December of Zombies: Night of the Living Dead: A Zombicide Game – “Zombicide Mode” Survivors Pt.2 – Chief McCelland, Barbra, Deputy Vince, Helen & Tom

Night of the Living Dead: A Zombicide Game - "Zombicide Mode" Survivors - Chief McCelland, Barbra, Deputy Vince, Helen & Tom

More Zombicide models today, but instead of the Zombie hordes, we have the other half of the cast from the Night of the Living Dead edition of Zombicide, the first half of which I painted in November and posted up in December. Now in January I’m posting these ones that I painted in December… This little lot of five completes the “Zombicide Mode” versions of each of the characters. I’m not entirely sure which direction to go with using the “Romero Mode” versions, which are less well armed on the models and have much lower profiles in the actual game. I painted these ones as we can easily roll them into the regular Zombicide games, while the Romero ones won’t fit at all. 

Night of the Living Dead: A Zombicide Game - "Zombicide Mode" Survivors - Chief McCelland, Barbra, Deputy Vince, Helen & Tom

The bigger difference is that I feel like the Romero Mode survivors (and the Zombies – or “Ghouls”) should be painted in Greyscale so that they fit the film. Of course that also kinda lowers the cross-compatability of the Zombies/Ghouls with the other games AND would be pretty tricky to pull off in terms of model painting for a minimal visual or aesthetic payoff (painting grey platic models into B&W greyscale) So with that in mind, I’ve just dropped them down to “maybe one day” on the painting priority queue. Plenty of other models to paint in the interim!

Night of the Living Dead: A Zombicide Game - "Zombicide Mode" Survivors - Chief McCelland, Barbra, Deputy Vince, Helen, Tom, Johnny, Harry, Ben, Judy & Karen

I thought as a final pic, I’d take a shot of all 10 cast members from the game. You can very much see the overall shared palette of blues, beiges and pink/salmon across all of them with only a few divergent colours. These figures were overall pleasant models to get done, with nicely sculpted and defined detail without being too full of details as many GW models are. I did have to paint another model using OSL, with a much larger flame this time. I can’t say I enjoyed it, but hopefully it came out decently. Oh, and it turned out that I misnamed Judy as Barbra in the last post. I’ve fixed that up as Barbra was somewhat upset about it. (I assume that’s why she was upset!)

That’s it for this batch of Zombiecide models. Stay tuned for tomorrow when we’ll have a different batch of Zombicide models!

29 thoughts on “December of Zombies: Night of the Living Dead: A Zombicide Game – “Zombicide Mode” Survivors Pt.2 – Chief McCelland, Barbra, Deputy Vince, Helen & Tom

  1. Great work on the characters mate, they look very effective. Before tackling the Romero versions watch the colour remake, it may give you some inspiration, and as remakes go I enjoyed it, but it may be the inspiration you need to paint the models.

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    • Look for the 1990 remake, as there is multiple remakes, also gives you chance for a lot of cool freehand as well, and different in colour to what you’ve already painted for the most part.

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      • I’ve got all of them in one form or another – the trouble is I don’t really enjoy Horror films, jumpscares, etc. We even had to turn Dawn of the Dead (2004) off because I was finding it too stressful. 😮

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    • Honestly, with so many models to paint (way more than I’ll ever be able to get to) I may just write the Romero versions off since they’re really only for the one version of one board game – we’ve played through it a couple of times and probably will run through it all again (one day!) once I finish downloding all the DLC missions but that’s still quite a small use case compared to the rest of the literally hundreds of models for 2nd Edition, Black Plague, Invader, Undead & Alive, Marvel… and that’s just Zombicide models!

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      • No worries really – I’m SO behind on films I want to see that I rarely notice – zombie movies are about the only “horror” films I’m somewhat interested in as they’re not “real” horror quite often (generally either a statement on modern society or campy silliness) – and if they’re stressing me it means they’re doing something right!
        Did love 28 Days Later (still haven’t watched Weeks) and Charlie Brooker’s Dead Set, though! Oh, and the original Ringu and Ringu 2 were pretty cool!

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      • Agree totally about Zombie movies and shows covering current social issues, and the zombies aren’t the real villains in them, they’re just following their basic instincts, it’s usually the survivors that are the real villains in them, as well as the heroes.

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      • yup yup!
        I’ve also stumbled across some pretty nice B&W models this afternoon, painted using Contrast paints combined with zenithal priming, so there may yet be a time for the others from this set one day!

