It's the last week of Zomtober, at least for 2023. As is required by the rules of that competition, I've completed another model - or rather two models. My self-imposed extra goal is to finish figures for both a zombie and a survivor, then present the pair as a "duel". The idea is that readers can then speculate on the likely outcome 😁.
Logan vs Old Man Zombie (OMZ)
This week sees Logan facing off against "Old Man" zombie (OMZ for short). Logan is a fairly average-looking man, wearing an (army surplus?) sweater and a woolen hat. He's wielding a very big tyre iron, so maybe he's a driver for some large vehicle (truck? tractor? excavator?). Or perhaps it's a piece of plumbing instead - a bent pipe with a connector on the end of it? Either way, it looks solid and heavy - as long as Logan keeps his grip then it ought to do some real damage when wielded.
The model of Logan comes from Offensive Miniatures "modern rioters" range; the traffic cone on his base is from the same pack.
OMZ is a straight build of a Studio Miniatures plastic zombie. As such, he's not especially animated; swaying or shambling rather than anything else. In fact, he's the epitome of the "crowd filler", back-rank zombie - there's nothing much to distinguish him from the rest of the horde.
I'm going to be blunt: I think that this week's models are some of the most generic, bland figures I've painted in a while. Neither of them is especially exciting, though I have tried to add a bit of interest by placing the traffic cone on Logan's base and by painting a slightly more complex jacket on OMZ. Still, neither model is especially memorable.
The eternal question is this: what happens next?
In my opinion, Logan is healthy, alert and armed, while OMZ doesn't look especially threatening. I'd say that Logan is probably about to pulp the zombie's skull and carry on with the rest of his day as if the encounter had never happened?
On the other hand, what about that traffic cone? Was Logan carrying it - and forced to drop it in order to defend himself? If so then for what purpose? Either way, Logan had better be careful not to step backwards as he makes his swing. Tripping over such an obstacle would put him at a considerable disadvantage and could give OMZ the opening needed for the zombie to bite the man.