Mummy Regiment for Kings of War

Here’s my regiment of Mummies for use in my Kings of War Undead Army. It’s comprised of two Troops so I have good flexibility in choosing my army, but the vast majority of the time, I field them as a regiment.

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The unit is predominantly made up of Mantic’s mummies. I found two Tomb Kings miniatures in a bitz box at  a wargames show (the standard bearer and musician) and thought they would add some variety to the unit. I made up two champion figures from other Tomb Kings pieces I have.

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I do feel it makes the unit look a bit more Gee Dubs than Mantic, as the command models are what you see first, but I’m happy with the overall effect. I had a spare carrion model from GW’s Warmaster range and added that for  bit of extra ‘colour’.

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Here’s a close up of one of the Mantic Mummies:

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From research for an old 15mm Egyptian army I started but never finished, I vaguely remember reading that Egyptian marines wore red and blue. Now, I know these Mummies aren’t Egyptian, but using red for their main colour contrasts nicely with my Skeleton units (whose main colours are green and brown) and compliments other elite units such as my Soul Reaver infantry.

I airbrushed and drybrushed some sandy-coloured dirt onto the tattered ends of the red cloaks. The armour is a bronze colour with a grimey green wash to try and give a verdigris effect. The weapons look fat to uniform to me now, looking at these photos, so I think I’ll add a little rust effect to them.

I painted the Mummies flesh a dark grey, based on actual Mummies I’ve seem in museums.

The icon on the banner and shields is the White Rose motif I’ve chosen for my army. I imagine that the mummies have allied themselves with /been pressed into service for the Lady Melantha, my Vampire  Countess and army general and have adopted her White Rose sigil to show allegiance.

This painted regiment will see action for the first time during any games I play as part of Mantic’s Edge of the abyss summer campaign. Fingers crossed that they don’t suffer the curse of the freshly painted miniatures.

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Cthulhu Wars Miniatures: Onslaught 1 and 2

WI backed both the original Cthulhu Wars and the Cthulhu Wars: Onslaught 2 Kickstarters. The first RPG I ever played was 3rd Ed Call of Cthulhu and I was always fascinated by the macabre and alarming tentacular beasties that were illustrated in the ‘Beastiary’ sections.

I bought some of the early lead CoC miniatures, some Investigators, cultists and gribblies and enjoyed painting them. (If I ever find hem, I’ll post pictures here0.

Nearly three decades later and I discover the Cthulhu Wars Kickstarter, chock full of superb 28mm Mythos beasties. Well, I didn’t have to think twice – I was in, for as much as I could afford. And not long after, I jumped in with both feet for the Onslaught 2 Kickstarter. Just over a week after that was delivered, (there was quite a delay, but it was well worth the wait) Petersen Games have launched their Cthulhu Wars Onslaught 3 Kickstarter, which is currently live. Go check it out, there’s some great new sculpts involved (especially the Masks of Nyarlathotep set).

But back to Onslaught 1 & 2. After receiving Onslaught 2 in the post, I began to wonder just how many Mythos beasties I now actually have. So, I put them all onto one table. You can see how that looks below..!

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“Errr…911? Yeah, I … ah… I think the stars may be right. Or something…”

And I didn’t fit them all into the frame for that shot! Here’s a quick tour of some of the miniatures. Firstly some Cultists who’d better know what they’re doing as they’ve summoned Cthulhu to the power of three (or one ‘Buffthulu’ as the central sculpt has been dubbed by Cthulhu Wars fans; and two Cthulhus)

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The Cthulhu on the right is a glow-in-the-dark version, a stretch goal from Onslaught 2. The ice blue dude to his right is Rhan-Tegoth; another glow-in-the-dark Great Old One (GOO)

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Next up, the ‘King in Yellow’ faction. The fearsome-looking large dude in the middle is Hast- *cough* He-Who-Is-Not-To-Be-Named , with the glow-in-the=dark version to its right.

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The ‘Crawling Chaos’ faction, with the superb sculpt of Nyarlathotep dominating the centre of the shot.

