Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Vampifan's Views 38 - Monthly Musings 22

Vampirella by Mike Choi
And so we come to the end of Zombicide month. It made a pleasant change to have a themed month.
I am still busy painting the last 25 zombies from my Victory Force Zombie Horde 1, although I expect to finish them soon and that will give me 100 zombies to review, which is far too many to review in one go. I am currently thinking of doing ten reviews of 10 figures or five reviews of 20 figures. Any preferences?
Work on my Stoelzel's 28mm scale Brummie's Burgers fast food restaurant is progressing at a slow pace due to me making the furniture items and props before I make the building. This isn't my normal card modelling procedure, but I just fancied a change to the way I do things. Mind you, I have started work on the car park that comes with the restaurant. Prior to starting this project I did wonder whether to include the car park or not, as you can just as easily make the restaurant as a free-standing building. In the end, I decided that the car park was a part of the set and so needed to be made. It also makes an excellent surround to the building.
In other news, I received the first of the three Kickstarter packages that I supported these past 8 months or so. My two big pledges (about £250.00 each) were for the Reaper Bones figures and for Zombicide Season 2. I'm expecting both of them to arrive later this year. In between backing those, I also supported the Zombie Plague board-game by RSquared Studios. Two weeks ago, I received the game board, counters, rulebook and comic and 28mm scale figures of the four survivors. The zombie figures that I ordered will be sent out later. The new figures are a vast improvement on the ones that were originally created for this simple but fun game. I'll admit that I mainly backed this project so that I could get the figures. I'll review the four new survivors as soon as I get them painted. Further incentive to finish painting my Victory Force zombies.
Finally, I'll leave you with another heart-warming story about the generosity of our fellow gamers. Two months ago, I was contacted by Anton, a German follower who wanted me to proofread a set of alternate rules he had written for Zombicide, stating that his English wasn't too good. Now, you may not know this, but I did a course in proofreading in the past, so I was happy to help him. It only took one afternoon to proofread his work and I sent it back to him. He was delighted with the results and promised to reward me with a gift. Well, I'd have happily done the work for free. I had no idea what to expect. At the beginning of this month I received a very large parcel from Anton. Inside were loads of goodies. The bulk of the parcel was made up of Warhammer 40,000 ruined buildings, some pre-made but not painted and the rest still on their sprues. There was a lot of them. In addition were two large Warhammer 40,000 plastic craters, a bunch of 25mm diameter resin bases, six plastic zombies from the old Heroquest game, a metal giant's head (I've no idea what to do with that) and a box of After Eight mints, which I shared with my mum. Quite a haul, huh? I have no doubt who got the better half of this deal! Anton, if you're reading this, my deepest thanks to you, once again.

18 comments:

  1. Seems like a busy month. great haul from Anton, very generous indeed. I would do 10 lots of 10 figures or else you will end up with a whole years worth of blog posts all on one subject (slight exaggeration, but only slight).

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    1. That would be my preferred option, Clint, but I do think ten reviews on the same subject in a row would get boring. Obviously, I'd have to break them up with other stuff.

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  2. Busy, busy, busy (but how about some game reports :-) ?).

    10 reviews on essentially the same topic might be a bit repetitive? I suppose it depends on how much else you have in the pipeline - would these reviews prevent you from other articles that you have planned over the same time frame?

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    1. To be honest, Hugh, I have little planned in the pipeline. I'll be having a big photo session soon, not just of the VF zombies, but of other stuff as well.

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  3. It seems a fairly slack month for you (joking).
    As for reviewing your Victory Force zombies I'd be happy enough to see three or four reviews, perhaps showing what you consider the best and worst of the horde and of course groups shots.

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    1. The problem with this VF horde is that there is very little variety in the poses, so perhaps fewer reviews, like five lots of twenty may be better.

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  4. Sounds like a good month. I'm looking forward to seeing your "Brummie's Burgers". I always love your builds. Likewise for your reviews. I imagine doing 10 reviews on the same subject may turn into something of a chore for you to make, though.

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    1. It'll be a while before I finish making Brummie's Burgers but the wait will be well worth it, LJ.

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  5. Great recap of the month. It definitely sounds as though it was a good one for you.

    As far as the reviews, I think that five of twenty miniatures apiece makes the most sense. This way you don't become "just" a miniature review blog. I have no problem with those (I subscribe to a few), I just appreciae how varied your posts are.

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    1. And another vote for the 5 for 20 reviews. I'm seeing a pattern here. Don't worry, it certainly won't be 5 or 10 reviews in a row. I will intersperse them with other stuff.

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  6. Great musings as always. I think you can group the Victory Force miniatures into groups of 20. They don't need a lot of individual description.

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  7. Look forward to seeing the VF zeds I'd do them in 20's as well. Nice to see that the kickstarters you have backed will begin to arrive. Look forward to seeing the characters from Zombie Plague I wasn't impressed initially so it will be nice to see how they've changed.

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    1. Thanks, Simon. The difference between the new and the old Zombie Plague figures is immense. The new ones are simply gorgeous.

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  8. If the VF figures don't have much variety then 5 of 20 would be best I think. I'm looking forward to to them. Now that you've unexpectedly gained all that GW what will you do with it? Might I suggest futuristic ww3 post Apocalypse/terminator robot/zombie survival game.

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    1. 5 of 20 it is then. As for my new scenery, I still find the ruins are useful in a contemporary setting. When I ran my BDTZ campaign I used a few of my WH40K ruins.

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