Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Faces of New Hope City

I've been collecting, building and painting odds and ends for a few years with the intent of a Two Hour Wargames 5150: New Hope City campaign series.  This morning I pulled out most of what I've finished; I'm overdue to get this going.  

This started as a shopping center for All Things Zombie, but I just never was all that into the Night of the Living Dead and it's reboots.

S-Mart is 22" X 28" and can be the entire scenario.
I'm still getting around to stocking this with Binford tools, especially chainsaws.
Foree Electric was my first project making paper terrain on a computer to cut, fold and glue.  The building started life as a Starship Troopers base game box lid and I did almost nothing to disguise that.
The Drunken Clam and Mike's Hardware were actually made from leftover material when I made S-Mart.
Soylent Industries is inspired a little by the movie and a lot by the scenario from Irrational Number Line Games
Jerry Rivers, Investigative Reporter, Hank the Cameraman and Pavel the Engineer are from the West Wind 'Nam series.  Paulie & Joey Baggadonetz are Hasselfree Legends of Gogol figures.

The moment I first saw Hasselfree's Maddog I knew he'd be a Street Preacher.  I don't remember where, when or from whom I acquired the platinum haired, leather clad young lady.  Beach Babe Libby shall be playing the recurring role of Trophy Wife.  The photojournalist is from the same 'Nam set as the TV crew; this fellow just screams, "Dennis Hopper" to me.  Mr. Belushi will likely be the proprietor of every establishment in NHC.  Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner started life as a Bolt Action Chindit given to me by my best friend, Scott.

I don't know of a scenario in which Those Meddling Kids aren't appropriate, useful and fun.

Armorcast's Big City PD were specifically bought for the Soylent Green scenario, but are just darn useful all the time.

Old Warzone Imperial Wolfbanes were going to play the part of mercenaries until I found these Foundry Urban Violence mercs in a bargain bin.  I've painted them so that they can reasonably be a SWAT team when required.

I picked up these Star Wars Battle Droids along with a dozen Trade Federation droids for $0.25 each and I like them as Symon better than the idea of fully human appearing, "Data" androids.

Some concerned citizens who've formed a highly proactive neighborhood watch.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

It's been about three months since a gaming post.  Here's some stuff I've been painting.  Many have appeared in previous posts wearing only primer.

First up is Freebooter's The Duchess, who was present at attack on Fort Fontenaut, though I believe she was only a tin at the time.

Here's two of the Discworld Canting Crew just for fun.  Their only 'purpose' is as decoration in towns.

Goblins accompanying a Reaper Masterworks witch as a member of the Salem Coven.  I like the idea of the Salem witches dressed in bright colors in contrast to puritanical drabness.  The Freebooter goblins were enjoyable to paint once I stopped caring.  They're actually done with craft paint thinned until it's like watercolor paint.  I was spending a lot of time studying E.H. Sheppard right then.


Freebooter Imperial Armada troops.  The Spanish are keeping the original maroon while French get new colors inspired by pre-revolution French.

Three converted GW Empire Halbardiers, and more in process to flesh out the Spanish and French.  I had a sealed box of them for six or seven years and debated a lot about selling them before I decided to convert them.

Freebooter Cult, Reaper Razig and Warlord Zindians for Vodoo goodness.  The primary reason I got these wasn't the massive discount, it was that familiar fellow in the front center.  I really hope I captured the spirit of Marty Feldman here.

Warlord Seminoles are playing the role of Chief Tuscaloosa and his Mabila warriors.

I managed to pick up some five year old 7th Sea pirates (not pictured); all the square bases are Freebooter's Fate and the two round bases are Reaper.

The front row is notable NPCs; Warlord's Cardinal Richelieu as himself, and the Duchess.  The fellow in red and black is a GW Empire Halbardier legs, torso and arms, with a Freebooter musket in one hand while the cutlass is a heavily modified sword blade broken off an old 1st edition Warzone Dark Legion figure, long since sold or otherwise discarded.  His head was decapitated from a Reaper Bones Gnoll; he's playing the part of the Comte de Rochefort, who just happens to be a werewolf in my setting.  Next along the front is Reaper's Friar Stone to whom I've added liberal amounts of white flock to create my Florist Friar.  A freebooter Pirate Captain completes the front row, though he did have a cameo as Captain (now Colonel) Pierre d'Iberville in Prelude and Episode 1: The Hunt.  

Just barely visible are some Reaper Bones townsfolk; behind them are First Edition Malifaux Rotten Belles, Madame Sybele and Seamus down at the end.  I've nicknamed the ladies, "The Pelican Girls", in honor of the 23 orphan girls (ages 14-19) who sailed from France to Mobile colony in 1704 at the request of Governor Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville of Mobile and his brother, Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville, who established the first French presence in the Mississippi delta in 1699 (Biloxi) and the first capital of Louisiana at Mobile in 1701.  The back row is Discworld's Twoflower and the Canting Crew, all in process.  The rear right of the photo are some early 1990s Grenadier Call of  C'thulu figures I picked up only two days before Two Hour Wargames released Lovecraft's Revenge.