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My favourite faction sculpts ‘The Opener of the Way’ aka Yog-Sothoth and his cohorts.

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What’s all this Ia! then? Oh, it’s the ‘Black Goat’ faction, Shub-Nigguarth and her Dark Young. Tentacles-a-plenty and some superb sculpts. Very gribbly and the fully capturing the essence of the Mythos. Gibbering horror!

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Tsathoggua doesn’t look too pleased to have been woken from his slumber by this High Priest..!

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The Watcher of the Green Pyramid, with Slime Moulds to its left and right.

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A Hound of Tindalos emerging from the right angles of an intermodal shipping container. This great sculpt, along with ‘Buffthulu’ above, were made available through artist Richard Luong’s Kickstarter which produced an artbook of his work from the first Cthulhu Wars kickstarter. As far as I can tell, Richard hasn’t been involved with Cthulhu Wars Onslaughts 2 and 3; and as good as the artwork is for both of these, I miss seeing his exceptional work. I encourage you to look at his Tentacles and Teeth Facebook page for more of his eerie and visually arresting art.

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A gigantic Dhole, about to make a Cultist’s day very bad (albeit very brief)…

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A selection of independent Great Old Ones, with Leng Spiders and Gugs to their right – none of which you’d care to meet in a dark alley. Or anywhere else. At all. Ever. No sir.

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Abhoth, the so-called ‘Source of Uncleanliness’ -my absolute favourite miniature from all three Onslaughts to date. A giant, dripping brain sat astride a pustulant mass of flesh and slime with writhing tentacles, emerging from a bubbling lake of filth. Sanity check please!

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A Star Vampire. you can’t really make it out in this photo, but there’s a screaming victim laying prone on its base, as the Vampire feeds… *shiver*

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Bholes, Zoogs and Cultists. The dark red miniatures were collector’s editions from the 1st Onslaught Kickstarter. I was particularly glad of these, as it gave me some sculpts that I hadn’t otherwise been able to afford (as despite having bought a helluva lot of Cthulhu Wars products, I haven’t been able to buy everything). Cthulhu Wars is a premium product game, top quality stuff and the price points reflect this.

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Edit 10th August 2017

Woo-Hoo! Just over a week ago I saw a post on the ‘Cthulhu Wars Cultists’ Facebook group (heartily recommended if you’re a fan of either Cthulhu Wars game or the Cthulhu Mythos in general and essential if you like both) saying that a UK retailer had some Cthulhu Wars items back in stock. I took a look immediately and was delighted to find that the three factions I didn’t have were available; ‘Windwalker ‘ (with Ithaqua and Rhan-Tegoth  as the GOOs), ‘Sleeper’ (Tsathoggua) and the Tcho Tcho (with Ubbo-Sathla). And all three were at a discounted price too!

Bank balance and overdraft be damned, I clicked and ordered all three sets. I hadn’t expected to be able to get any of these here in the UK outside of the Onslaught 3 kickstarter so I’m very pleased to have been able to do so. They arrived just the other day and I’m really looking forward to trying them out in a game (especially the Tcho Tchos) as the asymmetrical rules Sandy Petersen has created really give each faction their own unique flavour, style and strategies to discover and master.

First up, the Windwalker faction.

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These look like they’re white in the photo above, but they are actually a very appropriate frosty blue colour.The Gnoph-Keh (the quite tall furry beasts with long, low-slung arms, one of which is on the far left of the photo above) never really appealed to me when I saw their concept art, or photos of the finished sculpts, but seeing them in the flesh/plastic I do like them – they’re suitably weird and yet menacing.

The Sleeper action with the mighty Tsathoggua bigature (he ain’t mini). This is one solid hunka plastic. Man, summoning this GOO has got to be so satisfying. “I summon Tsathoggua…” *puts bigature on table* Boom! (table shakes).

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The Formless Spawn are another great sculpt- oozing tentacular toothy gribblies. And the Wizards? What the what!? These guys are just plain odd. It’s a cape, no it’s wings! How many legs has he got, they’re not even human-shaped and Ye Gods what the hell is he pulling apart and proudly waving at us..?!? Ewww!

