When your horde is just starting out, it can seem economically daunting to try to get up a large number of shambling lovelies in a relatively short period of time. My advice? Check into the world of board games. There are an ever-growing number of board games devoted to zombies, which means fairly cheap figures, especially if they sell expansion packs. And nowadays most companies (wisely) choose to make the zombie figures that come with their game somewhere in the vicinity of 28mm scale. The only downside is, it may not tell you the scale on the box, since board games technically don’t need it. Let me introduce you to one of the board games that got my horde started…
The Zombie of the Month- July 2014- Humans!!! by Twilight Creations
What’s so great about these Zombies? They make a great starter box for your horde. Yeah, I know, the box says “Humans!!!”, but it’s really just a sequel to “Zombies!!!”, a previous board game made by Twilight Creations, and the theme is still the same, except, in this board game, you are playing the zombies trying to score yourself the most human entrees! So, you get 10 each of 6 different zombie figures- so each player has more zombie models for when they infect more humans. It also comes with 60 (unarmed) survivors, which you might find a use for. Not a bad haul for $30. And the plastic material they come in is easy to cut, so with a little work, you can get an even bigger variety of figures from this box.
|One of the "Survivors" painted as a zombie|
Scale- There is no official scale, because it’s just a board game. They seem to scale in at around25mm, with sizes ranging from 27mm to 31mm. A little small, but they will blend in well enough once you increase your undead population.
Genre- Modern. Very. The suitcases, cellphones, and electric guitars are kind of a giveaway. A little more versatility could be achieved with a good Xacto knife, though, if you are so inclined.
Material- That soft, board game figure plastic. Don’t worry, they’ll hold up. It just makes them easy to alter if you want to.
Parts ‘N’ Bits- None… unless you dissect people for parts. Which you can, since you get 10 of each zombie, though they probably won’t fit well on any other figures you have.
Assembly- None required- just 60 complete zombie figures, and 60 survivors (all identical, in a running pose).
Bases- Integrated bases just big enough for them to stand up. Leave them on when you glue them down to your gaming bases, and put some nice, thick basing materials down, and it will help to make up for them being a little short.
Sculpt- 3 brains out of 5- Average modern board game quality. They’re fine, but there’s nothing too special about them.
Affordability- 4 brains out of 5- There’s no smaller option than the whole $30 board game. Granted, that’s about $.25 a figure, but lets face it, you’re not using all of them. If you only like to use the same sculpt two or three times, your effective cost per mini could be close to 2 and a half bucks.
Value- 3 brains out of 5- Unless you also want the board game, it’s a lot of money to spend for that much repetition of models that aren’t even a standard gaming scale. Still, if you don’t mind them being short, and love conversion work, you might scale this higher. And it’s hard to argue with the instant horde this box provides.
Availability- 5 brains out of 5- Go to a decent sized gaming store, and you might even be lucky enough to find this box on the shelf. Regardless, since it is a board game, there are countless online vendors that sell it. Until the game loses popularity, I don’t see anyone having trouble scoring themselves a copy.
Pros: This box is an instant horde. And it comes with a decent board game to boot!
Cons: The figures are a little repetitive and a little shorter than the 28mm scale you generally need for games requiring zombies.
|The Zombie Hulk Collection|