“A Bit of How’s Your Father’s!”

Back to plastic this week prompted by the eventual arrival of “Dead Zone” by Mantic Games (we ordered this before Christmas!). Now I’ve been after getting my hands on this game for a while as it came with a good recommendation by my eldest son (who also has a copy) and the idea is that my youngest and I have a few games to get familiar with the rules then when the eldest can finally come to visit again we will all be familiar with the rules and play together. So on first opening the box we discovered a large amount of plastic, including some figures of a couple of the main protagonists (the Forge Fathers and Enforcers/Pathfinders) and some of Mantic’s “box like” scenery, there was also the latest supplement (Escalation) for the Dead Zone rules, but what was obvious in its absence was the actual “Dead Zone” rulebook! Apparently you now have to download a “virtual” copy of this and a code is provided to do so. Now call me old fashioned but I do like to have a physical copy of any rule set I’m using, and this though I can see is a cost saving and Dead Zone is quite a lot cheaper than “Kill Team” (GW’s similar game), I have to say I was more than a little disappointed. This appears to be a new thing (probably with the introduction of “Escalation” as my eldest got a copy of the rulebook in his version, and the addition of a “sticker” over the original contents list on the box all points to this.

Anyway he was at least able to email through the assembly instructions (which are in the main rulebook), along with the advice that the best thing to do was just assemble the figures needed for the opening scenario (4 to 5 figures a side), see how you get on with them and then build the others later with whatever weapons you think appropriate.

So I thought I’d start with the “Forge Fathers” (Space Dwarves to you and me!) mainly as I had a general idea as to the colours I was going to use on them. So after they were glued together, which was still a right pain in the bum, but strangely not quite as bad as the “Blood Bowl” figures seemed perhaps I’m getting used to it! (Time to stop I think!), they are glued down to their 25mm round bases, I did consider basing them on two pence pieces as is my norm, but as I planned on “topping” the bases differently to usual I thought I’d use the ones provided. Now this is the first time I’ve used my basing sand (as recommended by Roy Williamson!), on 28mmm figures so I built up several layers, one across the whole base then just blobbing the glue “willy, nilly” about the place, I also stuck a few “kitty litter” rocks here and there to add a little interest. Then it was out for a spraying with some matt black, and after they were touched up with a brush, the painting could begin proper.

I began as usual by dry-brushing the guns (and hammer) with chainmail, then all of their armour was painted in German field grey, and highlighted with dark turquoise. The bits of under clothing that can be seen were then undercoated with dark grey, and I had meant to highlight this with blue grey, but after doing the first figure, I decided I didn’t like this at all, so recoated the dark grey before mixing up a light grey from black and white and using this to highlight said areas. The gloves, belts and the odd other area were then painted in chocolate brown before being highlighted with leather.

I then added the eyes on their helmets these were done in light green before I added a dot or pupil with some “Fluorescent” light green. I also added lights with these colours to their weapons. Lastly I added some accoutrements to their armour with a little bronze with copper highlights.

As usual I them gave them a coat of “Quickshade” (Strongtone) before setting to work on the bases. Even though I’d used sand instead of filler, I still used my old faithful trio of chocolate brown, khaki and coffee here, I did however forgo the patches of scenic green and the hairy grass (even though I did go back and forth, in my mind over whether to or not). I rather like the finished figs, I think they have quite a mean look to them, and better still even the youngest, who never compliments or gets excited about anything, said “They were nicely painted” praise indeed!!!

Now Luke (IRO) is running a bit of a challenge this month, but rather than figures, it’s to post pictures of your favourite T-shirts so lastly this week, here is the first of mine, bought from an independent seller at a comicon the year before last, well you’ve got to own at least one T-shirt with some polyhedral die on, even if I haven’t roleplayed for years!

So till next week, stay safe and cheers Roger.

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26 Responses to “A Bit of How’s Your Father’s!”

  1. Dave Stone says:

    Excellent work on your space dwarves Roger, I like the colour scheme you have gone with.
    Cool T-shirt, reminds me I need to take some pictures of some of mine

    • Thanks Dave, could have posted them up yesterday, but couldn’t get any decent photo’s inside, so took them into the back garden this morning (bugger me it’s cold!).

      Yep hope to post four T-shirt pic’s by the end of the month, I dread what he’ll come up with next though, IRO’s “Y” fronts challenge? 🩲

      Cheers Roger.

  2. Looking good dude, we tried deadzone a while back and there’s some neat ideas in it- let us know how you get on 🙂👍

    • Thanks mate (must find out your name), still got the other faction (the Enforcers) to do yet before we give it a go, but will try and mention how we get on, I’ve heard good things shame it’s not more popular, but I guess that’s the power of GW, you KNOW you can get a game of Kill Team😉

  3. Alex says:

    Love those Space Dorfs mate, really cool. A minor thing, and I hope you don’t mind me asking this, but will you be painting the rims on your bases? I find it just finishes a mini off nicely & your dwarfs deserve a nice crisp black rim!😊

    Awesome t-shirt btw – and how true… the D20 is a cruel and capricious mistress…

    • Ha ha, thanks Alex, I guess it’s an aesthetics thing, but I don’t like the black rims on bases as I think it separates them from the playing surface, I know a lot of people prefer them that way, and I’m fine either way, it’s just a personal choice. So sorry no they will be staying au ‘natural.

