While looking at pulp figures in my quiet time, I found the Copplestone range, now I didn’t know what I needed any of the figures for, but I knew that I needed them. I really liked the Neo-Sovs and had been looking for opponents for some zombies. Living in the frozen North, I thought these would go great together. If you’ve ever been outside at night in three feet of snow, below zero and just stood and watched the woods you’ll know the kind of effect it has on you. It’s absolutely beautiful, but you feel a little bit vulnerable even if dressed for it. I thought it would be a great setting for some zombies, enter The Dead of Winter. Vermonters from the Free City of Burlington holding out in the Apocalypse against Zombie hoards. No painting guides, no realistic pursuits, just painting and popping zombies, over and over.
These lads were dressed in winter gear and fit the bill perfectly. The Copplestone figures are bigger than any other 28’s I have painted, and they are EASY to paint. Great big surfaces to paint and great lines to follow. REALLY easy and FAST. I enjoyed it greatly, and will be painting more before long.
I have been quite quite on the blog for a bit, but that’s because I’ve been doing quite a bit of traveling lately. I started in late June with a trip to Philidelphia for work, so no time for taking in to many sites. Then it was off to Quebec City for a fun trip with the family. I’ve done the military sites before so more of a culinary and shopping trip this time, we try to go as often as possible. Then back home for one day before it was off to Southern Vermont for camping and a reenactment of the Battle of Hubbardton. All in a two week period, so no time for painting or posting.
I got some great pictures of the reenactment and a few of Quebec City. It’s really had to get good pictures of the city with my crappy camera, but here a few. Hubbardton was much easier as the reenactors came within 5 feet of us for the retreat portion and discharged a volley or three right there. The kids loved it and the cannons were a big hit with my three year olds.
I made some comments on the a few pictures so do look for them. The last 10 or so are just pics of the reenactors as they filed past, just trying to capture as many guys in closeups as time would allow.
I have finished my last batch of Huron warriors. These guys were a lot of fun to paint and I even made a few alterations to them. I’m not a big fan of headbands and in this last group I had a few guys with headbands, the one in the blanket and the guy standing and pointing, so I went to work on them. I started with a dremel to grind them down and do the bulk of the work, then I hit them with a small round file to get a good shape back. I think it came out alright and if you didn’t know it was done, you might not even notice.
I never really became comfortable with the green and purple warpaint so it was used sparingly throughout. I really wish I was more creative with it in general, but it’s one of those things that I need to work on I guess.
I’m getting close to wrapping up my current FIW project (well the close to finishing the beginning anyway) and that’s got me itching to try something different for me. Something that doesn’t require historical accuracy. I’ve also wanted to try some zombies for a while now, inspired by Akula’s Rules: Skirmish Edition. I wanted to use the crazy cheap Mantic Zombies in the project, that was one thing I knew for certain. While trolling for figures, I came across the fantastic Copplestone range. So I’ve attemped to combine the two and have come up with The Dead of Winter. I’ll set my games in the post-apocolyptic north where it’s winter for most of the time. I haven’t quite figured out why it works, but I’ll be wargaming rather than growing crops and such.
The biggest obsticle has been how to base my units for winter. I researched and researched winter basing and for the most part found out that there aren’t a lot of tutorials on the web. The best one that I found was this snow basing tutorial. I have replaced the baking soda on top of the base with Woodland Scenics snow flock, but kept to the recipe other than that. It’s a serious pain and I’m not sure the flock will stay put, so I tried using my typical basing material, Vallejo Pumice, with a little white paint mixed in as well. And because I’m still not certain that I want my zombies to only be able to be used in one gonre of game, I tried something close to my regular basing with more of the dead looking grass. Here are the results.
I’m starting to really like the look of the winter bases with flock on them (1st zed), which is strange as I didn’t like them at all when I started. While the next zed (middle one) looks ok in a picture, in actuallity, it looks a little to glossy and plasticy in person. I also really like the “grassy” zed as it will mix with the basing on all of my other figures and will allow me to have everyone fight the Zombies as whim dictates.
So at this point I’m really just wrestling with the dilemma of whether I should actually start creating a winter table and base my zombies with snow bases. I’m quite happy with how they will look, but do I want to make them exclusive to one table/set-up? I want my VSF Lead Adventures chaps to fight zombies as well…I’m oogling many, many fine 28mm figs that could be zombie combatants too…there’s Hasslefree miniatures that I want to slap some paint on and many others. Having a large group of zombies to fight small groups of figures allows me to paint small sets of figs (up to 10) on a whim and still have something to do with them.
Here are my Copplstone Neo-Sovs that are ready to be based when I decide. If I don’t go with the winter theme, I’ll have to give them a different coat.
I suppose I have to figure out if I want to have two sets of zombies or not?!
I have been anticipating these guys for a long time. This is the first new release from The Galloping Major since I started painting his figures, so they set back my complete figures percetages creating a desire to get some paint on them quickly. It still took me a little while as I was waiting to see what others have done with them. So far, the only painted example is by the Major himself on his site. With that inspiration and the photo on the back of the The Annotated and Illustrated Journals of Major Robert Rogers as my guide, I went for it.
The following are the results, I hope I have done the figure justice as it’s fantastic. It’s my first attempt at 28mm 18th Century lace really. It’s a time consuming, but not un-enjoyable process. I had an amazing amount of fun painting the tri-corn on the other Ranger officer, and it makes me look even more forward to the eminent releases from the galloping major. We’ve already seen the Provincial officer, I’m hoping for other regular types in the very near future.