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Striking While The Iron Is Hot

I thought I was going to get in another solo game of Championship Formula Racing but after prepping more Dropzone minis, I’ve gotten into a sort of painting rhythm and I might as well keep going while I can.

First up, I finished the last little unit for a potential army list I’ll likely try out at the next DZC meetup this month.

This guy was super simple with just some dry brushing slapped on over a black priming then picking out some minor details, clean up, blood stripe and done.  Another Kraken hovercraft transport ready to serve for the Resistance.

I still have my Walking Dead games to get through so I decided to finish up a long overdue addition to my group: Glenn.

Ah Glenn, always the runner.  I decided to take a bit more time to get some detailing on his hat.  Looking at the stock images in my TWD compilations, I couldn’t tell if the artist wanted him to be a Mets fan or Yankees so I decided he’d go for the Yanks.

Lucky for me, I have a new cheap brush that is fine enough for these details. Slow and steady with a bit of support really helped out here. That and having both the detail color and the background on hand to clean up the inevitable stray brush marks makes the job a bit easier and less nerve-wracking.

I couldn’t help but set up a quick little supply run photo op.  It’s good to see these two characters finally together.

With my new cheap brush, I know the fine tip won’t last long so I decided to keep hitting the tiny detail work.  The other reason I didn’t do a solo CFR game this week was because I caught wind of an opportunity to get a potentially large game going with some new players.  It likely won’t be too big but I only have six of my 1976 F1 cars painted and since my copy can handle eight players, I needed to get some additional cars in the garage just in case.

Sorry for the crappy depth of field on these next shots.  I didn’t have time to set up on a real camera so the terrible iPhone macro (or lack thereof) will have to do. This is an alternate paint scheme I’ve been wanting to try out for the Tyrrell P34.  Unfortunately, the livery for some of these cars really help break up the scheme even better but I didn’t want to try to freehand all that lettering.  I may try decals to finish up a lot of these cars.

Car eight in my collection is another alternate paint scheme for the Penske PC34, this time in the ATS theme.  I don’t know if this theme actually ran during 1976 as some of the reference images I was using dated 1977  with Hans Binder under the wheel.  It’s funny how wavy those lines look when viewed at the macro level. The effect is quite straight from a normal distance.  The yellow color gave me fits as my cheap craft paint (get what you pay for…) wasn’t really covering and looked almost greenish in hue.  I ended up making a custom color, which I hate doing on something that is going to require a lot of fine detail work.  I ended up making a big enough batch of the custom color to weather through all the rework those racing lines required so it all turned out in the end.

This concluded my eight car collection for CFR but I did have a few more cars sitting around and was feeling a longing for “the one that got away.”

Quite possibly my favorite color scheme goes to this Ferrari Lancia 801 from 1957. I had painted this once before as prize support for our race at Cabin Con this summer but I knew I had to eventually do it over again because it is just too cool to not have a copy.

A pretty productive week but now it’s time to game.  Next up will be to start prepping for the actual Walking Dead games as well as trying some lighting out for Batman.

Crunch Time

This week starts the last five weeks of the year and looking at my 6 x 6 Challenge list, things are looking pretty tight. I have five more games to get in to complete my challenge with Walking Dead dragging its heels with the least games played. Sad as I thought it would be one of the easiest to complete but I got a bit sidetracked. Since the remaining items seem pretty straight forward, I’ll be focusing a bit more energy to get Walking Dead to the table to try to finish out my Chapters series and mess around with some of the new missions in the later rule books.

After Walking Dead, I will have a few stragglers with one game left each.  Championship Formula Racing should be easy to get a game in again and I plan to do that this week.  Dropzone Commander has it’s last game already set up on the calendar as the local group completes another game in their ongoing Winter Campaign.  That leaves Batman Miniature Game.

We’ve been moving right along with our BMG sessions and so I’d like to try to hit one of the campaign scenarios in the Suicide Squad starter. That will be a bit ambitious as all of those scenarios require the Suicide Squad team, which I haven’t started painting yet (and I’d really like to play with painted models).  Probably a long shot to completing that option but what is life without lofty goals? I can always fall back on our regular 200 point game if need be.

I did figure out that I needed a better storage solution as the pink plastic tray that came in the Suicide Squad starter was pretty useless. Two pluck foam trays later and this great box is reborn as my minis holder.  And just look at all that room for expansion…


In other news, we started playing Evolution Climate from North Star Games a little bit and my friend reminded me of a goal of his to add a little more theme to the game.  The game represents the management of new species that evolve to gain the most food every round and the game includes these nondescript trays to hold your species’ stats.

