|"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…