Thursday, October 1, 2015

Photoblog Thing- October 2015

  Up until a few months ago, everything seemed normal. Well, at least as "normal" as things ever get anymore. When the shit hit the fan, there was chaos; slow at first then just totally crazy. I was called back to my unit but I never made it. I met up with other guys in the military who said the same thing. Some of us banded together- didn't matter anymore if we'd been Army, Air Force, Navy or a Marine like me. We were in this to survive now, to protect our families, and God willing, maybe rebuild a life again. Hopefully, we'll learn from our mistakes. Hopefully, we'll do better and future generations won't have to suffer for decades or even centuries. But people are people and human nature never really changes, no matter how we try to believe otherwise.

But enough talk, there's work to do and lives to protect. So lemme get back to it!

This month's downer scenario stars BBI's Tony Bishop, a US Marine MEU figure that was released about a decade ago. I kept tinkering with him because I couldn't settle on a look I wanted for him. I finally said "to hell with it", took off most of his stock gear and redressed him in a hodgepodge of stuff. Tony still wears his USMC desert MARPAT pants, USMC boots and t-shirt but with and older pattern boonie hat, aftermarket chest rig and civilian wind jacket. His weapon of choice is an AKM, the more common version of the AK47, and he also carries a couple of knives. I should have added a pistol but I didn't realize that until after I had uploaded the photos. I came up with a SHTF scenario that implies some sort of wide-spread collapse of order and government but leaves you to fill in the blanks.

Anyway, here he is, so I hope you like him.

I tried to get a bit artsy with this last photo.


  1. He's awesome, gear and all! I like the story too, made me think about what had happened... which in turn lead me to think about zombie apocalypses! :D It'd be awesome to make a photostory of army-themed figures trying to survive in a zombie apocalypse scenario.

    ...I've been thinking about zombie apocalypses a little too much lately, I suppose. ;)

    Loving the last photo. He looks like he's paying his respects to someone, very touching.

    1. The last photo was a total spur of the moment thing but but he does seem to be paying his respects or reflecting on those who've been lost.

      My first post apocalypse scenario from about a decade ago was more of a general, widespread collapse. There wasn't one overwhelming cause that hit all at once. Instead, it was economic and civil followed by war, including limited use of nukes and WMDs, aided by some natural disasters that could not be easily dealt with due to the collapse and war. I was actually inspired first by hurricane Katrina, which I was far enough away from to miss the flooding but still did considerable damage to the area where I live. And it could've been worse since my wife and I had moved away from New Orleans only a year before. Later, I got to meet some folks who'd lived in Yugoslavia when everything went to hell there and it occurred to me that you didn't need zombies, nukes or astroids crashing down to cause a whole bunch of problems. Imagine Sarajevo during the Balkans wars transposed to a major American city but with no NATO or UN do anything about it.

      I'm not sure where or if this guy fits in that scenario but it certainly influenced my back story for him to some degree.

      My current story scenario is less bleak but starts with a similar collapse. There's a faction that aims to remake the world (or at least an unspecified large country) into a tightly governed "utopia" and there are factions that have governed themselves to varying degrees of success who don't appreciate being brought under the rule of a large centralized authority. Hilarity allegedly ensues…or not!