Sunday, 9 October 2016

"Away From The Main Battle, A Zombie Finds Itself A Tasty Morsel."

"Hey! Forget the dead guy, everyone! Look what time it is!"
These two 28mm multi-part futuristic-looking zombies were mailed to me by "Mongoose Publishing" as part of their somewhat notorious October 2012 "Judge Dredd Miniatures Game: Block War" kickstarter. The Zombie Horde were actually one of the fund-raiser’s earliest stretch goals and as a result formed part of my Sector Chief level pledge. Somewhat surprisingly though, this pair of predominantly plastic zeds are not actually manufactured by Mongoose Matt’s company, but by “Mantic Games”, and are in reality simply a pair of “Kings Of War” Undead Zombies with a couple of metal knee-pads super-glued on to them in order to make them look like former Mega-City One citizens.
"-- Fall back! They're all over us!"
Once assembled the walking cadavers were undercoated with “Vallejo” Iraqi Sand and subsequently washed with “Citadel” Thrakka Green. The brain-eating ghouls then had their clothes painted using a combination of either “Vallejo” Heavy Blue and “Citadel” Asurmen Blue, or “Vallejo” Heavy Brown” and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade. With the zombies’ main colours finished I ‘picked out’ one of their knee-pads with “Vallejo” Heavy Ochre and “Citadel” Reikland Fleshshade, and the other with “Vallejo” Heavy Red and “Citadel” Carroburg Crimson.

In an effort to ‘bloody up’ their bare bodies I applied some light daubs of both Agrax Earthshade and (more) Carroburg Crimson to their green-hued skin, especially over any areas were the decaying flesh had been punctured or torn. I additionally ‘highlighted’ one cadaver’s goggles with Ironbreaker and the other one’s dirty matted hair with “Vallejo” Heavy Green. Both of these areas were then washed with “Citadel” Nuln Oil.
Mega-City One Undead WIPs - A ravaged Judge and two former citizens at an early painting stage
With the first two of my Zomtober 2016 submissions finished, I have been beavering away on more of these “Judge Dredd” "Judgement Day" zeds. I’m now especially keen to get cracking on one of the few all-metal “Mongoose Publishing” models found within this stretch goal – the Judge Zombie. Currently cast by “Warlord Games”, I’m not sure whether I’ll use the miniature to just represent the undead Joe Dredd from the “2000 A.D.” serial “City Of The Damned”, or simply as a test piece for a small collection of flesh-eating lawmen…

30 comments:

  1. They came out really well, the Judge is a nice fig so look forward to seeing him come to (un)life!

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    1. Thanks Andy. I was only anticipating finishing one zed a week. But got inspired by them!!

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  2. Really good Simon, lovely job Sir!

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  3. Great work, Simon. According to the Judge Dredd Miniatures Game rulebook, the Zombie Judge is called Judge Romero - how appropriate!

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    1. Thanks Bryan. I didn't know that but it is, as you point out, a nice touch!! I think mine will be Judge Joe Dredd for now. At least until I buy a bunch more!!

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  4. Lovely job on some gruesome zombies...I do love seeing everyone's Zomtomber entries.

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    1. Cheers Gordon. Zomtober is a great time to be blogging!!!

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  5. Really nice start Simon, I love the one with the cool goggles!

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Thanks Roger. Hopefully I can complete my nine models within the time frame. The "Mongoose Publishing" conversion parts certainly add to the zeds imho.

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    1. Cheers Fran. I would say its been a nice change painting something green... But of course, that's the colour of my Nurgle stuff too.

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  7. All meat for the horde. Nicely done. Looking forward to seeing the Judge.

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    1. Thanks Kieron. I'm looking forward to seeing the Judge finished too :-)

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  8. Bravo sir! Always a winner!

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  9. Nicely done Simon. :)

    You'll have a Mega city Zombie plague in no time!

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    1. Cheers Leon. Its early days yet though my friend. But every zombie horde needs a start, right? ;-)

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  10. Nicely done Simon. I do really like the Mantic zombies out of all the plastic ones I currently own there my favourites just because they look great en masse with reaching out arms.

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    1. Thanks Simon. I'm certainly starting to feel the need to buy some more (and some Mega-City Zombie Horde conversion pieces) :-)

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  11. All good stuff, great zombie flesh too/

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    1. Very kind Joe, and much appreciated.

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  12. Very much like these. With Judge Mortis to preside over them, MC1 has no chance. :)

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    1. Thanks Dai. I have a couple of Judge Mortis models to paint at some point. For now though these zeds will be lead by Judge Death and Judge Fire ;-)

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  13. With zombies, the simpler they are, the quicker you can paint the horde :-) . These look good; I imagine they were straightforward to complete...

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    1. Cheers Hugh. The second zed, crouching over, was actually a real pain to paint on account of his pose and having to get a brush under his chin etc. But the skin colour is just a layer and wash, so simple enough :-)

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