3 Jan 2013

Bunker on wheels


I was planning to write my first post of the year on the first day of the year, but I've figured I'd wait a bit to see if I could actually show something finished.

Now, I figured I wasn't as idle as I kept saying hobby wise, but nothing got finished and I don't want to show same WIPs over and over again.

On the hobby front, this year has started nicely. My diorama is mostly finished, my mojo is back.

I got loads of ideas floating in my head, that I should start writing down by now. I have to expand my jungle (bought lots of plastic plants months ago, only did few jungle stands). I will push forward this project so I can play:

Two strange aeons special scenarios, one happening in southamerican lost valley among the dinosaurs, other happening on a research island close to the coast of Florida.

Pacific adventures. I saw Company B's awesome japanese solider zombies (WWII) and I can't wait to game some us marines versus japanese experiment. I prefer japanese to nazi as nazis are overdone. It goes without saying I got no miniatures yet, and I really got to restrain myself from buying anything new anytime soon...but hey, before I get that jungle done, I will surely paint most of what I got, no?

Mayan / Aztec adventures! When I was a kid, I always wanted to be an adventurer / Indiana Jones! I really liked the movies and I still do. I knew at least a dozen ancient egyptian gods. I can't tell you how thrilled I was when I saw a rosetta stone in a British history museum. Just awesome. I remember reading how it is "stored in London" but when I was young, that didn't mean anything. When I saw it it had to be the highlight of my visit. Sure they got an actual Kleopatra in one of the exhibits, but as much as I was interested in mummies it seemed wrong to have actual dead bodies shown. Anyways, having a jungle and mayan pyramid lets me buy some of TAG's southamerican tribes of 16th century, which, given a good set of skirmish rules, could lead to gaming conquistador adventures. And now that I think of it, to pirates.

Well, let that be it, I think I've proven my point that jungle terrain is needed!

To be honest, I am thinking about gaming my (post)apocaliptic adventures in settings like that:

I think it might look quite awesome if done right, but it would make my modern buildings more or less useless for the use in other modern settings, as hostage situations I plan to play one day.

Talking of my modern terrain, I've finished basic colours on the out- and inside of one of my houses:
 I got two of this pattern, one green and tis one blue. I am thinking about putting a L shaped plastic between the roof and the walls upfront, to make small shops.
 Nothing special on the inside, (too) many windows, there is a solid wall between the two rooms, making it, say two bungalows. It  has no other interior walls because it would all get way too crowded. It could use some furniture!
 A detail on the "wood", I figured its no use doing anything too detailed, if I put a couch (design shamelessly copied from the ones Zabadak made!) the floor shouldn't be in a spotlight anyways.

Some of you know I was really disappointed with the Walking dead series. I was looking forward to watch a zombie themed series when it started, but second season was too much for me to take. It was so awful, I've watched it to the end just because I've started watching it and because I was hoping it might get better. I couldn't watch the little miss never-my-fault and her son anymore. Then I kept hearing how 3rd season is better (watched first 2 parts and wasn't overly impressed) and yesterday I've seen it all the way to the part 8, mid season finale. That makes 6 episodes in one day...during which, I should work on my essays anyways!

Gosh, I talk much today...sorry about that. I just wanted to say that series really brought my mojo back and I finally got around to restarding my armoured bus, okay might as well call it a coach project. Yes yes, I've named my blog post about this one and I am showing you everything, except the bus. Here it is:

Nothing special yet. It is a 1 pound bus from the poundland. I've bought two and figured I might as well actually do something with them by now. The damage you can see around the windows is an old superglue, when I lazily tried to place the wire on the outside. Yesterday I took it apart and placed it inside, for a much better result. I've put cardboard around and I think it looks quite fine. Now, what it needs is some extra armour plates up front, a plow or some spikes and a nest up on top. Got to make .50 cal emplacement and such. Also must make a note to self - make it detachable for easier storage.

Okay...got one more fast thing to show and I'll finish this for today. Here is a picture of little walls you get in those metal briefcases. I bought a case to transport my miniatures, but never used it because I gave up on the make-your-own-foamcase. I will use briefcase one day, and as those walls are not needed, they will make a great concrete compound walls. I got the idea from my gaming group. They made awesome walls from it for their WH40k terrain...I'll take some pictures once I get the chance to show it to you...its really a clever way.

So, I've been storing so much things to tell you over past month, that It all erupted now! So, my new year's resolution is, I'll try to make shorter posts and more frequent instead.

Thanks for looking, and even bigger thanks for reading,



  1. Lots of great Ideas, Pirates uh oh Mathyoo! Are you going to be saving some cash to spend at Salute then theres this Oath floating about about people not buying mini's until Salute then spending loads there instead.

    The buildings are coming along nicely and I really like the bus so far

    1. Pirates haven't really bitten me yet, but you know how this goes... :D

      I can't get any job so I am trying to save as much as I can to even get to England. I have great plans of making a round trip, but don't think it will be possible. But if at least trip to London works, I plan to be there so that Salute falls in last few days and I can spend what I got for all the shinny stuff, hehe.

      As for bus, I'll recheck the vehicle rules in NMRIH and build accordingly. I was thinking about making one side completely armoured and use it as a door in a stronghold...mad max style

  2. You've so much going on,good luck finishing anything !
    I've got hundrends of pirates who have never seen the ocean blue (painted ocean that is).

    1. I will try sticking with one until I get it all done, especially painting! It is like saying I will study trough whole year and not only few weeks before the exams, but hey...worth a try! :D

  3. Hahaha so many things going on mate ! good luck with it all, I cant believe you weren't taken by the walking dead series, for me thats got to be the best Tv series I have seen to date..... oh and Pirates thats a must.... I will do that some day soon (I should not have said that...*facepalm* ), you should too ?

    1. I loved the first season, the second was too much for me to handle. I really didn't like Lori and Carl. Their attitude and the actors. So I just quit watching it, seeing it won't get any better. But it did! :D

      Yes, I see pirates are on everyones agenda :D

      I hopefully wont jump into pirates until I have jungle and such done... If it wouldn't be so useless, I'd make a pacific island board...how could I make that modular now... :D

  4. I know this.....Manyprojectssyndrome! I suffer as well...

    Your idea with the post apoc terrain looks great. I really like your idea on that!

    And that bus....Promising indeed!!!

    Happy new year mate

    1. Well, have to jump from one to another to keep the interest going, no? :)

      As for the terrain, I think I'll do just that. I would like to game many modern adventures and all, but made up things give you way more freedom :)

  5. So much to digest and it's all good. If you can make Salute Great, I plan to be there and would be good to meet up. If not no worries.

    Really like the bus.... just don't think it's the vehicle I would choose in any post apoc setting.... but who says I would be correct.

    1. If I make it, I'm looking forward to meet you!

      Yes, the bus might not be the best idea, but it is a game and what can look better than a big fat bus running down some zombies? Well...except the combined harvester! :D