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Zomtober: Sporting Zeds

Not my best entry for Zomtober, but sometimes you have to post what you have done. And today that is nine Zeds from the Zombicide Toxic Mall box painted up as athletes. The repetition of poses in the Zombicide boxes is a bit of a grind, so I tried to make the runners (necessary for the Zombicide rules) into something useful. Thus four male soccer players and five female basketball players--perhaps a team bus was caught in the apocalypse? Up next: I have a few buildings from the model railway show (three buildings for $17? score!) underway plus more zombies, including some toxic zombies with a different approach to the skin colour.

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An Arkham Halloween

I hosted a Halloween-themed game at the club this week, using the Gotham adaptation of Tribal and a bunch of horror-themed 28mm figures I've collected over the years. Chen, Richard, Terry and long-time lost club member Mike played along with me.Each faction had a set of objectives:Penguin needed to rescue some villains incarcerated in Arkham in order to bolster his chances at winning the mayoralty election.Batman needed to stop Penguin.Dr. Charles Brown, Warden, needed to prevent escapees and collect some additional subjects... errr... patients.The Ghostbusters were looking to set up a franchise in Gotham and needed to bust some ghosts, monsters and villains.There were also three groups of cultists summoning various monsters and ghouls that attacked whomever was handy.The Arkham crowd moved out of its fenced yard and immediately ran into random monster trouble with a Gentleman and, soon thereafter, a giant worm.Penguin made a bee-line for Arkham to spring some villains but had to tangle with a toothy horror.B

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Corpse World: The Zombie Campaign

Jenn was driving us along Sierra Avenue already in downtown Fontana, the sky orange and gold shadowing the old mission-style church and casting the newer library glass in dim blue. We were on our way to the game after picking up Cris in Muscoy. As we passed city hall the conversation about the game turned to the old test sessions just before the release of the first edition of Zombie Horror. Cris: “…Just be careful what you say in this game.” Jenn: “What? Why?” Cris: “HORROR MOVIE RULES! That’s why. Fresh batteries, look first. Y’know, in the test game those idiots wanted to stop for gas on our way out of the city for some stupid reason!” I started laughing. Cris: “Look at ‘em! YOU remember! So we stopped at the f&*#$n gas station and here it comes!  A gas truck on fire covered with zombies, and of course a big explosion, and ugh! We didn’t even need the gas!” Cris (whispered under his breath): “idiots” Me (turning to Jenn): “Ha ha, I did do that!” It was several minutes

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Zomtober: Doc Frank and Freddie

The International Rules of Zomtober require one Zed per week. I am a bit behind on painting this week but I did finish a 28mm Frankenstein kit from Pulp Figures.Here we have Igor and Doctor Frankenstein animating a corpse. Overall, happy with the figures but I see I was overly enthusiastic with the grey paint on the bases.Then we have the Monster (which I'm calling a Zed). Nice figure. I fiddled a long time to try to get the black to work properly (an increasingly desperate set of washes, dry brushings, and dips).Freddie sits in the cage I bought last year from Red Claw pretty nicely. Overall, a sweet little set. I chose to paint the doctor and Igor a bit more modern-looking than might be appropriate to fit in with my pulp and superhero figures.Up next: Maybe a report from the club!

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Zomtober: Call the doctor!

I'm grinding my way through the Zombicide Toxic Mall box this Zomtober. A challenge with these boxes is limited poses. I thought I would do a small number up as medical staff from a hospital or clinic that had turned.Overall, they are a touch drabber than I had hoped. But they fit the bill.They are a little smaller than some Heroclix figures that I have along the same lines.Up next: Some Astronaut gaming, some Zed-soccer teams, and maybe some more pulp.

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Welcome to Zomtober

With October upon us, a young man's paint brush turns to zombies. These are from the Zombicide: Toxic Mall expansion I picked up last year.Nothing too special here. Lots of runners and some new poses. The painting is nice and easy!Up next: No club gaming for me this week because union business takes me out of town. But I do have some heroclix that I've just finished painting. Plus more Zeds are on the way.

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Zombie Horror Unleashed!

Second Edition Cover by Brian Brinlee Announcing Release of Zombie Horror Second Edition: A Survival Horror Manual For those Game-Masters wanting to use Zombie Apocalypse elements in their modern-set campaigns!                 Zombie Horror is a resource manual filled with pregenerated creatures, characters, and modern weaponry. It is a valuable resource for any Game-Master containing applicable fully generated NPCs along with some maps of such places such as a shopping mall, an underground bunker, a secret lab among others.                 This illustrated book has 7 chapters & appendices: The Zombie Genre, The Walking Dead, Zombie Sickness, Character Creation, Your Blood-Spattered Arsenal, Master of Horrors, Various Maps, Creature Descriptions, Roster of Souls (NPC’s), Specialist Classes, and Stylized Martial Arts Reference. This sour

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Last of the Ghostbusters

So I finished off the Ghostbuster box painting this week.This batching included the four ghostbusters plus the bad guy (Vee-Ger or Gozer? I can't recall). So-so figures for the ghostbusters. A bit cartoonish and with limited raised detail.They fit in okay with 28 and 25mm figures. The Ecto-1 is was under-scale (like 1/64 figures with a 1/87 car).But the Ecto-1 fits in nicely with the other HO-scale vehicles I have so that is just fine.Need to think through a Hallowe'en-themed game to use these with. I have some odds and ends on the painting table with a bunch of zombies ready to start for Zombtober.

