Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Happy Zomtober!

It's that time of year again when Wargames bloggers around the world push their painting queue to one side to make way for the shambling dead.

I won't go through the rules again, regular readers know the score and it roughly boils down to, "I'm painting zombies this month and so are lots of other people!"

Other Zomtober bloggers might also suggest that I'm a little late with my first shambles. However, I'd like to point out that:
a) this is still technically the first week of Zomtober,
b) I was busy this week and have only just found time to paint,
c) and d)

So, without further ado, here's my first batch shuffling off the production line:


These are some Studio Miniatures Z-Clips plastic zombies I won in a competition run by Lord Siwoc (that's his real name...I'm pretty sure...) of the excellent Brains and Guts blog (see the sidebar).

The Z-Clips zombies are significantly better that the plastic male zombies from Wargames Factory I've done before. However, despite being better sculpts they are somewhat 'samey', with only for not-so-different bodies with interchangeable heads and legs, and with the exception of the guy with his face ripped off, the models are notably lacking the injuries by which they were transformed into zombies.

It's for this reason, and the chunky bases they're moulded with, that I'm glad I don't have a full box of 60 to get through. With only a couple more to go they won't make my horde too repetitive.

In other news, I didn't make any headway on my Dropzone Commander stuff and so no joker for me, but I have managed to incinerate my last remaining joker by buying a few Bolt Action vehicles at the Derby Wargames show, along with a petrol station from Ainsty Castings, which might make it into this month's festivities.

Next up is likely to be a survivor for my solo campaign, which might also get added to during Zomtober.

TTFN

14 comments:

  1. These studio zeds also make good survivours and mix and match well with other bits from the various plastic ranges out there.

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    1. Yeah, I did one of those last year, although the head I used wasn't very good. They are good plastic sculpts, but if I compare them to WF's Zombie Vixens (who have their own issues regarding representation of women - even dead ones), they lack character. Mind you, Studio's metal range is full of character so these were probably designed for bulking things out.

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  2. Better late than never Kieron. ;)

    They have turned out very well - well done. :)

    Looking forward to seeing more. :)

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    1. They're really quite simple and rushed. A couple of years ago I found a skin method that works well enough and so I don't spend too much time on each model. Quantity over quality when it comes to my zombies.

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  3. "Buying a few bolt action vehicles" - didn't you buy the same vehicle twice?!

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    1. Shhh! I'm saving that story for when I paint them.

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    2. If you position them right for a photo, perspective will make everything ok.

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    3. He'll have to place the first one a long long way away...

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  4. Tortoise and the Hare mate ;-) Looking good.

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    1. Thanks, although as I said earlier, I don't spend too much time on them.

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  5. Plus three for the first week, not a bad start says I. Well done Kieron.

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    1. Thanks. I'm starting to reach the point where I don't use my entire horde in games, which is a good number of zombies, so I'm switching to individual survivors now.

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  6. Lovely job dude!
    I was gifted some of those by Vampifan and I found them very versatile, mixing and matching them with other plastic kits. They are excellent for bulking out one's horde.
    I even made a few survivors out of them.

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