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Reaper Chronoscope #50024 "Townsfolk: Modern Children," painted, re-based on laser-cut Gale Force 9 25mm round bases, modified with some Apoxie Sculpt two-part epoxy and decorated with 600 dpi printed paper elements.

 

For an upcoming Savage Worlds RPG campaign I will be running in November (using the "War of the Dead" setting rules from Daring Entertainment - http://www.daringentertain.com), I have been painting up miniatures of zombies and survivors, some from Reaper, some from Guillotine Games (Zombicide), and some from Wargames Factory. One thing I've been short on would be anything to represent kids. (Not that I expect the PCs to PLAY kids, but there are bound to be some among the survivors they'll be rescuing ... and, quite possibly, among the zombies, though I haven't gotten there yet.)

 

The background terrain piece used for these pictures is a section cut out of a broken "Hot Wheels City" play set I found in a thrift store, glued down to some mat board, repainted, and decorated with some more paper signage. (I basically put together a whole sheet of images via Google Image Search of newspapers, magazines, signage, "police / crime scene tape," hazard stripes, and other details that I thought I might be able to apply as 600 dpi paper print-outs rather than attempting to paint it all by hand. I just don't have that sort of skill.)

 

"Pavement" texturing on the bases was achieved by applying thin layers of Apoxie Sculpt two-part epoxy putty to each base. I then dipped the whole thing in water to apply a temporary wet film, and jammed the base, putty-first, down on the work-table I was using (which has a rough surface that makes for a passable "pavement" texture once inverted). Due to the layer of water, I was then able to lift the base back up without the putty being pulled away by the texturing, then flip it back over, and apply additional texturing, such as cracks, sidewalk curb, etc.

 

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Here's the "hoodie" kid, holding an EXTRA JUMBO-SIZED edition of the Zombie Survival Guide, or else maybe they've started releasing binder folders with ZSG covers for those back-to-school supplies. I wanted to add little details to the figures that would somehow say "zombie apocalypse!" but without going so far over the top to include blood spatters and zombie gore all over. After all, I might get some more use out of these figures in a Ghostbusters or Men in Black or some other modern-scenario game. Hence, things like this which COULD be appropriate for a zombie-apocalypse setting, but might very well just hint that the kid has some peculiar reading interests. Alas, my scaling estimate was a bit off, so the "book" is suspiciously large for the figure.

 

 

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Here's the "flower girl" figure. What I was going for here was EXTRA CHEERFUL, so I put some extra work into trying to make those big expressive eyes (with little speck-of-white highlights), and took quite a few passes to get something resembling a toothy smile. Good grief, but I tried all the techniques to keep my hand steady, but I kept on jiggling the brush several millimeters at bad moments, so this took several tries to get even as far as I did. The newspaper she's standing on has a headline with something along the lines of "ZOMBIES ATTACK - THE DEAD RISE!" that I found as a "bogus newspaper headline" image via Google Image Search, so I claim no credit for any of the printed elements. (Well, except for the caution stripes and the "POLICE LINE - DO NOT CROSS" where they apply.)

 

 

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And here's the kid on the skateboard. I had a bit of trouble basing this one, since the wheels of the skateboard didn't provide very much surface area for pinning, nor for just gluing straight to the base surface, once I'd removed the tab. (Perhaps I shouldn't have been quite so hasty.) I added the curb with some Apoxie Sculpt since I thought it might add a little more "cool kid" aura if it looks like he's "jumping" off the curb with the skateboard (such as it is).

 

During a Google Image search, trying to find pictures of packaging I might use as papercraft trash for the gutter, I found several images of a Chick-Fil-A take-out bag from different viewpoints -- enough for me to make a "micro-papercraft" of a bag. I used dots of paint instead of glue to hold the fragile little bag together, as I didn't want to overdo it with the tacky glue or craft glue. The bag "handle" is affixed to the outstretched hand with a dot of super glue.

