Zombicide Survivors “Ned” and “Grindlock”

Zombicide Survivors “Ned” and “Grindlock” Glenn Danzig Misfits

My first models for 2022 weren’t the D&D ones shown the other day – they were actually this pair of Zombicide survivors – Ned and then Grindlock. Unfortunately, due to the heat we’ve been experiencing, I wanted to wait until a cooler morning was available so I could add in the blood spatter, so I got it done this weekend.

Zombicide Survivors “Ned”

Ned is one of the original Zombicide core box survivors. I’ve seen (on BGG) people speculating that he’s based on George Romero which (I guess) is due to him having a beard and glasses, though he appears to have lacked the long hair, so I imagine that was just people desperately drawing at straws when so many other characters are either obvious or (slightly) more subtle homages.

The model lacks the “Comedian” badge from Watchmen that the art features, and I didn’t feel like trying to paint one in at that scale. Maybe I’ll go back and see if I can leave an impression of one.

Zombicide Survivors “Ned”

He’s come up a bit shinier in these pics than in hand for some reason, but after so many years it’s good to have another one of the original core models finally painted – two more of those to go!

Zombicide Survivors “Grindlock” Glenn Danzig Misfits

The next model is from the Prison Outbreak box, the Metal Dude, Grindlock.

Grindlock here looks like he may well have been inspired by Nathan Explosion from the Adult Swim series Metalocalypse, but at the same time they’re both obviously part of the same “heavy metal dude” stereotype as many others. I went in a slightly different direction with my paint, however…

Yeah, I went for a 90’s-era Glenn Danzig, though the living verison had to cover up those rippling pecs with a T-Shirt, I went slightly retro with it and gave him the more recognisable Misfits skull rather than the later Samhain/Danzig skull. And yes, I chose Danzig and carved off the “H” looking logo just so I could paint the Misfits skull on the model.

Zombicide Survivors “Grindlock” Glenn Danzig Misfits

Painting that tattoo was a bitch, though. It’s a bad tattoo, and then the blood spatter covered up most of it in the end. Maybe it’s for the best…

Zombicide Survivors “Grindlock” Glenn Danzig Misfits

Looking at these pics, perhaps I should also go and add some blood to those slash-type lines on his back. I don’t know how I missed those…

And that’s all for this update.

28 thoughts on “Zombicide Survivors “Ned” and “Grindlock”

  1. Very nice work on what are some fairly old sculpts now at this point! The Misfits logo looks spot-on to me! Grindlock does have a real resemblance to Danzig. Hopefully he has a better attitude towards others than Glenn has. I’ve heard mostly not nice things about him which is neither here nor there I suppose…

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    • Thanks Kuribo. Original Zombicide with Ned came out in 2012 so given sculpt and design lead time I think it’d be safe to call it 10 years old at least. Grindlock is a couple/few years newer. If you want ot talk old sculpts, though – I’ve got a foursome of 1985 sculpts getting close to complete…
      I’ll admit, I’ve barely even thought about Glenn Danzig since about 1992, so I’ll take your comment as a good reason not to read up on him any further so I don’t end up hating my model! 😀

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      • Now watch it, mate. That was the year I was born 🙂 I think of ten years old as being ancient for board games but maybe that’s not fair. I’m sure minis existed well before that in board games…

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      • Wow.. that’s funny to think about! I feel like CMoN and their first huge (KS) hit – Zombicide – was really a big part of the start of the current state of constantly-improving boardgame models.
        They did exist before that of course, but you’ve seen the …variable quality of those early D&D Adventure boardgames that simply recycled the prepainted PVC models, or maybe the original run of Last Night on Earth models that paint up fine, but are pretty simple.

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    • It really is a great game of you like “Ameritrash”. Fun theme, fully cooperative, beginner-friendly, solo-playable out of the box without rules mods. I haven’t played 2nd ed yet (wanting to complete ALL of the 1e content first in a final long “campaign”, but I’d assume it’s a lot like 1st ed but possibly more streamlined with QOL changes.

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    • Thank you! That’s one of the nice things about painting models like Zombies – a free reign to experiment and go pretty “looey goosey” without worrying about messing up the outcome. 🙂

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    • Thanks! I may have to go over Ned with the Matte varnish as he just looks SO glossy in these photos. I had a similar issue with another model I’m about to post. I’ve usually had pretty good results with that brand of satin spray. Thanks for the kind words on the tatts as well! 🙂

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