Welcome To Lazarus

Instead of a "BANG", humanity is passing away with the shuffling of dead feet, and hungry moans. Desperate men and women fight against the rising tide for the newly risen dead.Sometimes, though, the undead are not he most dangerous things out there. Civilization has failed the test; the only thing left is survival.

Lazarus is just one of many places where humanity holds on by a thread, and life and death come as easily as a roll of the dice.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I got a Zuzzy, I got a Zuzzy...

Photo From Zuzzy.com
I received my long awaited Zuzzy gaming mat last week.  I ordered a 4'x6'  Wounded City mat and am quite pleased,  The wait was longer than anticipated.  Zuzzy set the expectation of 2-5 weeks.  It actually took about 7 1/2.  In their defense, at exactly 5 weeks I received an email from them saying that the had received a larger than expected amount of orders, and had had some problems with their vinyl vendor.  They apologized, and said that my order would be out shortly, and it was.  Kevin even threw in complimentary 14"x11" swath of mat for free.

Here are my impressions on the products. The mat came in a square cardboard tube, which will come in handy for storage.  The label on the package inside came with instructions on how to paint the mat;  I'll get back to that in a second.  The mat was considerably thinner than I had expected.  Still, it seems pretty durable.  The detail on the mat is exactly as pictured on the Zuzzy site.  I painted the small swath according to the instruction.  First I washed it with a black wash ( 20/1 Future/Black ink).  Next I dry brushed it with white, and dappled it with brown.  Finally, I painted the brick with Burnt Seinna, Cadnium Red, and Pumpkin Orange.  As you can see it turned out nicely.

Finally, I wanted to make sure that everything matched I broke out one of my finished TEOTWAWKI pieces and put it on top.  It all matched up well, although I may need to rethink my basing on future pieces.  I can work the cracked look into future ones to make it more seamless.

Even though I most likely will never use this for a zombie game, it could be used for that purpose.  Zuzzy has several other that definitely fit the bill for a zombie table.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Zombie Superman

Ok, I realize that it's not REALLY Superman!  What kind of dork would think that a comic book hero could be turned into a real life zombie...geesh.  This guy, obviously, was some sort of convention geek, who ended up on the wrong side of the undead menu, right?  Imagine a survivor's surprise, though, to see the Man of Steel come shambling down the street, looking at them like they were today's blue plate special.

This figure is a re-purposed Heroclix Bizzaro Superman miniature, purchased from Troll and Toad. TandT is an excellent source for collectible prepaints, with a good selection and great service.  The fig is based on a 25mm round slotta base.  The hunched over stance and the vacant look make him a perfect zombie, IMO.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Power and Light - ATZ Campaign Day 7

I have been remiss, and for that I apologize.  For the last 2 months, I have literally sat down 5-6 times to get another game in.  I just haven't been able to do it, though.  I finally managed to get the drive together to get another one played.  In fact, I feel so refreshed by the experience, I am going to finally paint up the minis I need for Day 8, and get to work on playing it out, this week..  So, without further adieu, here is the latest installment of my ATZ campaign, entitled "Power and Light"

“We gotta go down there and fix a transformer that’s popped. Can you guys keep the rioters away while we work?”, the utility worker asked the 4 police officers.  The officers looked at him.  His use of the “rioters” could mean only one thing, he had not seen what they had seen over the last several days.

“You just do your job, we’ll do ours.  If we tell you to move, though, you do it as though it had come from the mouth of God, got it?”, one of the policemen snapped.

“Yeah, whatever,” the man replied turning to his partner chuckling, “A bit dramatic ain’t he?”

Officer Baakus grabbed his arm and spun him around.  Growling he said, “Listen, you wanna stay alive, you do what we tell you; else you are on your own.”  There was a look in Baakus’s eyes and tone in his voice that told the man to stay quite.  Officer Baakus pointed at the nearby man-hole cover and spat, “Now get down that hole and do what you gotta do…quick.”

The utility workers gave Officer Baakus a surly look as they began preparing to make their repairs, as the police set up barricades in the street.

LPD cars 1 (Baakus and Toner) and 13 (Zentti and Jones)  have been dispatched to provide traffic control and security for  Lazarus P&L crew, whose job it is to get a downed transformer back on line.  They've setup around a manhole in front of a convenience store in the middle of downtown Lazarus.
 Special Rules:
When Doubles are rolled on initiative rolls, special events will take place, per the rules on page 27 of the ATZ: Haven book.  The game ends when the utility workers fix the transformer and make it to safety, or are killed.
Turn 1
Human Move:  Workers get the man-hole cover off.

Turn 2
Human Move:  The utility workers enter the man-hole.

Turn 3 (Doubles)
Special Event: The police hear a barking dog, which seems to be coming closer.

Turn 4 (Humans 3, Zombies No Move)
Human Move:  The utility workers start looking for the problem with the burned out transformer.

