Monthly Archives: May 2012

Game #2, Welcome to Action City!

Our second game was “Welcome to Action City!” (a.k.a. Riverbank CA, “City of Action”)  The real Riverbank has some fun locations.  There’s a very 50’s looking downtown with an old movie theater and while now it’s an Industrial Park, there was an Ammo Plant.  So in our fictional Fallout universe, it still is an Ammo Plant.  The story goes that the radiation levels in the Central Valley are finally down to survivable levels. In the Fallout games the Wanderer and the Vault Dweller basically travel through what is now the Central Valley, but they don’t stop.  Not because there’s nothing there, but because the Central Valley is like a fishbowl where pollution from the Bay Area settles (and incidentally, fallout from the War).

Looks pretty good, eh?  The buildings are cheap HO scale buildings I got off eBay.  I haven’t even done anything to them yet!  I just got in some Dr. Ben’s weathering crud, so I’m going to experiment with making them more…Fallout.

So our intrepid Vault Dwellers, Ragin’ Ryno, Atomic Bob and Biff, discover a new radio signal claiming to come out of some place called Mo-town. (Modesto, CA) proclaiming the finally non-lethal radiation levels in the Valley.  The DJ from KHOP who calls himself “The Wolfman!” announces the return of a local ritual called “Graffiti”.

“Baby, we’ve got a WORKING automobile! If YOU have a working automobile, cruise on down to MO-town!  CARS, baby! We’ve got the ghouls working night and day to clear the Boulevard of debris, and we’re gonna have an old-fashion car cruise!  Graffiti is BACK, baby!  Spread the word!  Now here’s Buddy Holly singin’ Peggy Sue.  Thanks for listenin’ to KHOP!  This is the Wolfman talkin’ aaWOOOOOOOO!!!!”

What the Wolfman doesn’t mention, and our intrepid adventurers won’t  be aware of (unless they read this!) is the large population of feral ghouls and the Pharaohs, a ghoul Raider gang (with working motorcycles!).  I ordered some bikes from which look just like Fallout bikes, which look quite a bit (intentionally) like Judge Dredd Lawmasters.

Looks pretty good so far, eh?  The ground tiles are from World Works Games.  Some I’ve mounted on ‘For Sale’ signs, some are just paper.  Eventually, I’ll mount them all so they won’t curl up and will stay put better.

The tire piles I got off eBay, and all they need is a little weathering.  They come already black and they’re molded in one piece.

The telephone poles were a great purchase.  Cheap, and effective.  Most gaming setups, Sci-Fi and Post-Apoc anyway, don’t include such mundane items as telephone poles.  I have two theories as to why this is.  In non-destroyed scenery setups, the telephone wires theoretically need to be intact, which can interfere with moving minis around.  I find that the inclusion of telephone poles with the implied existence of the wires is better than no telephone poles at all.  My second theory is that the gaming scenery world is overly influenced by Games Workshop’s vignettes.  See, in Britain, the majority of the telephone and power lines are run underground, so you don’t see them.  But in America they’re all over the place, so when Americans set up a gaming board, even if it looks great and everything is painted (yeah, RIGHT! LOL) there always seems to be…something missing.  Amazing what the inclusion of a few detail items like telephone poles, mailboxes, k-rails (a.k.a. ‘Jersey barricades’) can do.  I’m making a butt-load of plaster k-rails, by the way.  Not only are they literally everywhere in the U.S., they make great cover.

Not part of the ‘board’ you see two sets of “Stalingrad” barrel piles.  I only ordered one, the other was supposed to be a different ‘ammo dump’, but it’s too late to return it.  Bought on eBay again.  I’ve got lots of barrels and stuff, so there will be some sort of  ‘toxic waste dump’ scenario coming up shortly.

Another angle of the board.  I really like the World Works tiles.  It’s the Western themed pack.  Under $10, +cardstock +ink, totally worth it.  I recommend!

And here’s something I came up with:  The Loot Card system

At first the group wasn’t too enthusiastic about the idea.  Especially when I asked if they had some scissors and would you please cut these out for me…

But they seem to be a big hit.  Eventually, I will have more cards, and will categorize them and have them in the right ratios.  The idea is that whenever there is random loot to be had, instead of rolling on a chart, telling them what they got and then spending 15 minutes for them to write it all down and look up the stats, I just deal out some cards.