      They are actually a bit thicker than I usual prefer too (I usually use two pence pieces for bases), oh and don’t get me started on “Slotta” bases 😉

      You are so right about the D20, but I love me a polyhedral 😁

      Cheers Roger.

  4. Nice T-shirt and painted minis! 🙂

    • Thanks John, the T-shirt idea is a good bit of fun on IRO’s part, I remember standing in the queue for Salute with my eldest a few years back and passing the time reading the T-shirts on the people around me, there are some really funny ones out there. When we got home we had to go online to find him a “Church of Godzilla” one as he was desperate to have one after he saw it there, so he could wear it to “non-Uniform day” at his “Christian” school.😁

      Cheers Roger.

  5. borderguy190 says:

    Nicely painted Roger! As cool as it sounds, I will pass on a new game. I started collecting an Orc and Goblins army for Warhammer Fantasy, and now these are really really the last new figs I’m buying for a while… Promise.

    Looking forward to seeing the other side of the minis from the box.

    And I guess I need to dig out some shirts and take some pics. Popping over to see what IRO has to say.

    • Thanks Harry, I don’t blame you for not wanting to jump on “another” bandwagon, But I have been good the last few years so I thought I deserved it (now whether my wife feels the same…..). I don’t think we will be going mad with this (I hope anyway) and I want to keep the forces small, though there is some nice stuff for the game on the Mantic site. 😉

      I’m not as enthused about the “Enforcers” and the original idea was my youngest was going to paint them, but considering he still hasn’t finished his Orc BB team, He’s told me I better do them. I do want them to be completely different to the Dwarves, (so will have to have a think).

      Here’s the link to IRO’s original T-shirt post….

      Cheers Roger.

  6. Matt says:

    Great work on your Squats… er, I mean Forge Fathers! They look awesome in the green armour and the colour choices and detail work on the weapons is brilliant.

    I’m going to have to dig out some of my t-shirts for IRO’s challenge. Being the person I am, all my hobby stuff is unpacked and set up but my clothes are still in the suitcase. Still, we only moved in four months ago…

    • thanks Matt, I am quite pleased with the colours of the “Forge Fathers” I think they came out quite “Dwarf’ish” but not to Fantasy (if you know what I mean). 😉

      Four months, that’s about how often my youngest changes his clothes too!! 😁

      Cheers Roger.

  7. Very nice work on the minis Roger and even more well done on getting praise from your youngest.
    If my kids even looked at my stuff I would be impressed! Annoying about the rules. I’m tactile so for me I have to have something to hold which is why I prefer CD’s and DVD’s to downloading anything! It’s a age thing. 🙂

  8. angrypiper says:

    How I’ve managed to avoid buying any of these is a mystery even to me, given how much I love all things Dwarvish. Yours look so good, Roger, that I may have to break down and buy some. Prepare to be the subject of yet another “I blame Roger” post.
    Love the shirt, too. So, IRO wants T-shirts, huh? Well, I’m your huckleberry. I’m a 48 year-old guy who still buys novelty shirts and refuses to wear anything else. ‘ll try to post a picture or two of some of my favorites.

    • Thanks Keith, I did think of you when I posted this, they are really rather nice miniatures to be honest, and look mean little suckers too in my opinion, I don’t yet know what the game itself plays like but i keep hearing good things about it. You can blame me I’m used to it now😉.

      Yep IRO bought a load of novelty T-shirts and so we’re off on another challenge ride1 They do help to pass the lockdowns though 😁 and as things stand, any bit of fun is welcome.

      Thats OK I’m 52 and own a draw full of these types of T-shirts and a sack full of concert T-shirts (that I never wear but to concerts, well I will if I ever go to another one anyway!!).

      I remember seeing a “Ted Baker” shirt in a department store a few years back and it was £40.00 pounds!! I remember saying to my wife at the time “Bloody hell for that sort of money I want to at least have seen him in concert before I buy it!!!!!!”.

      She was not amused. 🤨 Cheers Roger.

  9. Excellent stuff, Roger. I bought Dead Zone when it first came out, and then a second super-cheap box at Salute so I could have two of its marvellous neoprene mats and tonnes of its scenery. This latest version seems remarkably poor in value compared to that, although I had humans vs space plague monsters made out of restic rather than the solid-looking space dwarves you got.

    Terrific paint-job and palette choice on them. They look awesome, imho. I did spot that you could still buy a hard copy of the rule-book from Mantic Games, but at £30…

    • Thanks Simon, I think it’s just a printed paper mat you get now, if we get a lot of use out of it I might make up some ply wood or MDF tiles, but we’ll see.

      Myles has bought some of the “Plague” figures (mainly because he has a thing for the un-dead! and the youngest has been eyeing the Orc’s (surprise surprise! they are so predictable these kids!!).

      I like a book but not £30 much😉

  10. I’m not really into dwarves but these are cool. The T-shirt is very cool hehe

    • Thanks Luke, yep I know Dwarves aren’t you bag, sorry there been quite a few round here of late, 😉. But no more in the pipeline at the moment.

      I do like a challenge (especially easy ones like your T-shirt one! )

      Cheers Roger,

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