Just look how pleasssed the Sssnakeman on the left of this shot is to sssee you. Rubbing his little handsss with glee.

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Last and by no means least, the Tcho Tcho faction. The Tcho Tcho have always creeped me out, with their almost-human-but-not-quite vibe. This faction is different from all the others in that their GOO is not worshipped by them, it’s their slave. This faction has its own unique sculpts for the Cultists, setting them apart nicely from the other factions.

Unique Cultist sculpts for each faction are being introduced as part of the Onslaught 3 kickstarter; a completely unnecessary but utterly cool development.

The Tcho Tcho have fewer monster types than the other factions. They just have the Proto-Shoggoths to utilise, but what great beasts these are. Take a look at the concept art first (which I think is by Kent Hamilton, my apologies if I have this wrong).

You can clearly see in the illustration that the Proto-Shoggoth is erupting from a human disguise and the shedded skin is ripping and crumpling away . Reminds me of something from one of my all-time favourite movies – John Carpenter’s The Thing.

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And here’s the finished sculpt in all its toothy glory. Smile for the camera! Cheese!!!

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Blimey, I have got a LOT of painting to do, but it’s going to be fun!

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Cthulhu Wars Onslaught Two: Miniatures and Maps Galore!

I backed the original Cthulhu Wars Kickstarter campaign and the follow up Cthulhu Wars Onslaught Two. The latter campaign finished in November 2015, and has been through a long development process. Sandy and Arthur Petersen have kept backers well up to date with progress over the long months between the conclusion of the Kickstarter campaign and fulfilment and after 20 months of patient waiting a delightfully large package arrived at my door yesterday, chock full of Cthulhu Wars Onslaught Two goodies:

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What you see above wasn’t the ‘get everything being produced by this Kickstarter’ pledge either, which gives you a sense of just how much new product was created as part of the campaign.

I opted for buying several add-ons, including four of the new map sets; Yuggoth, Primal Earth, The Library at Celeano and (my favourite) The Dreamlands. I aldo ahve the boxof Highpriests, tge Great Old One Pack #3; Gobogeg, a Great Old One (GOO) created by Sandy Petersen for this campaign (and IIRC, intended to be what Danforth looks back and sees at the end of At the Mountains of Madness that drives him insane).

I’m going to mke future blog posts looking at each of these boxed sets in turn and full detail,so more o them in the g=future, with links from this post to be added to. For now, i’ll look at some of other the items that were a more integral part of the campaign, such as the Glow in the Dark GOOS. A bit mental perhaps, but useful alongside the rules for using independent GOOs in games of Cthulhu war with the new rules and spellbooks that came as part of this Kickstarter.

Here’s a look at each glow in the dark  turn. The plastic is by nature somewhat translucent, so it can be a little hard to make out all the detail on the sculpts in these images:

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Great Cthulhu

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Nyarlathotep

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Hastur (oh, heck – I named him ;))

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Azathoth

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Yog -Sothoth

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Tasthoggua

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Rhan-Tegoth

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Ubbo-Sathla

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Ithaqua

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With my not having (yet) bought The Sleeper, Tcho-Tcho or Windwalker faction box sets, i didn’t have miniatures for Tsathoggua, Ubbo-Sathla or Ithaqua, so I’m particulalry happy to have these glow in the dark versions. If/when I get around to painting any of my Cthulhu Wars miniatures, they ought to look just as good as the non-glow in the dark sculpts do.

I also received a grey coloured set of Cultists, which are intended for use for your own ‘home-brew’ faction. not a clue as to what faction i might ever create yet, but it’s lovely to have the option to be able to do so. I imagine a particularly gribbly miniature from a Mantic or Reaper Bones range might strike me as inspiration for a new GOO and the rest will fall into place from there.

