Saturday, 10 November 2018

Wasteland Wondering


Hello and welcome back to another Wasteland Wondering.

It has been a couple of weeks since my last post. Yes I am still alive and kicking. Apologies for the lack of posts. Real lIfe has been busy.

On the workbench waiting for pictures are a few finished 28mm vehicles. These will be counted in my figure count. Now all I need to do is get pictures of them.

On top of our usual Halloween celebrations we have had a horde of vehicle issues. My black thumb has really let standards slip. Every time he had fixed the car another issue would raise its ugly head. He should be thankful that we don’t live in a post apocalyptic wasteland as he would meet a sticky end with that level of incompetence. 

To rub salt into the wounds my back up transportation, the bike decided to stop firing up. Typically just after getting the car sorted the fault was traced and fixed. The new splitfire spark plugs I had fitted back in June had decided to stop working. 

Hobby wise things have been interesting. 

The post apocalyptic Wargames forum is having issues loading pages and pictures won’t display. The whole thing is annoying and is forcing users away from the forum. Apparently many of the forums Tapatalk grabbed are suffering in a similar fashion. 

The only way to fix it is to get a backup of the forum from Tapatalk and rehost it elsewhere. The problem is Tapatalk want to charge me for the privilege of getting a backup of a forum that I set up and ten years worth of peoples work, ideas and hobby fun which was free to set up in the first place. This is yet another example of greedy corporate types looking for ways to fleece poor old hobbyists like myself. If anyone from Tapatalk is reading this, get a grip and get it sorted.



I backed a kickstarter called Goregasm which is a post apocalyptic combat arena game. I liked the look of it and we need to support small hobby firms. My only gripe is that the scale of the figures is a bit larger than my usual 28mm. However every wasteland needs its supermutant types. I am looking forward to seeing the game when it arrives. Of course there will be a full review when it arrives. 

The new GW 40K Speedfreaks looked interesting. I have always like Orks. I must admit that my finger hovered over the buy button. What held it back was the fact that I only like one of the vehicles. The vehicles would have been used as post apocalyptic run abouts. Another thing preventing me from buying is that I don’t want another boxed game that I won’t get to play or be drawn into the whole drop feed of models, rules and other stuff that GW likes. 

One of the better bits of hobby news is that my teenage niece has asked if I can show her how to paint figures. I have to say that I am thrilled and look forward to sharing some hobby tips with her. The hobby needs fresh blood and many more of the female of the species taking part. I hope she enjoys miniature painting as much as I do. All I have to do is get it organised. 

Another interesting twist is that my good lady announced that she would like to try Dungeons and Dragons (I have Big Bang Theory to thank for that). Now while I am not a big fan of fantasy I do like RPGs. I played D&D 1st ed back in mists of time. As memory recalls I didn’t really gel with the rules, preferring the Warhammer Fantasy RPG instead. 



Still this didn’t stop me buying the 5e starter box set. There will be some issues. We will be playing one on one (ooh err) rather than the usual adventure party size of four to six. So the starter game will need some tailoring. DMing isn’t a problem as I have done it a few times with other games.

To be honest googling resources for DnD was quite astounding. It was like peering through a door to a new world. The amount of official and fan material out is amazing. Everything from stat sheets through to character generators, name generators, mapping tools and more. I could not see GW allowing such unlicensed materials for it’s games. It is refreshing to see this approach. 

As my better half is a rookie in Geekdom I have decided to create a unique RPG for her as a introduction. Something which I hope will appeal to her interests and sense of humour. I must admit that I am having a lot of fun creating the story, maps and sketches for the game. I can see why William McAusland, creator of the Mutant Epoch RPG has turned out so much stuff for his game. It is seriously addictive. 



Don’t worry wastelanders, I won’t be joining the dark ranks of fantasy fans full time. Fantasy doesn’t push my buttons like post apoc or sci fi backgrounds. 

Soon I will be packing my hobby up for the silly season. It won’t wholly stop. The Rad Light rules will be getting some more work. Hopefully I will make some progress the great terrain refresh.

That is all for now.  Thank you for reading. Be safe out there. 


Saturday, 20 October 2018

Town signs

One of my many side projects was to make up some signs for the fortress walls. I wanted a sign with the town name on them. The problem is there are a couple of townships on mattblackgod’s world the fortress walls could be used for. Wastetopia in the ruins of the mattblack mega city and Rubbleborg in what is known as the Brittannia wastelands. In addition I didn’t want to paint a chosen name on in case another township pops up. 


