Monday, September 12, 2016

The Boys from Sanitation and Maintenance - Post-Apocaliptic Survivors and Terrain Inspired by 'Metro 2033'


Over the past few weeks I've been doing-up a smattering of figures and pairing them with (hopefully) relevant pieces of terrain. This has been a lot fun and I've managed to work through several lumps of resin which otherwise would have languished in The Lead Shed, unpainted and unloved.

Along these lines and to try to keep things fresh, I've decided to return to my post-apocalypse collection which is loosely based on Dmitry Glukhovsky's novel 'Metro 2033'.  


The premise of Metro 2033 is that a biological/nuclear war has ravaged the entire world, and that in Moscow, the only people to have escaped the horror unscathed, are those who were in the city metro when the warheads rained down. Twenty years later the Metro has evolved into a dystopian, poly-politic society where the survivors identify themselves with their home territory, their particular metro station, and it's homebrewed ethos (like the protagonist's VDNKh 'Exhibition' Station). Some stations are neo-Communist, some are neo-Fascist, others democratic, and so on.  In the Metro internecine warfare is commonplace and threading amongst all of this is the threat of being overrun by the 'Dark Ones' - creatures from the above-ground, who have become heavily mutated from the nuclear/biological Petri dish of the world's surface.


These figures are from Lead Adventure Miniatures.  For a bit of tongue-in-cheek fun I've painted them in the brightly coloured jumpsuits you often see sanitation and maintenance workers wear. I envision that the sanitation and maintenance people of the Moscow Metro would know all the secret in-and-outs of that labyrinthine system, and that since they repair and clean nasty things like the Metro's sewer system nothing, no matter how strange and horrifying, would make them blink an eyelash - Yup, they are rated as Level 10 in Badassery.


I've used my usual 'ash-debris and brick' motif for these guys. No grass, shrubs and flowers in the Metro I'm afraid.



The crushed subway car is produced by Ainsty Castings. I picked it up when we were at Partizan this spring as I thought would fit in well with the rest of the collection. 


I used a bit of texture gel and added some more bricks and debris so it better blends with the basework of my figures.  




I admit I went a little nuts with the MIG weathering powders to add rust, grime and dust to the subway car, but hey, I think it would have gotten pretty filthy after twenty years in the gloom.



Thanks for dropping by - I hope you all have a great week!

Next: Heading back to the Renaissance...

37 comments:

  1. I always enjoy seeing something different and yours is a very different take on the future and wonderfully executed. Thanks for sharing your project with us.

    Stephen

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  2. Great paint job and beautiful scenery!

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  3. Excellent work Curt! Of course, they'd have the "Oblitterator" for any forays above ground :)

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    1. Haha! Thanks Tamsin. Funny you should mention that I was going to include the 'Oblitterator' but discovered it required some maintenance from its trans-Atlantic journey. I'll include it in a future photo spread.

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  4. Great work Curt! Nice to see you adding to the post-apoc collection again! Metro 2033 definitely has a great setting. One of the best books in the genre

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    1. Yeah, it's been awhile so it's great to add a few minis to the group. Thanks for dropping in!

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  5. that is a very nice job. very interesting concept

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  6. Great work as always dude. But just imagine what kind of flowers MIGHT survive in the metro...I bet they would be biologically "interesting"...

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    1. Ground-up as a salve they would probably be very good for that emerging tentacle...

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  7. Brilliant Curt! Both the figures and the terrain are stunning and truly atmospheric!

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  8. Marvellous work Curt! Really love your dystopian Metro project.

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  9. They are very nice- I have a weakness for the post apocalyptic aesthetic.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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    1. Thanks Pete, yes, there is something oddly compelling about the whole genre - kinda frightening actually.

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  10. Not a fan at all of non-historical periods (fatasy or futuristic) but I must admit that you have excelled yourself with this work. Very nice indeed!

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    1. Well, that makes your kudos even better! Thanks Benito.

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  11. Superb painting as always, Curt. Very interesting to see scenery and figures following the theme from a book. I may have to read the book. I am wondering where they get their food from, but maybe I would be better off not knowing.
    I took a quick look at your earlier posts on this theme. The Chain of Command game looked great. Hope we see more of these soon.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words Jonathan. The book's translation suffers at times, but it's a good read.

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  12. Good to see some more for this project . Always good to keep the janitor on side!

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    1. Indeed, they were always good allies when you had made a bit of a mess or needed keys for a room you weren't actually supposed get into. :)

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  13. I really am going to have to read this now! Wonderful brushwork once again mate...

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    1. Thanks Millsy - let me know what you think of the book.

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  14. Great looking figures, the orange makes them really pop,they remind me of the old 40K stormtroopers a bit, not a bad thing at all!
    Best Iain

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    1. Haha! You're right! Thanks for dropping by Iain.

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  15. They look great Curt! It does look like a theme you could have some fun with!

    Christopher

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  16. Awesome! Love the grime and rust on the old subway train. The bright orange provides an excellent contrast to all the drab military colours. A real work of art and well thought out. cheers

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    1. Cheers Kiwi - I had good fun with the weathering powders on this one.

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  17. More excellent work and the subway car really looks the part

    Ian

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  18. Beautiful work there Curt- fantastic weathering on the tram car and I love the "urban decay" basing!

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