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Zona Alfa – A Club Donation

Zona Alfa – A Club Donation

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About the Project

This is a Zona Alfa project where I paint up the hostiles needed for the game. I will be donating these miniatures from my collection to my club so anyone can set-up a game any time they want. It is also my first time using Speed and contrast paints; so this will also be a testing ground for them.

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Finally Finished!

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Hi everyone,

The project is now finished.  I spent the day working on the storage box and it is now ready as well.

So what do I think of Speed paints in general?  I think they are great for specific jobs that require speed.  I don’t like painting this way, nor will I convert to Speed Paints or Contrast.  They are just not my thing.  I do not enjoy the process as much I do with  my more conventional painting techniques and paints.

Having said that, if I ever decide to paint up the miniatures of one of my board games, like Blood Rage, I will definitely use these paints. So basically for any set of miniatures that are not handled exclusively by me.

All the hostiles painted up, and all the minis I will ever need for this game!All the hostiles painted up, and all the minis I will ever need for this game!

The storage box is a Star Wars Legion starter set box. It comes from an order I made from Ebay Germany.  It was for two boxes of Battletech miniatures and the seller sent them in this box.  I kept it at the time thinking I it might come in useful one day.  And so it did!

I fitted the miniatures inside the box and cut out compartments  from cardboard for the figures.  Since the box is quite deep, I made part of it into a two tier system.  Overall it is a cheap yet sturdy solution for a club project.

The first layer.  The foam is just added protection.The first layer. The foam is just added protection.
The whole thing put together.The whole thing put together.

There you have it. A game system ready to be taught, demoed and played at our club.  I will leave this project open for now because I will use it to display my Zona Alfa team when I get around to painting them.

I hope you enjoyed this little journey with me and I hope this makes you think of playing the game or giving it a go.

Until next time, may your lasergun batteries never run out.

NR

(P.S. Oh no, I have to go back and paint up more 10mm Elf cavalry. Aaaargh!)

All The Models Are Now Paint!

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Hi everyone,

All the minis for this project are now painted up. I have literally painted all the hostiles I will ever need to play this game!

The last miniature was what I call ‘the creature from another dimension’. It definitely looks like something that came out of some anomaly!

Unlike the other figures, I painted this one over a period of three days, spending about 45mins to an hour per session.  I went about it this way because I did a lot of experimentation with my Speed Paints and washes. To be honest I did not achieve what I envisioned, but the result is good enough for this game.

Also over a period of three days I painted up the anomalies I made over the weekend with paperclips, polystyrene and gesso. The whirlwind type anomalies were simply given an application of purple speed paint. That is it!

The ball effects I wet-blended with artist acrylics and paint retarder to give me extra time to work.

I spent most of this afternoon working on a storage solution for these miniatures. Several months ago I ordered some Battletech from Ebay Germany and they were packed in a Star Wars Legion box.  So I went about creating compartments from cardboard to create some storage.

The picture below is only part of it.

All The Models Are Now Paint!

Last but not least, I needed a copy of the rules – you can’t play a game without rules surely!  So I printed out my PDF copy and ring-binded it. This way it can be opened flat on the table or folded in on hand without damaging it.

All The Models Are Now Paint!

I will bring this project to a close on Sunday with a group shot and the finished storage box.  An enjoyable week overall, I must admit.

So until Sunday keep your laser-gun batteries charged.

NR

 

Nearly All Painted.

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Hi everyone,

I had this morning off, so I got up early and started working on the last few hostiles I have left.

I went through the ‘wild packs’ very quickly, but I slowed down somewhat with the mercenaries/scavengers/bandits.

The first of the packs were the raptors.  I gave these a green Speed paint coat, let it dry, continued to cure the paint with a hairdryer on warm air.  Then I gave two coats of black Speed paint on the green to bring out the pattern. A light drybrushing followed.

Next I did the demon hounds from Mythic Battles Pantheon. With these all I did was give them two coats of flesh colour Speed paint (naturally leaving time to dry in between).  I did not even drybrush.

The last of the hounds are a mish-mash from three companies.  The Mantic plague dogs were given a red coat and drybrushed.  The wolf was treated like the rat swarms, but I did more drybrushing.  The hyeanas were given a leather Speed paint colour and drybrushed as well.

The rogues/mercenaries/bandits below took the longest to paint.  I had to go in with a smaller brush at times due to the detail.  Nonetheless, the process was mostly the same.  One coat and a drybrushing.  I naturally used a smaller drybrush due to the tiny areas involved.

All Copplestone miniatures.All Copplestone miniatures.
These took me 2 and a half hours to paint up.These took me 2 and a half hours to paint up.

Altogether I worked for about 3 and a half hours, excluding breaks .  Now I just have one larger figure to paint and the project is over. I will continue to work on the cheap storage solution I have come up with for the club.

Until tomorrow,

NR

Another Productive Day

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Hi everyone,

I have passed the afternoon and evening getting to grips with Speed Paints and Contrast.  I am trying to push the quality of the painting outcome without sacrificing the time taken to paint them.

Having said that, I have taken a bit longer to paint this batch, but I think I have achieved a higher quality.