So I opted on removable signs I could mount on the walls. I have a stock of gift cards. I chopped them up to make two signs. Using brass picture frame wire I made two mounting ropes for each sign. These just hook over the rebar and other junk on the walls. 




No sign



Rubbleborg 



Wastetopia


Each sign was painted brown and then had various shades of brown to orange added. When happy the town name was painted on in white. 


A simple easy bit of work which helps reuse my old fortress walls in many settings. 


Thanks for looking. Stay safe out there.

Terrain refresh pt 1. The Fortress gates.

Hello and welcome back,


Yikes a month since my last post. My social life has stepped up a gear . In addition to this illness, a trading course, a visit to watch the rugby league grand final, vehicle issues and my wife’s health not being great has kept me from getting any serious hobby time in. I have gotten a little bit in here and there. Mainly vehicles and the terrain update. More on the vehicles in another post. 


In this post I am going to focus on the first model in my terrain refresh. Inspired by Curtis of Ramshackle games model’s from Helsreach table we did together at this year’s Oldhammer event, I decided the fort gate would be the first thing to work on. 





Before: 







After:


Some battle damage was added with the tip of a Philips head screwdriver. The cheap  artists acrylic white paint was dry brushed onto the model. This stuff goes almost translucent when it is painted on. It took the shade of the concrete up a few tones making it feel more like old concrete. It also made the graffiti look like it was old and faded. This was the longest part of the job as I did several heavy dry brushes. 


I picked up some dropper bottles and paint mixing kit from amazon. Using more cheap artists acrylic paint I mixed up batches of wash. This was in 1 part paint to 5 parts water. The colours I mixed was dark brown, brown, brown/orange (rust brown), orange and green. 


The walls started with the darker brown washes and I worked up. Rust brown and orange washes where applied to the the metal parts and gate. The dropper bottles allowed me to put runs of brown and orange from the bits of rusty metal down the walls. The top parts of the wall got a dark brown wash to simulate the black algae buildup concrete can get. 


That’s it cheap and cheerful. The other fortress wall sections will get the same treatment in the fullness of time. They may also get some new details and ramshackle repairs. 


Thanks for looking. 


Take care out there. 

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Mutants, beasts and scatter - Oh My!

Hello wastelanders, welcome back to my hobby blog,

It has been a couple of weeks since my last hobby update due to a couple of busy week ends. I have been hobbying away in the background. 

Out in the Blasted ruins lies the township of TrashFord. It is controlled by the bandit Max Blubber. With his gang Blubber runs Trashford. Here we have Impedance Jones, one of Max Blubber’s gang. 

The figure is Impetigo Jones from Warlord Games’ 2000AD Strontium Dogs line.

The Blubber gang have sent Brittannia away with a flea in their ear. Luckily the Brittannia’s currently do not have enough man power to take over the Blasted ruins. Blubber’s boys have a ace up their sleeve when the day comes that the Red Coats try their luck with Trashford. They are in possession of a number of high tech plasma rifles looted from an old military bunker within the Blasted Ruins. 

Out in the wastelands there is many hazards. Some of the hazards are vicious mutant animals who see you as a passing meal. 



The Panda is a Bear by Ramshackle Games. I painted it as a Panda due to an idea from the JJ Shurte novel, Days too dark. 




 


Of course there are other critters out there to beware...like the RAD PANDA!







 The Rad Panda is a Bear by Ramshackle Games. I thought I would paint it a little differently. I really enjoyed painting these bears. They are fun to paint.

Many wasteland communities in the wastelands of mattblackgod’s world use bio vats. They contain microbes that convert biological material into plastics, rubber, oil, booze and fuel. These microbes are a standard for many frontier or remote worlds. Here is my take on it.



This vat idea came from some fluff in the Nuclear Renaissance rule book (by Ramshackle Games). I plan to use it as scatter scenery. This was part of a unmarked set of SF barrels and containers my Wife got me last Christmas. I have no idea who the manufacturer is.

The Mayor of Rubbleborg loves his mushroom tea. So it seemed fitting to make a consignment for the table.

I plan to use this as scatter scenery or as a objective. Again this was part of the same unmarked set of SF barrels and containers my Wife got me last Christmas (she is a real keeper). 

