Fresh off the painting table this last week: more Super Dungeon Explore figures. This time, it's the Stilt-town Zombies warband. Why are the called that? Well, apparently the local villagers build their houses on stilts so as to provide themselves with some protection from this group of marauders. Oh - and this warband consists of zombies!
All SDE warbands have either 1 or 2 spawn points. These are the places where the rest of the warband comes from, so it's important for the heroes to destroy them as quickly as they can. For a zombie warband, the monsters come from a Grabby House - a deserted, rundown cottage that has been overtaken by eerie crystals and glowing lights. Models close to such a spawn point gain the Grabby attribute, which means that the heroes cannot break off combat or move past them.
The leader of a zombie warband is a Shamble Priest. It's not clear whether he/she/it is undead him/her/itself, or is just plain evil. Either way, this character has some debilitating ranged magic powers and (as might be expected) the abilities to create fresh and encourage existing zombies. As well as a bizarre sense of fashion...
There are 3 classes of minion in a group of Stilt-town undead. Firstly, there are the huge pudge zombies. It's not often that you'll come across a model in a game which has Disgusting and Gross attacks & attributes, but here is one such creature. Since the Disgusting attack is ranged and poisons all opponents in a straight line, I think it's fair to say that its exact nature is best left to the imagination. Similarly, when a pudge is destroyed it makes an immediate attack against adjacent enemies, so I imagine that it bursts and sprays them with innards or something like that. Best if you don't think about this too much...
The second class of zombie minion in this group is the stealthy Prowler. These are somewhat unusual (for a zombie) in that they're very fast. They also have an ability which can heal the Shamble Priest if they (i.e. the prowlers) inflict any wounds. Sounds useful...
Finally, here are the classic zombies; in this setting they're called Swampies. Individually they are fairly slow and weak, but they do have the grabby and mob attributes. This means that the heroes cannot retreat from a fight once they have engaged and that the zombies get extra attack dice for each other member of the mob. Don't get caught; they'll swamp you!
You can tell from this group shot that I painted the shamble priest some time before the rest; the model's base is quite different. Actually, I finished the zombies themselves a few weeks ago; it was only the houses which remained incomplete until this week. Did I mention before how much I dislike painting crystals? They're quite common (indeed, universal!) on spawn points for Super Dungeon Explore...
What a fantastic post, showcasing a great set of minis. Your paint jobs are just spot on. I like all of these figures but the Pudge Zombies are my favourite.ReplyDelete
You could easily use these figures in Zombicide: Black Plague - the Shamble Priest represents the Necromancer, The Pudge Zombies represent Fatties, the Prowlers represent Runners and the Swampies represent standard Walker Zombies. Gruesome George, whom you haven't shown, would represent an Abomination.
Thanks, Bryan. I think I like the Swampies best myself, but I'm pleased with all of them.Delete
You're right about Zombicide: Black Plague: these figures could be used for that (or indeed other games). However, the experiment will have to be left for someone else as I don't have a copy of any of the Zombicide games.
An absolutely outstanding post Colgar6. Simply stunning painting and those eyes on the Swampies are astounding. Probably your best post of the year imho!!!ReplyDelete
Again, thanks. "Best post of the year"? Well, I'd like to think it was a good article, but I didn't think it was *that* good :-) .Delete
Some wonderful painting techniques there as George A Romero goes all Manga.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Steve. Whilst many of the SDE chibi figures are cloyingly cute, these have an air of menace about them, I think.Delete
Wow some gorgeous paint jobs on these Hugh, Well done really love the spawn points in particular very nice.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Simon. The houses were probably the hardest models in this set to paint, if only because all the outstretched hands made it very difficult to reach the front of the building itself.Delete
Not a chibi fan generally but these look fun and well painted!ReplyDelete
Whether you're a fan or not, I do appreciate the feedback. Thanks!Delete
Oh Dear, I' can't say I'm very enamoured with this genre, but what the hey, each to their own - super painting C6!ReplyDelete
As I replied above, I appreciate the comments even if you're not too keen on the genre :-) .Delete
I love these! I have to admit that some of the Chibi figures are a bit too cute, but Chibi undead seem to mix cute and creepy enough that i'd have no problem picking up some. The Pudge zombies especially look like something from a 'Gorillaz' video. Hmmm, do i hear a Chibi version of 'Ghosts 'n' Goblins' calling? Might need to find a Chibi version of Arthur though...ReplyDelete
I had to look up "Ghosts 'n' Goblins", but now I understand the reference. I'd suggest the Questing Knight might make a good match for Arthur in that game. My version has red armour rather than silver; he can be seen here: http://colgar6.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/this-week-i-have-been-mostly.htmlDelete
An excellent suggestion, Hugh. He's even got a lance! Of course i still need a version for when he's running about in just his pants...Delete
I love SDE stuff and your work here is excellent. Love it.ReplyDelete
By the way, a very Merry Christmas to you!
Thanks! And a Merry Christmas to you, too.Delete