Painted scenery and a Route Manager for a Post-Apoc/Sci-fi gang

A slow week unfortunately, but more productive than most at least! I thought I’d slap a bit of paint onto the simplest piece of scenery I cobbled together:

Just some crates

Quite happy with how it turned out, the crates and pallet are all from Ground Zero Games (casually added to my order during a promotion a year or two ago, wonderful chap) and are great little items for scatter terrain. I tried to do some brighter colours and there is some chipping which sadly hasn’t shown up too well in the photo.

The other thing I managed to get done is a Leader type character for a Post-Apocalyptic/Sci-fi courier company unofficially registered as ‘Cutthroat Couriers’.

I’m using a selection of the Ion Age Shia Khan Legionaries as the basis of the gang, with some mutants and aliens for variety and flavour.

I quite like the idea of a semi professional band of mercenaries who have evolved into a courier company with military grade weapons and equipment who’ll transport anything from letters and parcels to rare tech, drugs and occult (even xenotech) items. Their motto is “No less trustworthy than our competitors”, they are however much better equipped with an assortment of vehicles, xenobeasts and mutants making up their heavily defended caravans.

The Route Manager is the commander of one of these caravans, a formidable ego who is empowered by the almost mythical Postmaster General to either honour contracts or betray, murder and even rob (in some cases all three) those who employ their services. This utter lack of any moral fibre permeates the organisation and it is only due to the crushing bureaucracy which is required for every action (even the murder of a superior) that the company exists at all, let alone appears to be growing in influence.

So, if you need something precious delivered in good time and with excellent service ……. well ……. your options are limited.

Thanks for looking.

Painted scenery and a Route Manager for a Post-Apoc/Sci-fi gang

Starting some new 15mm scenery with Post-Apocalyptic aspirations

Lucky me, I had an Amazon voucher. I have been wanting to get my hands on a copy of Horizon Wars for some time so added it to my basket. I was then seduced by the possibility of adding the (relatively) new Scrappers book to my order – I had pre-ordered it but cancelled for some unremembered reason.

My order duly arrived and I quickly thumbed through the Horizon Wars book – looks nice, and I may even be able to concentrate long enough to understand the rules! Not a bad start.

Then I turned to the impulse buy “Scrappers”. I’ve only given it the most cursory of readings but it did get rather excited by it, which in turn made me think of other rulesets which I have enjoyed conceptually (basically: on my own without anyone to tell me I’ve completely misread the rules and am ignoring rules I consider boring) such as This is Not a Test and Rogue Planet. There are some quite cool elements in Scrappers such as the Random Events Table (Flying Spiders! Wandering Warbot! Yay!) and a bunch of tables which give me a warm retro feeling. The variety of traits, weapons and so forth seem well considered and (more importantly) manageable so I’m looking forward to playing around building a few gangs, cults, etc.

Rather nicely, this has made me want to break out my 15mm stockpile since the unpainted drawer is now overflowing and opposed to reducing in size. I wasn’t however in the mood for painting since I’ve got a few figures already done who might be suitable for at least a quick game. Instead I wanted to make some terrain:

Starting scenery

After an evening of cutting cork tile, using some nespresso pods, pausing for conversation and then trawling through some unassembled Ground Zero Games accessories I managed to get started on a few pieces to populate a tiny gaming space.

Next step is to finish these off and then make a board from 4 cork tiles.

For the first time in quite a while I’ve been excited and a bit inspired by a set of rules, additionally I think I can merge bits I like with my other favourites. One thing which I particularly like about the whole sci-fi meets post-apocalypse thing is the very powerful sense of the absurd and how it can be included just pretty much……… well……. because. In fact, because of this book I’ve dug out my battered copies of the Dark Future novels which are without a shadow of a doubt tremendously entertaining (not the peak of quality literature, but entertaining all the same).

Thanks for looking.

Starting some new 15mm scenery with Post-Apocalyptic aspirations

Gang Member 2 and a bit of sculpture

The second 15mm Space Pirate is now painted up and ready for some reavin’ and raidin’. Another one of the Khurasan post apocalypse range, this one painted up quite nicely and there are plenty of variants which I could’ve tried out (good thing I’ve got more than one of each figure!) and I’ve got some plans for weapon swaps and so forth in the future.

Today I also tried my hand at a bit of 15mm scale sculpting during some down-time at work this afternoon. I’ve made a number of abortive attempts over the years at sculpting 28mm stuff but always lost interest or real life interruptions would scupper my best laid plans. In any case, this afternoon I bent myself a wire armature, jammed it into a cork and dusted off my battered tub of ProCreate putty and started to wave my sculpting tool about a bit. These are the results so far:

Okay, so I’m not giving up the day job but I’m pretty pleased with it so far. Characteristically though I’ve not got a plan and am working toward a generic sci-fi crewman or trader type. Still lots to do though and I’m kind of dreading the arms and the head, but hey, it might be a bit of a wonk…… but it’s mine!

Thanks for looking.

Gang Member 2 and a bit of sculpture

15mm Gang Member

Still on the 15mm figures at the moment and the Post Apocalypse gang member sets from Khurasan miniatures are pretty fabulous. Whilst I like the Ion Age figures a great deal, the Khurasan figures certainly pip them to the post in terms of crispness of casting – granted my experience is faily limited as yet and I hope to purchase the Prang Raiders set in the near future (this month’s freebie from Ion Storm is a robot monkey, which quite frankly I must have). As well as being impressed with the quality of the Khurasan figures I was amazed at how little time it took for my models to make it all the way from the USA, it was in fact much quicker than several UK based companies that have only been a few hundred miles away! Well done Khurasan, rest assured that my wishlist is ever growing.

Now, onto the painted figure, this was one of the Post Apocalyplse gang members that is frankly beautifully detailed. Simple, elegant and a joy to paint I even managed to get a hint of lipstick on. This model (and the rest of the gang) would be great for the obvious Mad Max/Fallout type game, but I think they’d make great Necromunda Gangers or Space Pirate types.

Ganger1

Ganger1 Side

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15mm Gang Member