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Backers of the first Cthulhu Wars Kickstarter received one each of many different sculpts in a dark red, intended as collector’s pieces you could paint up and display, without impacting on the number of playing pieces you have for each faction. Two more were unlocked as part of Onslaught Two; A Satyr, from the Ramsey Campbell Horrors# 2 set and Insects from Shaggai from Ramsey Campbell Horrors #1:

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Eight colour gates were includede two, along with a s et of rules titled ‘The Colour Out of Space’, which allow these gates to be used in regular games of Cthulhu Wars, adding a rando element to each turn of he game. They add another layer of complexity, but sure look fun and isn’t that the whole point? 🙂

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The core Cthulhu Wars boxed game comes with card counters to represent the gates. grey 3D plastic sculpts were included as one of the bonus stretch goals in the first Kickstarter and I think they add a great extra visual touch. They are also very well designed, being able to accommodate a cultist, High priest or even a GOO.

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New Green Battle Dice were included (the original games’ Kickstarter included a red set)

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And there’s also a set of custom dice to represent in-games effects and conditions such as the growth of Ubbo-Sathla and the King in Yellow’s Desecration:

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Quite possibly my favourite component of the Onslaught two Kickstarter is the hardback ‘Omega Rulebook’. The original Cthulhu Wars rulebook was a glossy paper booklet. Perfectly okay, albeit with the rules in very small print. The new Omega rulebook corrects any issues with the original rules, has many more examples of game play, a comprehensive set of FAQS, rules and playing tips for the map expansions and is a glorious 176 full colour hardbacked pages. Adorned with Richard Luong’s superb full colour illustrations and black n’ white linework, it’s a practical and beautiful set of rules.

More on the various map sets and extra miniatures in future posts over the coming weeks.

Thanks for reading! 🙂

 

Deadzone Plague Swarm

Ah, the good ol’ reliable Plague Swarm. I think I’ve taken one of these in every single game of Deadzone I’ve played. They’re such a solid, dependable unit and there are very few opponents they they can’t crack open and eat up.

They’re great models too. A proper gribbly mix of rats, slugs, beetles and multi-legged and pincered ‘millepedes’. This gives a good variety of things to paint on each model, so you can squeeze in quite a few different colours.

There’s only one sculpt of a Plague Swarm, but as there are a couple of separate pieces to attach (the rearing ‘millipedes’) you can work in a little variety. I’ve assembled and painted two Swarms to date, but with a bit of variety in assembly and palette, you can make each one look pleasingly different, yet obviously part of the same force.

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The top-down shot below shows both swarms with the same orientation, so you can clearly see the difference you can make by varying assembly and colour palette.

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“Extreme close up. Whooaaa!!!” *Swarm’s World! Swarm’s World! Party time, excellent!

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Undead Troll for Runequest RPG

In a recent Runequest gaming session, our band of Orlanthi outlaws (one barbarian, a Vingan and a Duck) encountered dozens of skeletons sat motionless, blocking our path. We rode hard through them and of course they got up and came at us. DM Graeme cheerfully plonked a load of skeleton figures on the table and we were soon in a proper scrap.

One of the miniatures was a superb-looking Troll Skeleton. This ex-Uz was produced by Mad Knight Castings (who have sadly now stopped trading) and I was so impressed with it I thought it was deserving of being painted, offered my services for free and now here’s the finished miniature:

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This was a nice, simple miniature to paint. Vallejo Dark Sand base coat, Army Painter Soft Tone ink wash, then highlights in the Dark Sand, Army Painter skeleton Bone, with a final highlight of Skeleton Bone and white. The shaft of the mace was Vallejo US Army Drab and the head Army Painter bronze mixed with brown to dull it down a bit. Army Painter Soft Tone wash and then a wash of turquoise for a verdigris effect. And best of all Graeme seems very pleased with it. so a job well done 🙂

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Deadzone: Plague Teraton

Infected, undead-ish teleporting space turtles. What’s not to like!? The Teratons are something quite different from the usual sci-fi norm, and help to give Mantic’s Warpath universe some extra distinction from other *cough* grimdark future sci fi games.

