Sunday, September 25, 2011

A Well-Defended House

This is another building that I did around the same time as the previous one.  I pretty much copied the ideas from the Survivalist's house on the Zombietown website.

Note that our survivalist friend has learned a few things from the mistakes of his late neighbors.  First off, the windows are boarded-up with metal bars, not easily ripped apart wood.  The bars were made from leftover plastic sprues cut to length and painted metal color.

The door is reinforced metal that no zombie horde will be bashing in anytime soon.  The door is simply plasticard cut to fit.  To make the rivets, I "dimple" the plasticard with a drill-bit, very carefully pushing and turning it on the backside to slowly dimple it out.  It's real easy to puncture the plasticard, and then you end up with a hole where a rivet should be.  It's not my favorite technique but I'm too lazy to punch out little tiny round disks (rivets) and glue them on.

I made a little escape-hatch on the roof from some balsa-wood and plasticard.  I figured our homeowner would crash up there every so often, so I added a couple of worn-out mattresses too. Even the roof is reinforced with metal.  I tend to use a lot of corrugated metal in my post-apocalyptic terrain, so I ended buying a paper-crimper from a craft store.

The crimper makes takes stiff paper and turns it into great-looking corrugated metal. 

I have a couple more homes in the process of being built, so stay tuned!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Last Stand

I put together this O-Scale house a couple of years ago.  I'm slowly working on a couple of others to help fill out the neighborhood.  (I guess there's a housing-market slow-down in zombie-apocalypse game worlds too)

The bloody handprint on the door was a pain in the butt to paint!

I was trying to make it look like an intense zombie-attack had occurred here.

While working on this I decided that the zombies won and made it inside, so I bashed this door apart.  Originally it was relatively intact, like the others.  Oh well...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Left 4 Dead

I finally finished the last two figures of my Left 4 Dead group.  Zoey and Louis have joined the group!

Francis,  Zoey,  Hunter,  Bill,  Louis

Zoey comes from a Reaper Miniature called Joplin. No conversion needed!

Louis started out as the Hasslefree mini called Ken. I had to file off some badges, and added a little greenstuff to make the shirt hanging out.  Otherwise, a pretty easy conversion.

Oh, and the Hunter is a Ghoul figure from Black Cat Bases, no conversion needed.

Well, now that they're a complete group of four, it's time to drop them in the middle of trouble and see how they do.  That's it for now.

Monday, September 5, 2011

2 Down...2 to Go

I finished these two zombie-apocalypse survivors just a couple of days ago, and I'm pleasantly surprised how they turned out.  They are of course Francis and Bill from Left 4 Dead, and they were pretty easy to convert.

To create Francis, I started with an EM4 Future Skirmish Biker figure.  I had to file off his beard, his pontytail, and his chest hair.  The rest is just painting.

Bill stated life as an Assault Group US Delta in Civilian Clothes figure (Third from the right).  I had to use greenstuff to sculpt a beret on his head, and add a paperclip cigarette. Again, the rest is painting.

ZGames was our friendly local gaming store, but is now, sadly, out of business.
This O-Scale building is where they'll have a few battles.  I actually completed this a couple of years ago, but the front has some obvious Left 4 Dead references so I wanted to include it with these two.

Francis discovers some goodies on the roof.

Things look bleak for our two heroes, but I'm sure they'll be getting some help shortly.

Actually, I'm little less confident about the other two members.  I found a pretty good Zoey figure, but Louis is more problematic, and right now my conversion looks...odd.  Anyway, those two are works-in-progress, but as I complete them I'll post them up and make sure Bill and Francis get some backup.