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The Walking Dead – A tale of boot camps and laughter

The Walking Dead – A tale of boot camps and laughter

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About the Project

In November 2016 I went to the Beasts of War Mantic Games The Walking Dead - All out War Boot Camp and it changed my hobby life. I had already backed the game on Kickstarter at its lowest level (March to War), but this allowed me to sell some duplicates of the exclusives and help me pay for my trip to N. Ireland for the boot camp. I met awesome people and really fell in love with the game. I wanted to show my painting efforts somewhere and share some ideas about terrain and some of the ways we have found to scale and manipulate the game to include more players and different ways of playing. Please comment and offer your ideas and experiences.

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Maggie Booster

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Arnold Greene. Using his fists to fight off zombies. The first rule of Bare Knuckle Zombie Fighting Club is... Well no one has been able to share the details as most of the them die before a fighting lodge gets established.Arnold Greene. Using his fists to fight off zombies. The first rule of Bare Knuckle Zombie Fighting Club is... Well no one has been able to share the details as most of the them die before a fighting lodge gets established.

Both minis had a Monster Fur Army Painter prime. Arnold’s jacket was painted with Snakebite Leather Contrast. The hair was Skeleton Horde Contrast Paint. The Trousers were Caliban Green with a Athonian Camoshade wash and Deathguard Green and Caliban mix highlight. The skin was Kislev Flesh, Riekland Fleshshade wash, then a Bugman’s Glow and Kislev mix as a highlight. The shirt went through an odd transition that might have been over complicated for the finish. Steel Legion Drab, then Zandri Dust, then Morghast Bone, then Wraithbone and finally a watery wash of Army Painter Matt White. Then finally a water and Agrax mix of a wash pinwashed into just the wrinkles of the shirt. Probably could have cut half those colours out and got the same effect. Especially as I just splashed it with Blood for the Blood God later on anyway.

Maggie Booster

Maggie’s trousers and hair were painted with Skeleton Horde Contrast. The hair was washed with Reikland Fleshshade with the face and hands. The shirt was a base of Deathguard Green with Dark Angel Green Contrast lines and Grey Seer lines with an Athonian Camoshade after.  The skin was Kislev Flesh, Riekland flesh was then a Bugman’s Glow and Kislev mix as a highlight. The basing was fun. Found a piece of sprue that looked like a curb and inspired me to treat it as a flower bed. I filled the bed side of the curb with a forest floor soil type flock and PVA. Then after drying I added part of a flower tuft. The rest of the base with Nulin Oil washed Grey Seer.

And I think I shared the zombie pic in an earlier entry, but I added the character name labels and took the pic because they all come from the same booster.And I think I shared the zombie pic in an earlier entry, but I added the character name labels and took the pic because they all come from the same booster.

Lilly and Tom

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Lilly. Not the standard paint job, but blondes have more fun... She found some dye in the apocalypse. Don't judge her, she's living her best life... Given the circumstances.Lilly. Not the standard paint job, but blondes have more fun... She found some dye in the apocalypse. Don't judge her, she's living her best life... Given the circumstances.
Tom had a bad day. But the dead died again that day. The end.Tom had a bad day. But the dead died again that day. The end.

The jeans on Lilly was Nighthaunt Gloom tech paint with some distressing with a bit of Grey Seer dry brushing. First time using it that way and quite happy with it.

I like my new Green Camo Contrast Paint on Tom’s trousers. I think the Blood for the Blood God technical paint gore went well.

Michonne and Tyreese in riot gear.

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Michonne and Tyreese in riot gear.
Michonne and Tyreese in riot gear.

Used the same theme as with Rick and Glenn in their gear. The metallic ribs might look unrealistic but the theme started with a zombie winning me a speed painting mug at Salute so the theme continued.

The basing style is a continuation too. Smudges and splashes of Grey Seer with a liberal coat of Orcflesh Green Contrast to give a prison utilitarian flooring look.

Raymond

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I'll never love him because the gun was bent on arrival and my efforts with hot water to straighten it didn't work as well as I hoped. The paint job and basing suit him. The baseball cap was done in the style of my brother's favourite team. Atlanta.I'll never love him because the gun was bent on arrival and my efforts with hot water to straighten it didn't work as well as I hoped. The paint job and basing suit him. The baseball cap was done in the style of my brother's favourite team. Atlanta.

Will keep the torch raised...

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Sorry for posting the wrong mini in here earlier. But back on track and determined to keep this game alive I will keep posting my efforts. I managed to play a work colleague a few weeks ago on a night shift and it was yet again well received. Everyone that I have played has enjoyed the experience. Looking forward to my first look at the Mantic Games resin minis with Maggie and Sophia and the Whisperers being high on the list.