The first up are the two mutants I converted.  I did an experiment on the skin. I tried giving two coat coats of different colour speed paints to see the outcome before drybrushing.

With these mutants I gave their skin a first coat of grey then of purple.

Another Productive Day
Another Productive Day

Next up are the rad-ghouls I also converted.  Ghouls are normally painted in greens, greys and purples.  So I decided to break the mould and go with yellow. They are irradiated after all!

I them a cover of yellow first, follow by a layer of skin colour and finally, after curing the paint with a hair-dryer, a diluted wash of violet.

After the Speed paints, I went through them all and picked out the details like teeth, tongues, eyes, belts etc.  Altogether I spent 4 hours and 20 minutes on these miniatures.

Hopefully, I will finish painting all the hostiles by tomorrow. Then I will create a storage solution for them.

Until tomorrow.

NR

I Am Quite Surprised!

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Hi everyone,

So I stated painting up my miniatures.  I started with the mutants which I took from the Plague box set for Deadzone 1st edition.  The leapers I used as mutants and the big guy as a large mutant – as per Zona Alfa rules.

I decided to paint them as their original colour scheme so they can be used in Deadzone in anyone needs to.

I also noticed that I over-sprayed the white foundation, so I gave all the models a thinned down black wash.  This way I darkened up the crevices.

I had prepared and put together the zombies over the weekend.  The rat swams were full of mould lines which I did not bother with – way too much work.

After using the Speed paints – just two colours – red and bone.  The miniatures were basically ready. This took me 25mins.

I went on to do the 16 zombies as well as 6 rat swarm bases – another hour.

When they were dry, I decided to help the paint cure a bit better by hair-drying them.

I then proceeded to dry-brush the models with lighter colours (including the bases), and pick out details like the teeth, eyes and tongues. This took me another hour and a half.

Viola! I had finished 26 miniatures in a bit under 3 hrs.  I have been painting miniatures since 1985 and I have never managed to paint more than 5 in 3 hours with my conventional techniques!

I basically used the basic Speed Paint box set to paint all the miniatures here.I basically used the basic Speed Paint box set to paint all the miniatures here.
My mutants painted as the box art for practical reasons.My mutants painted as the box art for practical reasons.
I Am Quite Surprised!
Mantic Zombies.  I mixed Speed paint green and yellow (1:3) for the skin.Mantic Zombies. I mixed Speed paint green and yellow (1:3) for the skin.
I used red Speed paint directly over the skin in the open wounds.I used red Speed paint directly over the skin in the open wounds.
The easiest models on earth to paint up.The easiest models on earth to paint up.
I drybrushed these first with a light grey, then lightly with an off-white.I drybrushed these first with a light grey, then lightly with an off-white.

As you can see for yourselves, these miniatures a very good tabletop standard. What I find amazing is that this level was achieved so quickly and with such little effort!

I still prefer to paint with conventional paints and in a conventional method, but this is certainly something I will look into more.

A special thanks to Marco Frisoni from NJM on youtube for his tutorials. Watching his videos made me take the plunge into using these types of paints.

I will be back tomorrow with more fully painted miniatures.  Heck at this rate I will be ready by Friday with time to spare!

Until tomorrow,

NR

This Mini-Project Begins!

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Hi everyone,

Today begins my 5 days off work.  During the morning I am helping a friend with his business and in the afternoon I will work on this project.

My club has dropped all restrictions, so I am donating a ‘pick-up tabletop game‘ to the club so anyone can play.  What better pick-game than Zona Alfa!

Zona Alfa is published by Osprey in their blue rulebook format. It is what I call a finite game, in the sense that once you have all the minis you need to play, you don’t have to buy anything else – ever.

This game plays somewhat like Frostgrave in concept, in that you have to get the treasure and run – from a lot of hostiles.

So in order to play the game I went through my model collection trying to find anything that suited the various types of hostiles in the book.

I found all I needed and more.  These are mostly cheapish miniatures but ideal for the game.  I did this over the weekend and I also did some converting in preparation for the painting with my Speed Paints and some Contrast paints as well.

What I did not find was some anomalies. These are space-time distortions in reality from which hi-tech pours forth – as well as nightmarish monsters. Therefore I decided to build my own with styrene balls, paperclips and cheap gesso.

Made from styrene, paperclips and several applications of gesso.Made from styrene, paperclips and several applications of gesso.

I also had some plague models from Mantic which I converted to make them low-tech rad-ghouls.

I also had bought three packs of plastic Reaper Ghouls at a Black Friday sale several years ago and I thought they were perfect to compliment the Mantic plague warriors as rad-ghouls.  I just needed to convert them a bit for variation’s sake.

Last but not least I had two plastic Reaper Cave Trolls that were perfect for mutants.  They just need a bit of work to take them out of the realm of fantasy and into more modern times.

This is how the troll comes out-of-the-blister.This is how the troll comes out-of-the-blister.
Two hours later!Two hours later!

Before I sat down to write up this post, I undercoated all the hostiles with my airbrush.  Tonight I will start painting them up.

This is the first time I am using Contrast paints and Speed paints, so I am approaching this as an exercise and as an experiment.  I will time myself and see how fast I can paint up each batch of miniatures.

Until next the post.

NR

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