The other day I showed my finished Cardboard Tube Samurai promo/limited model from the original Zombicide Kickstarter that I picked up recently. I also managed to get a few others at the same time, including the Zombie form of “Nick Walker, Bad Cop” – a character that’s pretty clearly based on Bruce Willis’ John McClane character from the original Die Hard film. Completing the CTS model then kicked off getting to work on a few other models so we could run some other promo survivors from the original as we have the Character Cards. We have a few layers here…
Firstly, we have “Ivy”. Going by the original line art, we can see that Ivy has a pretty strong resemblance to Angelina Jolie’s character from Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
Not an easy model to find a proxy for, as it happens. What I did find some time ago was a model from Kev White’s Hasslefree Miniatures – Gina.
Now Gina appears to have what I’m sure is an entirely-coincidential resemblance to Tricia Helfer’s character “Number Six”, from the remake Battlestar Galactica series from a while back. The hair is a little different, but the distinctive cut/shape of her dress is the giveaway.
Now Marouda and I placed a new order with Hasslefree for their Halloween sale, and while looking through the wares on offer, I saw this model. Mutant Willow, which I thought could be a workable proxy for the Zombvivor version of Ivy.
I feel like Mutant Willow is pretty obviously inspired by the Witch, from the viodeo game franchise Left 4 Dead.
So in the end, I have a model originally “inspired by” Tricia Helfer proxied as a model to represent a model “inspired by” Angelina Jolie, with the Zombie counterparts using a model “inspired by” L4D’s Witch” representing a different model “inspired by” Angelina Jolie. I wasn’t going to try bending her arm or resculpting anything, but I did have a hunting rifle to more or less match the artwork in one of my Wargames Factory Apocalypse Survivor kits, so I added that to her left arm – I think Warlord games purchased all of these, but not sure if they’re still available in any form these days.
I highlighted “Ivy’s” black dress through a dark sea green rather than the usual greys of dark blues, and painted the Witch pretty much as in L4D, with warm greys for the skin tones, and dirty off-white underwear. if Angie does get infected, she obviously had a change of clothes before turning – much like Heisenberg/Spencer before her… The Witch model isn’t part of December’s output – she was painted on Sunday 15th January, so she’s part of January’s output that I’ll be able to start sharing shortly…
Our second model for today represents “Nick Walker, Bad Cop”, which as you can see is “inspired by” Bruce Willis in the original Die Hard film. I got the official Nick Walker Zombie figure alongside the Cardboard Tube Samurai and a few others, and already had the other model “Walt” from Studio Miniatures. I feel that Walt is a bit of a mediocre sculpt to be quite honest, especially with regard to his singlet, but it’s overall decent enough for boardgame purposes.
We watched Die Hard as our Christmas Movie this year just past, and so how could I not finally paint up the Studio Miniatures model alongside the Zombicide counterpart? In the film, Bruce gets more and more dirty as the story goes on, so I’ve given him an amount of grime that fits the point where his bloody feet are wrapped up (though he wraps them in the remains of the singlet he’s wearing here!) but then again, this model isn’t a documentary on the film, so it’ll pass!