Zombicide “Joshua” and “Raoul”

Zombicide "Joshua" and "Raoul"

Two more Zombicide survivors again today. We’ve started playing through the Zombicide Campaign again a week or so ago, but with a few of the additions added in from the start, and a new rule applied to the survivors – our characters will be randomly drawn from the painted survivors only! This is to help give a little bit of extra motivation towards getting them painted, especially since there are so damn many of them to work through. Both of today’s heroes are CMoN Originals, more or less – so no actors or celebrity likenesses this time. Well, not exactly…

Zombicide "Joshua"

The first survivor – Joshua – was a Kickstarter backer who paid a LOT of money in one of the campaigns to have himself included as a playable character via the “I AM LEGEND” pledge level. The thing is that the model actually resembles how I used to look a few years ago before I started working out (and also lost a pile of weight). So I painted the model dressed more or less in an outfit I would wear. It’s old me, Zombicide version~!

Zombicide "Joshua"

Joshua even wears something resembling my old vest, so I had to add that in! Of course, the main reason I’m ok to mention what I (used to) look like is because I don’t look like that anymore! 😉

Zombicide "Raoul"

Raoul here is also a Zombicide “I AM LEGEND” backer, and so with the same amout of deference I gave Joshua, I turned this guy into a redhead. Or a ginger, if you prefer. The sculpt just “felt” like he should be an angry white guy with ginger hair! In the game, he’s got a bunch of medic-based skills, as well as a clearly-marked first aid pouch on his vest, which is shown as a coyote tan one in the artwork, so I guess that implies that he’s a Navy Corpsman, so good on old Raoul. And he’ll hopefully be useful when we draw him for our games as well!

Zombicide "Raoul"

“Zombvivor” figures aside, both of these guys make good armed civilians for a variety of modern games, as well as the obvious use for post-apoc and other zombie-themed settings. With this foursome, I’m getting towards the end of my submissions for Ann’s second annual “Paint the Crap You Already Own!” challenge. Only two more posts to go! …..I think.

Zombicide “Yuri” (Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer: 24) and “Dakota” (Pamela Anderson)

Zombicide "Yuri" (Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer: 24) and "Dakota" (Pamela Anderson)

And here’s my next pair of Zombicide survivor …um, pairs.

Zombicide "Yuri" (Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer: 24)

First up, we have Yuri. Or as he’s likely much better known, Keifer Sutherland in his role as Jack Bauer from the TV Show 24. Despite having put painting him off for literally years followed by months, he was a pretty quick, easy and (dareisay?) fun model to paint.

Zombicide "Yuri" (Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer: 24)

Blue Jeans, black body armour, white t-shirt, blond-brown hair. Actually, his hair was both the most interesting and most challenging part of the model – as well as the most rewarding. Much like I spent time awhile back focusing on getting tattoos to look more natural, my focus as of late has been on getting hair on models to look both better and more natural.

Keifer’s hair is blond. As least the kind of blond that adult men tend to have. I’m not entirely sure if it’s more on the side of “used to be straw yellow as a boy and got darker with age” or “I’d like blonde tips, please” (nor do I care, really). The main point is that it’s a thing and I tried to capture it for the first time on this model, and while not perfect, I think it came out pretty decently regardless.

Zombicide "Dakota" (Pamela Anderson)

The second figure of the two is pretty clearly based on Pamela Anderson – and even though I haven’t followed her career closely, I can’t for the life of me find a film where she played a sexy prisoner. So I’m not quite sure what’s going on here. I’m neither a prude, and the current incarnation of “Wokeness”, complete with thought police and censorship of anything that might make someone feel slightly uncomfortable disgusts me (almost) as much as RWNJs do – but I really don’t see what they were going for here. I mean, I found a pic that might have been partial inspiration for this design:

But I do fail to see the obvious connection between Pam dressed skimpily for a night out/promo evening and the prisoner gear – mostly because the dudes who are actors in the series tend to be dressed for one of their iconic roles, as with Keifer, above.

Sure, a Baywatch bikini might be a bit much, but surely Barb Wire was enough of a thing to fit in with Zombicide, wasn’t it? (I admit, I’ve never seen it, but maybe I need to now). She’s still looking like Pam, still looking sexy in her own style, and, you know, it’s a role she played in a film written for her. So I think this one is (was) a bit of a miss on CMoN’s part. Not because “sexy chick bad”, but because do better with the actress’s likeness like you do with so many others. 

Zombicide "Dakota" (Pamela Anderson)

As with Keifer above, my own main focus of actual interest on this model – both the live and zombified versions – was on her hair and refining my ability to paint blonde hair that looks not like yellow paint slapped on, and something a little better than the “highlight ochre” that I’d gotten to. Once again, it’s not perfect, but I’m pretty happy with it, and I think Pamela here wears my best attempt at long blonde hair to date.

A particular blog article that really inspired me to push myself further what it comes to hair is this one on the Bird with a Brush blog by the amazingly talented Wrenthebard. It’s certainly worth reading if you have any interest in painting hair.

Oh, and why did I paint the nipples in on the underboob model? Because they’re actually sculpted there, and if I’m going to paint the sculpt, I may as well do it fully. – I mean, it’s not really the same thing as one of those Eastern European sculpts of a Not-Imperial Assassin or Not-Adeptus Mechanicus hero with giant titties hanging out that you can actually carve the bumps off and paint as a black bodysuit pretty easily.

These four models of two heroes are my second set of submissions for the second annual “Paint the Crap You Already Own!” challenge. Making ten posted up so far!