 

As for WHY he has a Chick-Fil-A bag in the zombie apocalypse, I have no idea. If it's the apocalypse (or if it's Sunday), it's highly unlikely Chick-Fil-A is open, but it was just sort of an impulse thing. Having the bag sticking out like that just did a little extra to convey motion, to my mind, like the kid is really buzzing along (and there are some zombies off camera, to whom people "taste like chicken"). The poster in the gutter is a bogus "safety poster" on tips for what to do in case of zombie attack (though once reduced to that size, it's all quite illegible).

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Nicely done. The papers might be oversized for your intent, but the effect looks good to me. I just thought they were newspapers announcing the zombie apocalypse and would never have known anything was odd unless you mentioned it.

 

All in all, that's a pretty cool scene.

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Argh! I messed up on the "Inspiration Gallery" entry for the picture of the kid with the ZSG book. I apparently transposed the numbers and typed in "50024" instead of "50042," and now the Inspiration Gallery thinks this is Candy, Anime Heroine. (Nope, not quite!) I can't figure out how to change the figure number, short of deleting the entire entry and starting over. (Does anyone have any tips on that?)

 

Nicely done. The papers might be oversized for your intent, but the effect looks good to me. I just thought they were newspapers announcing the zombie apocalypse and would never have known anything was odd unless you mentioned it.

 

Thanks! I guess my take-away from this should be that when I put them on the table, I shouldn't waste time pointing out my own shortcomings. With any luck, no one will notice the questionable scaling, and they'll think I'm more clever than I really am. ;D

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Hasselfree has a heap of kid and civilian miniatures. They tend to be on the small side but that shouldn't matter for kids, right?

 

Thanks for the suggestion, but Hasslefree isn't carried locally in my area. Plus, even if it were, the prices are a bit steep compared to Reaper, judging by what I see on the online providers -- e.g., $7-9 for ONE Hasslefree kid mini on CoolMiniOrNot vs. $7 MSRP for THREE kids via Reaper -- and my local store routinely applies a discount.

 

Part of the reason I'm selecting from the brands I've listed is that they're being carried by my "friendly local game store"; the staff is giving me the table space to run a game, so I'm encouraged to use minis and products that can actually be acquired through the store. That way, I get the table space, and they get a "demo." (Plus, this is the Reaper board, so I figured it'd be most courteous for me to stick to my Reaper projects here for the most part.)

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Nobody here minds you posting minis from other companies. It's by the rules both stated and unstated!

 

*SIGH* It's so cool that you have a FLGS...

 

It is most unusual, and I consider myself very fortunate!

 

There are actually multiple such stores in the Orlando metro area -- many of which I didn't even know about until I was here for a while (though this store in particular opened more recently).

 

We have Sci-Fi City (the largest, and everything is MSRP -- or sometimes higher -- but the best selection in the area), Cool Stuff Games (a brick-and-mortar presence for an online game warehouse -- they carry some Reaper minis at as low as 50% off), Phoenix Games (has the most creativity and "theme" put into the game play area), Paladin Tech & Game (long-established but small game store), and most recently the Armadillo Game Shoppe (fairly new, in the Oviedo area, and a bit anxious to get some game events going -- hence why I and some friends are running miniatures games there).

 

We also used to have two or more other game stores, depending on how you count -- Rhubarb Games (run by the fellows who run War Cast Studios and Portable Warfare), and Coliseum of Comics (they used to have multiple stores in the area, and used to be my primary source of Clix and Reaper figures, but closed down a couple of their locations; now they just have a couple of mall stores focusing on comics and collectibles rather than gaming).

 

It's the first place I've lived where I've actually been able to shop around for game miniatures within reasonable driving distance. Most of my experience prior to that had been that when a game store would be around, it would be a flash-in-the-pan business endeavor installed in some hole-in-the-wall location in the remains of some PREVIOUS failed business -- likely spawned close to a college campus, and dying within a year or two. :( (But then, the game stores have undergone a bit of turnover around here, too.)

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