Monday, 22 July 2013

The Perfect Vehicle For A Zombie Apocalypse?

It's been too hot to paint much the last couple of weeks but I forced myself to do something ..

I'm always on the look out for vehicles and 'scatter' scenery to use in my Left4Dead style miniatures games. Up until now, most of them have been suitable diecast toys with the odd resin one thrown in

As a follower of the excellent Walking Dead TV series, I of course wanted a Winnebago to put on the table. However, finding anything that fitted was proving difficult until I stumbled over Slug Industries on the Lead Adventure Forum. Despite being a small one man & his son set-up they produce a nearly perfect candidate

A very short time after ordering (literally a couple of days) a weighty package was delivered to my door. The model consists of the main body plus a base with the wheels attached. All I had to do was glue one to the other and start painting. Casting was excellent with no visible bubbles and all pre-cleaned & sanded flat where needed

Using reference shots of the TV vehicle I went for a close approximation paint job (I did bail out painting the Winnebago 'W's on the stripes though). It's probably a little under scale but is still a hefty block on the table

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Whilst I was waiting for it to dry, I very quickly assembled and painted this laser cut signpost I added to an order from CoolMiniOrNot a while ago. It's not going to win any prizes but at only a couple of pounds it will do. The lettering was left very indistinct so it can be used in different settings and games

Monday, 8 July 2013

Sinbad: Cyclops

Probably like most gamers of a certain age, I grew up watching the Sinbad films made using the stop motion monsters by the late, great Ray Harryhausen. The one that really caught my attention was the 7th Voyage of Sinbad complete with the fabulous horned cyclops

When I saw that Crooked Dice had released a 7th Voyage game, this got me thinking of figures. Even though I'm not likely to game with the rules, when I saw an old Ral Partha cyclops up for sale on the Lead Adventure forum I just had to snap him up. Turns out he's no longer made so I'm glad I grabbed him when I did ..

So, after a few days of painting here is the best looking cyclops miniature I've seen. Standing on a new 50mm base and over 60mm tall he's a beast

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Here is a screen grab I found of the original in the film to compare

On other news, I'm still struggling a bit with my health following the appendix operation. I think I've been more in the doctors & hospital the last month then I have the rest of my life :/