Zombicide Black Plague: Zombie Bosses – Ablobination, Abominatroll and Abominotaur

Zombicide Black Plague: Zombie Bosses - Ablobination, Abominatroll and Abominotaur

The models in this post would ordinarily have been spread out over three posts – both because I post significant models as I get them finished – and these three were completed over several weeks in May – as opposed to within days of one another – and to give these models each their own room to “breathe” in posting terms. Since I’m WAY behind in my posts, and these three models all come from the same boxed set, I’ve got all three posted together. Originally started due to the Monster MAYhem challenge, these three are another set of models that missed the end date of that particular challenge, though I’m still happy that it was the impetus for actually acting on the “I’d really like to paint those sometime” thoughts I’d have whenever looking through game boxes and going past the Zombie Bosses set…

Zombicide Black Plague: Zombie Bosses - Ablobination

First up we have the Ablobination. Now usually, I’d tend to paint something like this in the same way I tend to paint my larger Nurgle Warhammer Daemons – in this case I originally thought to paint it in the same kind if distinctly browny-green manner. But then – I thought about it to myself.

Zombicide Black Plague: Zombie Bosses - Ablobination

While I might use this model with my Nurgle Dameon force, the figure is actually of a Zombicide monster, and the “official” colour scheme of sickly pale-pink flesh does look pretty good, matches the card art, and would still work prefectly well if dropped onto a Warhammer table.

Zombicide Black Plague: Zombie Bosses - Abominatroll

Next up, we have the Abominatroll. Again, rather than go with a Warhammer or D&D-inspired scheme, I used the box art as my inspiration. I figured that a desaturated blue-grey could look pretty good, and also work approriately for a Troll zombie.

Zombicide Black Plague: Zombie Bosses - Abominatroll

Of course, he’s still covered in boils and pustules and growths, so I still gave them the usual red-yellow-ivory look to make them stand out from the rest of the greyed flesh.

Zombicide Black Plague: Zombie Bosses - Abominatroll

As you can see, I also added little sub-tones to areas of the model, particularly with a touch of purple, but there’s also some red and other little bits of colour in there to prevent the model from looking too much like a piece of black and white art covered in blood spatter.

Zombicide Black Plague: Zombie Bosses - Abominatroll

The blood spatter was also a bit of a challenge. Trying to strike a balance between an appropriate amount of gore for an unhinged, berserk, predator without just painting the hands and claws red. In the end, some of the bristles of the toothbrush I was using for the spatter-flicking ended up being perfect for streaking some blood across the claws. I think they worked far better than a fine brush would have, given the thickness of the gel BFTBG paint.

Zombicide Black Plague: Zombie Bosses - Abominotaur

Finally of this trio, we have the Abominotaur. This model’s sculpt has some really deep detail, and so the deep styrations and gouges in the skin, when combined with the blood spatter, creates a lot of visual noise on the model in these photographs.

Zombicide Black Plague: Zombie Bosses - Abominotaur

Even though the model is severely unbalanced by that huge and grotesquely distorted right arm and that pose, leaning so far back, it still manages to work pretty well, especially in hand.

Zombicide Black Plague: Zombie Bosses - Abominotaur

At this point, I think most of these bony/spiky “armour” protuberences on my Zombicide models will be done in this kind of pale grey/off-white, with the exceptions of any models that need to be identified by a distinctive colour, such as the Bersekers.

Zombicide Black Plague: Zombie Bosses - Abominotaur

I felt I had to go pretty severe with the blood on this one. Not only do both arms and claws look to be very …uhh …involved and so helped by a certain amount of blood – as well as the body spatter that would also come about as a result – and then that vicious gaping maw.

