopped and the two zed's there started to wonder where their next meal was coming form.
|"Run rabbit, run rabbit"|
An event cropped up in the form of yet another runner, making her way across the table. (from spawn point 6 to spawn point 2, not particularity interesting really - it having no effect in game)
|"Erm, its locked "|
|"Who's the daddy now?"|
Mattias, tried to open the door, but found it to be locked !
|Brumm, brumm, SPLAT !|
Behind the supermarket the 'boy' was attracting zombies like flies to shit and the rare car appearing on the roads made mincemeat out of the zombie attracted by the noise it made speeding along the main road.
|"This appears locked too"|
|Popular feeding frenzy|
|"Run, run run"|
|"Thanks Dawn !"|
|"Umm, yep, definitely locked"|
|"Enjoying it ?", "I'm having a ball"|
|"Run from the zombies, run, run run"|
|"Hi, I'm Mattias, I'm with them"|
Mattias took his chance and ran for the door to be greeted by Dawn.
The girl runner made it off the table to safety without incident as the two zombies in the park looked on despondently.
|"Oh no it isn't"|
|"It's behind you "|
|"Let me in"|
|"I'm sorry we're closed"|
Inside the supermarket, the lone zombie attacked the manager Jake, effectively putting him out of the fight (now the floor manager ?).
Scott decided to finally put his Katana to use and attacked the zombie, obviously not going for the head as the zombie merely joined the manager on the concrete, but even as he did so Mattias rushed into the storeroom and under Scott's instruction stabbed the zombie through the eye, returning him to a more permanent state of death.
At this stage, we called the game.
The two "heroes" had effectively achieved their their objective, had the makings of a party of four (or five if Jake the manager survives) and the game was effectively spent as were we.
I too realise the frustration of a split aar and decided to relate this in full, despite its length and
there will be another instalment in this continuing saga soon (when real-life allows it to eventually gets played).
Thanks oonce more to Bryan/Vampifan for taking the phots and for noth himself and Mattyoo for taking the parts of the main characters.
Any resemblance to any person living dead, or undead was of course entirely intentional.
Thanks for taking the time to read through, or to at least look at the piccies and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.
Monday, 11 August 2014
Deciding that discretion was the better part of valour they legged it in the hope of getting to a vehicle, breaking into it, finding the car keys inside (or hot wiring it), starting it up, driving off and all before the zombies made meals out of the two of them -what could possibly go wrong ?
|"Wait for me, you..."|
As both of them were without weapons, they would only have a 50-50 chance against a zombie, not good odds and they attempted a fast move over the fence, Mattias made it over and didn't wait for Scott (after all you don't have to run faster than a zombie in the apocalypse just faster than your mate!).
|Zombies tucking in|
Not far away, more zombies had spawned close to their position, but were luckily more interested in the newly opened deli pavement, just outside the supermarket.
At the front of the Supermarket, traffic was still attracting more zombies, headed towards the chap in the brown suit (later to be called superman)
|"Going somewhere ?"|
|"I would so not have driven off without you...."|
Whilst Mattias peered through the window of the vehicle to spot keys Scott managed to haul ass over the fence and catch up. As luck would have it, the keys weren't in sight (OK, so it was bad luck and the door was locked too for good measure).One bit of luck that our dynamic duo did have however is that the zombies feast was just around the corner out of their line of sight.
Lucky because if either of them witnessed it, it would have been their first time) and they would undoubtedly have been stunned !
"Super(market) man" defeats two zombies in quick succession and then ran for safety whilst a local stood watching "not bovvered" and chewing gum presumably.
With the recent turn of events at the last vehicle, they decided to head for Scott's neighbour's jeep, at least they wouldn't have to break into that.
|Just what they needed|
|Lunch queue forming|
Elsewhere the traffic had stopped flowing (it wasn't going to have any further effect on this scenario so I called a halt to the chance of any more arrivals of vehicles or people), but the flow of zombies hadn't.
|"Not so super now are you, meat ?"|
And there were quite a few of them by now !
|"I'm right behind you"|
The zombies gave up looking for them as they luckily went out of view. (The zombies failing to activate may have helped too.)
At this stage I called the game, the 'heroes' had somehow blundered their was through and reached safety.
So it wasn't a very exciting game full of action, but it had all the elements I was looking for to test my own version of ATZ (and its derivatives). For our next scenario I streamlined some of my ideas that had worked but were clumsy in execution. It was interesting to note though how reluctant the two players were to enter into any form of combat with the zombies, yet "Final Fadeout" almost forces civilians to enter into combat, wrongly imo.
That's it then for this week, our two "heroes" will return with an equally gripping tale next week as I once more "Return to the Burbs" - you have been warned.
In the making of this scenario any similarity of fictional characters with persons living, dead or undead is entirely intentional .
As always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.