Thursday, 9 February 2017

TWD: Things



Since I ran out of miniatures to paint for my Walking Dead project I have been focusing on making terrain pieces to use on the board.  Initially my plan was to work at replacing the card counters included in my core set but I have also made some other pieces as well.



Most of the new additions are repainted diecasts that I seized the wheels on to keep them static on the table.  The core set included five vehicle footprints including Dale's RV.  I haven't got a lead on a reasonably priced, appropriately priced Winnebago so this part is still a ways off.  I did find a paper model that I'm considering building from plasticard but it looks like a bit of an undertaking so that's for another day.


I painted the Kings County Sheriff's Department Crown Vic first.  I am more inspired by the television series so I based it's appearance on cruiser 134 that Rick and Shane are seen driving around in at the first episode of Season 1.  I free-handed the lettering and coat of arms on the doors and went with more of a suggestion of the heraldry than an accurate depiction.  It was a fun paint but by the second side of the vehicle plotting the lettering was getting pretty tired.


Next up was a '68 Shelby.  The scale is a bit off for a small sports car so I don't have any trouble passing it off as a muscle car or anything in between.  I painted it a sporty red with striped detailing and called it a day.  This went much faster than the cruiser and gave me my momentum back.


I followed the cars with two truck to match the two other core footprints.  For the trucks I wanted to depict two very different vehicles.  The old chev was the first.  I painted it as an old farm work truck that spent it's down time in the tall grass behind the shed.  My intention for it is to set the scene for a farm or abandoned site in the country.  I'd put it on the Greene farm if I modelled it but I think Hershel and family would take better care of their vehicles.


The last of the four diecasts is a modern Ford pickup.  It bookends the time period of it's vintage counterpart but it looks more safety boot than work boot.  I only painted up for my miniature rednecks after I tore out the mini sound system.  No "New" Country thank you very much.


I was also looking at introducing some street furniture.  I had considered playing Knight Models Bat Man game last year.  I picked up some figures and some small MDF pieces to get me started.  I think their sculptor is very talented but they have more to learn about casting than I have patience.  I may paint the models because they should look beautiful if prepped carefully but I really didn't like their MDF product.  I finally got around to painting up the dumpsters and a phone booth but didn't really like any of them and feel better about building them from styrene when I get around to it.  For my painting challenge they still count as painted models but that is about it.


The last item to report on is stand of trees.  In Mantic's TWD there is a terrain point system to give you a rough guide on how much stuff you should be placing on your board.  I decided I should build forests in 4" and 6" stands to conform to the system.  The challenge is to create something that does the job but looks as natural as I can manage either independently or as a larger wooded area when butted up with one another.  I used some Woodland Scenics foliage and armatures I discovered in my junk (secennery projects I never got around to but didn't have the balls to throw out) box.  For what I got it was a time consuming process to attach clumps piece by piece to the parts I pre-painted but I was really happy with how it turned out and will have to make some more as I continue with the project.




7 comments:

  1. Fantastic work, I really enjoyed this post. I am torn between Mantic and Warlord as regards zombies games...

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    1. I have some of the warlord/wargame factory models. There are soe decent ones although the scaling makes the Mantic and Warlord models largely incompatible. The Mantic figures are bulkier 30mm or so while the WGF models are more accurately scaled 28mm. Whether you prefer the stylized or more realistic figures is the decider here. On rules I feel as though the Warlord set is half baked and thrown together too hastily to support the range of models they aquired from the Wargames Factory sale. I'm pretty sure they are free to download so you can check them out for yourself. I really like the TWD rules. They are straight forward and allow the actions to be resolved quickly and have some very interesting rules governing the horror and rising tension in "scenes" that emulate the feel of the series for me (although it is based on the comic). Somewhere on the horizon Osprey is plotting a rule set for the zombie apocalypse called Last Days by one Ash Barker and I am very excited about them as well.

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  2. You are clearly on a roll, HP. All of these items are excellent. I do keep stressing the importance of scenery and these will enhance your games no end.

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    1. Thanks Bryan. For me it's all about the narrative and creating stories so trying to build "sets" is integral to me ever arriving at a gaming table. If it was all about the dice and winning I'd have probably taken up some other hobby like sewing and my cat would hate me because she would probably have a steam trunk full of outfits.

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    1. I'm glad you liked them. Since I'm waiting on my next "official" order it looks like I'm going to have to push on in the terrain department. I have some other vehicles I'd like to paint and add to the collection and there is that RV project that I still need to consider.

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  4. Trees look fabulous great job. The cars look great as well.

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