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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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Zombie Rick

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Zombie Rick

Zombie Rick from Salute and Rick from the core box.

I tried to get the same colours though they were painted years apart and think I got close enough.

The basing being similar looks good too. 😊

Zombie Rick
Zombie Rick

HERE'S NEGAN

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HERE'S NEGAN

Was unlucky.

Got a Here’s Negan for Christmas missing all the cards to play.

Started on the minis anyway.

Took photos in the photo booth Christmas present I got.

Car was stolen on Boxing Day too. Hobbying is making the stress bearable.

The models are great. Being new to the game and characters I had to correct John after the photo shoot (Man in vest with crowbar). In the game / comics John only has one eye.

HERE'S NEGAN
HERE'S NEGAN
HERE'S NEGAN
HERE'S NEGAN
HERE'S NEGAN
HERE'S NEGAN
HERE'S NEGAN
HERE'S NEGAN

More laughter.

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More laughter.

Great fun last night.

Played the Finders Keepers scenario. (Watched the video with Gerry and Justin again the other night. Punk Lives!)

Jim was wielding a multi shot shotgun with incendiary bullets and must have killed 8 Walkers before the mayhem he was creating finally caught up with him. (What’s scarier than Zombies? Zombies on fire!)

Glen walked up to Patrick and somehow missed him with a hand gun shot. Sadly for Patrick the mayhem dragged in 5 walkers into his back. The 10 dice vs 2 was no contest and he was ripped limb from limb.

Allen eventually found the tire iron and we were victorious.

I chose the “Donna dies to boost Allen by a red dice in attack” tactic, which worked out really well. Well it worked out well for Allen, not so well for Donna.

Used my trusty Deep Cut Studios grass 3×3 mat and just cordoned off the prescribed 20″x20″ play area.

More laughter.
More laughter.

Power Point Character Cards

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Power Point Character Cards

I finally got around to using the character creation rules from the Days Gone Bye expansion. This was so much fun to do.

The dice that you award to each attribute, the traits, the nerve value etc. all carry a point cost to help you create your totals. My version of Daryl Dixon weighs in at 50 points. Being as i think bows or cross bows cost around the 22 points mark, this will be a costly mini to take in a 150 point game, but worth a punt in a bigger game. That said, I wouldn’t want such an important (if you’re a TV version fan that is) and influential character to be a 20 point mini. The blue dice for shooting and the high nerve bumped his score up quite a bit. The made-up trait that i gave Daryl I scored at 5 points. This seemed fair, because a couple of the game’s official re-roll related traits came in at 5 points as well. The fact that it is only applicable if you take a bow and only if you fail an ammo check roll makes me think that perhaps i’ll tweek this to 3 or 4 points at some point in the future. All but one other trait were all strait from the official game traits in the expansion.

I used the blank character cards Pdf shared on line by Mantic games, scanned it and used it on a PowerPoint as a Jpeg. Then it was just a case of using text boxes and cube symbols to populate the card. The pictures were either taken from google images or were black and white effect close-ups of my painted minis.

My hobo with a shot gun is Mike Watts. This is a corruption of Mike Watt from the UK sitcom Spaced (Nick Frost was the actor that played Mike). Beyond the name there is little to tie the two characters. My Mike was a US reservist who saw action in the 1st Gulf War, got injured in action and sadly went off the rails with pain killer and alcohol addiction on his return to Atlanta. He’s the tramp everyone walked past and rarely offered money to in pre-apocalypse times. Now his skills with a gun and combat training have made him a reluctant hero. He’s still bitter and the wounds still hurt. I took 2 points off of his total score because of the made up trait i gave him. ‘War wound’ reduces his running speed by an inch, once injured, unless he is healed to full strength again. This could hamper him quite badly, but until i play with the character I won’t know whether a 2 point reduction is enough.

Juan Lopez is a runner for a gang. The Lopez gang in fact. The tattoos show he has been inside prison. Juan has a spider tattoo on his left elbow, three dots on his right wrist, a tear on his cheek and roman numerals XII. The 12th letter of the alphabet is L, L is for Lopez, using numbers to represent letters seems to be popular in some gang tattoo art. The tear means that he is mourning or set to avenge the passing of friend or loved one. Lopez is a Spanish word for wolf. I have a Wolf emblem on the back of his jacket (from a 40K space wolf transfer sheet i had).

Sam Jones is a Fireman (Yes, Fireman Sam). I gave him the Strong trait because, if I want to field him with the weapons as per the model, I would give him an axe and pistol. The axe in the equipment deck i had in mind was a ‘bulky’ classed Felling Axe. I haven’t built and painted him yet, but I hope this will spur me on.