This Plague Teraton is a great sculpt and was  a joy to paint. There’s lots of nice raw muscle texture and gribbly growth in addition to the usual Plague exoskeletal bone growth. The deep set, beady eyes are very nicely done too. Here’s a good look at the turtle of the hour:

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I’ve only used a Plague Teraton twice so far in my games of Deadzone, but it has proved to be quite deadly both times out. The freedom of movement the ‘Teleport’ special rule gives is very useful for closing with the enemy and ripping them into wet chunks.

I’m currently part way through playing the Nexus Psi campaign with my amigo MisterC. Sadly, his pesky Enforcers cut down my Plague Teraton in our last game, so I no longer have it to draw on for my Strike Team. Oh wait. I’ve got plenty of resource points to spend. Hmm, not what could I spend them on? If only I had a freshly painted nasty beastie of some kind… 😉

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Mantic Landing Pad for Deadzone and Warpath, Painted

Outpost 31, the setting for my games of Deadzone, can now include a landing pad in its list of facilities.

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This Battlezones kit has some useful and fun pieces, such as 45 degree angled plates, steps and support legs. I’ve combined my Landing Pad Battlezone with pieces from the what were labelled as Urban Expansion D sprues in the Deadzone Kickstarter, although I can’t find them on Mantic’s web store at the moment to be able add a link up to illustrate which parts I mean.

I’ve built a 3 by 3 cube pad, as I felt that the 4 by 4 pad you can build from the kit is just too large to be practical in a standard game of Deadzone. I added to the basic landing pad  kit by using some of the aforementioned Urban Expansion D sprues to build up the bulkheads around the base of the pad . I’ve also added a modular tower for personnel to be able to embark and disembark from the pad. This is a separate piece to the pad, giving me some additional flexibility for set up (and making the kit easier to store).

I’ve moved away from my usual colour scheme of ‘industrial yellow’ for the landing pad and opted for a more utilitarian blue/grey colour instead. A friend has loaned me his set of stencils by Anarchy Models, which have proved very useful in adding some bits of detail, like the hazard stripes you can see on the triangular sections of the main pad, below.

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In the photo below you can just make out the dusty trail leading from the centre of the pad towards the top of the photo, left by personnel as they leave their vehicle and cross the pad heading for the elevator in the tower. The rest of the landing pad looks a bit too clean for my liking. I intend to add some scorch marks from the vehicle that lands there, but I’m waiting to receive wave 2 of the Warpath Kickstarter, which will include the Hornet vehicle. Once I have that, I can see where the thrusters are located on the kit and then paint scorch marks on the pad so they match the relevant positioning of the Hornet’s thrusters.

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A better look at the trail of muck left by footfall, along with general weathering added by edge sponging dark brown paint here and there.

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The tower used to gain access to and from the pad:

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Signs of the damage caused by the current Plague outbreak at Outpost 31:

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A more intact section of the landing pad’s superstructure.

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Agh! Speaking of the Plague, looks like another assault is starting. Kinda convenient to help give a sense of scale to the landing pad, though 😉

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Whoa, this Stage 3 Ghoul is getting a little trigger happy! I’m going to sign off and head for cover. Thanks for reading! 🙂

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TT Combat Intermodal Containers Painted

I bought a set of these Intermodal Containers by TT Combat to go with the awesome Dock Crane model that they produce.

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These mdf models are a great addition to any modern or futuristic gaming table. They’re quite easy to assemble and have some functionality in that the doors can be open and shut after you have built them. The hinges are quite literally a square peg in a round hole though, so I heartily recommend trimming or filing the door hinges down to be more round and less square, or the door are awkward to open and may tear the surface of the hinge.

You get three containers in the pack (a bargain for £5.95) and each one is different in that two have the name of different shipping companies laser cut into the sides and the third is blank:

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I’ve painted mine in vibrant colours typical of real world shipping containers, so they add a good splash of colour to the tabletop whilst remaining grounded in reality to a degree.

I used some Anarchy Models stencils to stencil “Deadzone” and a bio hazard symbol onto the orange container.

