Jun 3, 2013

Zombicide: Mantic Zombie Mutations I (Runner)

Hello all,
Painting Zombies. No problem. But painting more than a hundred zombies to paint will drive anyone insane. And that is just the Abomination pack - there is an additional hundred zombies coming during this year. As the best remedy is to add some diversion to the horde, I searched my bits box and found an old sprue that I had gotten for free with some purchase. On the sprue were two Zombies, and various bits and bobs to put on them - all made by Mantic Games (link). Great detail, alhthough their zombies are closer to what I would term Ghouls.
I then set about snipping and snapping, and managed to diversify eight of Guillotine Games' zombies - without them becoming too unrecognizable. The bodies are almost exactly the same size, so the conversions were easy and great fun. 
As with all my minis, the intention is to get them ready as quickly as possible and then, at some time, to return and add a few details (especially to the bases - they are much too clean atm).

I've finished painting most of them, and the first subject was this runner:

He has had his body removed, a Mantic body inserted, and then his old head restuck on top of the unholy creation.
The unpainted version looked like this:

The resulting Runner actually looks even more dynamic than the original - there is a kind of pouncing feeling about the mini.
One of the most characteristic things about Mantic's zombies (apart from their array of weapons, indicating a more sentient zombie-lore) is that they have various spikes, nails, and other weird stuff sprouting from their bodies. Although I was initially a bit worried that would look weird, it actually puts them in line with the Abomination and seems somehow approriate.

Anyways, thanks for reading - if you found the post interesting then any comments or tips are greatly appreciated!
Until the next time; stay safe and prepare to slaughter Zombies!

All the best,

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