Friday, June 22, 2012

Post Apocalyptic Images

On my urban run this morning I got to thinking about zombie war gaming.  This is a common occurrence but this morning the images I was seeing sparked my imagination.  Many of the buildings and sites I was running past have a 'Post Apocalyptic' feel to them.  I started taking pictures with my iPhone.  Maybe these will be helpful to others for ambiance or inspiration for that new piece of terrain.  Or maybe you just want to try to guess what U.S. city I live in...

A bridge like this would be an ideal spot to set up a fortified survivors camp.

Some creepy graffiti under the bridge.

Another view.
A view of the downtown from another bridge.

A closer view of downtown.
This hospital building was abandoned about 8 years ago. Some of the windows are broken and there is a lot of overgrowth. Interesting to observe how nature retakes our structures.

A house that burned. And my thumb...

An abandoned factory complex, partially demolished.

The abandoned factory from across the river.

Closer view.

A different, active factory viewed from under the bridge.

House that has not been painted in years. Another interesting study in Nature's reclamation.

The alley behind my home.  It was very quiet this morning...kind of creepy.

Sign on my neighbors garage.  Seems appropriate for the Apocalypse.

A neighbor's shed that is getting overgrown.
So, any guesses as to where I live?

Other than running and daydreaming I've been painting zombies.  Should have 6 more to show you by next week.


  1. I've been checking out buildings where I live and work!

  2. Looking pretty good. Apart from most of it being abandoned!

    You are right, the ideas are just outside our doors.

  3. Good, creepy photos. As for where you live. Willmington VA. I really don't have a clue, sorry.

  4. Nice set of photos. I'm going to guess that you live in Mayhem City!

  5. Whoa there are quite a few abandoned buildings! Some great zombie scenes for something like the "walking dead" or something :)

  6. These photographs are very reminiscent of the computer game "Fallout 3"and very atmospheris for a zombie apocalypse setting. The alley behind your house looks almost exactly like a group of houses where there are cannibals in the game.

    I've always looked at buildings whereever I go but I'll be looking at them in a new light now. *shivers*

  7. Thanks all for your comments. I've been looking at buildings for inspiration and story ideas for a while now. Glad I'm not the only one. Many urban areas in the U.S. are pretty near post-apocalyptic already so the ideas are easy to come by. And for those of you wondering, these shots are from east Toledo in Ohio. The big bridge is the new I-280 bridge where it crosses the Maumee river.

  8. Thanks for pointing out who close we all are to settings for post apoc games. It is something I have skirted round but some really good ideas for game locations here.