The figures are from KingZombie. As has been noted by many they are quite “cartoony”, with large sometimes banana-hands, big deformed heads and a generally pretty large stature. Despite all of this, I really enjoyed painting them and I think that they look good overall. I rationalise that the somewhat deformed appearance of some of the guys as simply part of the overall effect of zombification on human biology, just in case any of you were wondering
Their appearance reminds me a little of the heavily deformed and made up zombie/possessed Deadite guys from the Evil Dead movies, which obviously is no bad thing.
The guy on the left below isn’t strictly speaking a USS (SWAT) guy, seeing as he has “POLICE” sculpted onto his body armour. I decided to paint him up with these guys regardless. He is in mid “action shot”. His left eye appears to have just become an entry wound and the exit wound is visible as an explosion of gore on the back of his head as shown in the second shot below.
The figures are very gory. Up until now most of my zombie miniatures have had an old and rotting look, whereas these guys on the other hand look pretty fresh. I enjoyed painting the gore on these guys and so I am going to paint my zombies a whole lot bloodier in the next batch. I also hope to get around to upping the gore on some of the poorer examples of the zombie paint jobs in my collection in an effort to make them look a little better, but that may not happen for a while.
These figures came moulded onto their hexagonal scenic bases. I wanted to ensure that there would be no ambiguity as to which USS figures were zombified and which were not so I kept all of the Gamma and Sigma team members on my usual circular bases which were flocked as usual. All of the zombie USS retained their scenic bases which were by and large unflocked. That, in addition to the large quantities of gore on the figures should keep the dead and the undead clearly defined.
Since I photographed these guys I noticed that they required another quick coat of matt varnish in some areas. I went back and sorted that out, but didbnt have an opportunity to re-photograph them.