IntroductionI've promised to play Space Hulk with my younger son this afternoon, so this might be a short post. Anyway, I had thought of showcasing some of the 28mm modern survivors that I use when playing All Things Zombie (ATZ). When I started looking through the collection, I quickly decided that there are far too many to describe in a single post, so I had to reign in this idea a bit.
The first subset that came into my mind was unarmed civilians, but a quick count showed that there were too many even of those. A better subset is fat or unfit civilians; I haven't got a large number of them. Of course, in a zombie game it many be a bit hopeful to describe all of these characters as survivors!
Unarmed Fat Blokes
- Denis is from Killer B Games and is sold as exactly what I've called him - a slob. I rather like the miniature though; it does exactly what it says on the tin. Denis' chance of surviving the zombie apocalypse: 0 out of 5.
- Larry is a gamer from Victory Force. He's fairly chunky, though the extra weight seems to be equally spread over chest and abdomen. I'm not totally convinced by that shape, but I still like this figure, especially with the paint job I did on it.
- Mr Braxton comes from Foundry and is one of the very few figures in the Street Violence range to be unarmed. He was originally sold as one of the Mob, though I've repurposed him as a used car salesman in my ATZ campaign (not that he lasted for long!). This is one of the first 28mm modern figures that I ever painted; it's not the best I've ever done.
- Mario is also from the Mob. I think there's something very cartoon-like about this sculpt; I challenge any reader to find a real-life picture of someone with this body shape! Because of his girth, this miniature is a great deal heavier than all the others.
- Finally, Bob is the stereotypical lazy British builder (do other countries have the same cliche, I wonder?). He's having a cup of tea and a ham or bacon sandwich (white bread, of course) and this lack of exertion and poor diet has obviously taken a toll on his physique over the years. I hesitated slightly when describing Bob as "unarmed" as he does have a hammer hanging from his belt.
Armed Fat Blokes
- Ernie is from Hasslefree and is clearly based on the character of Ed from the film Shaun of the Dead. He's a very nicely-sculpted miniature, as I would expect from this manufacturer and is equipped with a golf club as an improvised weapon. However, Ernie is playing with his mobile phone rather than paying attention to his environment, so I don't rate his chances in a zombie apocalypse at better than 2 out of 5.
- Curly is one of the EM-4 plastic gangers with a metal "heavy weapons" torso/head upgrade, but carrying a standard plastic auto-shotgun. He certainly looks flabby - his belly is hanging over his belt - but there's something not quite right about the figure as I've constructed it. Perhaps he's pretending to ride a horse?
- Porkchop also comes from EM-4, but he belongs to the metal Bikers range. This miniature will probably be quite familiar to many of my readers who follow other zombie gaming blogs, though not in these colours!
- Damage is also a biker from EM-4. I think he probably counts as fat, though he's obviously got a lot of muscle as well. He's very heavily armed: as well as his assault rifle he has a holstered pistol, a knife and a grenade. Chance of survival in a zombie apocalypse? Hmm - perhaps 3 out of 5. I'd make this higher (he's obviously used to violence), but I suspect that Damage will lose it when he can't find any more beer...
Some great minis and paintjobs there especially on Larry. As for Mario there was kid at my High School who was a similar shape to him. Its was some kind of health disorder so he told us.ReplyDelete
I'm quite pleased with some of them, but as I mentioned in the article some of them are more like balloons than people!Delete
Larry has to be my favourite of that bunch, I think his face is awesome :DReplyDelete
Yes, I like Larry too. Wide-eyed innocence!Delete
As a Fatty myself, (a bit like Denis but with a lot less hair) it is nice to see an article like this focusing on what is fast becoming a growing percentage of the population.ReplyDelete
It's something of a bugbear of mine that 28mm models of modern civilians rarely match the real life demographics. Hasslefree is notable in having a plausible variety of body sizes and shapes, but most other manufacturers have far too many fit, young, athletic bodies!Delete
Very nice paintjobs Colgar6 - very impressiveReplyDelete
Well, thanks - though I had thought these were decidedly ordinary!Delete
Good idea for a review and nice to see a "Killer N" model,; I've never seen the latter compared to other 28mm figures.ReplyDelete
The gamer from VF is my favourite out of your great paint-jobs..
A lot of the Killer B models are wearing clothes and hair that is peculiar to the 1970s. Mind you, I don't mind using in my games the occasional guy who's stuck in a time warp :-) .Delete
Yes, I like Larry as well - it seems that quite a few readers think he's the best one!