Zombie Adventureland Wrap-Up

Well this has been a fun project.  I added another 18 zombies to the group which brings me to 48  and leaves me with one sprue of each for future characters in Frontierland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland.

In trying to figure out who will be elected to eradicate the zombie problem I was faced with a challenge.  Do I send in the Disney Security?  S.W.A.T.?  Marines?

I decided in the end, and keeping with the ridiculous theme, that Action Jackson and friends would take care of the problem!


I didn’t think too much of these mini’s when they first arrived with the Reaper Bones I Kickstarter package but now I can’t imagine not having them.


Berkeley, from the zombie hunters:


and one Chronoscope mini, Rex:


We’ll be using the Total AR:SE Akula’s Rules for this one hopefully we can get a few games in one of these weekends.  I’ll post pics when we do.


There are still a few things I would like to go back and detail a little more and the suggested monorail platform is still on the burner as well.

I plan to build it generic enough that it can be switched out between the lands with just some sign changes.

Well, that about wraps this portion of this project up.

Thanks for following along and check back to see what I’m starting next (I’m not even sure yet so we’ll all be surprised together!)

Night Owl


Zombies get no respect

Sometimes when I’m binge painting up hordes of minis I think about work, schedules, life and all that yucky stuff.  Other times I am able to attain that state of “absolute nothing” – the Zen of miniature painting – that’s why I paint.  While painting up my Wargames Factory zombies I couldn’t shake the idea that all of these people were visiting Disney World on vacation when the “brain and flesh-eating infliction” struck.


These zombies aren’t getting the treatment they deserve.  There are mold lines that I missed, sloppy painting, gaps, etc. but they’re going to be used in such a way that each figure isn’t as important as the horde.  Sucks for them.

So in a satirical, tongue-in-cheek way I decided to make some back stories for these folks while I was painting them up.

Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Mason, from Plano, TX., on day 4 of their honeymoon vacation.

Mrs. Mason is all about getting selfies of herself in front of famous Disney landmarks to show off to her circle of Facebook friends.  Mr. Mason doesn’t care too much about any of it but he did get to ride in a NASCAR at the Disney NASCAR Adventure on the first day so he’s satisfied.


The Thompson family, from Douglasville, GA.,  are on day 3 of their family reunion.


The Andersons, from Peoria, IL., are on day 3 of their annual vacation.

They always stay at the Polynesian Resort. When their room wasn’t ready on their arrival they made a big scene in the lobby.  Mr. Anderson was last seen heading to the elevator mumbling something about “This is Obama’s fault”.


The Nelsons, from Pittsburgh, PA, are on day 2 of their vacation.

They came here with the intentions of repairing a broken marriage that involved affairs on both their parts.


The Sullivans, from Rochester, NY, are on day 5 of their vacation.

They won a free trip from a local car dealership drawing when they purchased their new car last year.
Their teenage kids are pissed because they’d rather be at Universal Studios.


Then there is Jimmy Wilson.  He started working here as a part-time summer employee at the now defunct El Pirata Y El Perico restaurant as a dishwasher a few seasons ago.  When it closed for refurbishing to become the new and improved Tortuga Tavern Jimmy got transferred over to the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction and has been there ever since.  When he came to work yesterday he had no idea that it would be last time he would ask guests to “Exit to the left please”.


Also is Jake Taylor from Reno, NV., on day 4 of his business trip.

Jake is a Chili’s restaurant General Manager.  He won last years Most Improved Sales award and was selected to be the guest speaker at this years convention over at the Contemporary Convention Center.  He believes that through his fool-proof method all the other managers can be just like him.  His favorite phrase, which his employees claim he has been known to repeat dozens of times per shift, is “This ain’t my first rodeo.”


Eddie, Steve-O, and Chad, from a Miami college, day 3.

They came up to the parks hoping to score by flexing their chest muscles.  And while the young ladies didn’t flock to them they were some of the first to get the “infliction” at Blizzard Beach a few days ago.


Lastly are the Robinson sisters, from St. Paul, MN on day 2 of their trip.

They grew apart over the years but with the recent death of their parents they decided to get together again and take a Disney trip.  Their poses are not due to the diseases but because they opted to wear high heels around the Magic Kingdom for 10 hours straight.


Ah, this is too much fun.

So next time your painting zombies remember to give them some love. They are more than masses of walking corpses.  They have feelings too…wait…now I’m going to far.

Thanks for sharing a laugh,

Night Owl

Easy Trash Cans Made from Trash

Sometimes I get the strangest looks from people when I see something that is being thrown away and I say “Hold on, can I have that?”  My fellow terrain builders out there know that look very well.  I recently came across a plastic shipping pen holder/packaging piece at my work that was being tossed out and although, at the time I wasn’t sure why I needed it,  I did know that it might come in handy at some point.  Well, it has found a purpose – trash can lids.


I picked up a silicone hex ice-cube tray at a local retail outlet a while back when I was trying to design my hex boards and the combination of the two work perfectly.

I know that Disney trash cans look different and after trying to model some out of square wood trim I decided this method was much easier.  Primed, painted and scribbled with a fine-point sharpie this is the result.


