A couple of the more interesting (in some ways) Zombicide survivors today – certainly both are on the rarer side.
First up we have the Cardboard Tube Samurai – a licenced model that was a KS exclusive from the very first Zombicide campaign (that I missed by a few days – in the early days of KS before $1 pledges, late pledges and pledge managers) I have managed to get hold of a few of those original exclusives over the years, though I still lack quite a few more of them. CTS was pretty easy to paint overall – my new favourite Contrast colour, Ironjawz Yellow did most of the heavy lifting.
As one of the very first ZC models, the CTS is a very simple sculpt relative to later models. I did see his conical hat as an opportunity to practise freehanding details and shading into an otherwise pretty …straightforward model. I’m pretty happy with how it worked out.
Apparently, the Cardboard Tube Samurai is the only model from the 1st edition not to have gotten a card in the second edition, due to the licencing issues with Penny-Arcade. Guess I’ll convert him myself (or find a card online) when we get to second edition. Marouda managed to get him killed in his very first outing the other day, so maybe it was fate?
The next survivor is one of two Promo survivors that were released with the Wrath of Kings game’s Kickstarter years ago. Basically, even then, CMoN knew which side of the bread that their butter was money’d on (did I mangle that metaphor badly enough?) So this Porky-Pig-Mask-Wearing-Cosplay-Motherfucker was released, alongside another – “Alyana Heska” – their backstory being that they’re a pair of gamers who love WoK so much that they were wearing their cosplay gear at a con when the Zombie Outbreak… broke out.
Anyway, while I’d hoped to have finished the pair of them, they both have a lot of fuck-about details that become more painful when attempting to replicate them across two almost-identical models – so in the end I was able to force myself to complete the simpler of the two – Untion Worker #42 here – while his partner Alyana, in her much more sophisticated cosplay outfit- still waits, part-painted, on a painting handle on the painting desk…