Sunday, 4 October 2015

The Beginning.

Zomtober 2015 - post#1

And so it begins - 'Zomtober 2015' and what better place to begin than the opening scene of the hugely successful, 'Walking Dead' television series that first aired in the UK back in 2010.  Although late to this zombie phenomena, the opening scene involving our reluctant hero, police officer Rick Grimes and a shuffling zombie child is emblazoned on my mind.  That poor unfortunate child has now been recreated as a Kickstarter Exclusive 'not' character thanks to 'Studio Miniatures' recently successful crowd funding venture.  


With the series about to start its sixth season later this month, the band of survivors is still looking for answers, not to mention a safe place to call home!  Some may argue that it is not a patch on the original comic series created by writer Robert Kirkman and artist Tony Moore, some may also suggest that it is running out of ideas and lacks the punch of those early groundbreaking episodes, but I shall be there glued to the television for my weekly dose of undead mayhem. 


As unnerving as this miniature was to work on, the sculpt was amazing with fabulous details to tantalise the brush.  So week one of 'Zomtober' complete and the first deadline met, now to see what the rest of the contributors have managed.




57 comments:

  1. Really nice ghoulish work Michael! I like the series too as it's fun to watch as it's interesting to see who bites the dust and who keeps going.

    Christopher

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    1. Thank you Christopher, with regards to the series it certainly isn't worth investing too much emotional energy into the characters, as you quite rightly say that will certainly lead to their demise.

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  2. Great start to Zomtober Michael, and that's a seriously sinister looking kid, even if her slippers still look somewhat cute. You've got that TV series' opening character spot on :-)

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    1. Thank you Simon, the fluffy slippers and the teddy just seem to make it all the more sinister.

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    1. Thank you Rodger, glad to get the first post in the bag too.

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  4. Wonderful and creepy at the same time!

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  5. Excellent work Lord Michael and a great start to your Zomtober :)

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    1. Thank you Tamsin, plenty more to come - I hope!

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  6. The green skin tone is very creepy in combination with the blonde hair and all that pink.

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    1. It certainly is a bit different, but just about holds together.

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  7. You are off to a great start Michael. :)

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  8. That's quite a distrubing colour combo you've got going there - superb as always.

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    1. Thank you Joe, pink and green, certainly odd, I grant you.

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  9. A great paint job for a great series...excellent!

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    1. Thank you Phil, this was one of the moments in television when you knew you were watching something a little bit different.

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  10. Oooh! That really is a fab mini! As for Walking Dead I'm still gripped by the series...even my wife, a total lightweight when it comes to horror, is hooked.

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    1. Thank you Gordon, great exclusive addition this one and like you I am looking forward to the new series.

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  11. Looking amazing! And another series I need to have a look at really.

    Good opening entry.

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    1. Thank you Mike, you should certainly check out the first couple of seasons, it really has set the bar quite high for zombie television viewing.

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  12. Really nice job on the figure. And for the record I'm fine that it doesn't parallel the comics. I enjoy the fact that I don't know for sure what's going to happen!

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    1. Thank you and I couldn't agree more. I had a look at some of the comics, but felt I couldn't justify another collection.

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  13. There's something unsettling about linking "creepy" with "bunny-slippers".

    Great job, Michael.

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    1. You're not wrong there Mr. Finch and thank you.

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  14. Great figure, Michael, brings back memories when my youngest son (now 18 and going to college) used to watch the show together. I liked the first couple of seasons, but trailed off after a while.

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    1. Thank you Dean, it seems strange to think that it has been running for so long.

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  15. Her rotten greenish flesh is disgustingly appropriate.

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    1. Thank you Jay, I seem to have gone very green with the rotten skin recently, might need to vary that a bit more.

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  16. Great work Michael! The greenish skin really is quite disturbing.

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  17. How disturbingly brilliant., Michael! Not having watched The Walking Dead, I can't comment on how accurate the representation is, but that is one seriously creepy kid. A good start to Zomtober.

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    1. Thank you Jez, it is good television, but becomes quite compulsive viewing.

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  18. Wow, now that's creepy! I think I'll be seeing that kid in my dreams.

    Good work, Cheers Roger.

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    1. Thank you Rodger and my apologies for the nightmares. Such a good, but disturbing sculpt to work on. Do you have a blog? I just grid to track you down, but couldn't access your profile.

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  19. Yep, I find child zombies very disturbing too. Perhaps that's what comes of being a parent myself. Very nice colour on the clothing, though the flesh is a bit too green for my taste. Still, what colour *is* a zombie anyway :-) ?

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    1. Thank you and I know what you mean about the green, I seem to have drifted towards it as a default palette. might have to show a bit more variation in my undead.

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  20. What a great looking figure Sir M, you've done her proud, I remember first seeing the Z in the series, it was quite a shocking scene at the time. Top marks!

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    1. It was quite a moment and certainly set the scene for what was coming next. Looking forward to next week!

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  21. Looking forward to the new series so much and I have to say that the darling little girl you have painted is spot on

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    1. Thank you so much Pete, here's to next week.

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  22. Love it - the Teddy and Slippers star for me :-)

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    1. They are brilliant, such a good sculpt.

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  23. Somehow disturbing figure but a very well performed paintjob. In Germany we're waiting for season 5 I presume. Should be aired around Halloween...

    So happy Zomtober!

    Cheers
    Stefan

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    1. Thank you Stefan, looking forward to next week and the start of season six.

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  24. Great start Sir Michael! She is beautifully disturbing. Roll on Zombtober.

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    1. Thank you Bob, here's to a productive month.

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  25. Nicely done Michael! What Kickstarter did that figure come from? Alas, as in last year, I am sadly late to the race again this year...too many conflicting priorities, but I shall shamble onto the stage this evening.

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    1. Thank you Terry, this was the Studio Miniatures Z-Clipz Kickstarter, there was a lot of 'not' walking dead and their zombie versions. I've got a few more in the pipeline for this month and I know that Simon 'Brummie' Quinton has a couple up his sleeve as well.

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  26. Brilliant start mate - what a creepy figure in pastel colours and bunny slippers...

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  27. Great start to Zomtober! Definately ghastly enough to suit the theme

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  28. What an eerie – and great! – start to Zomtober. Looking forward to the rest!

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