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  2. We must confess that we have never seen “Night of the Living Dead”: for R, horror is not his favorite genre, and D is still a bit too young for this kind of films… Anyway, R promises to watch it (“maybe, one day” 😉) as it is a milestone of zombie films.
    The miniatures appear well sculpted to us, and the results of your paint job effective, including the OSL.
    Are the upgraded weapons that these characters have been given a bit anachronistic, or could they have been appropriate even in the 1960s?

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    • Thank you for the kind words!

      I’m not a fan of horror films at all either – so I can happily tell you that the original at least isn’t really “horror” or “scary” – at least my modern standards. Kind of like Hitchcock’s “Psycho” – so probably still not a fim for the young’uns, but very mild for a teenager of the 2020’s.

      These weapons basically all still fit the era – chainsaws have been around since the late 40’s in some form or another, lots of katanas made it to the US as War Booty following WWII, the pistols are all M1911’s and the rifles and shotguns are all sculpted as weapons that would have been around in the 60’s (or even WWII and earlier!)

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  3. Well, I have no idea what all that’s about, even though I think you did explain it to me at some point in another post! If you’d painted some of your DAK that’d be more in my comfort zone! Having said that, these are all nice very minis here! 🙂

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    • Haha – just characters from an old B&W zombie movie (the first modern zombie movie) turned into models for a series of boardgames – with an “original movie” version as well as a “modern crazy mode” that’s compativle with the larger boradgame franchise.
      No love for the DAK right now, though sadly – working on just the odd zombie atm, but mostly on a mix of terrain and models for another genre entirely!

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  4. Really nice work here, love that plain blue dress. After Alex pointed out the stripes on middle-ages katana lady,
    I’m pretty impressed with her too. Though I was initially admitting the back of her trenchcoat. The two pistols guy is supposed to be Not-Ash? Or am I just imaging that? He does have a shotgun or two and the face has some resemblance. Plus I think I heard him mumble ‘give me some sugar, baby…’!

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    • Thanks! A lot of these models have been an opportunity to try to get better at what’s basically just plain cloth – since there’s not a lot of details there aside from some folds, there’s nowhere to “hide”, so it’s worked as a low stress but enjoyable place to push a little. The Deputy is one of the background characters in the film, but yeah – I do see a bit a resemblance to ol’Ashy there.
      As it happens, Zombicide already has a Not-Ash from the very first campaign, which I picked up just a couple of months ago and is in the queue to start on in the next couple of months (alongside some alternate sculpts). 🙂

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  5. This post is surprisingly a real safe haven for people who don’t like horror movies! I’m in the same boat but I love the Resident Evil video games for example. Its a strange paradox that I can’t really explain.

    I may have said this before but I like how the proportions and sculpts are realistic looking for this game. I was looking at Zombicide Second Edition and I don’t care for the cartoony style of the minis which puts me off from buying that. I don’t know Night of the Living Dead at all and probably wouldn’t enjoy watching it but you make these minis look awfully good so maybe that is the version of Zombicide I should be after. If you keep posting great looking minis like these, you may end up costing me money, mate 😉

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    • In games you have agency and control. In films you’re 100% at the mercy of the filmmakers outside of being able to pause or turn it off.
      NotLD is really very mild, especially in 2023 – I doubt you’d have any trouble at all watching it even if you don’t like horror.
      The game is pretty fun as well – the scenarios are based on the film with some “what-if” and alternative scenarios added, as well as a whole bunch more that are downlaodable from the CMoN Zombicide website. very easy to pick up and play.
      I’d happily run you through a game, but, stopping past for a quick one might not be all that practical, unfortunately.
      Maybe check a YouTube video of the gameplay – obviously not the same as playing it yourself but it could help to show the simple mechanics and be useful in deciding if it’s a game for you.

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      • I think you’re right on the agency part. Scary video games have very rarely bothered me but even lightly scary movies do me in. I can believe what you’re saying about NotLD and maybe I’ll give it a go sometime soon. I watched Shaun of the Dead and mostly enjoyed it many years ago so I guess I can handle at least one zombie movie.

        That’s very kind of you. I’ll be right over! 😉 In all seriousness, I’ll give Youtube a try and see what I think of it. I’ve been looking at Project Z and other games like it to see if that would be my speed or not too so maybe I’ll add yet another game to my backlog. Just what I need! 🙂

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      • Yeah – it also depends on the type of horror games as well. I haven’t tried RE7 on PSVR for example! 😉
        There seems to be a fair bit around in the “Zombie Comedy-Horror” genre, and Sam Raimi keeps adding in little horror-lite snippets into his superhero movies. 🙂
        Remember – any Zombie models you do end up painting can be used as zombies in any game. When (if) we ever get back to giving Last Days a go, we’ll now have plenty of Walkers to use…

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