Thursday, 29 March 2018

Wasteland Wondering

Hello and Welcome back wasteland wanderers, 

There hasn't been a post in a while. One thing slowing down painting is a viral bug I have picked up. It has left me not in the mood to do any painting. My good lady had made a full recovery from her operation. 

I have been reading Days Too Dark by JJ Shurte (you can find it on Amazon). It is a great post apocalyptic novel written as a journal of a recovering warrior. The book is a very good read and worth a look if you love post apocalyptic settings. There is quite a few good ideas in there for the PA wargamer and model maker. I liked it so much I had to treat myself to a paperback version. 

Hobby wise I have been working on the Nu Necromunda Eshers, it has been slow going as I keep messing up and having to go back and repair. Half the gang is done now. 

To take a break from the Eshers I painted a random free figure Foundry sent me. Here we see a random Wasteland armed with a homemade black powder musket.

To while away the time I have been playing a lot of the Mad Max video game. All good fun and it is inspiring some new gang ideas. The game is great inspiration for anyone who likes to game/model make the Post Apoc. I found the tomb of a Biker Warlord and looted his "Chariot". I love the bike and skeleton on the back. 

That is my kinda car. I need one for the table top. Or real life. Anyone got a 69 Charger they don't want? 

I have been reading the beta for the Blood and Rust rules, which is a 28mm scale vehicle skirmish game based on the Mad Max movies. The rules read good and I am planning on giving them a spin sometime soon. The rules can be found on the Blood and Rust Facebook page.

The one thing I like about the Mad Max genre is the lack of firearms. Automatic weapons are a rarity. It reflects the post apocalyptic world a couple of decades on. Such weapons would be worn and tired. Good ammunition would be extremely rare. Remade ammunition may be available but would increase wear on the weapon and cause jams. Whilst gun powder and other propellents may be fairly simple to make but finding the necessary chemicals in a post apocalyptic world may be difficult.

One thing about the post apoc wargames figures available on the market is the abundance of automatic weaponry. I would love to see more lines of figures armed with bows, crossbows and various melee weapons. Mark Copplestone's Scavengers would be great in melee versions (hint hint). Or maybe inspired by Road Warrior/Fury Road/Mad Max video game (hint, hint, HINT!!).

Thanks for reading, stay safe out there.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Helsreach table fodder

Hello and Welcome back.

Ever since I was asked to co host the Helsreach table with Curtis from Ramshackle games at the 2018 Bring Your Own Lead show, I have been a little worried that I would not have enough buildings to cover a 8 X 4 foot table. 

Helsreach is a town on Logans World in the old 40K RT fluff. It is cut off from the rest of the imperium for many years at a time. A the world has to survive on its own it has a frontier cum post apocalyptic feel to it which suits my terrain collection perfectly. 

So I set up my 4 X 3 board and started to pile out my collection of township terrain.

Apologies for any flipped images. The pic loader site flipped them and won't let me spin them to a proper view.

First table

Second table

Table 3

I can safely say there is enough to fill one table. Some bits need a little tlc, not surprising as some of these models are over 12 years old. Helsreach will have a shanty, industrial zone and the commercial zone for the Star Bastards to fight over. The streets will need widening as the hooligans fighting across the table will have vehicles.

The other part of the table will be wastelands. I will be bringing a few bits to break the wastelands up.

Thanks for looking. Stay safe out there.