More ramblings from ye olde editor. Since my last editorial I have seen my blog go from strength to strength. My number of followers has increased to 21. A big hello and an even bigger thank you for joining the ranks of my readers. What has really amazed me is the number of hits the site has received. I did not expect to crack the 10,000 mark in just six months. If I'd received 10,000 hits in a year I'd have been delighted but to top that in less than half a year is such a wonderful feeling. Again, heartfelt thanks to everyone who has clicked onto my site.
So, what am I up to and what can you expect to see in the near future? My painting table is still dominated by zombies. I'm currently working on the last 20 Cold War Miniatures 28mm scale zombies out of the 70 I bought. I have just finished painting my converted Hasslefree 28mm scale Vampirella figure and Black Scorpion 28mm scale Echo the Demoness. These will be the central focus of my Diorama of Doom. I'll also be including eight Heresy 28mm scale zombies. All of the figures are painted, I just have the base to finish making and painting. Fortunately it is nothing too elaborate - just a small part of a cemetary with about three gravestones on it. The rules of the competition state that the base should be no bigger than a CD, which limits what you can fit on it. Closing date for the competition is 31st of October and I'm confident of getting my diorama completed in time. Expect to see lots of pictures here after the closing date.
My enthusiasm for making World Works Games models remains undiminished. I recently completed my Mayhem Skateboard Park. That will be the focus of an upcoming review and should play a prominent role in my next zombie battle report. At the moment I am making more WWG vehicles. Whenever I complete a building I like to have a break and make more vehicles. This way my vehicle collection grows at a steady pace and I don't suffer from burn-out making buildings. Although I must admit making my four-storey Mayhem lawyers' offices came close to sapping my enthusiasm. Still, the joy of completing it was that much sweeter! I'm not too sure what my next building that I make will be. I've narrowed it down to two choices - a small chapel or a general store. The chapel would be the easier model to make.
WWG have recently introduced a new way of making card scenery called Terrainlinx. Two sets are currently available - Himmelveil Streets and Himmelveil Sewers. These are primarily aimed at fantasy gamers. Nonetheless, I've bought them and I'd like to see how they work as they represent the future for how all WWG buildings and scenery will be produced. Exciting times if you're a fan, which I most certainly am.
Speaking of WWG, I was recently honoured by Denny Unger, the CEO of the company, who made all of my reviews of their buildings Sticky posts in the user's gallery section of their forum. The praise I have received from the good folk on the WWG forum has been exceptionally gratifying. I thank everyone for their kind comments.
I've just started reading Handling the Undead by John Ajvide Lindqvist, having just finished his vampire novel, Let the Right One In. I bought the DVD of the book at the same time and thoroughly enjoyed them both. The book is better than the film, simply because it goes into a lot more detail than a film can. I may do a full review of them both shortly. On the comics front, Vampirella is back after a far too long absence (well, it was for me!) in a story called the Second Coming. I'm a very happy bunny getting my monthly fix of Vampirella again.
Next week sees the general release of Zombieland at the cinema here in the UK. Suffice to say, I am looking forward to watching it immensely. The scene I saw in the trailer of the little old lady dropping a piano on a zombie had my laughing out loud. I've seen quite a few trailers of zombie films that I definitely want to see. George Romero is shooting his sixth zombie film - oh joy! Rec 2 looks just as scary as the original and apparently picks up about one minute after the first one ended. There are others I want to see but my memory has suddenly gone blank. Ah, the effects of old age!
Next week I will be playing and photographing another big zombie game, which will feature in my third battle report very soon, hopefully in the week after next. This time I'll playing a scenario using the All Things Zombie rules. I've been itching to try out the new ATZ rules after they got a complete overhaul earlier this year. I was a fan of the first edition rules but they were not without numerous flaws. It'll be interesting to see how the version 2.0 rules play.
Finally, the picture that prefaces this editorial was one I found whilst Googling images of zombies. It is an unknown artist's take on Da Vinci's masterpiece of The Last Supper. I like it a lot and I'll gladly credit the artist if anyone knows who he is.