Post-Apoc Neighborhoods, Part 1

Residential Ranch (Garage LHS) Phase 1 (2)
I finished blocking out the base colors on the outside only.

I chose to begin my post-apocalypse terrain journey with my copy of this kit by Sarissa Precision.  I’m a huge fan of their kits, and I’m happy they’re continuing to add to their Retro Americana 28mm terrain kit line.  If you follow me long enough, you’ll eventually see all of these Fallout-influenced businesses, an entire trailer park, and the rest of the cozy subdivision I’ve just started. Since I built these, Sarissa have also added a survivor shack, a fallout shelter entrance, and various smaller accessories that I’m bound to add to the collection sooner or later.

Residential Ranch (Garage LHS) Phase 1 (3)
So many windows! I lived in an older house with wooden siding and trim, and I hope to replicate some of the weathering I am familiar with.

I did a little research online for some accurate color schemes to use on this quaint little bungalow.  I’ll definitely switch it up a little for the other three similar homes that I have.  I used a wet-drybrush style to get the basic colors on (not as dry as a true drybrush, but hardly any paint on the brush and lots of back-and-forth sweeping motions).  This helped retain the laser detailing, and it gave an already faded/slightly weathered look.  I did something like this on my Wolsung shanty town buildings featured in this blog post, and I was very happy with the results.

Residential Ranch (Garage LHS) Phase 1 (4)
View of the front with the garage detached.

Now I’m to the (first) hard part: getting a good enough weathered effect for the house to pass as part of a nuclear wasteland.  This is new territory for me, so I may not get it right the first time.  I have some ideas, and my husband does, too.  If you have any pointers, feel free to leave them in a comment!

Like all Sarissa kits I’ve ever encountered, the roofs lift off from both the main house and the little garage.  I’m eventually planning to decorate the inside for full immersion, but that is a challenge for another phase of the project.  I already have many pieces of scatter terrain that would fit right in from several different ranges, as well as a bunch that I will eventually receive in the future from the TerrainCrate 2 Kickstarter campaign by Mantic Games.


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Wolsung Buildings, Part 1

I’m making good progress on my Twisted buildings (I got the two Nouveau Archways done, and I’ve started an Old Corner Shop), but before I give an update on those, I thought you might be interested in having a look at some of my previous work on some related buildings for the Wolsung Steampunk Skirmish Game.

Wolsung SSG is a great skirmish game by the very talented Micro Art Studio set in a steampunk universe interwoven with magic where several factions vie for dominance.  Just like with Twisted, I first heard of Wolsung SSG  during their Kickstarter campaign.  Several of the game mechanics are quite unique, and this was the first time I had ever seen a standard deck of playing cards being used to affect gameplay in a miniatures game.  I easily fell in love with the Inventors and their adorable robots, and my husband, Alex, was likewise quite taken with the Scylla, a very unique halfling mafia group with ogre thugs to do their grunt work.  And the terrain…

Well, you ought to know by now that if nothing else, the terrain will sell me on a new game.  The range of buildings and accessories Micro Art designed for Wolsung SSG truly made my jaw drop.  The detailed MDF buildings were designed so that you could lift the top off and remove different levels, revealing the inside as additional play areas.  This was my first foray into MDF terrain, and I was truly excited.  This was basically a bunch of dollhouses, but better!

The Kickstarter rewards are now long past delivered, and we’ve had plenty of time to put buildings together and enjoy the game.  Honestly, I’ve been dying to play recently!  But back to the matter at hand: terrain.  At first, I simply removed the pieces from the MDF sheets and had Alex put them together.  He has been a tabletop gamer for most of his life, but I was still relatively new to the idea of putting something like these complex buildings together.  As time went on, I tried painting some of them (I started small, with some of the small ramshackle shacks), and then I got up the courage to build some myself.  I discovered that I love it!

Alas, I still don’t have all of these delightful buildings assembled and/or painted (we do have quite a lot of them), but here is what I do have ready to show.

There are so many ‘XIX Century Shantytowns‘ to show because a set of four was one of the free stretch goal backer rewards during the Kickstarter.  Alex and I backed the campaign on two accounts each in order to maximize our freebies.  You have to save some money when you can in this hobby; it’s just being resourceful.  This is a boutique (read: niche, small-scale, high quality, but a bit on the expensive side) game, after all.  These little cuties were the first Wolsung project I tackled, and they were a joy to paint.  Like all of the Wolsung buildings, the roofs lift off from these tiny abodes in case you want to use the inside space for additional play area.  I still have more to assemble, believe it or not.

These ‘XIX Century Stands‘ were the first MDF pieces that I assembled on my own, and they were also very fun to paint.  I started making some wares to display in them, but I haven’t quite finished that task.  I’ll return to it one day.  After all, as we say in the tabletop gaming hobby: as long as you have unfinished projects, you can never die.

This ‘XIX Century Block of Flats‘ is still a work in progress.  I still have the roof and the inside to paint.  There are even perfect little acrylic windowpanes to glue in when everything is done.  I am truly impressed with how easy it is to lift off, and later replace, the different levels of the building.  I have two more blocks of flats to paint up once this one is finished.

There are some assembled but so far unpainted pieces as well, but I’ll save those for another day.

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