As the school bell rings out across the grounds most pupils eagerly stuff their satchels with the paraphernalia required for the next lesson, but alas no more. Now the pupils of St. Trinians are more used to sharpening stakes than the ubiquitous HB pencil and the tolling of the mid morning bell is a call to arms; an advance warning of an impending attack from a migrating hoard of undead.
Of course defences were hurriedly erected, but what did those denizens of England’s most notorious school for girls use, I hear you say? Well pretty much everything it would seem including packing crates, classroom furniture, barrels and pallets. When these were exhausted the dungeons were raided for the girls’ trunks, tuck boxes and vanity cases – oh necessity calls when the undead drive!
Another one of those oh so distracting, but oh so fun projects has finally come to fruition. Once again the proposed '7ombieTV' scenario, now loosely entitled, 'Battle of the Lower Hockey Pitch', calls for defences that have to be maintained by the pupils as the undead surge forward. This could simply be represented with the appropriate tokens, but with the fortified cricket pavilion and armour plated school bus already completed, I thought it would be quite fun to have a couple of additional bespoke pieces on the board.
The first is made of all sorts of oddments, many from the wonderful 'Fenris Games', including the ruptured oil drum, pallets and park bench. These combined with other bits and pieces to form part of the barricades. It is funny how the smallest things seem to completely absorb me, how to represent the toxic substance oozing from the ruptured barrel being a case in point - in the end lashings of UHU glue and fluorescent green paint were the order of the day, but these sidesteps are often what hold the most charm for me.
The other stand was constructed entirely from the lovingly crafted resin goodness purchased from the wonderful ‘Slug Industries’. This father and son ‘cottage’ industry conceived by 6MilPhil and the boy Slug has produced some wonderful terrain pieces to date* and these certainly rank as some of their best. Catalogued as ‘luggage’ they were just perfect to represent the girls’ hastily constructed barricades and a wonderful excuse to paint leopard print and crack open the pink paint!
Aware that I might still be preparing for this game come the next ice age, I resisted the temptation to make up any additional stands instead inveigling the assistance of ‘4Grounds’ barbed wire road blocks. By comparison these proved a doddle to put together and will appear as they are without any additional paintwork – provided of course that I actually get round to rolling the dice in anger!