I also found some tan felt that I can use temporarily for my ground surface and it definitely changes the look of Adventureland for the better.


The zombie assembly has begun and the first 30 are ready for paint.  The males have a molded base so I used hot glue to attach them to bamboo skewers.  I mixed up a dip of craft paints and inks to give them a nice thin mottled base coat.  I plan on block painting and using a pecan mini-wax dip to finish them off.



For my bases I found a bag of 240 magnetic bingo chips at my local thrift store for $1.00.  They have a steel ring around them so they aren’t actually magnetic, they’re meant to stick to a magnetic bingo board.  They clock in at exactly 20mm – perfect for close proximity zombie hordes!


I think I’ll break the first half of these into groups of 10 to paint them, stopping to assemble more, and work on a few more terrain elements as painting up 60 zombies is a bit of a daunting prospect.

Thanks for checking it out.

Night Owl


Closer than I thought?

Well, the rain is preventing me from getting anything primed today so I took some stuff out to the garage today to get an idea of what else I needed to finish this project and behold if it didn’t fill up the 4 X 4 table quicker than I thought.



I was sure I’d need a half dozen more buildings and 20 – 30 more trees in order to block line of sight channels and as turns out I may need to expand this to a 6 X 4 table.



Looks like I do need more benches and signs.

And something I can’t quite put my finger on that really screams Disney.  Maybe some popcorn stands or…?  Maybe it’s the lack of people?  Maybe it’s the blacktop that should be more of a red or almond color? Maybe I need 200 strollers?

I’m certainly open to ideas.

Thanks, until next time,

Night Owl




More Zombie Adventureland Terrain

I’m at the point now with this project where all the little things that aren’t really that fun get to happen.  Trees, signs, trees, and signs and then a few more trees!

I did manage to get a few waterfall pieces put together.  I had pics of the build but they have disappeared into oblivion for some reason so I’ll give a text rundown.

I started with some bark pieces from the yard, glued them together in stacks, primed and dry brushed.


Then I attached some clear mono filament fishing line where I wanted the water falls.


I coated and built those up with clear silicone caulk, let that dry , and dry brushed some colors on top.  I finished them off with Woodland Scenics turf and some foliage.


Then I finished by adding a Hirst Arts field stone border.


I also added some signs and gift shop interiors to the existing structures.







I could just go crazy with this kind of stuff but I need to reign myself back in, fill them in with crates and barrels, call it good, and move on.

Trees are an ongoing project.  I added another type of foliage that resembles a magnolia tree.


I probably need at least this many more again to get close to what I need.  They aren’t going to win any awards but it is pretty quick and easy to knock out a dozen or so at a time while waiting for other projects to dry.

I think it’s time we broke out and started on some zombies for this project – I know what I’m doing this week!

Until next time thanks for looking,

Night Owl

More Zombie Adventureland Projects

This week has brought flash floods, a root canal and birthday parties.  It also brings an update for a few WIP’s that I’m working on for the Zombie Adventureland project.  I didn’t realize when I started that this was actually 3 smaller projects wrapped into one.  When you first enter Adventureland from the central castle area you pass through the Persian area which then turns into “Tiki-land” and is capped off by the pirate plaza area.  So I’m working on all of them simultaneously to get started.  This is a map that you can get at the park to play the Sorcerers of Magic Kingdom collectable card game.


First off we have a foamboard building for the Aladdin area.   I hope to do three or four more styles at least.



Next is a tiki hut and some tiki umbrellas made from the Hirst Art conical roof mold #86.



Moving along the path we have the workings of the entrance to the Jungle Cruise attraction:



Also, in progress, is a gift shop complex that acts as a transitional terrain piece to tie them all together.  This isn’t based on anything in particular but it will be one of the several locations that zombies will spawn from during the game.



And finally some more flowerbeds backed by some plastic landscaping edging. I found a crate of this stuff at my local Habitat for Humanity store for a few bucks and always thought someday I’ll use this for something.  Well now I know what to do with it!


Everything still needs signage and details so this is far from over.  Several more structures for each area and a lot more landscaping!

Thanks for dropping by,

Night Owl

Landscaping Zombie World


One of the challenges with building Adventureland is the sheer amount of lush foliage.  I’ve always been impressed with the landscaping at Disney World.

On of the first things I needed to do was figure out a way to mass produce cheap trees.  I found some low drag golf tees at a local super center and a plastic “plant ball” at the craft store all for less than $6.00.


Next I used some Hirst Arts field stone casts to make some flowerbeds.


I filled them halfway with glue, let them rest for a couple of days and flocked them.  I put two half-barrel “stages” in so that different elements can be placed the flowerbeds such as statues, topiary, fountains and such thus allowing me to use these in different lands and projects.


Lastly, I took some Hirst Arts urns, fountain pieces, and wooden bowls to finish off the details.




What’s great about this project is that it will also give me terrain pieces for Pulp, Pirate, Persian and Infinity projects.  There is nothing better than getting multiple uses out terrain.

Until next week,

Night Owl