Sunday, 19 July 2015

Zombicide Zombies - Season 2 Toxic Female Walkers 02 & Zombie Tramp

So, at last, I come to the end of my reviews of my Toxic Zombies for Zombicide. Here are eight more female Toxic Walkers and a special conversion of one of my favourite comic book characters - Zombie Tramp.
These five Walkers are new sculpts not found in the Toxic City Mall expansion set. The first three came from the Box of Zombies - Set #2: Toxic Crowd and the other two were free stretch goal figures that I received for backing Zombicide Season 2. The two Toxic Walkers at the far left of the photos directly above and below are straight from the box and only their colour schemes makes them look different.
The Toxic Walker in the centre of the group has had a simple conversion that could be easily overlooked. I made her ponytail thicker but not longer.
The Toxic Walker fourth in line has had her ponytail both thickened and lengthened with modelling putty. In addition, I cut off her left arm at the shoulder.
For the Toxic Walker at the far right I repositioned her right arm so that she is clutching her stomach. This was done using the flame and cold water technique I have described previously.
The three Toxic Walkers shown to the left of the photos directly above and below were also free Kickstarter stretch goal figures that I received. The woman at the far left has had her right hand cut off.
The Toxic Walker standing next to her had her left arm cut off and glued back in place at her side. The gap at her shoulder was filled in with modelling putty.
The Toxic Walker dressed in white with the pink cardigan had a hole drilled all the way through her back and out her stomach.
And finally, we come to my conversion of Zombie Tramp. Who is Zombie Tramp? I hear you ask. I'd be very surprised if any of you have even heard of her. Zombie Tramp is the heroine of a series of comics produced by Action Labs Entertainment created by Dan Mendoza. Janey Belle was one of Hollywood's elite call girls with a rich and famous clientele. Her life changed when a corrupt sheriff, Julian Rudolf, coerced her to spend a night with his son, Jason. Sadly for Janey, the son turned out to be a flesh-eating zombie and he bit her. She escaped but soon died and came back to life as a zombie. Fate intervened when she met Xula, a voodoo queen. Xula instantly recognised something unique and  different about zombie Janey - she still retained her soul. Xula took Janey under her wing and taught her all she knew. Together, they sought revenge against the Rudolfs.
Janey is virtually unkillable. Whenever she dies (and she does quite often!), her spirit leaves her body and takes over the body of the nearest human. She prefers taking over females to males but whoever she takes over quickly transforms into Janey in appearance. Janey is also a skilled necromancer and can reanimate the dead as well as transforming humans into zombies with a spell. It is hard to define Janey. She is not inherently evil, although she does torture and eat people who piss her off. Yes, she is a zombie, but a very intelligent zombie. She can speak and can easily pass for being human.
I fell in love with this character when I bought her first two mini-series in graphic novel format. Lately, she received her own on-going comic series and I am an avid collector of them. Zombie Tramp is the kind of person you'll either love or hate. Sure, she's bawdy, frequently nude or topless, foul-mouthed and has a bad attitude but she is also very lovable and extremely funny and there is far more to her than just another tits and ass superheroine. When it comes to collecting comics, Zombie Tramp is my one guilty pleasure.
When I saw the figure of the female Toxic Walker wearing the miniskirt I immediately saw a resemblance with Zombie Tramp and I knew I had to convert her. So, first I cut off all the spikes that covered her limbs. I remodeled her hair to give it more body. And I enlarged her breasts and made the decision not to cover them up. She certainly looks the part. If I was to use her in Zombicide it would have to be as a Zombivor. She is far too powerful to be a normal zombie.
I'll leave you with a few pictures of Zombie Tramp from the comics and real life (!).
Zombie Tramp artwork by guest artist, Patrick Finch

Artwork by series creator, Dan Mendoza for series 2. Janey is using a pair of severed hands as a makeshift push-up bra! The white streak in Janey's hair is a clump of blonde hair attached to a piece of skull to cover up a gaping wound when Janey got shot in the top of the head. She can fuse other peoples' body parts to her own. "Wrong colour but should do nicely," she said as she ripped apart the head of a young female corpse. To the right is cosplayer, Diana Prince, who perfectly replicates Dan's artwork. She just IS Zombie Tramp. There aren't that many Zombie Tramp cosplayers but Diana is far and away the best.

