31 Jan 2012

Armed police...

Having some zombies painted I decided the next thing to do was to paint someone to shoot them! Enter some of Urban Beat's armed British Police (the packs have been revised and additional figures added since I bought mine last year).

The first four are standard armed police with MP5 smgs. One figure (now in the character pack) was bareheaded and bald which I didn't like so I painted on a Liquid Green Stuff balaclava.

The second four are CO19 Counter-Terrorist Police, similar to the Armed Police but with different weaponry and wearing baseball caps instead of peaked police caps. They are similar enough to the first pack to be merged into one single unit.

For gaming purposes both will be categorised as SWAT teams in Apocalypse-Z.

29 Jan 2012

More walkers...

Finished the bases on the remaining sixteen Wargames Factory zombies adding a bit of dripped blood on the tarmac...

28 Jan 2012

The first dead walk...

The first seven figures are finished, with another sixteen just needing some grey paint on their bases. The zombies here are, of course, the Wargames Factory plastics. Much maligned in some quarters I agree they are not the best zombies on the market, but they are reasonable, easy to convert, are cheap and don't look too bad on the tabletop.

There are some oddities such as more right arms with short sleeves than there are torsos with shirts on but being plastic and swift scrap with a knife solves this. Detail is a little soft in places but the Army Painter dip I have used has brought out more than enough and I am happy enough with the end result, after all they are part of a horde an there will be over eighty of these shamblers alone.

Next stage is to finish of the remaining sixteen this weekend and crack on assembling pack two. I left the bases clean on these intending to add some detritus on the next batch, though I need to paint some bits of blood splatter...

10 Jan 2012

And the dead will rise...

Zombies... Like many wargamers I love them but despite playing them in fantasy and Weird War Two games and had many hours fun with Twilight Creations' Zombies!!! I have never tacked zombies in a contemporary setting as a tabletop wargames project. However, with three packs of Wargames Factory 28mm zombies amongst my son's Christmas presents the time has now come!

Both Saul and I love The Walking Dead but 28 Days/Weeks Later is also very popular here and having a slight apathy towards the traditional US zombie background I have decided to set our gaming in a zombie infected UK which should also make it easier to obtain vehicles and scenic items.

There is also another reason for choosing a UK background. I have been slowly working on a contemporary UK Civil War project (England Prevails) and I realised that the soldiers, police and militia units I intend to raise for that could do double duty fighting zombies (as could scenery and some vehicles).

Rules wise whilst All Things Zombie is very popular (and we may gravitate towards them) we are going to kick off with Apocalypse Z, a zombie Battlefield Evolution supplement from Exploding Goat Games as the basic game is highly playable and I picked up copies of both off eBay for 99p each.

With other demands on my time I suspect blogging on Undead Kingdom will be in fits and starts but there is an appetite ("brainsss...") to get the risen dead on the table and start double tapping them in the head to make sure they stay down!