Zombicide Black Plague: Zombie Bosses - Ablobination, Abominatroll and Abominotaur

Finally, a shot to show the scale of these models – yeah, they’re pretty bloody big. I noted in my previous post that Ann’s most recent painting challenge was the Summer Solstice Painting Challenge, and that I was torn between four different models painted in that time period for my own favourite – two of whom being two of the five Black Templars just posted and also two others – those two other models are the Abominatroll and the Abominotaur. I really don’t have a solid favourite from the four, since there’s two pairs of two, and there’s a huge stylistic difference between both pairs that makes it hard to choose. Your call, Ann! 🙂

Zombicide Survivors: Kim, Watts and Shannon – and a pair of Toxic Fatties.

Zombicide Survivors: Kim, Watts, Shannon, Toxic Fatties

Well, as I’m sure those of you who are regular readers of this blog will have noticed, I haven’t posted in awhile – so here’s the small backlog of the last few models I finished back in May before the round-up and then onto the stuff I painted in June. A couple of the big reasons for the long delay have been the fact that my usual photography area has been a mess as I’ve overhauled part of the War Room with a long and painful combo clean-up, clean-out with some new storage, display and hobbytech stuff being added. On top of that, wanting to actually sit down and properly play some video games (played through Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 entirely, finally finished Agents of Mayhem and have been playing Watchdogs: Legion, Minecraft Dungeons and restarted The Division 2 in 4k/60). Oh, and not really wanting to be arsed (re)taking the photos for this post and needing a little rest from the old blogging.

Zombicide Kim

All three of the Zombicide survivors in this one are original characters from the game, rather than the endless stream of “homage” characters I’ve been working my way through. First up we have “Kim” who I’ve painted in much the same way that she’s depicted on the card art, though she always struck me as looking like a woman of South Asian descent for some reason – so I painted her as such. Kinda hard to tell of any other ethnicity besides “white”, black” or “brown” when painting teeny-tiny models, but I’ve been assured by people who have been to what I understand is called “outside” that others do exist, and so this is my attempt there.

Zombicide Watts

Speaking of “white”, the model of “Watts” really strongly spoke to me as “angry middle-aged suburban white guy”, so while I kept to the card art’s clothing choices – which also fit that stereotype pretty well – I aged him up a little with greying hair. Now get off his fucking lawn.

Zombicide Shannon

Finally, “Shannon”. Now while I am well aware that parts of the Zombicide online community really like to figure out and assign what they think must be deliberate CMoN/Guillotine Games homages to even the original characters, (Some thought this charatcre must be Ellen Ripley because she’s Bald in Alien 3.) – I’m well aware that sometimes A Horse is Just a Horse. With that in mind, and the fact that a certain movie involving a Road and some Fury was released quite a few years after this character, I still decided to paint it up as a little homage of my own to Imperator Furiosa. And yeah, I’ll have to get that Hasslefree model sometime. In fact, I thought their recent 1-week sale was a 2-week sale, so I’ve just missed out and will have to get onto them next time they have one as there’s quite a few models I want to pick up…

Zombicide Toxic City Mall Toxic fatties

Now for the exciting bonus content. Here’s my first pair of Toxic Fatties (try posting that phrase on Twitter and see what happens!) Since these Fatties wear civilian clothing – unlike the prison-jumpsuited crustaceans that are the Berserker Fatties – I decided to give them clothing that… we’ll say clothing that fits in with people of this stature. I’ll continue to do so with the rest of these (and the regular Fatties, eventually) and hopefully cause a ton of offense to people who can’t take a joke. While finishing them I noticed that I hadn’t blood-spattered the Toxic Abominations, so I left the blood spatter off this pair as well. I can always come back and add it later, of course…

Zombicide Survivors: Kim, Watts and Shannon

Also, group shot of the three survivors, ready to be used for any appropriate modern-to-post-apoc or even the low end of a sci-fi game. Hell, I could use them for Frateris Militia if it came to it! (Are Frateris Militia even still a thing?)

Zombicide Zombivors: Kim, Watts and Shannon

And finally – Zombivor models. Ready to be used for …zombies? I guess.