12 comments:

  1. Cool figures Bryan, love the large boobed Janey!

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    1. You've gotta love Janey, haven't you?

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  2. I like what you have done with them. It is nice to see the same figures painted in different ways. And variations of the figures as well.

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    1. Thanks, Clint. I have achieved what I set out to do by making all of the figures look different.

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  3. Absolutely wonderful painting Bryan. You've somehow managed to make a series of identical miniatures instead look like a rag-tag party of hungry undead as a result of your colourful paint choices and simple (but oh so effective) conversions. Marvellous stuff indeed :-)

    I did admittedly have something of a "Yikes!" moment when I first saw Zombie Tramp. But then immediately felt I'd win the 'no-prize' for knowing who she was :-) I don't actually collect her comic (you probably won't be surprised to hear). But obviously I am aware of her. Indeed a copy of her title is often offered to me by the comic store's I frequent as they know of my liking for other zed-infested books. Terrific conversion btw... ideal for an x-rated BatRep ;-)

    As a complete aside "Zenescope" have just released #1 of "Aliens vs Zombies" which looks rather fun (though I know you don't like "Zombies vs Robots"), and certainly struck me as a better read than this month's "Vampirella -Army of Darkness" title by "Dynamite Publishing". I'll be reviewing both soon but thought I'd give you the heads up... :-)

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    1. Very much appreciated, Simon. I know that you are just as passionate about comics as I am but I honestly thought you wouldn't know who Zombie Tramp is. She is not particularly well known in the comic book community. I only discovered her long after she'd debuted through the graphic novels of her first two series when purely on a whim I decided to take a chance on them. For me, it was love at first sight. The artwork was simplistic but the writing really shone out. Now that she has her own ongoing series, the art and writing have vastly improved. I am fully aware she won't be to your tastes or most likely the vast majority of my followers, but I like her a lot.

      I do have a Zombicide scenario planned for her featuring a team up with Vampirella and possibly one other superheroine (Lady Death or Red Sonja perhaps) but I need Zombicide: Black Plague first so that I can use Magic spells. Look out for it early next year.

      Thanks for the heads up on the upcoming comics. I read about "Aliens vs Zombies" in Previews mag but passed on it as I went over-budget on my monthly comic spending. I look forward to reading what you think of it. I'm still waiting for "Vampirella/Army of Darkness" to be posted to me. I get all of my comics delivered to me, which means I'm sometimes a few weeks behind.

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    2. "I'm sometimes a few weeks behind" - I won't post my review of "Vampirella" until after I know you've got it then as I wouldn't want to spoil it for her biggest fan ;-)

      "Zombies vs Robots" #7 is also out and its clear that they've listened to the fans, as its one-long story and drawn by one of my favourite Judge Dredd artists Paul Davidson. I'll post up its review tomorrow to see if I can tempt you :-)

      Looking forward to the magic rules for "Black Plague" myself, Bryan... and of course six months of wicked-looking minis, and insights as to how to make best use of your survivors, on this very blog.

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    3. That's very kind of you, Simon, to wait until I get my copy of the Vampirella/Ash crossover comic before you review it. I'll e-mail you once I receive it.

      I await to be tempted by "Zombies vs Robots" but it'll need to be VERY good to tempt me. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for better things.

      Yeah, I can't wait for Black Plague to arrive. I've already downloaded the rulebook for it but I need to know what spells can be used by the Survivors. I may well end up designing my own, as Zombie Tramp and Lady Death (if I use her) have interesting spells at their disposal that can affect zombies.

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  4. Lovely work again Bryan! Some very subtle but effective conversions. Zombie Tramp is a great character and that is a superb conversion Dude! Cool to see you showing some artwork of her too. Your paintwork is of it's usual high standard and your gore levels and placement are top notch. Brilliant to see you bringing lesser known characters like Janey Belle to the wider zombie audience. Fabulous post Bryan!

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    1. You're far too kind, Bob, but many thanks anyway. Zombie Tramp has proved to be more popular than I could have imagined. I totally agree that lesser known characters like Janey should be shown to a wider audience.

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  5. Great paintjobs but the artwork and the pic at the bottom are sublime in a strange but pleasing way!

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    1. Thanks a lot, Simon. "Sublime" is a good way to describe those last two pics. I'm with you 100% on that one!

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