Tuesday, 4 October 2011

DwA: Zombiecalypse Now - 2: Infection!

Last week I received 120(!) (4 boxes) of Wargames Factory plastic zombies.

Some will argue, that even considering ordering these is scary in itself, but I had to act quickly, as some guys at my club got infected by the Z-virus after a demo of Fear & Faith earlier this year.

Only 60 of these are for myself, though, And I'm only even going to paint 30 of them.

A fellow gamer at my club who's a student, and thus has little cash, is going to paint up one box for me, for which he'll receive 2 of the boxes.

I have assembled the first batch of 10, and now need only to fill the bases and prime them, then they can go away to be painted, while I assemble the next batch.
As soon as I have send 30 in commission, I'll franticly continue with my next box, and as soon as my club buddy has finished 30 for me, he'll get the first box for himself, to finish before getting the second one (that's part of the deal - he has to get some of his own shamblers ready for club games!).

There has been a lot of criticism about these figures. And, yes, some of it is quite fair; there IS soft details on some parts (feet/shoes and heads in particular), but arms/hands and most of the torsos are nicely enough done (especially considering the price). Biggest issue is the joints where parts has to fit together, but I trust the primer and base coat to somewhat even out the 'fissures', as I cannot justify using time for greenstuffing and the likes on these cheap fillers. They are going to be speed-painted, anyway, and if something turns out completely wrong on a mini, I can always go back and mend it more thoroughly, somewhen in between games.

When these 120 zeds are done, I'll return to painting some metal ones (and other minis), but we will then have somewhere between 200 and 250 zombies  between all the participants in the project, to populate the tables in our club campaign. That MUST count for something, too!

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