Reaper 50153: Berkeley, Zombie Survivor

Reaper Miniatures 50153 Berkeley Zombie Survivor

A kind of random model today. This was one that Marouda and I picked up from a gaming store a few years ago because it looked cool on the peg. Then it naturally sat around for a long time, before evventually being opened, started, and Neglected for …I dunno. A couple of years?

Anyhow, I found it recently, and so stuck it amongst the masses of models on the painting desk, and there, it stood. Still neglected as I worked on other models. A couple of weeks ago, I wasn’t feeling much on the models I was working on, so I asked Marouda to pick out a couple of models for me to finish from anything on the table (with the caveat that I can always say “nope, not painting that one right now” if I don’t like the choices). The two that she picked were Berkeley, and one other model that’s still WIP.

Reaper Miniatures 50153 Berkeley Zombie Survivor

Pretty straightforward model, all things considered. I went for a nice triad of main colours with red for the hair, white for the top and blue for her jeans. A couple of shades of brown for her other kit for a more realistic overall look compared to a lot of the Warhammer stuff. In particular, I’m really happy with how her jeans came out (especially in hand). I was in two minds about adding tattoos, since the model’s arms are really fine, and I didn’t want to muddy them up. On the other hand, she looks like she’d have some ink, so I compromised and kept it to a couple of really subtle, part-hidden ones on her person. I wanted the chainsaw to be realistic, and wanted to go for orange for the plastic casing rather than use red or yellow. That’s also where I used some Contrast paint as well with thinned Gryph-Hound Orange over VMC Light Orange. For me, this is how I see the most use of Contrast paints working for me. After I was happy with the orange, I had to figure out something to do with the chain cover, since the plain off-white looked boring, so it was google time to find a brand that fit, since the names I’d most likely use have their own standard colours (Stanley uses Yellow, Bosch uses green.. that sort of thing). I found Echo, and they also use a font that I was able to reasonably replicate at that scale, so that’s where the branding came from.

It wasn’t until the model was completed that I actually noticed that the long strip of torn denim hanging from her leg to the ground that kept annoying me was in fact, a dismembered zombie hand. At that point I wasn’t willing to clip it off and have to repaint the mess it’d make of part of her jeans, so yeah. Long strip of ripped denim. Just unsee it! 😉

27 thoughts on “Reaper 50153: Berkeley, Zombie Survivor

    • haha. I get it, but it’s not out of laziness. Painting it would be easy. It’s because I don’t want a dismembered hand on the base of my chainsaw wielding woman. She’s much more versatile this way – in a sense it’s the same reason I didn’t go the blood spatter effects.

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    • Thanks, I wanted her to look realistic(ish) and like someone you do no want to fuck with, so good to hear it’s worked. A few too many of the ones painted out there, while well done, make her look like she’s just left the salon. 😀

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  1. I would have never guessed that the part on her jeans was a zombie hand! You did a good job covering up the mistake. I really like how you captured her mood/expression so well too. The freehand on the chainsaw is not too shabby either 🙂 This is another cool mini and I’m surprised Reaper made a zombie themed one that looks so good. I may have to take a second look at their selection as I sometimes wish I could paint something in the post-apocalypse genre for fun/something different.

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    • Well that’s the thing – it wasn’t even a mistake or a deliberate coverup. I just didn’t see the hand until the mini was like 97% done, and I didn’t want to risk messing it up, nor did I want the hand to be there, so I just left it painted as an unfeasably long bit of ripped jeans.
      Reaper does have some corkers in their ranges, and the Chronoscope stuff in particular has a nice variety of stuff that fits the genres of modern, sci-fi, steampunk, post-apoc, superhero…

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      • That is very good luck then I would say and good timing as making a mistake at the end of a project even a small one is really disheartening. I took a look at some of their sculpts and a few caught my eye but I’ll check out the Chronoscope ones in particular as that sounds up my alley. Thanks for the recommendation!

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      • Yeah, they have a good range. It’s a bit random, but that’s what really makes it for me. Lots of good stuff, and don’t forget the EM-4 stuff that those Grenadier sculpts I’ve posted up recently come from for your post-apoc needs!


    • Thanks Mikko. “Pick two models” is something that works pretty well from time to time. I’ve got the other one done now, too. Just need to post it up, so expect it in the next couple of days…


    • I reckon I could get the “Farm Tough” done, though the Husqvarna would just be some squggly lines underneath. 🙂 When they make their name/logo a bit simpler and larger, let me know and I’ll do the next chainsaw in their colours. 😀
      Thing’s getting a bit frisky there!

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