Stewart Gibbs is a studio manager at Mantic Games and answers questions on Facebook for The Walking Dead: All Out War. I was going through one of the threads and Stewart was kind enough to give details on the scenery for the next three expansions. I don’t recall exactly what thread his comments were in but I did save them for future reference:
For the farm, you’ll need 6 fences around 3″ long, a tractor, a barn around 6″ by 8″, and 4 hay bales.
For the prison, you’ll need 5 chain link fences around 4″ long – that’s it for the prison as the rest is the internal corridors which are printed on the mat. You could build a 3D one to match, but you’ll need to wait for the actual mat if you want to match sizes etc.
For Woodbury, you’ll need 2 smoke clouds about 3″ across, 4 lamp posts, 6 stakes for walkers to be tied to in the arena, and a tank around 7″ by 4″. The rest of the Woodbury stuff is four houses, all printed on the mat. They must be small enough that there’s room on a 20″ mat to have a street between them, and space between and behind them for models to move. They can have a few rooms in each, but all of them must have at least one 75mm square room that is used for certain objective overlays.
With that in mind, I went on a search for hay bails. I found some recommendations on making your own but I don’t have time for that. Instead, I found some O-gauge model train terrain at Hobby Lobby and gave it a try.
I was skeptical about the size so here is the direct comparison.
They are a little smaller than real life rolled bails but they get the point across. The square ones are pretty much spot on though.
They are really light so I tacked them down with thumbtacks and double sided tape so when I sprayed them, they wouldn’t go flying all over and make a mess.
Pretty easy and if you have a coupon, you can get these for about $6 plus tax. A lot of sellers have them on eBay as well so if you don’t have a Hobby Lobby near you or they don’t stock these, you can try that outlet as well. The company makes quite a few different kinds of natural scenery and I saw some dried cornstalks that might go great for the Greene family farm expansion.
In other news, I bit the bullet and went all-in getting the comics.
This won’t catch me up with the current issues but is better than me stealing some reads off my friend’s copy and I find that they are a great reference for terrain and scenarios.
Speaking of comics, I’m finishing up my next issue of The Real Adventures of Rick and Glenn. This one is running a bit longer than my first session but I still hope to have it out next week. Here are some shots of my set up.
And for closer shots
The game board is on a large homemade lazy susan so that I can get different angles without having to mess with the black backdrop. Timeline and Bananagrams work well as a DIY steady platform. The exposure times on some of the high depth-of-field shots run in upwards of 10 seconds so a stable platform is pretty essential. One of these days I’ll get better lighting for this too.