Sunday, 25 October 2015

Zomtober 2015 - Week 4

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Introduction

It's week 4 for Zomtober 2015; the last week of the event this year (it is the last week, right?  The 31st is a Saturday and the Zomtober week ends on a Sunday, doesn't it?)  So here's something slightly different.  It's still a duel, in the sense of one survivor base against one zombie base.  However this time I've chosen to build a "horde base" rather than just a single zed.

It's close to midnight and something evil's lurking in the dark...


This week's survivor is "Ola".  She's a stylishly-dressed, young, African-American woman who can't quite believe whats happening to her.  Indeed, she's trying to shut out the sight by covering her eyes (I had intended for the hands to be covering her mouth, but I mis-positioned the arms before attaching the separate hands).  Ola's body and head are standard pieces from a Wargames Factory set, but the arms and hands are heavily-modified parts from all manner of sources.


The zombies are, I think, some sort of dance troupe.  Their leader (I'll call him "Jacko") is also dressed up for a night out.  In this case, he has a red suit with black trim and shoulder panels, white socks and black shoes.  The torso for this figure is from a Studio Miniatures plastic zombie and the legs are from Wargames Factory.  Green stuff has been used to lengthen the trousers and add the jacket decoration.  After sealing the base, I applied gloss varnish to his hair and the black parts of the jacket to make them really shiny.


The other 5 zombies on the base are also plastic Wargames Factory/Studio Miniatures mash-ups.  In each case, the bodies and heads are unmodified, but the arms have been considerably altered to get them into the classic "zombie advancing" position.  Note also that these "supporting" zeds have been painted in somewhat muted colours so as not to draw the viewer's attention away from their leader.


The base is from Escenorama; I've discussed them before: here.  Suffice it to say that it was a hellish job to cut the base down to size (it was too thick to start with), but that it's a really nice moulding otherwise.

Conclusion



So here's what I think: Ola believes that she's having a nightmare and that she'll wake up any moment now to find that this isn't happening.  Maybe she's right.  But even if this is the stuff of nightmares, who says that the real world is any better?

Mind you, I think that the zombies are spending so much effort trying to match their dance steps that they aren't really paying attention to Ola.  Maybe they think that she'll be mesmerised into standing where she is rather than running away (like any sensible girl would do)?

30 comments:

  1. Clearly one needs to imagine this post being read by the late Vincent Price. ;)

    Absolutely brilliant. If Zomtober '15 had a best-in-show category, you'd get my vote.

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    1. Hah, yes - Vincent Price would have been the man for this! Ah, well...

      Thanks for your vote, Finch :-) .

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  2. Superb C6! Great way to round off Zombtober dude!

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    1. Thanks, Bob. Phew - I can paint something else now :-) .

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  3. So comical, thanks mate! Just what's needed with a long night shift looming!

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    1. I'm delighted if I've managed to lift your day, even if it's just for a moment :-) .

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  4. You sure Ola doesn't have one of those tiny handheld cameras, C6, and isn't simply about to take a quick snap before fleeing the scene :-) Terrific stuff and a great composition.

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    1. I don't think so, but you can never be sure with miniature spy-cameras, can you? Mind you, I don't think I'd be taking close-ups of zombies under *any* circumstances...

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  5. Its about time someone gamed the music video to Michael Jackson's Thriller! My hat's off to you Sir mighty fine work! The woman covering her eyes works well I would have not known it was a mistake with out your saw so.

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    1. Hmm, I'm not sure that there would be many scenarios for such a game, Robert! But thanks for the thought anyway :-) .

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  6. Excellent and truly inspired - your best duel yet without doubt. Very well done sir. :)

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    1. Wow, that's high praise indeed. Thank you very much!

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  7. Really love that base of zombies! (The thriller gets it extra points)

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    1. I haven't done any multiply-based zombies before, but it seems like a good idea for games where a real horde is needed. Maybe I should build some more?

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  8. Lmao such an awesome theme. Well done dude!

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    1. Thanks, Simon. It's an idea I've been kicking around for a long time, but I finally decided that I needed to get on and attempt the model. It hasn't quite turned out as it was in my vision, but it's not too bad, I think...

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  9. Awesome! That was a great idea for a themed large base. Perfect for this time of year!

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    1. Thanks, N667! As i said above, I've not attempted multiple-zombie bases before, but it does seem like I might need a few more...

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  10. While not a fan of comedy zombies I do appreciate what you have done. I do like the horde base though and may see myself making a dozen of them.

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    1. I take it that you're not thinking of a dozen "Thriller" bases, though? Thanks, Clint.

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  11. That is absolutely brilliant and certainly one of my favourite entries of the year. I'm afraid that if Ola doesn't open her eyes soon she'll end up joining the troupe for the second chorus!

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    1. I fear that you are right, Michael. Ola seems to be trying to shut out the horror and pretend it isn't there; this doesn't seem like a sound survival tactic to me!

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  12. A great idea for a duel, even if it is very one-sided. Ola 0, Zombies 1.

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    1. Thanks, Bryan. I think I agree: Ola is in trouble unless she either wakes up (assuming she's having a nightmare) or turns and runs. I can't see her fending off that many zombies on her own...

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    1. Thanks, Barks. As I said above, it's an idea that I had a long time ago, but never acted upon until Zombtober pushed it to the fore again.

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  14. I can imagine her being told "Close your eyes, to count to ten, then open them for a big surprise!" - Both the mini-horde dance-troupe and Ola are great - at least they amused me.

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    1. Hah, that would be quite a surprise, wouldn't it? Thanks, Joe.

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  15. ARgghhh you now have the Thriller song running through my head. I can't get it out of my head. ^_^ Great job Colgar.

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