Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Welcome to Downtown

After some research online that is, I found out that HO Scale Buildings may work fairly well with 15mm figures in addition they can be inexpensive, then there are some that are really pricy too pricy for what I want to do. Plus there are loads of them on eBay and Amazon. Now of course I will dig into this further to insure they will work with 15mm! plus all the accessories as well. I will Post my findings as we go.

My intent if everything works out well, is to collect as much as I need, I'm going to start with a lot of Downtown stuff. I'm going to look at some of the Plasticville range of buildings. there are a lot of them and they are rather small in foot print size for the table, they are rather cheap as well you can get many of them between $5 and $25. Plus with some paint and additional details they should work just fine. Now I have seen where the "O" scale Plasticville building work rather nicely with 28mm.

  • Police Station
  • Fire Station
  • Supermarket
  • Hardware/Pharmacy
  • 5 & Dime Store
  • Post Office
  • Burger Joint
  • Ice Cream shop
  • Bank with Drivethru
  • City Hall
  • Church
  • Gas Station
  • Auto Repair Shop
  • Men's Store
  • Hobby and Toy Store
  • Hospital
  • Dry Goods Store
  • Ladies Store
  • Theater 
  • Restaurant
  • Car Dealership
Which from this list will make for a great downtown! My understanding is there maybe a couple of other buildings for a downtown area that I did not listed but I'm still looking into it more as to which ones they may be.

Now there are other buildings to make this town even bigger from the Plasticville range as well. You have to have a place for all your town folk to live in. You can see the houses below in the first row the school house and gas station in the back.

  • Factory Building
  • Split Level Home
  • Cape Cod Home
  • Ranch Style home
  • Contemporary Home
  • Two Story Home
  • House Under Construction 
  • Smaller Church
  • Motel with Pool
  • Barn with Silo
  • Farm Outbuildings
I also have the intention of looking at other Ho Scale Buildings as well,  for Main Street two story flat roof type of buildings to have a place for survivors to be able to retreat too or view the horror from as well.

There is a lot of options for buildings in the HO Scale range, that I think will work for 15mm figures, and the cost for many is very low and seems they would fill a table rather well that would give any game a lot to work with. You can also buy doubles, one for an intact building and with some work it's double as a damaged or destroyed building. 

I'm looking forward to using them if things work out well in Zombie games, Pulp Adventures, Alien Invasions, fighting Giant Bug Infestations, Post Apocalypse Scenarios and even AVP (Alien vs Predator) and with a variety of building it will give your Player Characters Goals and Objectives to strive for or places to run from or run too, YES RUN VERY FAST!

Yes the Objectives can be fuel tanks or power stations, You have to have a power station! How else are you going to electrocute the Aliens or the Giant Bugs! Radio Station so one could warn the people of their pending DOOM!  A Trailer Park for Alien Invasions or where the crazy guy who lives there trying to warn you and others! Oh yes the possibilities are endless. 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Stargate Pleiades

Stargate Pleiades (The South America Background)

Okay so taking the whole "Stargate" Universe into account is how I plan to tie it all together.

The Ancients, launched a ship ( a Seed Ship and a Follow Ship) to seed Stargates across different Galaxies (Stargate Universe) to escape the "Wraith" and the "Replicators" (Stargate Atlantis).

Landing a Stargate on Earth and moving on to other planets in this Galaxy system planting yet more  Stargates (SG-1),

From Earth the Ancient launch another Seed Ship and a Follow Up Ship to seed (Stargate Universe)another Galaxy to escape the Goa'uld, to the Constellation system "Pleiades"

The "Seed Ship" continues to move along planting Stargates, the "Follow Up Ship" has a mishap and crash lands on a very hot steamy jungle planet. The section of the ship to which contains the Stargate has broken off and is lost somewhat to the jungle and never found, the rest of the ship is found by a not so primitive alien species "Predators". Slowly they started finding out some of the "Ancients" Tech Secrets and started moving their race forward.

Now move forward some 10,000 years or more and the "Predators" have moved on from this little world to establish "New Home Worlds" separate "Worlds" this one has just became to small for the two different clans and needs, it became just a small out of the way planet that use to use as a "Hunting Preserve" to which Humans were transported to for the "First Hunt" for very young "Predators" from time to time. As time pass this planet became just more of an out of the way place until it was just a small totally forgotten world.

