Well, we're into the third week of Zomtober 2018. I've presented a zombie/survivor duel on each such occasion since 2013 and I'm not going to let you down this time. Hope you enjoy this week's offering!
Sarah vs Parking Meter Zombie (PMZ)
This week, I have painted a couple of oddments from my lead pile. The survivor is a young woman made by Hasslefree Miniatures; I've called her "Sarah". She is reasonably well dressed and has a (camouflaged) hunting crossbow slung on her back. Oddly, she doesn't seem to have any bolts for the bow.
Instead, Sarah is clutching what looks like a wooden stake or tent peg (are wooden tent pegs even a thing these days?). It's not the improvised weapon I would chose to deal with post-apocalyptic monsters! Something with a long handle and sharp bits at the far end - perhaps a type of gardening tool - might work better...
Sarah is about to attack Parking Meter Zombie (PMZ). This zombie appears to be heavily damaged - he's missing half a leg and his belly has been ripped open. However, he hasn't quite given up yet; he's using a parking meter that has been ripped out of the ground as a support.
PMZ is from one of Studio Miniatures's "zombie mobs". I've mounted both figures on resin bases from Escenorama.
There seems little doubt in my mind that a fit young woman with a weapon - even a poor one - should be more than a match for a single, crippled zombie. The real question must be why is she about to attack PMZ, though?
Here are some possibilities:
- She's shot her last crossbow bolt deep into PMZ without killing the creature and intends to retrieve the arrow, come what may?
- It's an act of revenge for something PMZ has done, either in his previous life or in his continuing zombie existence?
- Sarah is using the weak zombie as an opportunity to practice her hand-to-hand combat skills?
- The woman has a desperate need for any coins that are in the meter, perhaps to operate a vending machine that cannot be prised open?
- The zombie and his parking meter are blocking her path?
- She's cleaning up the street, making it safer for some companions who aren't as capable as her (possibly children or elderly)?
- Maybe Sarah isn't about to attack, but instead was caught off guard by a low moan from behind and has spun around to see what might be threatening her?
None of these possible reasons seem especially convincing to me. Can you come up with anything better?