Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Tengu Models Zombies 03

Tengu Models are one of my favourite miniatures companies for making 28mm scale zombies. I've been wanting to show Zlinko and Zopov for some time now but I've held back. I'm glad I did as Tengu have just recently added a third zombie clown called Bubo.
At the far left of these two photos is BH08A Zlinko. He comes in four parts - body, legs and left arm along with separate pieces for his head, right arm and bow-tie. I think it's nice that Iain Colwell, who runs Tengu Models, has named all of the clowns. It's not often you see named zombies and it is something I approve of. His wounds are numerous. Starting from the top and working down, he has a cut to the forehead, a small hole in his right shoulder, a big bullet wound in his back, a bite taken out of his lower left arm as well as a bite to his lower left leg. In addition, I have smeared his hands in gore. All in all, he is a quite frightful sight.
In the centre of the group is BH08B Zopov. He is very similar to Zlinko in that both figures share the same body. However, his head and right arm are different and he comes with a big kipper tie rather than a bow-tie. I must admit that there was a temptation to paint this guy up as Ronald McDonald as there is a passing resemblance but instead I copied Iain's colour scheme. Obviously, sharing the same body as Zlinko many of his wounds are similar. However, his head is unmarked and a bite has been taken out of his right arm. He carries a severed right arm in his right hand.
The newest figure to Tengu's range of zombies is this obese monstosity, HB09 Bubo the Clown. He comes in two parts. The lower left arm and trumpet are a separate piece. I pinned this piece in place before gluing to give it a stronger bond. What makes this zombie truly disgusting are the amount of festering pustules scattered all over his body. He only has one visible wound - a large bite to his lower right leg. I have added blood dribbling from the corners of his mouth. Note how the sole is coming away from his left shoe. This guy is the stuff of nightmares!
A lot of people find clowns to be scary. So what could be even more frightening than zombie clowns? These aren't the first zombie clowns to be sculpted in this scale (I've already reviewed one by Mega Miniatures) but in my opinion, they are the best. Although Zlinko and Zopov share the same body with the separate components and different paint jobs they don't look alike at all. Bubo is my favourite out of the three because he looks so gross.
Prices for these zeds are £3.50 each for Zlinko and Zopov and £5.00 for Bubo the Clown. They are well worth adding to anyone's zombie horde.

23 comments:

  1. They are great looking especially the new one Bubo, great colourful painting on those, I think I will be adding one of these to my collection soon.

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  2. @Christopher. I thought they were a must have too.

    @Fran. They were all a lot of fun to paint, but Bubo more so.

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  3. Clowns??!! As if a zombies couldn't look anymore evil. Great paintwork, very bright and colourful, you've done a great job on them.

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  4. Thanks, Ray. Aye, zombie clowns - what an inspired combination, eh?

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  5. IT...comes to mind.... Have to check this company out. Looking pretty good. And I am loving the colours you gave them!!!

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  6. @Lord Siwoc. I get the It reference (title of a Stephen King novel for those who don't) but I think these are more scary than King's evil clown.

    @Biff. Thanks.

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  7. Such nice zombies ! Yeah one of these is on the shopping list for my horde as well, great painting on them vampifan, the festering one is so gross lol !

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  8. Those are excellent. Nice creepy clowns with vivid, nicely done paint jobs.

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  9. Mr. Whiteface loves clowns! Even better when they are zeds!

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  10. Like you say, a must. I love Tengu's 'character' zombies. Very nice Bryan.

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  11. To one and all, a big thank you for the compliments. These definitely go under the category of "must have."

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  12. Great work as normal! It makes me think on Zombieland when the kid is going over his fears and phobias and reveals he is afraid of clowns only to face off against a zombie clown later! Its great stuff!!

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  13. Good observation, MiniGeek. I really love "Zombieland." Hmm, not much on TV tonight, so I think I'll give it another view.

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  14. Since you are big fan of ATZ, check out the Rebel Minis blog. They have pictures up of a Battle of Yonkers game. There was some stuff in the text about there being 400+ zeds. They did the game in 15mm, but you get the idea.

    BTW, try giving 'LZR-1143: Infection' a read. It is by Bryan James. There are some good scenario ideas in there.

    Dale

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  15. @MiniGeek. Thanks for that heads up. I've mentioned on this blog before that I want to do my own version of the Battle of Yonkers, albeit on a smaller scale, because I want to do it in 28mm scale. I suspect I'll get to use my complete zombie horde in that game, which will surely be 700+ by the time I get round to it.

    I'm always intereted in any zombie related books that are recommended, so I'll be giving Amazon.com a visit.

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  16. Welcome aboard, Man Cave. and thanks for the kind words.

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  17. Hey Bryan, Great work as always. A bit garish for me and the pustulent porker is way OTT! Nice figs and great painting!

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  18. Clowns and garish colours just go together so well. I love your description of the fat clown - a pustulent porker! LOL!

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  19. In case you like living clowns, Black Cat Bases do a gang of them here:
    http://blackcatbases.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=437_626

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  20. Thanks for that heads up, Colin. A few years ago I began a big project - collecting circus figures. Horrorclix had released a carnival set and I got lots of figures from them. I also trawled the Interweb for clown figures and amassed quite a lot. However, this is the first time I have seen the Black Cat Bases clowns. They are definitely going on my shopping list.

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