Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Foundry Zombie Gunfighters

This post concludes my reviews of the 28mm scale Weird West zombies I painted last month. This time the spotlight falls on seven zombie gunfighters produced by Wargames Foundry as part of their Old West range. I must admit that I bought this set many years ago but never got round to painting them, which, for me, is a shameful admission. The "kick up the pants" I needed came when I saw Simon/BlaxKleric painting his set of them as part of his Zomtober project a couple of months ago. Seeing his work spurred me on to painting my set and here they are. Simon, many thanks, mate!
At the far left, this zombie gunfighter has a nasty wound in his left arm and most of the flesh has been stripped from his lower left leg although his foot is intact. As Simon pointed out, he does sport a very impressive moustache!
Simon mentioned in his post that the next zombie in line bears a striking resemblance to "Wild Bill" Hickock and he's right. We have both painted him in identical colours but Simon's looks wetter than mine, due to his insistence on gloss varnishing his figures. No comment! "Wild Bill" appears to have been bitten in the left cheek and left elbow and he has a massive gunshot wound in his back.
Moving on, we have a one-armed cowboy. His arm wound is particularly impressive. A piece of bone protrudes from the flesh of his upper arm. He has also had a lump of flesh chewed from his right cheek. Note the hole in his hat from front to back, showing he had a lucky escape from someone's gunshot!
At the far left is a zombie gunfighter in a similar pose to the one at the far left. He, too, has suffered a serious left arm wound.
The figure at the far left is not listed or shown on Foundry's webstore but I received him anyway, and so did Simon. If he is a freebie, he is very welcome. He has been badly wounded in both arms but it looks like his left arm wound is not as serious because he can still aim his pistol with it. His right arm hangs uselessly by his side.
In the centre is a US Cavalry trooper armed with his .45 Springfield carbine. Around his belt is a holstered pistol and a knife in a sheath. There is a bullet hole in his left chest and a massive exit wound in his back. His back wound looks like it has been worsened by being gnawed upon, which is certainly a possibility with flesh-eating zombies around.
Last in line is an old timer armed with a double-barrelled shotgun. Some miscreant has gone and stolen his boots, although in his current undead state I doubt if he cares. He has a cut to his lower right arm and from the fresh blood around his mouth, it would appear he has been feasting recently.
It may seem odd to see zombies wielding guns but in the Weird Wild West they are a common occurrence. Certainly, there are rules for zombie gunfighters in THW's High Moon and in Dracula's America. These are superb sculpts, so full of character. Note that they are true 28mm scale, which may make them appear small when mixed with heroic scaled figures from other ranges. This does not bother me in the least as I'll happily mix and match figures regardless of their size, but I mention it in case it matters to you. This is set OW010 Zombie Gunfighters and they currently retail for £12.00 from the Foundry webstore. I'd be interested to know if you still get the freebie figure with them.

14 comments:

  1. Excellent "peutrid posse" Bryan - though some of them look worryingly like members of the audience which turn up at our gigs (yeah, I've SEEN zombies wielding guns, so it doesn't phase me!) ;-)

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    1. Sounds like my kind of gig, Greg. Zombies wielding guns are a lot more common in Weird West games than in other genres.

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    1. I'm not sure if zombies can be described as being "nice" but I get your meaning, Dave. :-)

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  3. I like how everyone paints these differently yet they would all fit into one horde without difficulty.

    Excellent work I am very pleased to see these done so well

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    1. Thanks, Clint. The beauty of painting zombies is that there is no right or wrong way to paint them. I had a lot of fun painting this lot.

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  4. Stupendous posting, Bryan, with lots to look at and admire; even if your Wild Bill hasn't been properly varnished with gloss ;-)

    I've still got a couple of this set on my painting table (and a second packet somewhere), so as with your recent "SVfM" posting, you may well encourage me to at least finish my first 'micro-horde' of zombie gunslingers. I think the cavalry trooper is my fave, and is spookily the only one I haven't really paid any attention to myself, so it was great to see you've picked out his buttons and leg-stripes etc.

    Terrific stuff, and whilst I seem to be saying this a lot lately with regards to your blog, this is certainly one of my fave postings of the year :-)

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    1. Many thanks indeed, Simon. I decided to make "Wild Bill" look dirty and dusty instead of wet. I guess the rain washed off all the dust from your version. LOL!

      The US Cavalry trooper is very impressive and I'm sure once you start painting him you'll want to finish him asap.

      I really must thank you for giving me the inspiration to finally get round to painting these guys. They had remained in my unpainted pile for far too long. Thanks, Simon.

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    2. I think my painting mojo has been rather strong all year, Bryan, and that is undoubtedly due to visiting blogs such as yours and seeing what other people are doing. Obviously not every blog inspires me to leap upon whatever the subject is that they're working on, but where interests do seem to coincide greatly (which I believe ours does to good extent), I think it helps push through those hobby hurdles which real life throws at us from time to time.

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    3. Well said, Simon. I can only agree with you wholeheartedly. I don't talk much about real life but this has been a tough year for me caring for my mother whose health is deteriorating. Having my hobby to help distract me from real life issues has been a godsend, and so this year I have probably embraced it far more than in previous years.

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  5. Your really ripping through these Bryan....You are not losing any quality to the speed of your output. ;)

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    1. That's kind of you to say, Tom. It is true that my painting mojo is very high so I'm cracking through my unpainted figures mountain. There's still loads more to do but I'm very happy with the progress I'm making.

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  6. some awesome looking zeds there mate!

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    1. Thanks, Andy. I certainly agree with you.

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