In my last post on the female apocalypse survivors from Wargames Factory (http://colgar6.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/plastic-apocalypse-survivors-women.html
), Zabadak observed that every build of the "fat woman" on the internet seemed to be armed with a rocket launcher. I realised that this was right: the default weapon for this body is indeed the RPG.
Another follower (Simon Quinton) responded to my complaint about the lack of empty-handed arms in the kit by suggesting the use of arms from Wargames Factory's female zombie kit.
Between them, these comments got me thinking about what might be done differently. This article is a quick response to those challenges. I've got 3 Wargames Factory kits ("The Men", "The Women" and "Zombie Vixens") that should be more or less compatible with each other, so let's get creative.
|The default "fat woman with rocket launcher"|
Each of the 3 identical frames in the women-survivors kit has 1 of these fat bodies. There are 2 alternate heads to match, but on the same frame there is only 1 weapon option: the rocket launcher. That's all very well for 1 or maybe 2 models, but I don't really want 3 fat women with missile launchers.
Staying within the same kit for now, the "extra weapons" frame has a different option for this body. The fat woman can be armed with an AK-47 instead. Great: fat lady with automatic rifle! Well, maybe: the weapons frame only has a single copy of this option and in any case I'm not a big fan of heavily-armed civilians. A few are OK, but I would prefer most of my figures to have either melee weapons or nothing at all.
For my 3rd copy of this body, I raided the other Wargames Factory survivors kit: "The Men". It would have been really something if the arms from "The Women" and "The Men" were completely interchangeable so that arms for male body "G" also fitted female body "G", for example. Sadly this isn't the way it works so I had to select parts based on the amount of clothing and the relative position/animation.
A little bit of filler was needed on this figure to hide gaps, but overall the parts fitted well. Note that this model uses a different female head; it's not one of the official "fat" heads. Works for me...
So what else can we do?
Right, let's mix up a few more parts. Here's a male body from "The Men" armed with the rocket launcher from "The Women". It works well enough for me (though I can now see some mould lines that I've missed when cleaning this miniature. Bother; I'll need to go back and fix those).
|Look out! This one's armed!|
This is a body and head from the "Zombie Vixens" kit, to which I have added an arm with a machete from one of the other 2 kits (I can't even remember which). The occasional zombie should have a weapon, I think, if only to stop my "All Things Zombie" players from getting too cocky!
Actually, if I'd used a complete left arm and a non-scarred head then I think this model would have made a very good survivor instead.
It works the other way round as well. Here is a body from "The Women" made up with arms from the "Zombie Vixens" kit. I think I still need to do a little filling on the arms, but otherwise this is a decent civilian (though probably not for games much past Z+1 ?) .
Lastly, we have another "early days" survivor. She's made up mostly from "The Women" (including the shoes!), but I've used Zombie Vixen arms on her. The right arm is straight from the kit, but the left hand has been repositioned to be fending off an attacker rather than the default zombie "reaching out" position.
It's obviously possible to mix parts from the 3 kits mentioned. Some of these conversions have required a little extra cutting or filling, but none of them were hard to do.
I think I'd avoid trying to swap bits with the earlier Wargames Factory (male) "Zombies" kit as it contains a very different style of figures. However, I'm now wondering whether I could swap bits with the plastic zombies from Studio Miniatures
. Mind you, I don't know when I'll have time to paint these models as it is; it's not as if I really need more survivors or zombies!
[Update: for even more goodness along these lines, see The Color Blind Model Painter's similar article here: http://thecolorblindmodelpainter.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/plastic-figure-mash-ups.html . Highly recommended.]
They are great. Everyone a winner! We will all have our own personal choices of course, but I can see a place for each one of these on my wargames table.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Clint. I could have made so many more models once I got started - but when will I ever have the time to paint them all :-) ?Delete
These are great! Thanks for the inspiration. I've been considering buying those three kits. I think you just motivated me to do that sooner rather than later.ReplyDelete
They're all nice kits, though between them I've got more survivors than I can possibly use - and then there are my metal figures as well!Delete
They look great mate. I love the large lady with the RPG If you've seen 'The Heat' you'll want a lady like her!ReplyDelete
Since it's the default out-of-the-box build, I suspect that you'll see a lot of "large lady with RPG" models around the internet! Mind you, it's nice to have some figures that don't have the shape of fitness instructors!Delete
In countries where AK is "mandatory", having one shouldn't be recognized as "armed too well" :P
While I really like the RPG gal, the last one is surely the winner. I also like the one with katana and zombie arm, came out really well!
Well, I live in a country where guns of any type are rare, so the idea of a civilian having access to anything beyond a farmer's shotgun is really quite strange :-) .Delete
I think that a stiletto heel could be classed as an improvised 1-handed weapon, though she might get movement penalties for being barefoot. Definitely a last-ditch defence!
They are great conversions C6, really inspired. I'm with you on some of the Vixens models could easily pass as survivors too. Its a great mix, using all three boxes. It's apity that the original zombie horde box is so disappointing compared to the others.ReplyDelete
Well, the original zombies is really from an earlier generation. Having all 3 boxes does give a huge range of possibilities, though it's possibly a bit too rich for many gamers.Delete
Great conversions. Nice to see what can be done with the three sets.ReplyDelete
Ah, I could just have kept going, churning out new combinations night-after-night. But I ought to leave at least some of the fun for others :-) .Delete
These are very inspiring conversions and just go to show that the three sets are interchangeable. I'll be pinching some of your ideas when I get round to making my own WF figures, Colgar.ReplyDelete
It's great to have you back with us! I'm sure you'll come up with plenty of good conversion ideas yourself :-) .Delete