We always wanted to give a little more info or theme about these species we were creating so we thought about maybe cards or different tray designs.  Then I picked up a promo set at Gen Con and thought we had the solution.

While these new custom trays are much better visually than the standard trays, other players found them difficult to determine key things like my species’ population or body size.  In addition, there are only six of them in three separate designs.  That means not enough trays to go around and the variety is limited to the three dinosaur shapes printed.

We started brainstorming and thought maybe cards that you randomly draw from a custom deck could work. These cards would have descriptive names of some animal on them. This could then help you imagine that you were creating some type of new bat or caribou or whatamaroo.  I was thinking about this a bit more and while at Michael’s, I found a nice alternative.

These little plastic creatures (on the upper left of the tray) come in assorted packs of differing shapes and are relatively inexpensive (especially if you buy them over the course of a few weeks with the store’s weekly 40% off coupon).  I think this can give the species a little bit of theme while staying out of the way of the game mechanics.  I’ll have to get this to the table and see if it works.

Lost Projects and Revisions

The weather last week was pretty great and seeing that the forecast would turn a bit colder, I used the opportunity to get the rest of my Walking Dead: All Out War minis primed.  Hopefully I can get into a routine again during the long winter nights and finish up the bulk of them.

This is just the heroes I have and while it looks intimidating, I’m only really painting the heroes I like or will use.  I went “all-in” on the Walking Dead Kickstarter campaign mainly for the full ruleset (spread across multiple expansions) and the large amount of unique zombie sculpts.

Of which, I still have a lot to complete.  I’ll likely start with the walkers again like last time though there are some Rick and Glenn models I need to paint up as well. Imagine that, finally having a Glenn model…


I was talking about small lights with some commenters on another Kickstarter I’m obsessing about, Time of Legends: Joan of Arc (check it out if you haven’t, the game is fantastic), and I got a recommendation to use these small, self-contained LEDs.

They are pretty bright and might make for some easy streetlights for Batman Minis Game or Walking Dead.  I like my current street lamps but one of them already seemed to short out so I’m looking for some alternatives and these might work with an easy lamp post frame to support it.

We found that the power source is three 1.5V batteries and the lights will still function less bright with only two of the batteries.  Not completely sure if they will work with what I have in mind but definitely a nice little find.

Gen Con 50 Walking Dead Wednesday

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Walking Dead Wednesday but I did seek out Mantic to see what things were coming up from this great minis game.

Before I hit the Mantic booth, I caught these great scenes from the 4Ground booth.

Over at the Mantic booth, the crew there was pretty tight lipped as I tried to get info on what would be coming out next after the Woodbury expansion.  Even though I struck out in my information hunt, I did catch some of the next retail exclusive wave models.

Walker Rick is going to be released in a separate blister with peg-leg Dale, and Scott Moon in what they are calling “Dale, prison advisor” package.  This is slated for Q1 2018 as part of “Wave 4.”  Interesting as I thought the Walker Rick was exclusive to the upcoming Collector’s Edition.

Lilly and Smitty make an appearance in Wave 4 as well.

Maggie with Susie/Rachel join the options for the upcoming Wave 3.

They also had the release schedules posted for Wave 3 and Wave 4.

They were running a few little Walking Dead events and there was the Mantic Games Night but I planned poorly and had booked up my own events during that time.

6×6 Gaming Challenge: Mid-year recap

Now that we’re in July, I thought I’d take a quick moment to recap where I’m at with my 6×6 Gaming Challenge. I always keep the running total up-to-date at the top, under my “About” header.

The good news is every game on my list has been played at least once. Even better news is I’m sitting at 20 games/sessions played out of 36 for the challenge so I’m beating the curve by a good 5%.  Let’s look at the details:

The Walking Dead: All Out War:
Dropzone Commander:
Santorini:
Batman Miniature Game:
Pandemic: Legacy:
Championship Formula Racing:

As you can see, Dropzone Commander and Batman are a bit behind the curve.  Batman may be the toughest to get all the way through before the end of the year since it is completely self-driven.  Dropzone Commander still has regular monthly get-togethers so I’m not too worried about finding a game.

CFR, Pandemic, and The Walking Dead have been going quite well with a lot of interest still peaking for those games.  The next few months are going to be a little tough as I prepare for Gen Con and a vacation later this summer but I still have a lot of plans for all the games on the list so at least the drive is still there.

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