Music for Zombie Gaming - Part 6

The video game itself was kinda Marmite, some loved it, and some really couldn't get along with it.

I was in the former camp and from a score perspective it set the scene perfectly.

The Walking Dead Video Game's score is full on small town America gone sour, slow lilting melodies, minor key strings with hints of mournful bluegrass guitar reminiscent of Ennio Moricone's spaghetti western years.

Jarred Emmerson-Johnson's accompaniment to the game is a slow burner and is far less dramatic than many other zombie themes but it's great for game build up and those character driven moments where you're just not sure if one of your favourite characters is going to make it. I've painted to is numerous times, just don't expect it to leave you feeling happy, hopeful or in any way good about surviving the apocalypse.

Music for Zombie Gaming - Part 5

So here's where the purists go mental, sorry guys. 28 Days Later... yeah, I said it. Whilst upon release it was never touted as a zombie movie and even now we recognise it as an 'Infected' movie, even director Danny Boyle went on record years later to say "I kinda wanted to make a zombie movie, but I had to do things differently to get away with it.'

So whilst the movie threw a 'runners' spin on genre, John Murphy's soundtrack on the other hand really hits the spot.

Slow building, haunting and and subtly discordant, the Original Soundtrack makes a superb backdrop to any zombie game.

Personally, I would mark this as the first of the 'modern' Zombie scores, heralding in a new era of themes specifically for the genre as we know it today. As a stand alone soundtrack it is not specifically innovative. It relies upon the standards of the horror genre in building tension and conflict, music box style melodies with contrasting resonance in the strong section but I'm pretty sure it has influenced composers of the genre since it's release. For example, as it is hard not to hear its influence in Bear McCreary's work.

Judge Dredd Miniatures: Judges


I was an avid reader of 2000AD Monthly back in the day and Dredd unquestionably was my favourite character. A few years back I sold my collection of original GW Judge Dredd Miniatures... fool that I am, I was never gonna need them right?... Wrong!

The Dredd movie did it for me, I dragged out my old Dredd Mags, picked up Case File No. 1 and got all nostalgic about old stony face.

That's when I found the Judge Dredd Miniatures Game, available as a free download at the time, simple enough.

And then... I found the Kickstarter and signed up at surprisingly low level (no idea how I manged to maintain that, considering the 'giddy fury' that ensued). I got my name in the recently released rulebook credits and picked up a pack of Judges.

In Grud's name they were really quite fun to paint. Nothing too fancy here, just plain colours, washes, a few highlights and some gloss varnish on the helmets.

I've a few more to go, but this was enough to play a few quick games and get to grips with the rules and Outbreak City was perfectly happy to sub itself as the Big Meg.

Street Judge
Street Judge
Female Street Judge

3D Forge Miniatures - Zombie Miniatures Kickstarter

A quick blog post as I wanted to share this Kickstarter from 3D Forge Miniatures.

A friend of mine brought this to my attention and just in case others hadn't seen it I thought I'd share it right away, looks pretty awesome to me.

Most importantly, check out the survivors! Can't wait to see the updates on poses for these.
There are some great character zombies in here!
The devil is in the detail.
 This stuff is rubbish! Well... you know what I mean.

 There's a few basic rewards and some of the entry packs look like pretty awesome value to me.

Check out the Kickstarter here:

Zombie Miniatures,Survivors, Barricades and Walls in 28mm.

Incursion: 3D Play Set - Part 2

Slow but steady progress with this. Not a great deal to talk about as the process is pretty self explanatory.

I simply marked out the grid and then filled in the blanks. The hashed areas are where the 'block's, or walls, will go. I up-scaled the board a little, so that getting the 40mm DS based figures in and out of the terrain wouldn't be a problem.

I managed to get the second board done, so here's the two individual boards joined together.

Incursion 3D Play Set: Both boards in planning stage. Miniature for scale.
There's a long way to go, but it's definitely taking shape. The miniature is for scale. That's a 40mm DS based miniature down there.

I also started downloading some graphics ready to use on the interior. Such as this. It'd be rude not to.

Even more All Things Zombie survivors

Once more here's three more of the bargain £1 miniatures I picked up. Both suitable for All Things Zombie and for playing the Judge Dredd Miniatures game.

I have no idea what this gun is but I think it'll leave a big hole in anything it hits!
Heavy with BAMP
Close protection with BAP
The top figure was already based and the second two are both completely flat, so the detailing is just painted on.

I think these are all Copplestone miniatures, but feel free to let me know if they're not. They are all great scuplt and nice and easy to paint.