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I brushed watered-down pva glue onto the the models before cutting them free from their frames, so that the mdf wouldn’t drink up the paint so much. I sprayed on a black undercoat and acrylic paints then airbrushed =nicely onto the models without soaking in. A bit of edge sponging and some dusty brown airbrushed here and there made the containers look more weather worn and less lego-like, given their bright colours.

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The Intermodal Containers fit snugly into the hoist of the Dock Crane kit:

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There’s a funny hammering noise coming from inside the red container at the moment. Just let me see what’s… Agh – run!!!:

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Thanks for reading (now leg it!!!) *Brainsz!*

TT Combat Dock Crane Painted

I made something of an impulse purchase at the end of February – an mdf Dock Crane by TT Combat. I was impressed by how big the kit looked on their website and thought it would be a nice centre piece for whatever game I was playing – an that it was something I could use in any of several games (Deadzone, Warpath and The Walking Dead:All Out War.

I’ve never built an mdf kit before and made a couple of rookie mistakes in the process, but more on the process later – I think it’s turned out alright in the end:

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The Dock Crane is essentially four legs, a frame and a long boom that bisects the structure and protrudes the same length again out from it. At the rear of the structure are two gantries that allow access up to the cabin.

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It was these gantries that cemented my decision to buy the kit. I liked the fact that miniatures can be placed on them and coincidentally, each gantry is pretty much a Deadzone cube in height, meaning it can function as terrain for that game.You can see a 30mm Mantic Plague model on the first gantry up to give you a sense of scale.

The upper gantry leads to the rear of the crane’s cabin:

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Which fits snugly against the gantry as you can see in the photo below where the cabin has been moved slightly forward. I’m impressed y the details that are laser-cut into the mdf, such as the hinges, door handle and the logo and name of the crane company -“Poseidon Shipping”

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And the vent you can see on the side of the cabin and bolts on the boom. (More on the necklace chain later!)

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The crane comes with a hoist although the kit doesn’t provide any rope or chain to fix the hoist to the boom. (an observation, not a complaint; the diagrams of the kit on the TT Combat website make the actual parts very clear). I found some kid’s necklaces at Poundland and so for £2 had all the chain i needed to fix the hoist to the boom.

I originally pondered trying to built some kind of winch./pulley mechanism, so I could turn a handle and raise and lower the hoist. I soon gave up on this as just being too much of a faff (I’ve got plenty of other painting and hobby stuff to be getting on with) and so went for a simpler solution. I twisted two of the clasps from the necklaces to form hooks and fixed them to the rear of the cabin’s underside.

This means I can have the hoist lowered at full length:

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Or I can loop the chain under the cabin and fix it in place so the hoist is suspended. I know this isn’t realistic in terms of how a crane works, and that leaving the chain’s clasps in place looks  a bit crude, but I’m not fussed, it means I can have the hoist raised or lowered and the chains stay in place .

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In the three photos below you can see the hoist and cabin flush with the gantry in the top image, midway across and fully extended.

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Here’s the crane from the top down:

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I assembled the kit in stages, so I could paint the hollow interior of the four legs and more easily handle the sub-sections of the kit to paint it. The kit as a wholé is preeeetty big and quite unwieldy to turn upside down and this way and that for painting.  Here’s where I made my first rookie mistake.

I undercoated the bare mdf using black primer, which seemed to work just fine. But when I came to airbrush on the base coat, the mdf just drank the paint up. I’m used to airbrushing hard plastic kits, especially the Mantic Battlezones; and I wasn’t prepared for how much mdf drinks up paint. A text exchange with a friend and  a quick bit of research showed me that I really should have painted all the bare mdf with watered down pva glue before applying any paint.

With my having covered all the pieces in black undercoat and most of them with a (quite pathetic) base coat of Vellejo Dark Yellow,I didn’t want to have to paint on watered down pva and wait for it to dry, I just wanted to crack on with painting this great looking kit. So I hand painted on two coats of dark yellow before I ended up with a satisfactory base coat. Doesn’t sound much, bt given just how much surface area there actually is on this kit, it took me the best part of that day’s hobby time.