Will keep the torch raised...

Walking Dead... Lives

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Walking Dead... Lives
Walking Dead... Lives

The game is only dead when the players let it die. Mantic Games won’t have the rights to create content or sell the Walking Dead game from the end of March 2022. I had my eye on some expansion packs that I was going to add to my May Birthday list, but I have had to bring some purchases forward. These zombies are from my last set of expansions that I hadn’t got around to. Looking forward to my delivery sometime in March.

Aye Eye Glenn. 😊

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Aye Eye Glenn. 😊

Glenn Rhee.

Based the colours on Glenn’s early appearances on the TV series.

The cap and the jacket and the black jeans and dark t-shirt especially.

I used Contrast paints for the black, red and blue.

The base.

The drain / grate was made from a left over mdf part from my log cabin I finished recently. It seems to be an alternative chimney top, but I was able to build up a pavement around it. The bars of the drain were made from cut up pieces of loon band.

The leaves were cut from onion skin. 😊

Aye Eye Glenn. 😊

Walker doppelgangers

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Walker doppelgangers

Batch painting the duplicates that cropped up when I got Here’s Negan. Always fun to paint walkers.
Not sure what the bunting is for, perhaps an international food day in the café? Just saw the languages on the back of a box, flags designating the different language sections when all you need to do is scroll down until you find the one that makes sense, duh, and I cut them out and glued them down.

Walker doppelgangers
Walker doppelgangers
Walker doppelgangers

The girls.

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The girls.

Not my best work. Basing was an attempt at a barber shop floor tiling. Not sure why comic book fans 🤔

Had comments i should add flock as hair strands. Might do. Might not.

The girls.

Bambi's bad day. 😊

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Bambi's bad day. 😊

Mantic Points well spent. 😊

I had always wanted this mini since I saw it on the bootcamp.

The studio painted minis were produced from a case and laid out for everyone there to see. There were sculpts we wouldn’t see for a wave or two and this guy caught my eye.

For whatever reason I missed the opportunity to buy this mini first time around so was thrilled to find it in the Mantic Points section of the store recently.

Used the gel glue gore technique I saw online years ago.

Roughly speaking it goes like this…

The nozzle of my UHU glue tube was applied to the mini’s chin, a delicate pressure was applied to produce a small gob of glue (an imperial gob, not metric… a third of a grain of rice size?), then I moved the nozzle slowly away from the chin, maintaining a strand of glue between nozzle and chin, and finishing the strand by wiping the nozzle off carefully on the deer’s wound. Hopefully when you remove the tube you will have left a strand in place. It can be fiddly. As long as you are relatively quick if you apply way too much glue or the glue strand doesn’t want to detach and gets glue everywhere etc. you can just wipe the glue way without it causing to much damage to the paint job. (Or you could be smarter than me and do it immediately after priming and just paint around it until you do the gore.) If it looks too delicate / too slim of a strand you can bulk it up with some PVA and paint. Without paint the strand will dry relatively clear and on the right model can be a cool drool effect without even adding paint.

Bambi's bad day. 😊

Maggie may... Get a label.

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Maggie may... Get a label.

Maggie. Nice to paint and looking forward to tagging her up with Glen at some point in game. 😊

I used Contrast paints as a base for the trousers, belts, hair and the gun.

The shirt is Zandri Dust, a wash of Agrax, with a white and Zandri mix highlight.

A wash of Camoshade on the trousers after a Death Guard Green highlight.

I will add the labels to some of these characters, including Maggie, soon. I found the printed names sheet during a bit of a tidy up.

 

Maggie may... Get a label.

Finally... The bootcamp cabin.

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Finally... The bootcamp cabin.

This kit has been pushed around in piles of papers, boxes and from room to room, maybe even survived a house move without being assembled.

It was given to everyone as part of the bundle at the bootcamp by 4Ground. I felt guilty that I never got around to building it. I initially didn’t feel it meshed well with all the other urban and city terrain we were given, but now I can see that with just a few additional pieces this will actually be a great piece for custom scenario.

It was easy to build. The instructions were great. Once assembled and glued together it was ready to play, but I stained the roof with a diluted mixture of Citadel washes and some Snakebite Leather Contrast and added leaf litter as I thought the pale fresh wood slates, though maybe accurate, just didn’t look right to me.

Finally... The bootcamp cabin.

Eddie the tireless

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Eddie the tireless
Eddie the tireless

This mini is from the initial Maggie expansion blister and apparently the walker is based on a Walking Dead mega fan Eddy Brennan. I shared my efforts on Mantic’s The Walking Dead Fanatics Facebook page and Eddy annouced that this mini was based on him and shared a picture of a clear plastic prototype Mantic had sent him.

