Saturday, 29 August 2015

Pulp City Turf War!

This week  Downtown Pulp City was in chaos as supremes clashed in the streets, demolished buildings, set of explosives, chucked cars about and generally caused havoc. Primate Terrorists (Freedom Fighters?) A.R.C. clashed with Dead Eye and his team of motley 'heroes' in what appeared to have been a turf war. The insurance claims for the resulting carnage is expected to exceed $15 million. 

Le Murtiple, Silver Ager, Virus, Apebot, The Primate of Power, Doctor Red and Guerilla

Harrier, Jade Hawk, Gentleman, Dead Eye, Amok, Repost and Pixel. 

Gentleman takes up a sniping position far above the streets. He thinks he is safe from the Apes. 

Silver-Ager makes his way up one flank with a couple of his latest inventions. 

ARC decide the easiest way to get the slippery Jade Hawk off a rooftop is to bring the whole building down. Luckily they have just the ape to do that! Apebot makes short work of the office building...

...then makes short work of the unfortunate Jade Hawk

Guerilla and Doctor Red try to keep Amok at bay by driving him back with a hail of minigun shells and grenades, but it just seems to make him more mad!

Silver-Ager looses his patience with the Gentleman and throws a car at the building gentleman is sniping from, trying to destroy it, but even though it is badly damaged it is sill standing. 

Now incandescent with rage Amok takes out Guerilla and Doctor Red in a single rage filled explosion. 

Apebot finally batters Amok down before turning his attention to Pixel. 

The mission objective was for either side to get a supreme into the enemies deployment zone while preventing the enemy getting into their zone. The end resulted in a draw. Le Murtiple managed to take down Gentleman, but he escaped thanks to his Stun Grenade ability, which meant that in the final turn Pulp Citizen had a single supreme in his own zone (with 1HP) with Le Murtiple,  and Pixel and Repost in my zone, with Apebot, Virus and The Primate of Power. 

And I would have got away with it if it wasn't for that pesky stun grenade!

Friday, 28 August 2015

Zombicide Testers

My mate Carl is a massive fan of Zombicide, and has bought at least one of everything they have ever made for the game. Carl would like it all to be painted but lacks the ability, time or will to get such a massive job done. I offered to have a go at painting some for him, just to see what it was like and he gave me three figures- an Abonimation, a Fatty and a Runner. I painted the Abomination in an evening, and finished the other two off the next day. I would have to say that they were an absolute pleasure to paint, great fun and very characterful models. For soft plastics the casting is remarkably good to, with minimal need to deflash and remove mould lines. I am rather pleased with the way they came out. I went for extra gore as that is the way Carl likes his zeds. I have yet to see Carl, so I don't know what he thinks, but I hope he likes them. 

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Upstairs Downstairs: Great Shop Discovered

While on holiday in the Isle of Wight I discovered a wonderful shop called Upstairs Downstairs. It is located close to the pier in Sandown. 
  While it is principally a model train shop (and some dolls house stuff for the ladies) it stocks a huge range of scenery supplies, such as flocks, trees, flowers, hedges, walls, water features, etc. The staff are very helpful and know their stock inside out. The lady who helped me made some brilliant suggestions and even found cheaper solutions to what I needed that better suited my wallet. They also stock a wide range of train set buildings, many of which can be used for wargaming too if your budget stretches that far. They even sell the illusive N gauge buildings, which is good for 10mm-15mm scale wargaming figures. 
  They also have a great website and orders over £30 have free postage in UK (orders under £30 have a flat £3 P+P charge). Click on this logo  or here for the link.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Knights for Sale!

These foot knights are the product of several evening work over teh last few months. They are something of an experiment because I have painted them with the intent of banging them on ebay and making a quick profit (to further feed my lead and plastic habit). Having seen the silly prices that even mediocre figures can go for on ebay I thought 'why not have ago'.
 I picked these because they are very simple to paint, although they were a bit of a pain to put together. The paint scheme was kept deliberately simple, to speed things up. 
Hopefully I should see some reward for my labours. 

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

French and Indian Wars: Horse and Cart

Just a bit of scenery or an objective for French and Indian Wars. I showed it off in the same picture as the Village Girls a few weeks ago but it was in the background and I though it should deserve a larger photo. The horse and  cart are from Warbases and the cargo is from Ainsty Castings. It will be useful for many setting as well as the FIW, from ECW right through to VBCW and WW2.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Freebooter's Fate: Pirate Krud

Krud is a pirate for my Freebooter's Fate Grew. He is big, stupid and very dangerous. he was also a joy to paint and is marvellously sculpted and cast. He is cast in metal but I found that the parts fitted together so neatly I din't have to trim or file the edges at all. Krud is looking forward to pummelling Pulp Citizen's Brotherhood crew. 

