Sunday, 9 October 2016

Where are you, you spongy, yellow, delicious b@st@rds?

Zomtober 2016 - post#3
With two zombies to the good already, I thought it was time to even up the sides with a couple of survivors. Memphis & Ohio, from ‘Studio Miniatures’ would surely make wonderful proxies for Tallahassee, played by Woody Harrelson and Columbus, Jesse Eisenberg, both from the hugely enjoyable Zombieland. I have touched on this little gem of zombie movie in a previous post, 'So do you have any regrets?' and so it was inevitable that these two characters would eventually see the brush.
Both perfectly serviceable sculpts, although the shotgun toting Ohio feels a little awkward in his stance, which I suppose does reflect his film version's character.  The dual Uzi wielding Memphis is much more substantial miniature and when it came to painting, I simply referenced the film for the colour palette, although felt that Tallahassee's snakeskin jacket was a little beyond my abilities.   
Whilst preparing and painting these two it was inevitable that my mind would wonder to their respective scenes in the film and for some reason I became fixated with Tallahassee's search for Twinkies.  Now I was familiar with this particular brand of American confectionary from other celluloid outings, Die Hard and Ghostbusters to name but two, but had never tried one myself - so began my own search for the last Twinkie!  As luck would have it, I didn't need to battle the legions of undead as a very nice man dropped of a box with our next grocery delivery - God bless online supermarket shopping!
Now I have to tell you that these are strangely addictive, in a ghastly sort of way; cloying sponge cake filled with a synthetic cream, what's not to like?  So before the last Twinkie vanished from 'Awdry Towers' I managed to gather together my other 'not' Zombieland characters for a quick photoshoot, not that I needed an excuse to get the toys out! 

68 comments:

  1. Great film and love the minis, is that a zombified Bill Murray in there too?

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  2. They look great!

    And on the Twinkie front, I have a hot tip from my American mother-in-law: freeze them - the cream becomes like an ice-cream, and the cake seems to get sweeter and denser!

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    1. Well I shall just have to get some more now to try that out, many thanks!

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  3. Great brush work on those lovely figures. That clown hiding at the back looks a bit scary. Top stuff sir.

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    1. Thank you Dan, the clown was also painted to represent a character from the film.

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  4. Great figs, pigging awful cakes, and I know a lot about cakes - I used to be Mr Kipling (really)

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    1. Mr. Kipling, now we shall definitely need to hear more about that Martin.

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  5. Lovely work Michael - Great additions to your Hunters!

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  6. Awkward pose or not Ohio is a cool fig!

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  7. Excellent taking research to a new level ......I will order some powdered egg 😀

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    1. Thank you Matt, any excuse to eat things I shouldn't.

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  8. Great looking figures and the cakes are fun especially if you need a sugar rush!

    Christopher

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  9. Lovely figs...less keen on Twinkies, I have to say.

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    1. Thank you Gordon and you are right the novelty soon wheres off.

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  10. Oh well...those Twinkies are one of worse memories of my trip to Canada. I really don't get what people do like on them?
    Nevertheless your survivors have come out absolutely excellent!

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    1. Sorry to have brought back such painful memories Nick! ;)

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  11. Great figs and movie Michael, Twinkies were really a thing from my childhood d, in as much as the adverts were in Marvel comics all the time but I never tasted one till a couple of years ago when the new B&M opened near us, I loved them to start with but soon got sick of them, oh well as they say you should never meet your heroes.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Oh you are so right Roger, I struggled to finish the box - well in the same sitting anyway!

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  12. Great looking minis, Michael :D Cheers!

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  13. The shots with the twinkies are great! Haven't had one since I was kid.

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    1. Thank you Brian, the were certainly an interesting experience.

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  14. I last had a Twinkie about six or seven years ago. That was the first that I had eaten since childhood, call it twenty-five years prior to that. It was delicious. I tried another one about two months later and... the magic was gone.