Over time those Humans that survived the hunts by escaping, formed into small groups and have made this place their home. Having found the "Lost" Stargate and have moved it and the DHD ( Dial Home Device) to a central place of worship in an abandon underground city of the former occupants the "Predators"

There are two Clans of Predators each with a similar cast system, Low, Middle and the Higher cast, the Higher cast are the ones that are allowed to use ships to hunt on other worlds, the middle cast hunt on preserves and the lower cast hunt in arena settings, many are born into their cast but there are opportunities to move up in the cast system by being a better hunter. The two Clans are at odds with each other each, competing for better hunting grounds and more dangerous Prey. Just adding another reason why they have moved off this small planet

Over the past the "Predators" used humans as two things, slave labor to build their massive cities and for hunting by selecting promising humans, training them with skills and releasing them into the arenas for the hunt for the lower cast. A very few promising humans are pick for the "Hunting Preserve Worlds" from the slave labor force. Most humans that are hunted on the Hunting Preserve Worlds at taken from Earth.

Soon after the Stargate team arrives, They find themselves scouting out the underground complexes to which they make it their base camp finding hieroglyphs, drawings and other writings. As they ventured out from the underground complex, they soon discover the human inhabitants of this new world. Then they find the real threat "Predators"!

Now how do I do all this, to tie the Predators into this, if you would notice in all the Predator movies they all have some sort of tie to Central America, and because I can.
  • Predator 1: Central America.
  • Predator 2: Colombian Drug Lords and other elements from Central America and the Caribbean  Islands,  plus the ship interior had some Central American influences. 
  • Alien Vs Predator: The structure found under the ice in the Antarctic looked very much like Mayan Temple.
  • Alien Vs Predator Requiem: The world to which the Predator clean up guy for lack of a better description, the location to which he launched is ship the background structures look like Mayan influences were involved.
  • Then there is all the Fan Art that shows lots of Mayan Structures.
  • Pleiades played a vey important roll in Mayan culture. 

Now to tie it into Stargate. It's a weak link but it's works, it's the Ships.

Don't the Predators out riggings on their ships, look a little like the Puddle Jumper's?

Maybe a little different in design and paint but the connection works for me. If one were to find some advance technology wouldn't they try to build it, and wouldn't it come out different from the original for one would have to build it with the materials that they have and with their comfort and needs I mind.

Now moving on to this new project.

Okay now, I have all the figures that I would need in 15mm range. I have Predators from Khurasan Miniatures and Xenomorphs (Aliens) as well. I have the Non-Stargate Team from GZG (Ground Zero Games) plus I have Marines from Peter Pig's Miniatures.

All I need now is some Aztec or Mayan figure which I can use in My Pirate Games as well, add some other figures for additional adventures, I  will have to build some Temple terrain and Jungle Terrain to which I have scores of ideas. If a keep the terrain generic I will be able to use it in other games as well Pulp Adventures, Pirates Adventures, Fantasy Adventures and other Sci-Fi games as well.

So I'm looking forward to this project, I will be working on my other projects "Barge Town", "My Terrain" and "My Pirate Game".

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

ARR! Me Pirate Ship!

I started work on a pirate ship or anyone's ship for that matter in 15mm scale. Now I'm no Sailor or very wise about manning or even rigging a ship for that matter but I'll give it a swing.

So to begin with I purchased a 1x4 then I cut it down into shorter lengths  two (2) fifteen inch pieces and one (1) 5 inch piece and then two (2) 3 inch pieces. I glued and stacked them and waited until the glue was dried the made some cuts with my jig saw. I started with two straight cuts to start the form of the bow, then the rest of the cuts were at a thirty degree angles. So it will be 15 inches from Bow to Stern how's that for sailor talk.

So here are some Pictures on our outdoor glass table which has a wave look to it I thought it would be fitting for the pictures couple of them are out of focus.

The Figure I'm using is from Rebel Minis for scale of the ship.
 "The Red Velvet"

You can see there is plenty of room for actions on the decks.

Closer look.

After looking at these pictures I think I will take more pictures of this project on this table.

Okay so now this will be skinned with cereal cardboard and card stock, three masts will be added with riggings and the sails rolled up using rolled up wads of tissue paper, I have some tight weave granny cloth for deck grills.

I will be ordering some deck cannons from Peter Pigs Web Site, along with some pirates as well and will be working on making it look like more cannon ports on the lower deck, and add some swivel cannons as well.

I have already ordered pirate figures from Rebel Minis, which are really great looking I can't wait to get them based and painted, I have his rule book "And a Bottle of Rum" which seems really great and again I can't wait to get gaming with it.

My over all plan is to run it as an Fantasy RPG Game, and will be adding enchanted and magical items some good ones and some really bad ones. In addition to Monsters and Creatures of all sorts.

I will be working on a couple of more ships one more this size and a few others a bit smaller.

Well Thanks for looking Mates.