Monday, 3 August 2015

Home Front 1941: Fallschirmjager Medic

Here is the figure I converted to be my medic for my Fallschirmjager platoon. I used an Artizan Designs FJ and cut off the rifle he was carrying over his shoulder and added a sling bag and bib with Green Stuff. It wasn't very complicated as the figure leant itself to conversion quite nicely, but I am rather pleased with the result. 

Friday, 31 July 2015

Home Front 1941: Fallschirmjager Complete

Just to prove, to myself more than anyone else, that I can actually finish a project, here are my Fallschirmjager. This is a full platoon for Chain of Command (I haven't checked yet but it would probable be right for Bolt Action too, as the forces are about the same for both games). In addition to the three squads of FJs I have a medic, a mortar, and extra panzerschreck team and an infantry support gun. This should be enough to get me gaming when the Earlswood Wargamers get together after our summer hiatus. 
  While I say that this project is 'finished' I am sure that any wargamers out there will know that no project is ever actually complete. I do intend to add a few more pieces to this platoon to give me a few more options. A StuG assault gun and a static MG43 on tripod being the obvious choices.
  At Earlswood we are going to be basing our games around the Battle of the Ardennes, AKA the Battle of the Bulge. This was Hitler's last big gamble, when he threw this best reserves into a desperate push through the US held territory in the Ardennes forest, in Belgium. The US were caught flat-footed and fell back in disorder, and for a short time it looked like the tide of the war could be turned back in the Germans favour. Eventually, as history recalls, the US/British forces stalled the Germans attack and eventually drove them back, but at a terrible cost. 
The Fallschirmjager are the German paratroopers. They were part of the Luftwaffe (airforce) not the Heer (army). They fought as airborne infantry in the early war, most notable when they seized the Belgian fortress at Eban-Emael in a surprise raid, and in the Battle of Crete.   Later they were used as an elite light infantry, and played a key role in the defence of Normandy, at the battle of Caratan, where they fought US Airborne troops (see Band of Brothers if you haven't already) and at the Fortress of Brest they delayed the US forces for ninety nine days!
  By the time the Fallschirmjagers got to the Ardennes they were a different force. Many of their veterans had died in Normandy and they had lost many officers too. Their ranks were replenished with ground troops and officers from the Luftwaffe, many of whom had only basic infantry training. Never the less they fought hard and earned a reputation for tenacity (and even fanaticism). One tactic the Fallschirmjager employed was to go to ground , hiding in cellars or the forest, while the US armoured vanguards rumbled past them, only to return to catch the US tanker off guard, wiping out the tank crews before they could get back to their vehicals, and they driving back the disordered US infantrymen. The next morning the Americans would be forced to take the same town they had already captured the day before. 
  My Fallschirmjager will also be used to fight my 'Dad's Army' Home Guard, using the Crete 1941 list in the Bolt Action rules. All I will have to do is reduce the number of machine guns and take out the Panzershrecks. The German plans for the aborted 'Operation Sea-lion' would have certainly featured the Fallschirmjager parashooting in to sieze key naval defences and air defences ahead of the main invasion. 

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Across The Dead Earth: 'Pet' Hyenas

Reader of my other blog, Hotel Zugando, may haver seen these before as I painted six of them for my Zugando modern African setting. Six seemed a little excessive and when Simon Q (Brummie) suggested I used them for a post-apocalypse setting I thought it was a good idea so I re-based  two of them to use in AtDE. 
Quite how a gang for AtDE got to own two 'pet' hyenas is a back story I need to work on, but in the mean time here they are, in all their vicious snarlyness. The figures are from North Star's African range with mussels and collars made from Greenstuff and chains made from jewellery chains. 

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Scum and Villainy: Landspeeder

Joe the Soleman has a bargain for the scum and the villains who live the space-port.  One vintage Landspeeder, one careful owner, who had to hastily leave the planet for reasons best not explored in too much detail. 

I bought this from Disney shop in Birmingham, it was on sale from £7 to just £3.50, which is a real bargain. I am still not sure what I am going to do with it, bit I think it needs a base to make it look like it's hovering. The weathering/distressed look is exactly how it comes in the box, which is great. The jet repair hatch opens and closes too. If you are quick you should get one as they had quite a few on the shelf.