May 2021 – Personal Painting Round-Up

And here’s the May Round-Up. In almost mid-July. Ah well. It happens!

The big painting challenge in May was Monster MAYhem over at Dead Dick’s Tavern and Temporary Lodging, hosted by The Angry Piper. (and goddamn, Keith – add a like button and extend how long comments are open!) So in the end my output for May very much reflected that, with all but a handful of Zombicide models (shown in my last post) being ones that fit into that “Monster” category.

Ann, indie publishing baron and host of Ann’s Immaterium also ran the Summer Solstice Painting Challenge over the last almost-2-month period, culminating on the 20th of June. That challenge was to nominate your best/favourite model painted in that period – which is so hard – they’re all like my children! I’d assumed I had entirely missed the boat on that one, what with my non-existent posting schedule over the last month, but it seems Ann hasn’t yet posted the round-up ….up – so I’ll probably nominate something from July for that. Though, seriously, it’s not going to be easy to figure out which one to put up there….

So with that, I guess it’s time to crunch the numbers and in a couple of days we’ll move onto June’s models!

So… ahh… 43 models completed in May. Add that to the 140 I had tallied in April and we have 182 in total back at the end of May/Start of June. Sadly, my June totals aren’t nearly as high and fell far short of my “1 per day per month” ideal target, but I did at least keep on painting during my blog hiatus, and I’ll move onto showing those very shortly. Just need to take the photos and write the posts first…

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.