So how am I doing for my 100 minis  challenge? The totals so far are 22 painted and 78 to go. Yes I am including the barrels and boxes.

I have the rest of the Strontium Dogs figures to paint, a small pile of Ramshackle bits to work on, three vehicles, some reinforcements for the Warriors and Fatal Floozies gangs  and that is before I start work on the great terrain refresh I am planning. 

That’s all for this week. Thanks for looking. Take care out there.

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Scouts, Wanderers and Bounty Hunters.

Hello and welcome back to my blog.

Time for the weekly hobby update. Yet more figures painted for my Rubbleborg setting.

Firstly there is Roland De Rat

The figure is a old GW Necromunda Ratskin.

Roland De Rat is Mayor B’sturd’s go to man when he needs a location in the wastelands scouting out. Roland always returns with reliable information. He has been a wastelanders and scout since the day he learnt to walk. Rumour says he was abandoned by his parents when he started talking and they couldn’t shut him up. Do not make the mistake of asking Roland about his Rat Skin cloak. He will launch into his tail of running into the rat in the ruins when he was a lad. Three hours later of the blow by blow account you have lost the will to live.


The Wanderer.


 The wanderer is another one of those strange crazies who roam the wastelands alone, usually on foot. But don’t be fooled, this old man and his two pet ravens. He is wise and has much ancient knowledge. He is also a savage and dangerous warrior. The Wanderer is known for his berserk rages and is joyful in combat. He has never ran from battle. But that is only one side of the Wanderer. Stories tell of him rescuing and saving lone bandits or wanderers out in the wastes. Some tales speak of him arriving at a settlement with desperately needed supplies. He never arrives if looked for or expected. The Wanderer always arrives unlooked for. When in town he is worth speaking too. If he judges you worthy he may tell of the location of loot or give advice. 

The Wanderer is a Odin the Allfather figure by Footsore Miniatures. 

To help control the population of criminals and bandits attracted to Brittannia city, the Crown ordered a bounty hunter agency to be formed in the outer city (aka the slums). The company was called the Search and Destroy agency. The agency hires “Agents” and equips them. Brittannia put a price on Mayor B’sturd’s head, when the Rubbleborg sheriff arrested the Bounty Hunter and discovered this, B’sturd sent a runner to the SD office putting a bounty on the head of the Queen and each of the Lords of Brittannia. For some reason the bounty on B’sturd has been dropped.


These are three of the most famous agents. Left to Right Wulf Sternhammer (a warrior), Gronk (a weak hearted mutant and ace medic) and the legendary Johnny Alpha. The figures are by Warlord Miniatures from their recent Strontium Dogs game release.

That is all for this week. The totals so far are.... 17 finished and another 83 to go. 

Thanks for looking and stay safe out there.


Saturday, 25 August 2018

Rubbleborg additions

 Hello and welcome back to my blog.

Time for a update on my 100 painting challenge and a introduction to more characters from the area around Rubbleborg. 

First up is Gilnort:

Gilnort is some sort tribal shaman oddball who regularly visits Rubbleborg to trade what bits and bobs he has found. Gilnort also trades information to Mayor B’sturd about things has seen and the locations of uncontaminated fertile ground. B’sturd pays well for such information. No one likes to speak to Gilnort as he just tends to mumble mystical mumbo jumbo and often a conversion with him usually has a habit of making your brain squeak. 

Gilnort is a figure by Ramshackle Games.


Gilbert B’sturd: 
Gilbert is the Mayor’s son. As a green rookie Gilbert feels the need to prove himself. He is the only near full time member of the town milita. Often he is seen hanging around the gate “protecting” it. When not playing soldier Gilbert has a eye for the ladies having many on the go at once. 


The figure is be Reaper, I think. It was a eBay find so I am not 100% sure.


Graalk: 
Graalk drifted in from the wastelands clutching what appears to be a church chalice. The item appear to be gold but no one can get near chalice as the Trog gets violent. He fills it with fungus beer and drinks from it. From Graalk’s drunken mumbling he thinks that this cup he calls a Grail, will make him immortal. The locals don’t mind as long as the Trog isn’t making trouble. B’sturd thinks this item may be something that King Arty and his Skrap Knights (located hundreds of miles south of Rubbleborg) may have been looking for.  


