Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Prussian Artillery Crew, Rocket Men, and a Cyberman!

First I've finished 3 more Prussian artillery crew and 3 more guns.  Tabletop quality without much highlighting.  Note Halloween is coming, that's why the pics look like they've been taken by candle light.

 This brings the Prussian artillery park to six 6 pdrs (3 are Victrix British guns) and 24 crew.  A start to a Black Powder army.  The crew are a mix of Old Glory and a few Perry models.

Next, I finished (good enough anyway) three more Old Glory British Congreve rocket crew men.  The fourth disappeared somewhere before painting.

That bring the total number of rocket crew to 11 and too many launchers for them to support.

Lastly, I rummaging through the junk mini pile and found a Herroclix Marvel Comics villain named Ultron.  To Ultron's left (our right) is a RAFM/GW Cyberman.  Ultron looks very much like a Dr Who Cyberman leader of some sort, all I need to do is jam a square wire frame in his little soft plastic head.

I have a few WW1 Brits,  a few Fallout (video game) minis, and a couple zombies to paint then I'll start some Warlord Prussian Landwehr.   Prussian Landwehr are rather dull compared to the exciting new Russians they're putting out.

I've broken down mediocre Prussian infantry into 38 painting and preparation steps.  The first three are done:  assembly, flash removal, and gluing to a base.  Some paint before basing, by gluing to popsicle sticks or what not.  To save time painting extra steps must be cut.  The Landwehr have most been double based as their paint scheme is not that detailed that I'll need a lot of room.  If you look closely, some of the troops are nicked on their hats and elbows.  The child slave labor (I own them so it's not illegal) I employ for sprue removal is not very accurate.


Sunday, October 2, 2011


"The brains are good. The no brains is evil. The living shoot seeds, and make new life to poison the Earth with a plague of men, as once it was, but the zombie brings death, and purifies the Earth of the filth of brutals. Go forth ... and eat brains!"

Zed's adventures continue as he becomes one of the undead.  Now you know why the Exterminators wore those silly helmet things, to protect their brains.

The zed Zed was made from two Heroclix models.  Aquaman's head and Hawkman's body.  Sure his braid has come undone, his boots don't go up past his knees, and the gauntlets aren't Zardoz cannon; but he looks enough like a dead Zed.  I scribbled hair on his stomach and chest with a fine point Sharpie marker.

Speaking of zombies, I had extra plastic Perry dismounted Dragoon, so he joined the horde.   I drilled a hole in his chest with a larger exit hole in the back.  He's missing a hand because I couldn't find my baggy of zombie bits;  I'll drill some holes and add bone stumps if I don't find it soon.  I have enough zombies that the Dragoon and Zed should fit into the crowd without being to obvious.

Here's an ancient zombie miniature from out of business Grenadier Models.  He came in the Dungeon Monsters box set (5002) available in the early 1980s.  He's smaller than most of my zombies, but bulkier than the Wargames Fiddly plastic zombies.  I don't give much thought to size parity in my shambling horde.  People and potato chips come in different sizes, so should zombies.

Lastly is what I believe to be an old Mageknight model (no idea what it was called) but he appears to look like a "Charger" from the Left For Dead 2 video game.  He had armor on that needed to be cut and scraped off, but I left some of his clothing because it was very Zardozesque.

The quote was from the movie Zardoz edited to be more zombielike.

On an unrelated note, I played a very enjoyable WW1 game of "The Great War".  Sadly I forgot my camera and have no pictures for you.  A terrific group of NHMGS guys showed up and their presence made the game incredibly fun.   For pictures go to a quality blog at