The cards will eventually have weight, value in Caps and if necessary, relevant stats on them.  Most of the items in Fallout are consumables in some way, so the player just keeps the card paperclipped to their character sheet and hands it back when they use or sell it.  It’s brilliant if I do say so myself.  If there’s any interest, I’ll make these available when I’m done on as a .PDF file.  When possible, I find a picture of an item someone from the LARP or CosPlay community actually made.  I gotta say, it’s pretty cool how it worked out.

Well, I have an emergency trip to see the folks next week.  No game, but I’ll try to post some pictures of the Dr. Ben’s Weathering experiments I’ll be working on this week.  Stay tuned!

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Khurasan arrived!

I got our next shipment of Khurasan minis and I’m pretty impressed.  Out of their usual higher than average quality I’ve come to expect, I ordered a couple of their “character” figs.  Check this out:

Ok, my iPhone camera just CANNOT pick up the detail on this thing.  I need a goddamn jeweler’s loupe to see it.  While this is a miniature I feel every self-respecting gamer who appreciates miniatures should own, I am coming to terms with the fact that I just can’t paint it to the standards it deserves.

Here’s what Khurasan’s painter was able to do.  Same mini, now….

You see what I’m saying?  This thing is literally just a head and neck longer than my thumbnail.  I literally cannot paint this miniature, it’s beyond my ability.  It sucks.  Now that I’m older I’ve got the experience, tools and a decent assortment of paint…but don’t have the eyesight.

Is this the dude from Half-Life, or is this the dude from Half-Life?  I think it’s the dude from Half-Life and he looks AWESOME. I got all the character minis and they’re all AWESOME.

Oh, Khurasan takes forever to ship, but dammit I have to say it’s worth the wait.  What held him up this time were those new hummer-type vehicles, which I must say are also…spectacular.

Ok, so I got soooooo much new stuff since Friday before last.  Stay tuned, we’re gaming tonight with new scenery (not quite finished, but a decent WIP) and I’ll put pictures of all the minis I got.  I’m still waiting on some of the stuff I ordered from the Brits.

Stay tuned, more to come!

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Well our first game was fun.  Lots of kinks to work out in the rules.









In the meantime, I’ve got lots of bits and bobs in the mail.  I’ve even painted some!  I’m really happy with my Micropanzer Studios infantry for Gruntz.

They look even better in real-life.  The pictures don’t do them justice.

The proportions are great, the plasma guns are chunky and awesome…I’m really pleased and I’ll be buying more.

As far as Fallout goes, they’ll be part of my Campaign as NCR troops.

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Friday Night Firefight

Well, we’re finally going to try out the new rules.

I didn’t get as much painted as I wanted to, or my boards done, but tomorrow my brother is going to saw up my MDF boards and I’ll have 2 weeks until the next game to fix ’em up.

I’ll take some pictures of the game, but don’t expect much.  This is a work in progress.  Until then, I googled “fallout15” images just to see what came up.  THIS is what I got!

Oh…oh yeah.  That’s going on a billboard in-game.  They have this wicked looking AR-15 with skulls and spikes which will be one of my “Unique Weapons”.

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WOOT! New stuff

Got some new buildings in and some near-mandatory barrels…complete with toxic GOO!   Ryno will probably come over Thursday for a paint-fest and the Fallout15 rules are nearly done.  Well, Version 1.0 anyway.  Friday, GAME ON!

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The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few…

Today I lose a friend.

I remember that Christmas.  The Christmas the Enterprise, Capt. Kirk, Mr. Spock, Scotty, Bones and a Klingon orbited my Christmas tree.  I played with them until their arms fell off and the transporter no longer spun.

  Why was there never a Checkov or a Sulu?  They had Uhura…c’mon, how many GIRLS played with Star Trek figures?  I bet Uhura is the rarest Mego figure.  Gotta be.

Not sure when I picked up this Spock, but it was in an antique store in Jamestown, CA and it was one of those “Don’targuewithmewoman! I’mbuyingthisrightnow” moments.  I remember haggling with the wife to get Kirk, but Spock was more of an obsessive purchase she could do nothing about.

Sigh.  Gotta come up with $$$ for the hordes of 15mm infantry I need for Gruntz and Fallout15.  Spock, your sacrifice will not be in vain.


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