Wednesday, 20 July 2016

"Our Great Range Of Garden Fencing Supplies Have Everything You Need..."

"Choose a hardy wooden fence to provide privacy as well as an attractive backdrop..."
This 28mm hard plastic ‘wooden’ fence is one of the four identical panels made by “Mantic Games” that can be found within their excellent Twentieth Century Brick Urban Accessories set. I’ve found this assortment of “48 pieces” which “allows you to add a set of very characterful modern day accessories to your gaming table” to be tremendous value for money, and have slowly been painting up some of the box’s components to use for my “Zombicide” re-enactment of “Doctor Who And The Seeds Of Doom”. This quartet of fences will accompany two more I’ve previously finished, and help me separate parts of Harrison Chase’s deadly garden from one another.
"Doctor Who And The Seeds Of Doom" - The Tardis lands slap bang in the middle of a Krynoid Invasion
 All four pieces of scenery were simply super-glued onto separate “Games Workshop” 70mm x 25mm oval bases and then undercoated with “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna. I then heavily washed each one with “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade before dry-brushing them with more “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna. The models have all been given a coat PVA glue in order to protect them during the rigours of gaming.

In addition to completing my fences, I have also managed to make a few more area tiles for my three-dimensional “Zombicide” board. These pieces of laser cut 3mm thick MDF can be bought from “Hurlbat Games” and I’m currently hoping to create enough pieces to replicate both Chase Manor’s voluptuous grounds as well as some cobbled residential areas.
"Zombicide" Three-dimensional Tabletop - Still plenty more cobbled areas, walls and doors needed
 Currently I’m about half-way there in order to create the size of tabletop I need for my campaign’s opening scenario. I also still need to paint a number of barricades, doorways and walls. But almost all of these components have now been assembled, based and undercoated in preparation for a big push over the next week or so…

Lastly I have continued to try and perfect my simple ‘flames’ technique on yet another “Wizkids” miniature. This “Horrorclix” figure of Judge Fire (from “Judge Dredd”) has proved something of a quandary for me, as its pre-paint job included areas of the creature’s uniform which had been scorched black by his perpetual flames. To be honest I wasn’t particularly impressed by this look, and having seen plenty of comic book illustrations of the character entirely alight, I’ve ultimately decided to stick with an all-fire appearance.
Judge Fire WIPs - The flaming Dark Judge just needs all his detail to be highlighted with "Vallejo" Heavy Ochre
Fortunately I actually also own the 28mm metal “Mongoose Games” version of the Dark Judge, and having seen some wonderful blackened paintjobs of the sculpt on the ‘interweb’, feel that figure would be far more suitable for me to try out just such a grisly colour scheme. 

18 comments:

  1. Okay, has no now seen the amount of work you've put into this project, I'm going to stop nagging you about it.
    Hurlbat wasn't a company I was familiar with, so I had a browse. I couldn't see the 'tiles' you mentioned, but was looking at their 100mm bases, thinking "what could I use those for?" I've always fancied doing a modular hedge maze...

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    1. Many thanks Jez. The tiles can be found here on Ebay: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Scenery-Tiles-Pack-/191042631631?var=&hash=item2c7b0737cf:m:md9PyBJIpKUbw6mnHbGa2mA. I think they're great and have many uses.

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  2. Having spent a couple of weeks doing DIY I do appreciate a nice bit of fencing

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  3. A 3D Zombicide board, now you're talking! Really far too excited about seeing this Simon.

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    1. Thanks Michael. Its been a bit of a long haul tbh. But hopefully it'll work out alright...

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  4. looking good. We all like 3 dimensional terrain and the ides of making "Last Night on Earth!" or Zombicide boards does interest me.

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    1. Cheers Clint. I know its been a long time coming but I'm hopeful my "Doctor Who And The Seeds Of Doom" campaign will be posted soon.

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  5. Great stuff (again!), Simon. I must get my own Mantic scenery items painted. I really like those wooden fences but not their GW bases. I'd have gone for MDF bases to lower their profile.

    Your 3D scenery for Zombicide (and no doubt, other games) does intrigue me. I'll be watching to see how this develops with keen interest.

    I have a number of versions of Judge Fire (four I think) including the one you've shown here. It's an interesting experiment you're trying out on him but not a one I'd want to replicate. To me, he doesn't look right without his black bits, but I totally get what you're trying to achieve.

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    1. Thanks Bryan (again!!). I know what you mean about the profile. But I don't like MDF bases (personal thing) and have loads of these plastic ones sitting around. Hopefully the "Mantic Games" scenery won't disappoint.

      I'm still in two minds about my Judge Fire for the very reasons you mention Bryan. It is a cracking sculpt and not one I want to botch...

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  6. I've a pile of Mantic's Deadzone scenery that I have yet to paint. After seeing these fences, I might have to check out their Urban stuff.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. No worries Sean. Thanks for commenting. I certainly recommend "Mantic Games" urban scenery and have a few more painted pieces to come over the next week :-)

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  7. Nice work Simon. Its a great little set and all the little pieces add such a lot of character to the table top.

    Judge fire looks great dude. Liking you flame technique a lot its very effective looking.

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    1. Thanks Simon. Much appreciated. I'm certainly very happy with the "Mantic Games" scenery. Glad you like Judge Fire too. Just have to pick out all the flame highlights and he'll be done.

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  8. I need more scatter terrain like your lovely fences. Wonder if that Mars Attacks set would suffice for WW2 as well?

    Judge Fire is a very cool character, though I'm not a fan of this sculpt. Still, I like your idea of him being completely aflame.

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    1. Cheers Dai. I think most of the "Mantic Games" Modern scenery would suffice for WW2. You do get trolleys and litter bins etc as well. But only a couple of each. The rest are walls and barricades. I've some more to post so hopefully that'll help you decide?

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  9. Really nice stuff all of it Simon, see nothing of"fencive" about my comments!

    Sorry couldn't resist.

    Cheers Roger

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    1. Thanks Roger. Just remember to pick up your coat on your way out ;-)

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