Once I had messed around on PowerPoint i printed and scanned the completed cards. With some trial and error i hope I can get the scale right compared with my other character cards in the box.

I will probably be using these guys more in Last Days Zombie Apocalypse, but this has helped flesh out their character a bit in my mind and has been more fun to do than i expected.

Kick me.

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Kick me.

Kick me. 😊 Not sure if this is a new pass time for survivors (pin the note on the Walker) or a bullied person that sadly met his end. The beans can on the base was fun to do as well.

The can design was on the same pdf as the newspapers. Just wrapped it around a piece of sprue.

Also painted the Julie and Chris booster walker miniature. Really enjoyed this one.

Kick me.

Walkers and loot tokens

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Walkers and loot tokens

With the newspapers on the base I was trying some different looks. One wet and the ink bled. One almost like an intact magazine on Derek’s base. One magazine and one newspaper, both incomplete but in generally good condition.

These walkers were from the Kickstarter box that I got on the bookcamp. We primed them black because we had Halford black primer on the boot camp.

I could have persevered with multiple layers and picked brighter contrasting coloured clothes, but I am happy to leave these more muted.

Derek completed

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Derek completed

Almost completed my Kickstarter big box collection.

Having fun improving my loot tokens and using the newspaper pdf.

Derek striking a pose, stood over a copy of Vogue. 😊

Newspaper basing

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Loved painting this walker. Not sure which booster he's from. Loved painting this walker. Not sure which booster he's from.

If Darryl dies we riot... 😊

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40k transfers / decals make good tattoos. 40k transfers / decals make good tattoos.

Back to TWD

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I am determined to get back to The Walking Dead miniatures and keep this project TWD themed. The Last Days Zombie Apocalypse has been intriguing and energizing hobby wise, but this will be an additional way to play rather than a replacement for this much loved game.I am determined to get back to The Walking Dead miniatures and keep this project TWD themed. The Last Days Zombie Apocalypse has been intriguing and energizing hobby wise, but this will be an additional way to play rather than a replacement for this much loved game.
This Zombie was a pleasure to paint. She is from the Morgan booster pack.This Zombie was a pleasure to paint. She is from the Morgan booster pack.

Footsore Whistler character.

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Footsore Whistler character.

Happy with this guy.

I will make him a ‘soldier’ in Last Days. An old homeless war vet. when the Plague hits, but now looked upto for his courage and training.

Sacrilege...

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Sacrilege...

I love The Walking Dead, but just fancied something a bit different. It has already caused some extra purchases of some fun looking miniatures. I am hoping to get my head around the Walking Dead custom characters creation rules so that any miniatures I buy for Last Days can be played in The Walking Dead too.

The list building is really interesting and the campaign element smacks of a Frostgrave style and it feels as though working a narrative into the game is really easy.

Sacrilege...
My effort so far. @jemmyMy effort so far. @jemmy

The Kickstarter box

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The Kickstarter box

The Kickstarter box is a truly awesome introduction to the game and world.

3D terrain to get you immersed mixed with some 2D terrain tiles to keep some of the storage required and costs down.

Take a photo of where the minis are, so when you take it all out you have an idea where they all go once you are finished.

 

The Kickstarter box

I have still not quite finished. As I looked through my photos on the project so far I realised that several haven’t really had a close up or pic at all, so tried to remedy that here.

The wanderer

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The wanderer

One of the fun ways that Mantic Games are adding value and life to this product are to produce thematic sculpts with new stat cards. These fresh cards and extra equipment etc will give them a different dynamic in the game. I had to get this booster because Michonne is one of my favourite characters from the TV series and would love to see how she fairs in the graphic novels as well.

Painting the horde

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Painting the horde

It has been a pleasure painting the walkers, but i probably need to do some better photographs once I have a few more painted.

 

Mobile loot tokensMobile loot tokens

I think I saw the idea on a Facebook page. The idea of a moving loot token was really appealing to me, so I reached into a Bolt Action bits box and these two models became the proud owners of US Infantry WW2 back packs. Now these guys would need to be shot or struck down and once dead, rather than just prone, the next survivor to perform a search action on it would receive the loot.

Speed painted at Salute 2018

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Speed painted at Salute 2018

I painted a walker at the Mantic Games painting stand at Salute. It was late in my visit that day, but I had already picked up a couple of expansions so with the game fresh in my mind (and my feet sore) i decided it would be rude just to pick up a primed model and walk off without getting a brush wet.

Spent about 40 minutes on it at the time getting the basic colours down a touch of wash.

Spent another half hour on this guy once home and happy with how he came out.

The red paint i used at the event looked like dry blood and the “blood for the blood god” paint i used at home looked like fresh blood. The contrast came out well.

Painting the paving stones and the scraping behind his dragged foot was fun free hand.