After the first pics I went back and added Warlord Games Japanese tank decals to give the look of a Japanese cult metal band t-shirt. 😊

Terrain - cardboard and bin bags

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Terrain - cardboard and bin bags

Used a sticky bread bag tie for the white strap over the cardboard. For extra realism yourself try to wrap it around the pallet too. (oops, forgot that myself. )

Just cut up cardboard and sellotape for the shrink wrapped delivery and coffee stirrers for the pallet.

The bin bags are just black corner shop plastic bag, cut into squares and gathered up into a scrunch and tied off with thread. For the contents of the bags I used dried paint from citadel pot tops. It isn’t too light or heavy and it is a way of getting your money back from wasted paint. 😊

Also began to systematically add leaves to all my terrain.

Terrain - cardboard and bin bags
Terrain - cardboard and bin bags

And i also have a comparison for you below.

Contrast Paints on the right Police gun bag and conventional paints on the left.

Ultramarine Blue and Black Templar mainly, with some silver and gold for the metal elements.

Terrain - cardboard and bin bags

Wes - M16 to the fore

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Wes - M16 to the fore
Wes - M16 to the fore

I have bought the Humble Bundle website Walking Dead comics bundle which gives be about 30 or more of the comics. 😊

I am only about 4 volumes in so far. Haven’t met Wes yet. Don’t remember Wes from the TV series either. I think Wes is African American by the features and the image on the stats card and perhaps I haven’t gone dark enough on the skintone. I used Darkoath Fleshshade over the Israeli Sand primer then a Mournfang Brown and Bugman’s Glow mix as a heavy highlight.

For Tyreese i used my normal go to of Black Red from Vallejo, but i won’t go back and change Wes unless it bugs me more.

Until he went in the photo booth I thought he was more brown. I think I will leave him with this skin tone anyway.

Glenn blister

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Glenn blister
Glenn blister

Mantic Games had a sale on and low price free postage cost, so I picked up a two blister bundle that I wanted and decided to paint up Glenn in his riot gear and a riot gear walker first.

I used my standard prison basing. Some hard waring green municipal style screed. With broken prison wall rubble on the walker bases and no white rubble on the survivors bases.

I used brush on Vallejo Israeli Sand primer and left it over night to dry.

I used Contrast paints for most of the model, Black Templar and Turquoise, with Nulin Oil wash for both models. No highlight for the walker to try and suggest more grime. Glenn had Macragge Blue highlight over most of the padding. Vallejo Medium skin tone for the flesh highlight, after some Darkoath Contrast as a base skin colour over the sandy coloured primer.

Sheriff's pickup

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Sheriff's pickup

For some reason i ended up with three green pickup trucks. No idea why. Can’t even think it was down to priming them that way. With the potential for lights on top (turquoise and red contrast over silver) law enforcement seemed the way to go. 😊

Sheriff's pickup

Theft of litter in the apocalypse

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Theft of litter in the apocalypse
Theft of litter in the apocalypse

Someone on the Mantic Games Walking Dead Freaks Facebook page shared their efforts with their painted terrain. They included some well executed leaf litter where it would build up around the corners and the screens. So i stole the idea to pimp up my own terrain. 😊

Theft of litter in the apocalypse
Theft of litter in the apocalypse
Theft of litter in the apocalypse
Theft of litter in the apocalypse

Prelude to Woodbury box completed.

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Prelude to Woodbury box completed.

I started a couple of these minis a while ago, but i am glad I finally finished the set.
During isolation i will get the solo scenarios played. 😊

Prelude to Woodbury box completed.
Prelude to Woodbury box completed.
Prelude to Woodbury box completed.
Prelude to Woodbury box completed.

Safety Behind Bars

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Safety Behind Bars
Safety Behind Bars

Santa brought me an expansion for The Walking Dead.

Safety Behind Bars.

I know it is only a wave 2 or 3 box, but i am glad to have it. I have the neoprene play mat already to replace the paper mat that supports this expansion.

I have gone for a dark green flooring. The type of coloured concrete or supermarket hard wearing mottled laminate that hides the dirt a bit. 😊

The walker has some crumbled concrete wall on his base. I like to think that some prisoners had to break their way out of the cells, break their way into stores etc. And some walls have been damaged or knocked down.

Safety Behind Bars
Safety Behind Bars
Safety Behind Bars
Safety Behind Bars

I finished the Safety Behind Bars Expansion paint jobs. 😊

Looking forward to playing some of the scenarios out. Tabletop horror based games obviously lack the jump scares you get from movies, but making things claustrophobic and building tension that way can give you some suspense and make some dice rolls have that do or die edge. I can imagine walkers chasing my heroes from room to room and having to deal with tricky event cards will make this quite cool to play out.

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