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Giant Rat Swarm

These guys were assembled primarily for Necromunda games back in 1998, but I didnt get around to painting them until 2009.  I finally went back to them to add just a little bit of detail and take some photos this year.

As all Electric Six fans living in the current pre-apocalyptic era know, only robots, cockroaches (and probably Lidl) will survive the upcoming Armageddon.   Before you ask, zombies dont count as “surviving”.

My own in depth research has also revealed that there is a good possibility that mutant, dog-sized rodents will live on in the undercities and eventually spill in huge swarms onto the irradiated plains above.  Probably.

In Necromunda the tribal native human “Ratskin” faction (which I will eventually get around to painting) survive in harmony with their destroyed environment.  Part of this involves their nomadic lifestyle, with the Ratskin braves following the migrating swarms through the ruined industrial landscape.

Hi-freakin-larious in other words and way too good a gaming opportunity to miss.  Cue the theme from “Rawhide”.

Denim clad Foundry punk Nancy objects to being used to demonstrate scale…

I put together the swarm from the rather cool mutant rats from Necromunda, a load of eighties giant rats from GW, a few of the plastic giant rats that were first seen in Warhammer Quest and a handful of the titchy rats that sat on the Heroquest furniture making a total of 31.

The best figures are easily the Necromunda guys visible in the first photo, although a couple of the larger metal Warhammer guys are cool too.

I have yet to get around to playing my “Rathide” cattle rustling scenario in the depth that I would like.  I did run a prototype Rathide game of “Mutants and Death Ray Guns” testing the idea with MT back in 2009 though.

More post apocalyptic rat related miniatures are available at Megaminis HERE (post apoc ratmen) and at Black Cat Bases HERE (mounted post apoc ratmen).  Those guys are on my (gigantic) shopping list…

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Mines, Bombs and Boobytraps

"Achtung! Minen!"

"Achtung! Minen!"

 I am in the process of assembling a lot of smaller pieces of characterful terrain to give my tabletop gaming a little more visual interest and to function as encounter markers, scenario objectives etc.  Trixie and the Zombie Crows are other parts of the same project.  

Unexploded Bombs

Unexploded Bombs

With that in mind I picked up the limited editon box of Mines, Bombs and Boobytraps that GW released in conjunction with their Planetstrike promotion this summmer.  I have very little interest in ever playing Planetstrike but this little set was too cool to pass up. 

Mines

Mines

 I got the lot (22 pieces) painted up over the course of an evening in front of the TV.  They provide interest on the table and look good I think.

Boobytraps: note the concealed grenades

Boobytraps: note the concealed grenades

Trixie MacGuffin

Trixie MacGuffin: Damsel in Distress

Trixie MacGuffin: Damsel in Distress

I have been putting together some scenery for gaming with recently.  Not a lot of big items, mostly just premade bits and pieces like GW craters and other similar stuff.  In particular I have been getting together some small terrain markers to serve game purposes such as enounter markers, denoting radioactive or toxic areas, scenario objectives etc, a bit like the Zombie Crows from a little while back.  Trixie above fits nicely under “scenario objectives”.

Trixie is promotional resin figure available from Ramshackle Games.  They have loads of cool post-apocalyptic stuff for good prices.  Recommended.

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