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Extremely Bad Dogs

Every culture has dog/wolf demon things in their folklore. The UK is thick with them, it seems like every county has three or four varieties, and they show up everywhere else in Europe too. Usually huge, black, red-eyed, and inclined to eat people by dark of night or just bay (they never merely bark) threateningly on dark and misty nights. With that in mind, adding some demonic dog-creatures to my “Weird ECW” skirmish seemed like a natural thing to do. Fortunately, Reaper Miniatures has a whole selection of suitable figures, so I sent some money to those nice folks in Texas and got a good selection of things back, of which this pack of extremely bad dogs is just the first part to be seen here! Five extremely bad dogs. See text for details, and click for larger. The two left-hand figures are Hellhounds, the two slightly smaller beasts in the middle are Goblin Wolves, and the really, really big doggie on the far right there is Moor Hound. They’re all on 40mm wide bases, just for scale, and the

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Yet more Ghostbusters

More Ghostbuster figures rolled off the painting line. I'll start wth Stay Puft. Big but nice and easy. I looked at painting on some burn marks (lovely examples online) but decided against it.I finished off all of the rank-and-file ghosts, this time in blue.I've got one more boss ghost, four ghostbusters and Ecto-1 left to do (painted, just need a wash). I also hauled out a bunch of Zombies for Zombtober and spray-primed them. These are from one of the Zombicide expansions I bought last year. I'm going to start with the regular Zombies and then maybe to the radioactive ones with a green wash?

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More Ghostbusters

I finished up a second batch of ghouls from the Ghostbusters game. These fellows all got a fleshy treatment.I also finished off a long-neglected Cthulhu mini from RAFM that I think I got from Chen (some kind of undead dragon?).And I painted a 40mm Qui-Gon Jinn that I got from somewhere. Weird scale, but I have a matching Darth Maul who is next on my list.Up next: Some superhero action from the club and then back to the ghouls.

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Something strange in the neighbourhood...

So a few months back, Dan sold me his Ghostbusters game. The game is meh but it had a lot of cool figures. I finally got around to starting on the figures. A bit more Cthulhu than ghostly, but they will make a fine set of foes in a future game.There are only three main poses but a lot of figures so I decided to add some variation via colour differences. The figures came as a translucent dark blue (clear would have allowed for more options) so I primed them all white and used washes. Today is "green" day.Overall, the results are decent for not much work. I have a group of tan and a group of blue underway.The one usefully translucent figure was actually Slimer (below) who came in green. I left the trail of slime holding him up as a translucent green but painted him up.The figures fit in with 25mm and 28mm figures so would make a good Hallowe'en scenario.I have some Ghostbusters as well as Stay Puft underway as well. I'm thinking about painting on some of the battle damage Stay Puft takes (burnt areas).Up next:

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Zombie Horror Release Date

The cover to the first edition. Art by Leonard Y. Ranger games is proud to announce the release date of a revised edition of our long out-of-print survival horror book. The Halloween season will see the release of Zombie Horror (RGS1011)! Moreover, the initial release date is October 23. However, depending on editing and the cover art finalization, the release date may be earlier but will be in October. Zombie Horror contains information on the Zombie Genre and how it applies to a Dice & Glory campaign. It also details various game-applicable aspects of zombies and their sub-types. Also, the book discusses the zombie sickness in detail with playable game aspects. There is also information on creating characters suited for such a campaign and detailed info on modern weaponry & vehicles. Additionally, there is a full chapter for the Games-Master with bullet points for running a horror and walking dead based campaign. Finally, there are several semi-populated maps of modern locations that are appl

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Parodising the 1813 novel by Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies combines the lovestory set in victorian London with zombieslaying girls...Yeah, I agree, that seems like a mighty odd concept...Even though the movie went to production hell, as it originally would star Nathalie Portman, it still has a rather strong cast including Matt Smith and GoT illuminati Lena Headey and Charles Dance.  It follows the original storyline of the classic novel, but adds elements of horror and zombies into it as it goes along, making for an entertaining film.Especially since it never becomes really dark or Walking Dead like.  As London is the last remaining city in England not overrun by Zombies, the Bennet sisters are trained to fend off zombie attacks.  But as a lady in that era was required, they also have to look for good husband to marry.During the courting with various prospects, a charming soldier named Wickham shows Elizabeth that there is a chance to coexist with zombies, but his plan is quickly

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