"Pleasant Dreams: A Card Game of Nightmares." The basic (and unique) concept is that you're trying to remain dreamily asleep, but nightmares are trying to build up enough to cause you to wake up screaming.
I honestly haven't read the rules in detail (well, I've skimmed them), but I backed the game for a few other reasons: It has a good entry price point ($15 for the game,) it can be played solitaire, and I love the art! Nice and grim with a victorian influence.
Check it out before it's too late!
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Friday, April 18, 2014
|Not as many I as had imagined, but more than enough to choose from.|
|I think I will use the Dude (center) and Red Cap Ben to form the core|
of Hobo Strike force. Need more hobo survivors!
|With this kind of variety, you'd think|
I was arming some bandits or something.
After they were done, I cleaned the painting table, got some fresh water, dug out the anvil and started to make some weapons to arm the new samurai recruits coming in.
Friday, April 11, 2014
I enjoyed painting her leathers, which was quite easy. Just paint blacks like you would usually do, but go through the layers all the way to white (which should be a very thin highlight on the ridges next to folds.) This represents light reflecting off the glossy leather. It doesn't always look great up close, but on the table, the effect works well.
Achilles: Gave him some prison orange, seemed an easy enough decision.
Achy-Breaky: I know who it's "supposed" to be, but with that mullet, I prefer this figure to represent Billy Ray Cyrus. That way, we can all cheer every time he gets eaten by zombies.
Been a busy week in the office (newspaper) what with the drunken riots in my town. Hopefully, this weekend, I'll be able to plow through the final few survivors on the table. New samurai will soon be coming!
For those who ordered cars -- Thanks for your patience, FedEx was delayed and should be getting me the remainder of your stuff (rules and cards) in on Monday (and I'll still need to repack everything along with your cars).
The Oak Street Priests will say a blessing to his Greatness on your behalf for your understanding. Many in the Known Wasteland can quickly enter a Waste Race for a few moments of brief glory, but those who are patient become true Brother Pilots and their glory last forever!
Monday, April 7, 2014
|(The head is just tacked in here; but it is a separate piece, so it can be|
placed and rotated as you see fit.)
This figure looks like it will be loads of fun to paint with all the costume details -- the bows and tassles, the geta sandals, the yuigesa (those fluffly balls on his chest), the small black tokin hat; behind him is an animal fur that served as a soft seat for when the monk rested on mountain rocks.
And that netted baggy item to his front is a conch shell horn, which was used during ceremonies and to signal a monk's presence to other solitairy yamabushi in the mountains.
I think this figure will look great paint, and he'll be a nice addition to the growing range (and my own collection.)
Friday, April 4, 2014
|I'll need to start matt varnishing these guys before I photograph them. This fella is wearing a nice olive drab coat, but the light reflection has washed out the color a bit.|
I know that the background to this character (Red Cap Ben) is supposed to be that he is a survivalist, but I love the sculpt because it reminds me of Rutger Hauer's character in "Hobo with a Shotgun." I like the colors from the concept art, so I kept those, but I gave him a blonde beard as an hommage to Hauer.
I took a little more time to paint this one, trying out just a little bit of blending with OK results. Though, by simply slowing down and adding more in-between layers using the English (layering) system, I find it easier to control the paint and color than if I were to blend. I think a blended figure looks fantastic, but, in all honesty, I don't aspire to paint my figures to a Golden Demon quality; I want the figures to look good on the table, not on the shelf.
Based on the nice sculpting on this figure (and its companion Angry Mary,) I'll probably pick up the other artist boxes. I'm also kicking myself for not picking up the Mustache Pack (especially for that Magnum PI figure). And I'm certainly not going to pay eBay prices to get it now. But oh well, I have more than enough survivor figures, and there'll be plenty more when Season 3 rolls around.
Monday, March 31, 2014
Here are the first of the survivors from my acquisition of Season 1. They were pretty straight forward to paint. I also ordered some Battlefoam. It won't be nearly enough to hold all of my zombies, but it'll be plenty to hold my survivors from the previous two seasons and probably the third season.
For priming, I'm using Testors Flat Black (1249,) and it must have been formulated specifically for the kind of plastic used for Zombicide: It's about the most durable combination I've experienced. I gave it the old "finger nail" scratch test, and that primer just won't come off!
|This is the smaller Toxic City Mall box. Walkers in the|
sections along the bottom, and "bigs" and "fasts" in the
upper sections. Plenty of space for more!
So what does this mean? Well, I'm still going to drop my survivors into the Battlefoam for added (and pretty much redundant) protection, but the zombies get to be dropped straight into an extra box! No more searching for expensive options to house 300 zombies. The primer and paint will hold, and if it doesn't, well, these are a breeze to paint. I'm good to go.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Here are all my zombies painted with a simplified monochromatic technique (mostly just drybrushing the three or four colors.) Simplifying the process allowed me to paint all of these figures in a total of about six hours.
I guess I should add an asterisk: I still have to paint the zombies I just recently acquired from Jeff. These that are painted represent at least those from my original collection. All of Jeff's are standard (gray) zombies; They'll get painted for sure, eventually.
Yes, I'll play some Zombicide with these figures, but it's also nice to know that I have a good reserve of zombies should I want to play any other zombie game (of the skirmish variety.)
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
I finished the rest of my normal zombies, picked up some more from my friend Jeff, primed my toxic zombies and finished all of my berserkers. The picture above represents about 4 hours painting total. I'm thinking the toxic zombies, once primed, will take another two hours. The process is easy- just a couple layers of drybrushing, and a couple layers of lightening up the skin.
I'm holding off for now on painting the new zombies I picked up today from Jeff. Since I have a glut of them, I may use the new bunch for a few conversions; I may do something as simple as take a few apart so I can have crawling torsos and shambling legs if only to darken the landscape a little more. Or I may just pant them up so that everything is done (and I can get ready for samurai.)
And yes, those are some dogs painted in berserker colors.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
While I await some brand-spanking new samurai, I've returned to painting some of my Zombicide zombies. I painted my latest bunch (30-40 figures) in about two hours. I simplified my process to three greys and white for white clothing, which helped keep the painting time down. I have some runners, dogs and fatties yet to do for the standard zombies. (Though, I'm also buying a copy of the Season 1 box, so I'll have all the standard zombies I'll ever need.)
I'm hoping to get all my zombies painted before the next Kickstarter (or at least the standard zombies done before the new samurai arrive). I also still have plenty of zombivors to paint.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
The figure doesn't have a lot of detail, so he was easy and fun to paint. Instead of the cliche Afro-American pimp, I decided to go in a slightly different direction with the palette. I still gave him a pimp name, though:
He'll also be nice to use in Zed or Alive (hint, hint)
He's based on a Proxie Models 25mm round, which I've filled in with a little bit of green stuff.
My friends the Rust Devils have began their Kickstarter campaign for a zombie skirmish game (using the lovely Savage Worlds Showdown rules.) So head over and check out their Zed or Alive Kickstarter!
And how do I know the Rust Devils? They took my Mutie Beauty concept and made it awesome.
And how do I know the Rust Devils? They took my Mutie Beauty concept and made it awesome.
|This is the one I built. Watch the video to see the one the Rust Devils built:|
Friday, March 14, 2014
I usually don't go this long without a post, so for your enjoyment, here are a few random photos from my collection:
|Random barbarians from various manufacturers.|
|Fairy Meat figures made using Rackham Fiannas and Reaper wings pack.|
|Random randoms (yep, twice.)|
|42mm samurai from Steve Barber, waking up to the morning sun.|