Thursday, 23 October 2014

Dead Man's Hand: A Deadly Shoot Out

Last Sunday I joined the Earlswood Wargamers for an evening of gaming- my planned game- Drums and Shakos, was called off when my opponent was unable to make it, but instead I ended up playing Dead Man's Hand with Dave and his nephew James on Dave's new Dead Man's Hand Board. Regular Readers may recall that I posted some pictures of Dave's last Dead Mans Hand board earlier in the year- here is a link. Well Dave's new board it at least as cool as his last one,and he had out done himself with scatter terrain that help make the board feel 'lived in'.
For the record Dave is using Dead Man's Hand figures and his terrain is mostly from 4Ground- although he has added many of his own embellishments.  

For the game we each took just three men from each gang- I was the desperadoes, James the Mexican Banditoes and Dave was the Law. Basically the plot was that there was some bad blood between the Mexicans and the desperadoes over a deal that had gone sour, and both sides were going to settle the score, while the Law just kept the peace and killed the bad guys- a classic three way battle.  

The encounter kicked off early, when one of my thugs wielding a shotgun decided to take the initiative. Howling a curse at the slimy double crossing Mexican, he leapt up onto the wagon and tried to blast the Bandito who was carrying a shotgun, hoping to take him out of the fight early. Things did not go well, when the Mexican snap fired with both barrels, blowing my desperado away, and only reviving a light wound in return! Even in Dead Man's Hand people do tend to live a bit longer than that!

He ain't all there is he?
Not such a smart move after all!

With one man down I decided to play smarter. My boss clambered onto the roof of the gun shop, where he had good cover and could snap shots off at the Mexicans in the street bellow, while my sneaky injun half-breed skulked in an ally-way beside the gallows, hoping to outflank the banditoes. 

Sneaky lightfoot halfbreed injun!

Alerted from the gun shots the Marshal and his deputies appeared from the jail and saw the Mexicans standing over the body of my desperado, smoking guns in hand, and drew some quick conclusions, before shooting. Reasoning that it might be better to let them get on with it my boss hid on the roof, popping up to let of the odd shot, including shooting the Mexican's boss in the back and wounding a deputy. This last action singled him out for some 'attention' from the marshal, who had my boss in his sights- but to my good fortune, the marshals gun jammed, and my boss made it across the rooftops onto the balcony of the undertakers, out of sight of the vengeful marshal. 

In this town I AM THE LAW!

Meanwhile my half breed got into a close range gun fight with one of the Mexicans- which end up with a tense moment when the both realised their guns were empty. The Mexican  licked his dry tips nervously as they eyed each other up, but the half-breed got the drop on him and dashed drew his hunting knife, gutting and then scalping the Mexican. 

The halfbreed scalps his victim

The last of the Mexicans, with revenge in mind, sprinted into the undertakers, intending to sneak up on my boss and shoot him in the back. He never got a chance, as my boss spotted him: Crashing through the window from the balcony into the first floor of the undertakers, the boss ran to the top of the stairs and shoots the last Mexican dead as he began to climb the stairs!

The desperado boss leaps across the alleyway to avoid the marshal's vengeance!
The Marshal spots my half-breed scalping his victim and opens up with his six shooter, narrowly missing the injun. The half-breed dived for cover in a half-built building and returned fire. The last deputy tries to out flank the half-breed, but comes under fire from my boss, who charges out of the undertakers, guns blazing. 

The Deputy has a chance to end it, but misses the desperado boss. Fatal mistake. 
It was then everything changed- the half breed opens fire, and in a lucky moment hits the marshal, killing him outright. The last deputy opens fire on my boss, but his nerves get the better of him, and he misses. Outnumbered and out guns he makes a dash for the undertakers, but is cornered by my desperadoes. More bullets fly, but in the end the deputy was gunned down.

I shot the sheriff. And I did shoot his deputy too. 
 All in all an excellent game- and a privilege to play with Dave's lovely figures and scenery. I thought I was a goner when my shot gun wielding thug bought the farm on the first round, but by being a sneaky backstabbing lucky scum-bag I pulled the game back- Nine men started- only two left standing- both mine. 

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Zomtober 2014: Week Three

Unfortunately real life has, as usual, got in the way of my plans...having spent most of the week in hospital with my son, my painting scheduled had gone up the swaney. Never the less I did manage to get two more survivors completed for Regardez! Zombie!

