Saturday, 2 August 2014

July 2014 - Little SWAT Team on the Prairie

Good evening, all. I have decided to start making monthly posts to a) keep you in the loop regarding any happenings at PZM HQ, be it painting, sculpting or gaming and b) to inspire me to actually do those things more often.

So, even though it is now August I thought I would begin by showing you what July brought to the table.

The main project on my desk this month was getting my SWAT Team prepared for Hospital 911 from Two Hour Wargames, a supplement for All Things Zombie - Final Fade Out.

And here they are...




These are just a single Project Zeke Miniatures P-Sec Private Security Squad with an additional converted P-Sec officer for the commander

The obvious choice would have been to paint them in the traditional blue/black uniform but I keep seeing SWAT officers wearing more military-coloured fatigues on TV and in films so, to be a bit different, I opted for the green/black motif you see before you. I also got a hold of some SWAT decals from Company B and they really complete the look.

Some of you may already recognise the SWAT commander (second from the right). Yup, it's Bridges from Safe House 2014.

The conversion was a simple head swap as I had a spare Bridges head after doing the A.J. conversion. I know a Stetson is hardly tactical but we're playing with zombies and toy soldiers here; I think I can probably afford some artistic license.

Anyway, here's a closer look...


SWAT Commander Bridges

SWAT decal from Company B


Faithful followers of Safe House 2014 may remember mention that Bridges had a background in law enforcement - Texas Rangers, to be precise - so I thought it would be fun to develop the character further with a sort of  'origins' campaign as a SWAT Commander using the SWAT Team scenarios from Hospital 911 and some non-zombie encounters set before the outbreak, using the new Chain Reaction v.3.1 from Two Hour Wargames.

AARs of Bridges' story will be coming shortly.

Finally, in a recent trip to the Scottish Borders, I happened across this little number in a charity shop...



It's actually a bird house but the scale is ideal. And with THW's Lew's Booty coming out soon I thought this would make a great centrepiece in a rural campaign.

That's all for July. I will catch you fine survivors soon.




15 comments:

  1. Great looking Swat love the commander it works so well! That house is a great find dude!

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    1. Cheers, bud. I spotted it by sheer fluke and had to have it. I'll definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for more treats lurking outside the hobby world.

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  2. Nice SWAT team dude! Commander Bridges looks ace.

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    1. Thanks, mate. I'm pretty chuffed with him too.

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  3. Very cool conversion! It looks as it was made to be like that.

    And good luck with your new house ;-)

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    1. Ta, mate. I've got a cool campaign planned for it but I need to find a propeller cage. Cryptic clue, right there.

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  4. I have been told about those bird hoses but have not managed to get one yet! Very characterful Swat commander.

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    1. Cheers, Clint. I just need to keep it facing forward..lol

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  5. I love the conversion of Bridges, and the military look colour scheme works well. Good job all around, Simon.

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    1. Thank you, Bryan. I hate batch painting so it was a bit of a speed job. But I'm happy.

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  6. How did you do the lettering on the commander's back? If that's freehand painting then I'm very impressed! But if it's decals then where did you get them?

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    1. They're decals, mate. And they're from Company B (there's a link above).

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  7. Love the green/black scheme on the swat team and that houe, whilst peculiar, is a rather good find

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    1. Thanks, matey. I like it for the same reason I like card terrain: it requires no effort on my part.

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