Here’s a set of the sofas I cast a couple of weeks ago, but in ruined form. These were made by taking a resin cast of the original, intact sofas, cutting chunks out of them, building them up again with green stuff and re-molding them.
This set were cast in Ultracal 30, which is a nice hard plaster that captures detail well and doesn’t effect the RTV molds I use, unlike resins which tends to dry out then tear up the molds after only a handful of casts. They’ve had feet glued on them, made from cut styrene sheet and were painted up with cheap student acrylics. The figure for scale is standing on a Games Workshop 25mm base.
I’ll probably paint up a few more sets and use them as scattered soft cover, or as a base for make-shift street barricades perhaps.
It seems I’m on a bit of a ‘This is Not a Test’ bender, so it’s time to start putting together some simple terrain for it. TnT is a post apocalyptic game, so ruined buildings and the refuse of 20th century living seem appropriate. Mighty Ape recently had a sale on a bunch of wargaming stuff, and I picked up a box of Mantic ‘Red Brick’ scenery for a very good price. The terrain from this boxed set, combined with my existing Hirst Arts mold collection should be enough to cover a 4’x4′ TnT table.
However one thing I was struggling to find, was a good supply of 20th century 28mm scale furniture and the like. As I’m trying to improve my sculpting skills, I tried whipping up some of my own. Here’s the first set which is a simple sofa, love seat and comfy chair. They’re posed here on lumps of blu tack, with a couple of converted old Necromunda figures, on GW bases for scale. They’re on blu tack because I plan on adding feet to the casts of these masters for a bit of a height boost.
They were constructed from cheap, builder’s epoxy that sets rock hard in 5 minutes. The quick set time means these were each built up in layers. Cushions first, then a base, then the back and finally the arms were added. Then the epoxy was filed back and patched in places with grey stuff where I’d left tool marks and the like. I’ve already cast a couple of sets of them in a good hard resin and they’ve come out quite nicely. I’m currently modifying the first set and adding more detail with green stuff to try and make ruined furniture that looks slightly more post apocalyptic. I also have mad plans to try and create a 50’s ‘Fallout 3’ styled fridge, TV and oven next. I might have to dig up the molds for my old Pulp luggage as well.
My This is Not a Test Raider warband was expanded on paper after the last TCOW meet. I added a Broiler, and another Mongrel dog – so had to find suitable figures for them.
I had a few more Obelisk Miniatures Hyenas to paint so the Mongrel was covered. However I had nothing appropriate for a Broiler, who comes equipped with a free flamethrower. I did recently get a bunch of metal Bolt Action figures, one of which was a Late War German Panzergrenadier carrying a WWII flamethrower, with a set of tanks that looked like they’d be reasonably easy to press mold.
Scrabbling through my old Games Workshop figures I also found a likely looking Vampire Counts Ghoul. This guy was an out of production, lead pewter figure from the late 90’s. They were lovely sculpts and the lead pewter made them ideal for conversion as you can repose their limbs with a reasonable amount of freedom if you’re careful. Low lead pewter is a lot more brittle and prone to cracking if you try to it.
The other advantage of lead pewter is that it’s fairly easy to cut through. Off came the Ghoul’s original head, and away went the bone he held in his left hand. He got a new head, again from my collection of old metals – a Pig Iron Productions gas mask head.
The press moulded gas tanks from the Panzergrenadier went onto the Ghoul’s back, and had a few bits of extra sculpting added. A new ‘flamethrower’ was sculpted with gardening wire and aluminium rod. The petrol pump handle the figure ended up with was my second attempt and came out a lot better than my first attempt which involved a butchered Catachan plastic Flamer. The plastic wheel is a spare from the front of a Bolt Action Hanomag kit.
All in all, one of my better conversion efforts I think. It’ll be interesting to see how he does on the gaming table.
The TCOW war gaming club told us last club day there was a This is Not a Test campaign starting up, so for the last two weeks I’ve been painting up ten figures as a TnT Raider warband.
This is Not a Test is a sci-fi skirmish game played on a 4″x 4″ table. It’s independently published so you’re free to use any suitable post apocalyptic or science fiction figures you have to hand. The 400 point Raider warband I put together using these figures was very easy to play as WYSIWYG thanks to the flexibility of the TnT warband construction rules.
The warband is made from a mix of old Necromunda Scavvies, who have been in my gaming cupboard of shame since late 2008, and three Hyenas from Obelisk Miniatures who have been sitting in that same cupboard since early 2007. I started 2015 vowing to knock off some of my half finished projects, so these guys nicely fit the bill. I’ve got a few spare as well, which will let me expand the warband slightly as I play the TCOW campaign.
They hit one of the five TnT tables at TCOW last Sunday and through a combination of dumb luck and some unusually high dice rolling (for me) managed to triumph in their first campaign game, with only the three mongrels being knocked out of action.
TnT was pretty easy to play, feeling very much like a modern take on older systems like Mordheim or Necromunda. It’s D10 based and uses opposed rolls. It is also mercifully free of the awful ‘I go, you go’ turn order GW always insisted on using, even in skirmish games. TnT has an interesting model activation system that’ll see you trading activations with your opponent several times in a single turn. It’s also possible to support multiple players using this system (although I’m not sure it’s recommended).
It also has an experience and campaign system that reminds me strongly of Necromunda, which is a good thing. Post the first battle my three knocked out mongrels took a variety of wounds, and I earned 80 points to spend on a few more figures for the next game in a fortnight!