Okay, serious mode off now! What's occuring? Until a few weeks ago my big project was the construction of the World Works Games Mayhem Police Station. The exterior has been completed and I began work on making furniture for all the rooms - a task that I find especially tedious! It's a necessary evil, I know, and it's my own fault for making my buildings so detailed but when it comes to filling offices with furniture I find the task becomes more of a chore than a labour of love. It's odd, but I only feel that way about offices. Other rooms, like the police armoury, for example, were a lot of fun to furnish. The upshot of my whining here is that I got distracted and made some other stuff that I'd planned on making much later in the year. First up were some military vehicles from Ebbles Miniatures, another cardstock firm that I can highly recommend. They tend to concentrate on near future and sci-fi models. I made two of their military-style SUVs and a Kirchner main battle tank, which I'll review shortly. The Kirchner is a massive beast and a very impressive model. Work on the police station hasn't stopped, it's just slowed down!
I've had the new WWG Terrainlinx (TLX) sets since they first came out and I knew that I wanted to remake my ground tiles, which are currently 23" by 23" square boards using the pre-TLX system, i.e. printed ground tiles glued atop a sheet of foamboard. Why the remake? Well, for a number of reasons. Firstly and most importantly, the new TLX system offers a far greater range of tiles and options. The picture above, taken from the WWG website, shows the complete range of tiles in clean, dirty and apocalyptic versions. That is a huge plus in my book. Any zombie fan is of course, going to be attracted to the apocalypse tiles. I'm going to mainly use the dirty tiles, along with a few clean and a few apocalypse tiles. I'm going for a gritty, rundown look to my Mayhem City. As my ATZ campaign progresses the dirty tiles will slowly be replaced by the apocalypse tiles.
The second reason for switching to TLX is that these tiles slot together. My old tiles don't but I wish they did as a few of them are warping and don't lie flat. The warping isn't too bad (only one or two millimeters) but it is noticable on a few of my boards. Because of the smaller size of these TLX tiles and the way that I'm making them, (foamboard sandwiched between mounting card and thin card with the ground tile itself wrapped around them) warping will not be a problem. I'd love to have enough tiles made for my next ATZ batreps (coming soon) but I suspect I won't. The one major drawback to the TLX system is that making a tile is VERY labour intensive. This is a project to be taken only if you have LOTS of spare time. I'm fortunate in that I do but even so, I'm still finding there just aren't enough hours in a day! When I get enough tiles made I'll type in a review. With WWG investing so much in this new system it is obvious that TLX is the way forward and so it makes sense for me to adapt to it sooner rather than later.
On the painting front, I'm still inundated with zombies. I recently bought 60 Blue Moon 28mm scale zombies and once I get those painted my horde will easily surpass the 500 mark. At the moment it's standing at 456. But first I must finish painting my 11 Tengu Models 28mm scale zombies - a lovely set of figures from a new company. I noticed that Studio Miniatures mentioned on the TMP forum that they were planning on releasing another 20 zombies soon. Oh, yes! Bring 'em on!
I'll be reviewing a lot of West Wind's Road Kill range of figures over the coming weeks. I made a start with their rage zombies, last week. My next review will feature zombie hunters and vampire hunters. Look out for that in the next few days.Next month will see me playing more games of ATZ for my ongoing campaign. Vampifan and co. are going to try to break out from the centre of Mayhem City. Wish 'em luck! They'll need it! I'm looking forward to continuing the campaign. If you're still here, thanks for sticking around and if you do feel inclined to leave a comment, by all means, do so... but PLEASE, PLEASE make it in English!