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Author Topic: Roswell '98: A North American Exclusion Zone in 20mm (02.21.21 Update)  (Read 1517 times)

Offline War Monkey

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Re: Roswell '98: A North American Exclusion Zone in 20mm (02.13 Update)
« Reply #15 on: February 15, 2021, 12:02:47 AM »
Oh seeing the plane, I need to get a 3D printer!
Just remember "If the Enemy is in range, so are YOU!

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Offline Jack Hooligan

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Re: Roswell '98: A North American Exclusion Zone in 20mm (02.21.21 Update)
« Reply #16 on: February 21, 2021, 08:40:37 PM »
When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth.



In this case, hell must be overbooked by about 20 lost souls because that’s how many zombies I’ve currently painted to populate the wastelands of Roswell.

Zombies are a staple of apocalyptic and dystopian settings. In fact, oftentimes zombies are the unrelenting obstacle in many apocalyptic stories. So, it’s natural that I need to get some for 20mm gaming. Plus, they’re used in all three games I plan to play Roswell ’98 with. There’s a Zombie Bash scenario in Gaslands where the objective is to see who can run over the most. Zona Alfa has zombies as a hostile type. Last Days…is pretty much all zombies. In fact, the necessary number to play Last Days is suggest to be 20, so that’s how many I assembled. I’ve got quite a bit more than that though.





I picked up the two sets of zombies from Dark Alliance. Each box has 4 sprues of 12 soft plastic zombies at 1:72 scale which works for 20mm. So with 48 zombies per box, I’ve got about 96 of these walkers looking to feast on the living. I want to take a moment and discuss the softness of the plastic though as my sets had a lot of flash that was hard to remove without cutting off fingers, hands, heads, etc. Some of these look like they’re wearing mittens. For the most part, I ended up leaving the flash on because as with most things in gaming, it’s actually not noticeable at arms length during game-play. These boxes are pretty cheap, I think I got each for about $15, so all in all a fantastic way to get a horde of the living dead at 20mm.



Here’s the 20 again. Where’d they come from? Maybe hell is full? Maybe there’s some space gas from the crashed UFOs? Using this setting as my tribute to cult classic films…maybe there’s a leaked canister of 2-4-5 Trioxin? <- Return of the Living Dead.

Regardless, I opted to paint the group with a limited earth tone palette. I didn’t want them to look like a collection of individuals, but more a filthy horde. I think it worked.



Our Perry Bros Dark Future duo are still looking for the President. Maybe he’s become a zed himself? The heroes will need to be careful, but they might have to shoot everything in the head to be sure.



Wait! It looks like the President, another official, and a pilot survived. These three are from Elheim’s 20mm range and come together as a set. They can be used as flags in Gaslands’ Capture the Flag scenario or objectives in Zona Alfa.



Maybe our heroes can get these civilians to safety…or perhaps they’ll join the legion of the living dead.

At this point, I’ve got a lot of hostiles done, I’ve got enough terrain (though I’ve got my eye on a few other pieces I need), I think it’s time I started arming up some of the gangs.

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« Last Edit: February 21, 2021, 08:47:17 PM by Jack Hooligan »
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Offline CookAndrewB

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Re: Roswell '98: A North American Exclusion Zone in 20mm (02.21.21 Update)
« Reply #17 on: February 22, 2021, 04:26:55 PM »
Lovely work on those Dark Alliance Zeds!

Offline Easy E

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Re: Roswell '98: A North American Exclusion Zone in 20mm (02.21.21 Update)
« Reply #18 on: February 22, 2021, 05:43:33 PM »
Nice work on these! 

I look forward to the games. 
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Online metalface13

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Re: Roswell '98: A North American Exclusion Zone in 20mm (02.21.21 Update)
« Reply #19 on: February 22, 2021, 09:09:01 PM »
Great job on the zombies. They do look like a proper rampaging horde.

Offline Jack Hooligan

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Re: Roswell '98: A North American Exclusion Zone in 20mm (02.21.21 Update)
« Reply #20 on: February 23, 2021, 02:24:17 PM »
Thanks, all!
Yeah, after priming them all the flash became apparent and I lost a little enthusiasm thinking they were going to look terrible. They ended up alright though. I hear the Zombie Bash scenario in Gaslands isn't the greatest, but if I find it lots of fun I'll need to paint up some more as I think it requires 10 zeds on the table per player.

Online metalface13

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Re: Roswell '98: A North American Exclusion Zone in 20mm (02.21.21 Update)
« Reply #21 on: February 23, 2021, 04:11:33 PM »
The thing about zombies though, if you're trying to trim the flash and you lose a finger or two, no big deal. They're zombies!

Offline Dan55

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Re: Roswell '98: A North American Exclusion Zone in 20mm (02.21.21 Update)
« Reply #22 on: February 25, 2021, 11:12:01 PM »
I remember seeing a video on utube once (can't find it now) where they handled flash like that on plastic figures by running a lit lighter quickly over the flash, too fast to melt the figure but slow enough that the flash disappeared.

Offline Jack Hooligan

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Re: Roswell '98: A North American Exclusion Zone in 20mm (02.21.21 Update)
« Reply #23 on: February 26, 2021, 03:08:34 PM »
I remember seeing a video on utube once (can't find it now) where they handled flash like that on plastic figures by running a lit lighter quickly over the flash, too fast to melt the figure but slow enough that the flash disappeared.

Interesting. That seems possible. I've certainly got enough of these figs I can afford a couple test subjects...

Cheers!

Offline CookAndrewB

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Re: Roswell '98: A North American Exclusion Zone in 20mm (02.21.21 Update)
« Reply #24 on: February 26, 2021, 04:14:44 PM »
That could work. With every Red Box you definitely get a handful of figures that don't need to make it out alive. Might as well take a lighter to a few! You certainly can't file them off. The plastic is too soft for that to be of much use. I carefully trimmed them with a razor or snipped with flush cutters where I could. Even so, they weren't perfect. I think that is just something you have to be ok with when you buy a bazillion figures on the cheap! lol

Offline Jagannath

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Re: Roswell '98: A North American Exclusion Zone in 20mm (02.21.21 Update)
« Reply #25 on: February 26, 2021, 05:10:36 PM »
Interesting. That seems possible. I've certainly got enough of these figs I can afford a couple test subjects...

Cheers!

I've seen this work. Other option is the back of a scalper (not blade side) - still enough to scrape but not sharp enough to cut into the model

I love your recent stuff pal, excellent

Offline Jack Hooligan

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Re: Roswell '98: A North American Exclusion Zone in 20mm (02.21.21 Update)
« Reply #26 on: February 26, 2021, 05:53:32 PM »
Thanks!

I've got an order of copplestone gaslands figs hung up with a supplier somewhere in the world... Brexit, recent UK Lockdowns, and recent Texas winter weather have all conspired to prevent the goods from getting to me.

I do have the highway patrol as I've shown, so I can at least get to work on that group.

 

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