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Monday, 20 October 2014

Protestors

Mixed in with a few armed and unarmed civilians, we'll have a riot
 These have come about because I received a partially complete box of the Wargames Factory survivours and couldn't face having yet more armed civilians.
I've made these figures up from various plastics that I have, namely the Wargmes Factory Surviours (men) and the WF male zombies, though there is a single head from the female vixen's sprue (the girl).



It will be noticeable no doubt that there are no women in the ranks of this protest, but if I ever come across a sprue of the female survivouors, I will no doubt add to the masses.
Moe, Larry and Curly

 So in batches of three, here's a few close-ups as I know you'll be more interested in reading the signs than looking at my painting efforts.
Just in case you can't read the sign on the right it says "LEGALIZE MARIJUANA. Quickly before they search my Fanny pack!"




Obligatory boring rear view.




Winken, Blinken and Nod (solicitors)
There not that many of them armed with anything more than an improvised melee weapon, but I'm sure the 2 x 2s of the placards can be quite effective.
The right hand sign has the word "I'd" covered by the central sign making it read "I'd make my car...etc."



Rear view (obviously)
Two and a half men (not soliciting)

The signs themselves were all taken from the actual protests on the Interweb and photoshopped to a usable size.
They were glued onto some thin card and the back were given a quick wash of paint in an attempt to mask the card.




The 'boy' has a head from the vixens box !

Chico, Harpo and Groucho



The rough looking 2 x 2s for the signs were filed down matchsticks (into a rough paddle shape for easy of gluing the sign onto).
They were cut to size after the signs were allocated to them.






No coffee stirrers were used in this production

Hank, Bruce and Brian

Gluing the wood matchsticks to the plastic figures was a real pain, as was finding sufficient left or right hands that didn't already have weapon in them.
As these were plastic figures I cut my own very thin plastic bases for them, for ease of gluing, rather than the normal washers I use.






Note the "lack of detail" painting technique I used
There are scenarios for mobs in ATZ (Haven) and mixed in with a few rioters (molotovs, etc) these will at least help 'bulk' them out.











That's it for this week, as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated, but as I'm away on holiday for a few days responses to any comments may be delayed until I find internet access.

46 comments:

  1. Those are really great! I love the signs, and they look like a dangerous mob on their own. Add in a few "normal" civilians, maybe a few other rabble-rousers and you have a great looking mob. Excellent!

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    1. Thanks N667, I have quite a few rabble-rouser types with molotovs, pool cues and so on as well as sometrue civilian types - I was looking to make a mob of about 40 figuresbut these will make them look more of a mob .

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  2. No doubt about it, the best part of this mob are the signs themselves. Really inspired work, Joe. I love them!

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    1. Yep, you're so right Bryan, but no-one will be looking at the figures.

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  3. They look fantastic Joe! I like the fact that all those signs are from the actual protests - the stuff people put on the signs!
    I really should buy another box of survivors! :D

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    1. Thanks Mattyoo, I actually had a surplus of them when I'd finished googling for them and had a tricky job picking out the ones I eventually used.

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  4. That's a fine looking rabble you've painted there. Great signs, and definitely something that will attract a lot of attention on the tabletop. Lovely posting :-)

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    1. Thanks Blaxxkelric, I do think that it'll be an obvious mobe with these scattered amongst the others.

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  5. Bryan said you were a rabble rouser. I didn't really believe him, until now. Great job Joe, they look surly and angry enough to do something about it.

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    1. Thanks Bob (I think), I'm pleased you think that they're a surly lot.

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  6. Excellent work mate. So glad to see the "Down with this sort of thing" sign amongst the batch.

    I remember reading a faintly funny one on the 2003 anti-war demos "Posh Tory against this"

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    1. Thanks Tamsin, there are a geat number of equally good signs out there, but getting a decent front view of one is tricky.

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  7. All i can say is great work... love the signs :)

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    1. Thanks HW, they are the star of this show.

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  8. Very effective. The signs are hilarious and very amusing. They look great as a group to. Know you need some fascist riot police now.

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    1. Thanks Brummie, even with just fifteen figures the signs make them seem a lot more numerous. I'l love to have the baton weilding " fascist riot police" but will have to settle on what I've got.

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  9. Inspired work Joe. In fact it's so good, that I'm going to have steal this idea for myself!

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    1. Thanks Colin, I think it was Colgar6 who, in turn, inspired me to do these in the first place

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  10. Excellent.
    and got to love "Down with this sort of thing!", but where's "Careful Now."
    Roy

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    1. Thanks Roy, there was so many I could have used, but I was running out of figures !

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  11. You had me chuckling along as I read the signs. Just the sort of thing to liven up a zombie game. Maybe you should make an "Equal rights for Undead" sign!

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    1. Thanks Clint, we aim to please and even if it had been just you that I'd amused it would have still been worth it.
      (Strangely enough I did do an "Equal rights for Undead" bit of live role-play many years ago too)

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  12. That is genius, really brought a smile to my face.

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    1. Thanks Michael, I'm very pleased (almost smug) that these were so well received.

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  13. Superb! An excellent way to add a ton of character to the table top, great work :-)

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    1. Thanks Paul, they will of course add a lot to a game when they become the centrepiece of a scenario (or two)

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  14. I love these! They are fantastic when you do another batch you might consider end of the world religious signs but then again I see a couple of people holding those "the end is near" signs all the time here.

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    1. Thanks Robert, if I ever get around to doing more of these, the eponimous "The end is nigh" will of course have to feature as well as "John 3-10" which I've seen in just about every mob situation imaginable.
      Colgar 6 had a sandwich- board figure with that sam message on iirc

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  15. Fantastic, Zabadak! The signs are a delight. I love them, and I really needed the humor tonight.

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    1. Thanks Christopher, I occassionally get the same delightful lift from many blogs.

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  16. Those signs are so funny! Well done, they're a great addition, superb!

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    1. Thanks ZA, we can occassionally make fun of our gaming.

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  17. VERY NICE!!!! love all of the signs..Now all you need are the (hot) Fuzz!!

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    1. Thanks Toni (and welcome btw), I do have the cops and some swat guys , but no riot police sadly.

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    1. Thanks SK, maybe it'll start a trend ?

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  19. Exelent job. I need a mob like this one. I love the sign's texts, funny good ideas.

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    1. Thanks Shuby, I hope that others do hve a go at making their own mobs.

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  20. You are a genius. The signs are a terrific idea; not to mention hilarious.

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    1. Thanks BC, there are a couple of Riot-type scenarios in ATZ-Haven which I thought these would be useful for, the amusing randomness of these is just a bonus.

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  21. BRILLIANT F********g IDEA!!!!! Will shamelessly steal it!!!!

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    1. Thanks Spider, I don't think I can lay claim to the original idea, but I did at least go with it.

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  22. I really like these, mate. I'm enjoying looking trough your back-catalogue of civilian projects immensely.

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    1. Thanks Hunterpest, much appreciated and I do hope that there is something there to interest you.

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