Turn 5 (Zombies 1, Humans No Move)
Zombie Move:  The dog turns the corner and moves towards the police officers (10in move).  Six zombies come around the corner, following the dog.  Baakus  recognizes them for what they are and draws his weapon, yelling at Toner to do the same.  They snap fire (pass 2D6 In Sight); of the four rounds fired, one round strikes home, dropping a zombie in its tracks.

Turn 6 (Humans 1, Zombies No Move)
Zombie Placement: Drawn by gun fire a zombie comes out the front door of the convenience store.
Human Move: Zenetti has LOS on the zombie, but doesn't fire (pass1 In Sight).  Toner sees the movement and turns, snapping 2 rounds off.  Both rounds strike the Zed, vaporizing its head.  Baakus fires two more rounds at the Zeds chasing the dog, and drops a second zombie.

Turn 7 (Doubles)
Zombie Placement:  A single zombie is comes out of one of the tenements, drawn by the gunfire.
Special Event:  Three zombies enter the map from the SW, and move 12 in to join up with the zombies by the corner. 

Turn 8 (Doubles)
Special Event: A car enters the map in the SE corner, moving to the west.  It contains a male driver (Rep4) and female passenger (Rep 3).  They are trying to escape the city.

Turn 9 (Doubles)
Zombie Placement: Two zombies come up the road, attracted by the sound of the car's engine. 
Special Event:  Another group of 7 zombies comes from the direction the other zombies did. 

Turn 10 (Humans 1, Zombie No Move) 
Human Move: As the utility workers fix the downed transformer, Baakus and Toner fire on the advancing zombie again.  They manage to drop 3 more zombies with their four shots.   Further down the street, the driverof the car sees a group of people ahead.  He slows (moving to ½ speed, via reaction check).   

Turn 11 (Zombies 2, Humans 1)Zombie Placement:  Two more zombies come out of the convenience store.  Down the block the escaping car is now drawing a lot of attention.  A total of 8 zombies appear from the shops that line the street.
Zombie Move:  The zombies charge the car, from multiple directions.  Four zombies smash into the moving car.  Two of them go under the wheels, and two are knocked down.  The driver maintains control (pass 2, Loss of Control). The car rolls over a third zombie, and then slams into 6 more.  One is thrown to the side, while the others are run down.  The impact causes the driver to lose control.  The car rolls over, and the woman is thrown from the car and killed, and the man is knocked unconscious.  The zombies by the store charge Toner, and he is unable to fire as the zeds attack him (Pass 1, Being Charged).  The zombies manage to bite Toner, and he screams as he goes OOF.

( Game Note: I kind of improvised with the rules on this part of turn 12.  It always bothered me in ATZ that a car would stop, if the wrong die came up on initiative, and could be acted against in place.  I decided to use a simultaneous move system, where the zombies and car would move an inch, any interaction was resolved, then the next inch was moved and so on, until all the zombie movement was expended.   The occupants of the car could do nothing, except react to what was happening via the reaction chart.  That's how we get the scene above as the car plows through the crowd of zombies, even though the humans didn't move this turn)

Human Move:  Baakus fires at the undead standing over his partner, and gets one hit.  One of the zeds drops.  Jones drops the second zombie from down the street.  Zenetti moves towards the downed officer, yelling at the two utility workers as they exited the manhole to run.

Turn 12 (Humans 3, Zombies 1)
Zombie Placement:  A total of 6 Zombies are drawn to the area, from all the noise.  The only ones that are of any danger to any humans are three that enter the map near the wrecked car.
Human Move:  Baakus turns and fires at a zombie advancing from his left, dropping it easily.  He then rounds the car to help Zenetti get Toner into the back seat of the patrol car. Jones moves to Patrol 13, and then realizes that Zenetti has the car keys.  The utility workers get into their work van. Back at the overturned car, the driver comes to and struggles to get out of the wreckage.
Zombie Movement:  The zombies by the car surround it; pouncing on the trapped man.  He feebly attempts to defend himself, and is quickly overwhelmed.  His screams echo against the building walls as they begin feasting for 3 turns.  The dog chasing zombies advance on Baakus and Zenetti.  While 3 of them are unable to reach the humans, one is able charge Zenetti.  They become locked in melee as Zenetti fights the zombie off.

Turn 13 (Humans 3, Zombies 1)
Zombie Placement: None
Human Move: Baakus casually aims his pistol at the head of the zombie attacking Zenetti and pulls the trigger.  The zombie drops lifelessly to the asphalt.  Baakus gets in the car and locks the doors, as Zenetti sprints back to the other one.  He and Jones get in and likewise lock the doors.  The utility workers try to start their truck, but it won’t start.
Zombie Move:  The zombies at the car continue to feast.  Two zombies start pounding on Zenetti’s car, while three attack Patrol 1, to no avail.