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    1. It is fleeting that Twinkie love, but at least I can say that I have now tried one, or ten!

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  15. Nice painting m'Lord but I don't know about those Twinkies :)

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    1. Thank you Tamsin, they are certainly not for everyone.

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  16. Fantastic work once again! You're really great!

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    1. You are too kind Michał, thank you.

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  17. You're going to have to do Wichita and Little Rock too now. Lovely work.

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    1. Now that thought had crossed my mind, there was even a good Wichita Zombicide model, but sadly I didn't back season 1.

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  18. Excellent work, I really rather like the finish on Memphis.

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  19. I may know someone who sells Twinkies in the UK. I'll check for you.

    Great additions to the zombie/ survivor project.

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    1. Thank you Clint, I found that I could actually get them through Ocado of all places.

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  20. Great figures, sir! Twinkies... I've been over here quite a while now but have never tried one of those. My wife, bless her, warned me off them.

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    1. She is clearly a sensible woman your wife, they are about as synthetic as you can get, but strangely moreish!

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  21. Nice work, Michael. Seems the audience is divided on the Twinkies issue - I would agree that they are strangely addictive, even though you know from the first bite that this is the pinnacle of artificial food.

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    1. Thank you Jez and I couldn't agree more about the Twinkies, so wrong, but so tempting.

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  22. Both minis look very nicely as usual painted Michael. Kudos. :)

    I want Twinkies now - I have never tasted them either. :)

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    1. Thank you, as for the Twinkies, they are very strange. After the first bite, I thought that I would throw it away unfinished, but somehow the contents of the box disappeared within a week!

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  23. Fantastic entry for week 2 of Zomtober. I do love Zombieland for me it captures everything that is good about the genre. Zombies, Funny deaths and crazy gun toting badasses

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    1. Thank you Simon and I couldn't agree more, there was a sense that it wasn't taking itself too seriously and was all the better for it.

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  24. You are the best zombie painter on the internet. The Twinkie box is brilliant.

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  25. HAHA Michael, that whole Twinkie bit, had me thinking about the ode to the Haggis. Though I've had many a twinkie in the past, I am still anticipating an opportunity to enjoy some Haggis. Another fine pair of well painted miniatures to add to the pool!

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  26. Two great looking survivors, Michael.

    I once found myself defending peanut butter on a forum with a large UK contingent. Twinkies won't get any such help from me. They're pretty bad.

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  27. The Twinkies box to this to a HNL.

    'Hole
    'Nother
    Levol!

    Nice work

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  28. Splendid!
    And these Twinkies turned out as an excellent background. :)

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  29. Very nice! While I am not into gaming zombies, I do like Zombieland a lot, these figures are pretty close to the characters at that!

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  30. Nice work Michael! Glad to see you are building up a team of survivors to end the zombie menace and make the world safe for eating Twinkies once again!

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  31. Very cool. Love your zombie stuff. Also congratulations on discovering twinkies. They are indeed a sort of yin yang of disgusting and wonderful.

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  32. Hmm, having eaten 1 Twinkie (like you, just to see what all the fuss was about), I don't think I'll ever want another one. I cannot imagine how you could bring yourself to finish a box of 10 :-) . Leave them for Tallahassee!

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  33. What a terrific project! Those Twinkies look - well - very sugary! Hope they taste good. I love the "Zombieland" figures. I really like the film. But hang on - where Wichita???

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  34. Terrific brushwork Sir M, unlike the Twinkies, I had a taste a few years ago....yuck!

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  35. That's quite the group of miniatures, there. Nice work all round.

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  36. Ugh... but Twinkies are rotten and foul.

    But your minis are bloody lovely. Zombieland is a very fun flick indeed - isn't there supposed to be a series coming out based on it?

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  37. Hah! Now that's a cool backdrop. I never had me no twinkies. Never ever. Some local copy cats, yes but not the originals. I digress ... great paint job sir!

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