Could have spent a bit more grossing up the skin, but can’t spend all day on minis that get splatted every two minutes I guess. 🙂

Gaming

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Gaming

We scaled up to almost 6×4 level with 3 of us playing.

It took a little while to complete the game and the ranges got problematic. The wider the game area we have played across the less threatening the walkers become, even with some fun event cards dragging them into more dangerous locations on the board.

This is not a criticism because the game maker already told us that scaling making the battlefield wider rather than deeper was the way to go. The game was still fun and the urban feel was different to the rural / suburban settings we had been playing on.

My friend went with a comic style grey scale for most of his miniatures, but I didn’t really want to go that route. The immersion is still fine though and the contrast between forces didn’t feel like an issue for me. Had an awesome time and the tower blocks gave the game an interesting dynamic.

My friend Paul went in heavily (and wallet first) into The Walking Dead Kickstarter and got some beautiful mouse mat style gaming mats, all of the expansions so far I believe and has made keeping the games different every time we’ve played really easy.

Terrain

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Terrain

I was never going to be able to replicate the beautiful tables we played on at the boot camp. So I decided to make what little I had as great as I could.

I found a couple of coaches in the local pound land that I was happy with scale wise. I hit one with a claw hammer a few times, sprayed it with model mates rusty red and some black paint to show the evidence of a fire at some point. The other coach got less brutal treatment.

I found some pound shop motor bikes that I thought would make an adequate barrier if parked up as a 3, rather than just being scatter terrain for show.

I made some simple pallets out of coffee stirrers.

I already had some trees that I created using the BoW Hobby Lab garden wire and coconut brush fronds technique.

The cars that came in the set are brilliant in my opinion. Great fun to paint up and distress.

This has been adequate to enjoy some great games.

Terrain

I got a real bargain from Warlord Games. A 4 x 3 post apocalyptic vinyl battle mat heavily reduced. Only played one game so far but it looked really good.

Terrain

Survivors

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Survivors

I soon got offers to play the game at a gaming group i had just started with.

I wanted to ensure that people had a chance to enjoy the game with as little unpainted plastic on show as possible.

I did my best to get some half decent paint jobs done and I think this period and projects like this really helped me speed up my painting.

And I wanted to get Negan in the mix and wanted to try some free hand on his back.

Survivors

Boot camp and beyond...

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I picked at relative random which miniatures I wished to paint first and decided to picture them in and around my painted tokens.

I was really happy with my Zombie with a tie-die shirt and the Michone base having a severed Zombie head on it.

Boot camp and beyond...

BoW 2.0 - Game ratings

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BoW 2.0 - Game ratings

I love the new game rating system.

It was pleasant to rattle through all the games I have or have played and decided that this game would be the first one that I reviewed.

See if you agree with my findings.

Can’t compliment enough…

The Boot Camp

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November 2016 I went to the Beasts of War The Walking Dead All Out War boot camp and it changed my hobby life.

It was awesome.

I traveled on the train to BoW HQ with Jonathan (commanderkaiser) after landing in Belfast. Thank you Jonathan for making a great start to the boot camp (travel to foreign climbs for the first time can be stressful without pleasant company).

I got to meet Andy Zeck (a person I had admired for his Fallschirmjager painting project months before) and have kept in touch since.

My first or second game was with Andy and he had already painted some miniatures and they looked great.

I got to meet Gerry the Giant (who you probably know from lets plays and game play for Legion and The Walking Dead games). He was a pleasure to game and drink with and someone I would love to meet up with again. (Maybe something Saga or Gangs of Rome based could align our paths again, fingers crossed)

The 4Ground terrain was beautiful. I took a ton of photos. My phone automatically generated a video out of the pics. I changed the music and put the video on YouTube.

Check out the coverage of the event because the videos really do convey some of the great feeling being felt that weekend.

The Walking Dead Boot Camp – Friday

The Walking Dead Boot Camp – Saturday

The Walking Dead Boot Camp – Sunday

There was a participation game filmed “in the cage” on the Sunday. We all got a random character and Sandra got me to the final. Check out the tale of betrayal that saw me come second. 🙂
One of the best moments of the game was “Jim” taking out Negan with a long shot and sadly becoming a Walker buffet as a result.

The talking points that spread from table to table between games really showed to me that this was a great game, with plenty of replay-ability, being enjoyed by everyone there.

The Boot Camp

Thank you to the Beasts of War team, the 4Ground guys, Ronnie and Rob from Mantic, NakChak, Commodorrob, Mightyprawn and a host of other camp goers that made it a very special weekend.

I managed to paint up Abraham and a host of tokens while I was on the camp, which gave me the bug to get started on the rest.

The Boot Camp

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