Saturday, August 20, 2011

SWAT Team and the Zombie Hunters Up Close and Personal

The SWAT team was actually the first set of Rebel Minis that I painted - they paint up fast since they're just black with a grey drybrush, flesh with a brown wash and hair in various shades with a highlight.  (I'm still working on getting the photography down as you can see.)

Some friends wanted to see close-ups of the zombie hunters so I reshot them with the macro setting.  I haven't named all of them, but some of them bear a resemblance to, or in other ways remind me of, real people.  So let me introduce you to my zombie hunters:

Tina, Jessy and Ahmed

The first one is Tina.  Tina is a sheriff's deputy in Louisiana with a military background.  I know she knows how to take care of herself and her friends.  Next we have Jessy.  Jessy is a great friend, former spec ops and a professional body builder who's been in Mr. Universe competitions.  He is also a martial artist extraordinaire.  Visiting the school I trained at, he accidentally broke my collar bone (yes, really).  He felt really bad about that, but was ecstatic when I was in his town on business and called him up to train with him.  Next we have Ahmed.  He resembles one of my teachers, who is from the Sudan.  So he had to be Ahmed.  Two notable quotes: "So this is '50 Cents' [sic].  I wondered who this '50 Cents' [sic] person was.  You call this music?" and "What do they export from Yemen?  Terrorists."   You have to imagine these being said with the appropriate accent. 

Bob, Rich and Emily

This is Bob.  Bob was an excellent ASL player, but he disappeared a long time ago and no one has seen or heard from him since, at least that I know of.  He used to have trouble traveling to Canada because one time when he flew up there he forgot he had a bag of weed in his pocket.  And they found it.  Then we have Rich.  Rich is also former spec ops who basically made military schools a way of life.  He was the most overtrained, overqualified person I've ever known in the civilian or military world.  Finally, we have Emily.  I dated Emily for a while years ago.  The real Emily wasn't as interesting or exciting as this Emily is.  Just made me think of her for some reason.

Hillbilly rednecks or street punks?

In some ways I want to call these three Billy Joe, Bobby Joe and Joe Joe.  Or Jim Bob, Joe Bob and Bob Bob (to distinguish him from Bob, of course).  But somehow I just don't see them as the hillbilly, redneck or backwoods types.  They seem more like just plain old street punks to me.  I also suspect that in action they'd be more like Moe, Larry and Curly if allowed to operate together.  Or maybe Huey, Dewey and Louie.

Meet the rest of the girls.

The girls are some of my favorites, but I don't have names for them.  I guess I'll have to work on that.  The first one might be Maggie.  Not sure.  I'll have to think about that.  I think the second from the left was supposed to be a native American guy with the loincloth, but I figured I'd just paint the figure up like a girl and I'd have a female with a shotgun.

My zombie racing stable for Dead Heat.

These are my favorite zombies.  They turned out just the way I wanted them.  If I only had one more, I could run a complete game of Dead Heat, the zombie racing game from Two Hour Wargames.  I'll have to pick one of the others just to fill in.

I hope to have the scenery I need to do my first zombie game in a couple of weeks, but timing will be tight as I will be moving in the middle of September so it may get put off for a few days.  I'd also like to use the Comic Life software to build my AARs.  I like the way they look and feel of them for this type of gaming.  So there's another few days purchasing and figuring out the package.

Before I forget, if any readers have a dedicated zombie blog, they'd like me to add to my blog list, drop me a comment. 


Shelldrake said...

I like the "hillbilies or street punks" - they would be perfect for a game set in the UK seeing as they seem to be infested with 'Hoodies'

Zombie Chow said...

Good start! I know what you mean about scenery. My first couple of ATZ games had cardboard boxes for the buildings with labels saying what they were....but it really bugged me. Fortunately I took notes and will be "reshooting" game events with my new scenery.

Zombie Chow
"Those Who Remain": A Zombie Survival game in the world of ATZ

...and if you added my blog to your list I wouldn't complain. ;)