Sunday, 17 May 2015

Painting Challenge 2015: Fortnight Four - 6mm Edenite Zombie Horde By “Steel Crown Productions”

Here's Two I Did Earlier - A couple of previously painted Edenite Zombie Horde bases
This fortnight’s personal painting challenge is an especially simple one in that all I have to do is paint something from my 6mm collection; be it a base of miniatures or perhaps a piece of scenery.

Last year I actually spent a fair amount of my time quietly building up a collection of “Modern Micro Armour” figures by “GHQ” in order to play a few games of “Battlefield Evolution Modern Combat” by “Mongoose Publishing”. Long-time followers of this blog will know that after a few months work I managed to finish painting both a modest British Army force complete with Land Rovers and Saxon armoured personnel carriers, as well as a similarly sized Middle Eastern Alliance contingent, predominantly consisting of Fedayeen troops. I even completed several resin buildings from the North African Building range by “Baccus 6mm” and some irregularly shaped MDF tiles by “Hurlbat” to represent some Built Up Areas. However I never found myself in a position to actually play any battles.
Undead WIPs - A white undercoat and Green wash helps bring out the details of these little horrors
As a result I immediately thought for this fortnight’s challenge that I might just paint up another base of frontline assets for my Middle Eastern Alliance force, or perhaps one more “Baccus 6mm” resin dwelling and then ‘get a game in.’ But having scrambled around in my 6mm drawer I stumbled upon a load of loose zombie figures made by “Steel Crown Productions”. These wonderfully detailed little fellows are from the company’s “Exodus Wars” range and are entitled “Edenite Zombie Horde”. Searching deeper into my 6mm stash I also discovered I’d previously painted and based two stands of these models and so a thought struck me… tabletop “Zombicide” in 6mm.
British Infantry approach a Middle Eastern settlement and encounter 'the Walking Dead'
I would certainly need to paint up a fair few of my “Exodus Wars” zombies to populate a sizable smattering of undead stands for such a venture, probably enough for another eight bases or so. But apart from that I would have all I need for a trial game of sorts using the standard rules by "Guillotine Games". The “Hurlbat” tiles, which come in different shapes and sizes, will even work as haphazard movement zones, with the boardgame's one-roomed buildings being represented by BUAs. It's a plan at least, and another mini-project...

16 comments:

  1. 6mm? Yikes. You're a braver man than I. Much smaller than anything I've ever attempted.

    The final shot looks great. Look forward to your progress.

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    1. Thanks Finch. Always had a soft spot for 6mm ever since buying some WW1 from "Irregular Miniatures" many moons ago. Hopefully my final picture though shows how much better they look as a whole :-)

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  2. Simon, you continue to surprise me as you take Zombicide to levels I would never have imagined. Thanks to your recent Doctor Who batrep I'm now thinking of my own ways to use Zombicide as the building block of rules for other genres. For me, Judge Dredd readily sprung to mind, with the Judges replacing the Survivors and an assortment of perps replacing the Zombies. But, Zombicide in 6mm? It is not something I would have thought of. Best of luck with this innovative project of yours. I look forward to seeing how it progresses.

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    1. Much appreciated Bryan. I too thought Judge Dredd would be very adaptable for "Zombicide" and I'm delighted my Doctor Who BatRep is giving you plenty of ideas. 6mm should work fine once the extra MDF tiles I have ordered arrive, and I have a reasonably sized spread to game across. My fingers are crossed you'll enjoy the BatRep in a few weeks time.

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  3. I can barely comprehend painting 6mm! Brilliant job!

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    1. Cheers Gordon. My eyes can still just cope with 6mm and you can't beat the grandeur of a tabletop full of 'large' formations.

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  4. Uh uh uh! (no, not a monkey impression). 6mm moderns - I've got to go and find those on your blog. Those 6mm above look ace! I really must get back to those 10mm zombies and survivors of mine - I really need to buy some vehicles from Pendraken (Durham show perhaps).

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    1. Thanks Roy. Plenty of 6mm postings to be found here I assure you :-) I was wondering about your 10mm as you do seem to have gone a bit quiet on that front. but there again I know you've been busy with your Western build and "7TV" stuff.

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  5. That's way too small for me dude! I can barely paint 28mm. Nice job too Bk.

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    1. Cheers Bob. Best size for painting hordes of the Undead :-)

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  6. I left 6mm behind when I sold all my Epic 40K. Scale is fun for large games, but the painting is.... annoying.

    Good luck on this one.

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    1. Thanks Dai. I quite like 6mm - although I do paint it in a similar way to 28mm which I'm reliably informed is the slow way, but it works for me.

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  7. 6mm, haven't done any of that for ages, Daleks I think was the last 6mm stuff I did, I have a Dark elf Army in that scale too somewhere, I did have the WW1 Germans (all from Irregular of course) but I sold them on many a moon ago, Good luck with this I always hated painting 6mm myself.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Cheers Roger. My WW1 Germans by "Irregular" have a big place in my heart. Hopefully the 6mm zombies won't be too much effort and should make for a great game once finished.

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  8. 6mm zombies.... I am sold on that idea from the very start.

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    1. Thanks Clint. Lovely little sculpts and very simple to paint :-)

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