Monday, June 16, 2014

The Zombie of the Month- June 2014- Tiny Terrors by Studio Miniatures

Zombie of the Month:  Tiny Terrors by Studio Miniatures


   Well, it’s the end of the school year, and what better way to celebrate summer vacation than some zombie kids? So, without further ado, I give you:

The Zombie of the Month- June 2014- Tiny Terrors by Studio Miniatures

   What’s so great about these Zombies? They’re kids! What could be cuter (read: creepier) than little zombie kids! I like to reflect some real-world diversity in my zombie horde, and we had several ideas over here at LXG that will require some pint-sized undead, so I went hunting for some zombie kids. Sadly, I found them underrepresented in the miniature wargaming industry. As if eating the brains of the living is just for grown-ups. Sad. But Studio Miniatures came to the rescue. They have a VERY extensive line of zombies (well over a hundred figures), and they have a nice little pack of 6 zombie kids that are just what I needed- regular kids, nothing too fancy, just a few undead rugrats shuffling about town.

The Basics:
            Scale- 28mm, which makes them a whopping 21-22mm tall.
            Genre- Modern, and fairly basic, too. These are kids that could have just been going about their daily lives when the Zombie Apocalypse hit. Not Children’s Army bratz with bazookas (although that would have been fun, too!), but regular kids.
Material- White Metal. Can you imagine how light they would be if they weren’t?
Parts ‘N’ Bits- Alas, these come with no extra bits of any kind. Even the 8mm tall doll is already attached. A whole assortment of optional itty bitty toys would have been fun, right? Maybe not.
Assembly- They come fully assembled, thank goodness. ‘Cause I really didn’t want to assemble 22mm tall humans.
Bases- They come with plain, lipped, slotted, 30mm bases, which are pretty huge on such tiny models. They look like they are wandering around lost in the schoolyard. It’s kinda funny.


Sculpt- 3 brains out of 5. Let me just say that 5 years ago this would have been a 4. Sculpture has been advancing by leaps and bounds in the last few years, and these guys are several years old. So, they’re solid. They’re fine. They may not be up to par with current standards, but at no point did the sculpts make me not want to buy them.

Affordability- 3 brains out of 5 – The set normally comes in at around £11-13 (since most places selling it are in the UK), so you are probably going to pay around $3 a piece for them, not accounting for shipping. You may not want to buy a 1,000 zombie horde at that price, but it’s not a bad price for adding specific kinds of characters.

Value- 3 brains out of 5- If you really need zombie kids for some reason, this may be a 4, because there aren’t that many zombie kids out there. But for general horde building, they are nice to have (for the reason just stated), but not essential.

Availability- 4 brains out of 5- Okay, you probably won’t walk into a store and find these on the shelf, but if you have internet access, you won’t have any trouble getting them. They are sold by many online retailers.

Pros: You get to sing old Alice Cooper songs while you place them on your table or shelf, and you get to add some kids to your horde, which, let’s face it, is sorely lacking in most zombie media.

Cons: None, really, unless the people you play with are likely to accuse you of cheating for Line-of-Sight checks, or you really need to be able to rep large weapons.

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