Turn 14 (Zombies 3, Human No Move)
Zombie Placement:  Only one zombie is drawn to the area.
Zombie Move:  Two more zombies join the attack on Patrol 1.  None of the attacks on the cars are successful.

Turn 15 (Humans 3, Zombies 1)
Zombie Placement: None
Human Move:  The utility workers manage to start their truck and drive off, making it to safety.  Neither patrol car manages to start.
Zombie Move:  The passenger side window of Patrol 1 begins to break

Turn 16 (Humans 4, Zeds 2)
Zombie Placement: Three more zombies are drawn to the area
Human Move:  Both cars mange to start to move to saftey.  Baakus manages to successfully execute a spectacular J turn in reverse (pass 2, Driver and Loss of Control), running over 2 more zombies in the process.

All three vehicles make it to safety.  Despite its best efforts, the utility department is unable to keep the grid up.  Bit by bit, block by block the power starts going out across the city.  By night fall, much of the city proper is without power.  As the power went out authorities last more and more control.  At an ever increasing pace, they were unable to maintain order as chaos began to engulf the city.


Baakus preformed admirably this game.  I think he has more than redeemed himself, and may rate STAR status here pretty soon.  Although, he keeps managing to loose parents to zombie bites.  Well, it'll give a revolving door of side characters once I get inot the campaign proper.  

The point in the middle of the game where 3 doubles were rolled on initiative was the weirdest thing.  It was actually a series of 4 doubles on initiative.  As God is my witness, here's how it happened.  First double is rolled; no big deal.  Second double is rolled, with the exact same numbers; I must not have shaken the dice, discard and re-roll.  Third doubles is rolled, with different numbers;  WOW, these dice are strange, I'll take this result, though.  I changed dice, shook them really well, threw them.  DOUBLES; I doubt I could ever duplicate it, again! 

Even though the utility workers (whose vans look suspiciously like UPS trucks) managed to get the power back on, day 8 will dawn with things sliding more out of control in Lazarus.  Let me sit down and figure out what's on the agenda for its good, and maybe not so good citizens.  Until then, I hope you enjoyed this installment.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Big John and the Zombies, Pt 2

Looks like Big John, and his buddies, are in a spot of trouble.  Caught out in the open, they've found themselves surrounded by a large mob of undead!


Believe it, or not, I am parting ways with these figs. I really like them; they look like I envision Zombie Apocalypse figures should be.  As stated before, they are a bit over sized for my tastes.  That, coupled with my 2012 gaming project's need for capital, has led me to this point.  So, these figures will be finding a new home soon.  You'll find postings at The Miniatures Page and the Post Apoc Wargames Forum.

Friday, February 3, 2012

On The Workbench - 02/12

Already into the second month of the year, and I forgot to queue this up.  Oh well, I had an anniversary on the first, a 15 year old's birthday on the 4th,the wife a youngest are going to Omaha this weekend, and Valentine's day on the 14th.  I think I'm allowed a bit of lee-way this month.  Here's this month's "On the Workbench" post. 

The new items and projects that I added stuff to are denoted by an * next to them.

On the Workbench for February 2012:
(This is all stuff that is partially finished; in no particular order)

15 28mm PA Survivors - 3, 5 man packs from Lead Adventure Miniatures 
26 Heroclix Figs* - Figures for conversion into sci-fi and horror gaming minis
16 x Pulp/Steampunk Minis* - 5 more figs added for the commision painting of some Fiendish Fabrications figures
20 Mantic Ghouls - Mantic Ghoul Regiment 

6 28mm Survivors - Obelisck Nighthawk gang 
2 x HotWheels Planes* - Conversions for 15mm post apocalyptic style games
5 28mm Vampires - Pontoonier Wierd West vampires for Two Hour Wargames.  Unfinished commission work that is grinding along on no certain timeline.

28mm Post Apoc Ruins Project - Ruins made from Gamecraft's Foamcore 6 story building.  This one is half done.
10mm Ruins Project - Foamcore ruins for a BTech style game using Mechwarrior figs; another half finished project. 
28mm Vehicles* - 6-8 vehicles for my survivor
15mm Suburbia - Paper/foamcore houses for suburban Lazarus. 
50 20mm WWII Russians - Minis for a semi defunct NUTS! East Front project I planned
2 T-34/85s - Same As Above
Various Fantasy/Sci Fi minis* - I have a box of old minis I use to try out techniques and hone my skills.  I have quite a few half painted figs that I'd like to finish

January's Finished Projects/Minis 
 (I will be posting these up through out the month, as I get photos and such)

5 x MegaMinis Forest Creatures - Critters for THWs, post pending.
20 28mm Zombies - Wargames Factory Plastic Zombies.
4 x 28mm PA Ruins - 3 more ruins for my PA project posted on ZSS last month.
8 28mm Survivors - The last of the Atcheson Designs ATZ figs.
1 x Horrorclix Dire Wolf - Posted on ZSS last month.

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