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Setting the scene, props, music & miniatures for Weird W

 
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Hawker
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:53 am    Post subject: Setting the scene, props, music & miniatures for Weird W Reply with quote

Hi guys, this is my first post so be gentle!

I'm about to start my first SW game, Weird War II and I want to make it really special for my players. I've bought and painted the miniatures, made a custome GM Screen, got some bullet casings as bennies, a pack of WW2 themed playing cards and picked out the music i'm going to have playing in the background to set the atmosphere (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8D7215CD6EB679EA).

Does anyone have any ideas of other things I can do to enrich the experience for my players?

Photos below of some of my preparations, more can be seen at my Blog (http://miniaturesforroleplaying.blogspot.co.uk/)



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a pretty impressive setup. Where'd you find the miniatures and half-track? (And, what scale are these at?)
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oooooo... Surprised

Warren like!

Echoing Jordan's questions on the halftrack & miniatures.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool, great job.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the encouragement!

The Miniatures are:

Artizan Designs - German Infantry and the German Scientist
(http://www.artizandesigns.com/list.php?cat=102&sub=159&page=1)

West Wind Productions Secrets of the Third Reich - Nazi Zombies
(http://westwindproductions.co.uk/catalog/secrets_of_the_third_reich.php)

The Half track is borrowed from a friend but i'll ask him where it came from and update.

All the miniatures are 28mm

There are lots more photos on my blog (including the British Commandos and the Frnech Resistance) and i'll be putting up in game shots next week after the game has been run. I don't want to risk my players finding too much out till then Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If they can't get into it with THAT kind of set up, they are in the wrong hobby.

That said, you asked for ideas.

- Are they jumping right into the horror? I'm thinking start out the session with more fluffy 40's music: Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, This Is the Army Mr. Jones, etc. Then, when it hits the fan, switch to the more martial music.

- Got an army surplus store nearby? Using canteens and fold-out cups instead of normal drinking glasses would be sweet.


- I had an idea that involved firecrackers but now I'm starting to re-think it. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can get repros of various items, too.
http://www.angelfire.com/nc/stug/

I'm also getting some blank scrabble tiles and making miniature cigarette packs, ads for nylons, hershey bars, etc.




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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got some more miniatures finished in preparation for Sunday's debut game.

First the heroes (5 British Soldiers & 1 Polish Resistance fighter)



French Resistance (Plus the Polish character)



And finally a suit of US Power Armour for a follow up adventure



I hope you like them
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One thing I notice that strikes me as odd, is just how much pitting there is in the power-armor miniature. (That's obviously a casting issue, not a painting issue.) Is this common for this miniatures line?

In any case, the painting and basing is splendid! Where's the "Like" button for me to click? Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

and HATS

when playing Axis and Allies I made every one wear the vintage World War Two (see that I used the word Vintage correctly in connection with a specific date or short span or years other wise vintage is a meaningless word as used on E Bay) hat of the country they were playing. I was Germany and said I was Field Marshall Von Dan first time thought thought up my trade name.

Jordan Peacock wrote:
One thing I notice that strikes me as odd, is just how much pitting there is in the power-armor miniature. (That's obviously a casting issue, not a painting issue.) Is this common for this miniatures line?


Yeah looks like the casting was made when the metal or plastic was to cool and or not enough relief sprew to take up the trapped air. BUT in the end it works for something that is supposed to be made from cast steel in a converted tractor factor and added some battle damage.

What was the basis for the power armor? The helmet looks like a welding mask so i wonder if it was originally a space engineer with an arc welding gun/weapons



Jordan Peacock wrote:
In any case, the painting and basing is splendid! Where's the "Like" button for me to click? Wink


Yeah I just rejoined The Force Net Forums and they have a like button in the forums, all my crazy photo shops left over from the prequel era and my fan fiction are getting lots of likes. First time I had seen a Like function in a forum
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did notice the pitting when I was preparing the power armour suit but felt it looked right, if you look at Shermans of the same period they often have some pretty heavy pitting. I thought the visor looked like a modern welding mask but they look so suitable I couldn't resist.

They are Power Armour Troopers from Copplestone Castings if your interested.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hawker wrote:
I did notice the pitting when I was preparing the power armour suit but felt it looked right, if you look at Shermans of the same period they often have some pretty heavy pitting.


Exactlymy point shermans were made from cast steel in a converted tractor factor.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, well the game went brilliantly, below are a few pictures. One of my players even made a comic of the game, you can see that on my blog if you'd like.

http://miniaturesforroleplaying.blogspot.co.uk/



Each player had an official photo, except the Officer who was a failed movie star who had supplied a promotional photo signed 'Keep on fighting!'
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool. You've got some lucky players.
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