Here they are- a couple on daring infantrymen, exhausted from trudging through the bitter Russian winter, and having to grimly muster what strength they can to face a foe no one in Napoleons army had ever dreamed they would have to face...Les Morts Ambulants!

Hopefully next week I will get more done now Charlie is out of hospital - I intend to finish the Cowboys vs Zombies undead, and get at least three more Regardez! Zombie! survivors finished too. A tall order perhaps, but its good to set goals.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Peninsualr War: Royal Navy Ships

I bought a couple of ships to go with my Napoleonic sailors- but with a mind that they might be good for Freebooters Fate or On the Severn Seas (a game my son and I fancy getting into in the New Year). 
I got these from Eleven Tree Designs. They are laser-cut but pre assembled and are detailed enough not to need much by way of painting. They usually come with long masts and rigging, but I thought that would get in the way on gaming, so opted to have these cut off masts (which made it a bit cheaper too).  
Eleven Tree Design were a good company to deal with. I contacted them through their Facebook account and they were helpful and even game me a discount as I was buying two ships. the cost was good too, compared to the resin ones on the market. 

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Zomtober 2014: Week 2

Week two of Zomtober is over already, and I managed to squeeze out some more historical-zom-apoc figures. There first three survivors for the Zombies vs Napoleonics game (I have decided to call it Regardez! Zombie! for short). 

The survivors are from Perry Miniatures 'Retreat from Moscow' range. Les Morts Ambulants (does everything sound cooler in French?) are from Mantic and I painted them last year for my Finnish zombie game 'It Snows in Hell'. 

In addition to Regardez! Zombie! I have added another zombie to my slowly growing horde of living dead for my Cowboys vs Zombies game (which has yet to be given a funky title). Some intrepid photographer even managed to capture the unfortunate zombies likeness in sepia film (just before it ate his head!)

Again, another one from Red Box Games-

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Zomtober 2014 Week 1

Week One of Zomtober finds me with two more zombies for my Cowboys vs Zombies idea. I make no apologies for the green skin- I am just old school. 

These two are from Redbox games, and I picked them up when Red Box was having a clearance sale because they were switching from white metal to some sort of spin cast resin. Even having them shipped from the  USA they were a bargain.  Nice models- quite slight, with small heads, Well probably not that small, just realistically proportioned unlike most heroic scale minis. They work OK along side West Winds Victorian Zombies, but would look stupid next to GW and Mantics.

Blood and guts were painted with GW new technical paint, Blood for the Blood God (yes, that is what it is really called) which goes on semi-translucent and dries with a lovely sheen- an excellent product. 

two down- twelve survivors and three more zeds to go!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

AtDE: Another Rag Market Trader

Joe the Soleman is another of the merchants living and working in the Rag Market (the post-apocalypse ruins of Britain's second largest city- Birmingham). He specialises in supplying pre-war shoes for the discerning customer- not the post war canvas or leather rubbish most folks wear, but the supremely comfortable trainers and boots made with amazing fabrics which mankind has lost the knowledge and skills to manufacture. These items aren't just foot-ware...they are collectors items, works of art and relics of a lost age. 

The majority of the items the Soleman sells are reconditioned. He is skilled at repairing old shoes and making them as good as new (well almost). He buys pre-war shoes off gangs, no questions asked, and will pay top Points even if they are splattered with mud or blood. 

What really gets the Soleman excited is when he comes across a mint condition pair of pre-war shoes and boots...such a find happens rarely nowadays, but when it does the whole Rag Market will be buzzing with rumours and excitement. Any gang coming across such loot will be well advised to speak to the Soleman first, as he has the connections with the wealthy private collectors in the Trade Guild and the State who have the Points to spend on such a rarity. 

Tuesday, 30 September 2014


It is that time of year again. Three years ago Pulp Citizen and I came up with the idea of Zomtober as a way of getting some of our half finished zombie projects a bit more finished. The idea was that we would each paint at least one zombie per week, and post a picture of it on the blog. This way, at the very least, our combined zombie horde would be ten stronger by the  end of October. It was a simple idea with quite simple goals, and I suspect that is why the idea caught on. That first year two other zombie enthusiast joined us, but the next year the idea when 'viral' (zombie pun intended) and zombie painters for all over the globe began signing up to add to their own hordes of the walking dead. 