Graalk is a limited edition Ramshackle figure. The cup was a sports prize but when trying to file out the cup handles they came off. The curse of resin figures. 


Kavouros: 

Kavouros is a heavily mutated man. His skin has developed into a hard carapace shell and he grew pincers. The mutant is psychotic and will attack anyone he sees. Luckily for him his shell absorbs bullets easily. Kavouros roams the Wastes from place to place aimlessly until he finds something to attack. Kavouros’ appearance tends to cause fear in those who see him. 



Kavouros is a Ramshackle games mutant figure.

Last up a group shot. 



And a shot of the gate model that I have been recently reworking. 



So the totals are: 

12 finished...another 88 to go. 

Thanks for looking.


Stay safe out there and avoid Kavouros if you seen him! 

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Turf Eviction - Radlands game.

Hello and welcome back to my blog.

I thought that I would share the first play test for my own home brew Post Apocalyptic sci fi skirmish rules “Radlands”. Note these rules are far from being formalised or ready for release. 

Out between the western edge of the Blasted Ruins and the town of Rubbleborg lies the settlement of Piean. Piean is ruled over by the Warriors gang. Today a runner entered the settlement saying that the nearby ruins had been taken over by Vermen. Strange humanoid rat mutants. 

Not happy about encroachment on their turf Brock gathers his warriors and they set out to evict the squatters. 

Starting positions for testing the Radlands rules...



Let's get readdddyyyy to rumble!!

The Warriors win initiative.


First blood to the Warriors. One  of the brood is down. The only one with a decent ranged weapon.





The brood have spread out to stop the eviction from Warrior turf. Shaden the Brood Lord lurks. 


The Warriors fan out while most of the brood go onto overwatch waiting for the humans to get close enough to shoot at. What weapon fire there is misses everything.


The Warriors keep fanning out. 


Brock the Warriors’ leader takes out a brood member. More shooting hits another brood member. The brood firing is ineffective again with shots missing. More Brood move forwards to maintain the line with Shaden their leader.






Shaden jumps a rookie taking him out. 



On seeing the Brood leader in the open Brock opens fire. He hits twice but fails to wound. Shaden takes 2 shock counters. 

Vutch moves forward to protect the Brood Lord firing his auto pistol at Brock. The hail of bullets all hit him. Brock is down. The rest of the gang takes a bottle check. Many fail. 


Turpin who stays cool spots the waiting brood member with a chem thrower in the crater and lands a frag grenade on him. Shredding the rat man. Nice shot. 

The rest of the brood surge forwards killing a panicked warrior.

Flowers opens fire with the machine gun shredding Vutch. Shaden shakes off his shock (spends 2 action points). Having a leader perk means he has one more action point which he uses to move into cover. 
Another rat man moves forward and open fires on Torchi. Torchi passes his deep breath test (recovery from bottling it) and flips up his flame thrower toasts the rat. However more rat men swarm forwards and engage Torchi in hand to hand combat. Sadly Torchi goes down. 


Turpin rounds the corner and gets a shot on Shaden. Shaden shrugs it off but gains another shock token.

Things are hotting up. Shaden fires at Turpin downing him.

Red Dot turns the corner and gets a shot on Shaden causing another Shock token. 

Meanwhile Flowers gets jumped by a brood member and slaps the rat down. Another brood member soon follows. 

Koch passes his deep breaths test and pops out from behind a pile of rubble to take out a Brood member lurking over the downed Torchi.


The last 3 turns where fast and dirty. All remaining fighters pass their lowered number bottle tests (fighters are down all over). Flowers went down in close combat. Red Dot and Shaden exchanged fire. Shaden takes a bullet in the exchange. In a fit of rage Shaden charges Red Dot and they fight it out. 

Meanwhile the remaining brood member got tired of Koch shooting at him (and missing). Snarling the Verman charges Koch. Koch side steps and crushes his skull with the but of his assault rifle. 

Red Dot betters Shaden and stabs him. Shaden goes down. 

Warriors win with 2 men standing. The Brood are evicted from the Warrior’s turf. 

Follow up...there is no follow up as that part hasn’t been drafted yet. The same thing applies to points cost formula, vehicles and other goodness. 

The game highlighted a game mechanic that needs fixing. Or re written for clarity. As usual a load of edits came out of it and a few new additions. But the game played well enough and was fun. 

Keep a eye open for more.

Thanks for reading and take care out there.