ERM stands for East Riding Miniatures and I'm going to review their small range of 28mm scale zombies. These two sets come from their Golgo Island range. First up is set GG4 Zombies Pack 1, which comprises the five figures shown above. Look closely at their poses and apart from the chap at the far right they could all pass for living civilian NPCs. This view is further reinforced by the fact that not one of them appears to be wounded. Any blood you see on the figures has been painted on to make them appear more interesting! There are no tears or rips in their clothing. As zombies go these are very neat and tidy and clean. I'm not going to review each one individually like I normally do because they are all so bland and uninteresting.
Set GG5 Zombies Pack 2 features the same five figures from the first set but each one has been slightly converted by the sculptor. I've got nothing against this practice - just look at my review of the Crocodile Games' zombies to see what a fine example Chris Fitzpatrick did of converting. However, these five conversions are even more bland than the first set. The chap at the far right now looks like he could be hailing a taxi! If I hadn't painted them with pallid grey flesh and added blood stains they would pass as a group of civilians. I'm struggling to find anything good to say about them. They are cheap - both packs retail at £5.00 each. £1 per figure is about as much as anyone ought to pay for these uninteresting, undynamic and downright boring zombies. For anyone interested in bulking out their collection of zombies, which is why I bought them, ERM can be found here http://shop.eastridingminiatures.co.uk/golgo-island-171-c.asp
Are these the worst sculpted zombies on the market? Some may think so but not me. I am not a big fan of the Mega Miniatures range of zombies - too small and far too many are anatomically inaccurate. For me, my least favourite range of zombies are the boxed set of 20 plastic Citadel 35mm scale zombies for Games Workshop's Warhammer game. I actually like nearly all of GW's plastics range but their Warhammer zombies really raise my hackles. Whoever sculpted them had no idea about basic anatomy. Just look at how huge the hands and heads are in comparison to the bodies!