So here we go again. If you want to join in, just a post a freshly painted zombie a week, each week of October Zomtober. Pulp Citizen and Brummie (Simon Quinton) have done a lot of the planning and made this nice banner top. I just stole it off them. I am sure they wont mind if you do too. 

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Zomtober 2014: The Plans!

I have always maintained that everything is better with zombies (with the probable exception of real life) and this Zomtober I intend to prove this. 

Given that Pulp Citizen and I can, between us, field 60-70 painted 'modern' zombies, I thought it was high time I mixed things up a bit and got historical. 

First off...Napoleonics vs Zombies!

Building on the excellent work of Jane Austin in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies I have decided that the early 19th  century needs more zombies. Zombies are a lot more scary when your musket takes 20 seconds to reload. 

I toyed with the idea of doing some Spanish zombies to be used with my Peninsular War Napoleonic figures, but the nice neat uniforms and rank and file just doesn't look 'zompoc survivor' enough for my tastes.  Then I stumbled on the Retreat from Moscow range by Perry Miniatures and knew at once I had to get them. By good fortune I made ice zombies for my Finland Zombie Outbreak for last years Zomtober. All I have to do is paint some survivors and I am good to go.

The 'plot' will be that Napoleons army, defeated by the Russian winter, are falling back in disarray. A band of stragglers struggling through the deep snow and driving winds when they are beset by ravenous undead!

Rules wise I think I will be looking at mashing Songs of Drums and Shakos with the undead rules from Songs of Blades and Heroes. The rules are so similar it should be easy enough to work out. 

Here are a couple of snow-bound pictures to give you an idea of what I am going to be going for...

Regardez Zombies!

The last thing these guys need is a zombie apocalypse!

Here are my ice zombies I painted last year...

Now before anyone goes crying foul and pointing out that I haven't painted any zombies in Zomtober (After all the idea is to paint one zombie a week for the whole of the month) I have decided to launch a second mini project...

Cowboys vs Zombies!

This one is drawing inspiration from Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare, a spin off for the original computer/console game. 

Cowboys are tough resilient folk, well used to dealing with dangers that would freeze a lesser man's soul, who better to face a zombie apocalypse and survive? That said, with the isolation of many 'wild west' towns, there is no chance of the authorities turning up to save the day (well maybe the rangers or the US cavalry), so the towns folk are on their own. 

I am thinking of using In Her Majesties Name for this one...the undead could be a faction lead by a necromancer or Native Americana shaman. I haven't really worked out the specifics yet (I rarely bother to workout the rules until I have the figures painted)

Here's some pictures to get the creative juices flowing..

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Victorian SciFi: Flesh Golem

 It is nearly time for this years Zomtober spectacular, where people around the globe try to get as their zombie hordes growing by painting and posting pictures of at least one zed per week. 

Ahead of the zombie madness I have painted this Flesh Golem for my zombies vs cowboys game. Technically it's not a zombie, but it is a sort of reanimated corpse so I think I can get away with it. 

I am not sure who makes this mini, but perhaps Pulp Citizen can enlighten us because I got it in a bag of hand me down minis he gave me. It quite a nice sculpt, with a dynamic pose (no shambling dead here). Fast, tough and strong... sure to be a dangerous opponent for my cowboys!

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

AtDE: Rag Market Trader (Gameboy the Grey)

Gameboy is a trader in the Rag Market (formally known as Birmingham). He buys and sells computer components and electrical goods looted from the ruins of the shops and offices around the Rag Market. 
Many consider him a wizard of sorts,and some jokingly call him Gameboy the Grey. He knows much of the Lore of Computers that has been lost since the war. He is old...perhaps one of the oldest of all the rag market residence, and he has the wisdom which only comes with age. his sagely advice is much sought after by the younger generations. 
Gameboy doesn't collect his own computers any more- he is too old and frail for that. Instead he hires young gangers to go out into the city ruins and fetch it back foir him. Its dangerous work, but Gamboy always pays well for their loot. 

Gameboy is a Lead Adventure Miniature figure, one of a small collection of post-apocalypse traders. He was a pleasure to paint. the resin base is from Fenris Games. I think he will work equally well as part of my my occasional scifi Scum and Villainy collection.