Once that was done, I was able to get airbrushed paint to take without it being gobbled up and so applied a coat of Citadel Averland Sunset. I highlighted this with an old pot of Citadel sunburst yellow i still have and with that, the basic paint work was done.

I then carefully hand painted the trident logos on the kit in silver and the “Poseidon Shipping” logos in a suitably aquatic looking blue. I happily found that the laser cut edges of the letters help to guide bristles and keep them where they need to be. You still need a steady hand, though! Some dark grey for the hoist arms and black for the roller wheels on the cranes’s feet and I was then ready to weather the kit.

I edge sponged dark brown onto the edges of the kit (which again took ages – there’s a lot of edges!) and dabbed some rust effect here and there around the rivets. The rust effect didn’t seem to work as well on the mdf as it does on hard plastic, it’s just left one-tone smudges rather than the effect I’m used to; but I don’t think it’s made a mess of things. I airbrushed some warning hazard markings onto the end of the boom, too. See for yourself:

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You’ve probably already thought that the kit looks a bit wonky here and there in the photos above. As I’ve glued the sub sections together to form the whole, a bit here has ended up not quite at a right angle to a bit there – in several places. I wasn’t lax when trying to assemble the kit, so I’m not sure what I could have done about this, but I chalk it down to my inexperience in working with mdf. Maybe assembling it as a whole to begin with would have been the way to go.

Still, I only find it mildly irritating. I think the kit is great. I found it challenging to assemble, but I think it looks very impressive. It certainly dominates a table top:

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Miniatures can interact with it nicely:

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And my Plague 3A General gets a good view of the Battlezone through his binoculars from up high on its gantry 😉

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TT Combat separately sell a pack of three Intermodal Containers that are compatible with the hoist and which you can see in several of the photos above. More on these in their own blog post soon.

Thanks for reading! 🙂

 

Deadzone Plague Stage 3A Ghouls

I’m currently playing through the Nexus Psi campaign with my amigo Mister C , so I thought it was time to get some of my Stage 3A Ghouls painted up. I assembled a sprue’s worth of the new hard plastic 3As and gave myself a General, three troops and a specialist with a flamer as I don’t have a 3A armed with this weapon from the older restic kits.

I grabbed one each of my restic 3As with a grenade launcher and a HMG to give me a good spread of weapon options and set about choosing a colour palette; olive and grey for the military looking 3A; and grey, blue and yellow for the ‘engineer’ (the same palette I used on the Plague Zombie wearing similar get up).

Here they are:

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I think this chap below has turned out very well – the sculpt on the pieces I used to build him is very good, with lots of sinew and muscle detail…

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…and great detail with the bony protrusion on his spine.

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I used the running legs to try and get a dynamic ‘in yer face’ charging 3A. I’m pleased with how his eyes turned out. I’m trying to emulate the excellent artwork from the cover of the Nexus Psi book, where the Plague have burning orange/yellow eyes. I’m painting mine red with yellow pupils.

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The ‘Engineer’ next. I like how dynamic the 3As are. There’s a great sense of motion and general “Rarrrgghhh!” I’ve tried something for the first time ever with this miniature. I saw resin muzzle flashes for sale at the recent Vapnartak gaming show in York. They’re resin pieces by Anvil Industry, very nicely detailed and reasonably priced. I pinned it into place easily but then made a botch job of painting it. Nothing that can’t be fixed though.

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Even with the crude paintwork, you can see in the photo below just how effective the muzzle flash looks. I really like them and will be putting them to good use going forwards.

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Next up is my 3A General, with his ragged great coat and field glasses.

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And lastly two restic 3As with heavy weapons from  Deadzone V1. I like the original 3As, but the new plastic models are much nicer to paint, with a lot more depth and detail,

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These are all I’ve painted up for now, but there’ll be more to follow and photos of them here when they’re done.

Thanks for reading 🙂