Saturday, 30 July 2016

Zombicide Black Plague - Klom

Ahead of next Saturday's gaming day, or play date as the 'Saintly Mrs. Awdry' likes to refer to them, I thought that I would paint up a couple of Zombicide, Black Plague survivors to take to the table.  'Bullcher Feb' has approached this is a very scientific matter, analysing the different attributes and putting together a balanced team capable of taking on the zombie hoard, I've just picked the biggest chunk of plastic I could lay my hands on - I give you Klom.
Lifted shamelessly from the official 'Black Plague' site, I can tell you that  Klom isn’t afraid of Zombies. He’s not afraid of anything – except spiders, but he’ll never own up to that one. An Ogre, Klom was a tough fighter and bandit long before the zombies started overrunning his camp. Once those pests showed up, well, then he just had something else to fight. With his flail in hand, Klom can stop just about anything and if that doesn’t work, he’ll just stomp them!  He’s taken a few trophies in his day, but others are finding the rotting zombie heads almost too much to bear, perhaps fingers would be better?
Initially I was worried about the sheer level of detail on this model, and with a base just shy of 35mm there is a lot of detail to contend with, but Klom has been a wonderful foil to the terrain building of late.  I would just spend forty miniatures or so every time I was waiting for something to dry and slowly, but surely, the massive frame of the Ogre has come to fruition.
I'm not sure how he will fair in the game, but given that he starts with Barbarian, which allows him, when resolving a Melee Action to substitute the dice number of the melee weapon(s) he uses with the number of Zombies standing in the targeted zone, I see him very much as 'go-to' survivor when the hordes start to mass.  With the addition of Super Strength at orange level, Klom becomes an Abomination killer!  
Whilst subtlety will never be his thing, I am hoping that Klom will raise the group's spirits and bring some levity to those tense moments, after all we all know that Ogres have layers.    



80 comments:

  1. Awesome work! Klom is huge and brutal!

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    1. Thank you Michał, he is certainly a big chap, looking forward to seeing if he can match the scale with skill in the game now.

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  2. What a great character figure, excellent paintjob Michael!

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    1. Thank you Fran, he is certainly not a shy retiring type.

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  3. Fantastic painting, great fig. Good luck with him

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    1. Thank you Martin, slightly concerned about playing him as they do say, "the bigger they are, the harder they fall", let's just hope that when he does there are a couple of zombies underneath him.

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    2. I remember goblins with huge balls and chains from my Warhammer days. He looks like their dad

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  4. Excellent work Mr. Awdry; very characatreful. :)

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  5. I am sure I have seen him walking around wargames shows talking to traders.
    Great job on him.

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    1. I think you might be right, I wonder what gave him away? No wait, it was the rucksack wasn't it? :D

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  6. Terrific job Michael. One of your very best imho. Hopefully he'll fare as well as his splendid paintjob. Tip top stuff!!! :-)

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    1. Thank you so much Simon, that is very kind of you. I think because I wasn't trying to rush him I was able to sit and work out how to tackle the wealth of detail in my own time.

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  7. Stunning paintwork Michael !

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  8. Lovely bit of work.
    He'll be a bit like that John Smith's advert with the footballer then? When the other players are displaying skill and finery, the ball bounces to the John Smith player who just wallops it into the distance with a snarled "'Ave it!"

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    1. Thank you Roy and spot on I fear - he is not going to be known for his subtlety.

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  9. Great work with the brush there Michael!

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    1. You are too kind Tamsin, thank you.

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  11. When in doubt, reach for the biggest lump of plastic in the box!

    What could possibly go wrong?

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    1. Absolutely, that was certainly my logic!

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  12. Great figure and fantastic painting😀

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  13. Oh mate - you really have done him justice!! Itching to get to the table and see him in the flesh.

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    1. Thank you kind Sir, just finishing another character off and then we are ready to go!

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  14. Wonderful, great job as always!

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  15. Splendid work Michael, a truly stunning piece of painting.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. That is incredibly kind of you Roger, thank you.

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  16. Great brushwork again sir, I fear any zombie looking for brains may find themselves going hungry.....

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    1. Thank you Andy and I do hope so, but we shall see.

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  17. He looks suitably menacing. If I were a zombie, I would shamble away from him with a top speed possible. :)

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    1. Thank you Nimrod, I think the sack of trophy heads he carries on his back will scare a few away.

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  18. fantastic work!, great work on this model.

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  19. Frightening! When the zombie hoard hits, I want him on my side. I'd love to see pics of the game in action. It will be a treat!

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    1. Thank you Monty, looking forward to next Saturday and I'm sure there will be a photograph or two taken.

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  20. Wonderfully characterful figure and great paint job! He reminds of artists like Brian Froud and Arthur Rackham.

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    1. Thank you and I couldn't agree more. It was rather remiss of me not to mention the sculptors name, in this case Paul Bonner.

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  21. Great work Michael! Those Zombicide Black Plague minis really included plenty of amazing and characterful sculpts. This one definitely was one of the top ones!

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    1. They certainly through everything at the sculpts on this outing, fabulous fun to work on too.

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  22. Looks like he's got a bit of spinach in his teeth :) Great work as usual, Mr. Awdry!

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    1. Not sure I am going to be the one that points that out to him Bill! ;)

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  23. That is an exceptional bit of painting, Michael. A very characterful model - reminds me a bit of Brian Froud's illustrations of fairies or the movie Labyrinth.

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    1. Thank you so much Jez and I couldn't agree more, huge fan of Froud's work so this was a real treat to work on.

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    1. Not the shy and retiring type, I'll give you that.

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  25. Awesome Michael, simply awesome! I'm sure he'll be a real eyecatcher in your games... one amongst many ;-)

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    1. Thank you so much Nick, really tried hard to do this one justice.

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  26. Very impressive work there, Michael!

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  27. Oooh...he looks superb! Great job!

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  28. Wow that is superb! I quite fancy painting a big guy now. That looks ace!

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    1. Thank you Simon, he is certainly a statement piece!

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  29. What a fine figure of a man sorry ogre. Great paint job.

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  30. Excellent work , Michael!
    This piece set the bar high for my own incarnation of the ogre.

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    1. Thank you Stefan, but I know that you will do a great job on yours too - just enjoy yourself with it.

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  31. One of your very best, Michael. The green and the fleshtone complement each other extremely well.

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    1. Thank you so much Mr. Finch, that is very kind of you to say so.

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  32. Hola
    GRAN trabajo si señor
    un saludo

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  33. He looks great Micheal and that nose really stands out!

    Christopher

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    1. Thank you Christopher as for the nose there was certainly enough of it to work on!

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  34. Darn you Michael! I had put the Black Plague from my mind for the moment to focus on Frostgrave things...now you've gone & distracted me! Fantastic work my friend!

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    1. Thank you so much Terry and happy to prove to a distraction for you. :D

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  35. That is one impressive miniature and you've managed your magic once more to bring him to life - the detailing you've achieved is outstanding.

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    1. Thank you so much Joe, this was quite a chunk of plastic and I have to say that I enjoyed just tinkering with it at my own pace.

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  36. Terrific work Michael. I love the veins in his nose!

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  37. Terrific work Michael. I love the veins in his nose!

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  38. Wow what a great model and paintjob.

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  39. Wow Michael. Even by your usual high standards, he is pretty impressive. Well done!

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