Sunday, October 13, 2013
Zombtober Week II - Zombicide Toxic City Mall Survivors
For my second week of the Zombtober challenge (Eclectic Gentleman Tabletop Gamer) I'm continuing with the new Zombicide Season II release. This time it is from the Toxic City Mall (TCM) expansion for the original Zombicide board game.
I decided to tackle the four new survivors from the box. Out of the box the figures are generally well sculpted and as with the Prison Outbreak zombies from last week, they are cast with the same semi-rigid PVC plastic that holds decent detail while not being too flexible. Flash was non existent on the models and while there were a couple of mold lines they were light and easy to remove. The biggest difference between the zombies and the survivors is that the zombies are all monochrome casts while the survivors come in a rainbow of different colors. The multicolored survivors are an advantage for identifying figures on the board, but the florescent colors used for TCM really obscure some nice detail on the figures.
Again like the zombies I've clipped the figures from their intragral bases and put them on some 30mm resin replacements. I did the same thing to my original Zombicide survivors and the bigger bases did not cause any problems with crowding unless all six survivors try to cram into the same room.
Neema The Executive
Neema is a nice figure with a torn shirt an Uzi and a big honkin' revolver. I'm never a fan of figures toting two hand guns, but at least she's only aiming with one of them. The only down side is that the realistically proportioned heels are small and tough to pin to the base.
Raoul The Contractor
Finally we have a figure in this game that looks like they are ready to face the apocalypse. Sculpted with a molle vest, an M-14 and machete, Raoul is looking bad ass.
Elsa The Cat-Burglar
Elsa was a bit of a disappointment and points to some of the limits of the single part casts. The arm sculpted across the body and the revolver are a little soft and the face looking right is split across the mold line so is also too soft in my opinion. My painting technique of solid colors with washes doesn't help to bring out what color there is on the figure either.
Derek the locator
Derek's another cool figure with his surveyor's vest and bag of lath slung over his shoulder. I think he is nicely sculpted in a good pose.
Overall so far I'm very pleased with the components of the expanded Zombicide items. I haven't had time to play any games with the new rules, but the figures are top notch in board game terms.