You've seen it mentioned, you’ve seen the carry case, so it’s probably time that I told you about it.
Years ago I bought some of the early Secrets of the Third Reich Zombie Germans by West Wind Miniatures, but was less than impressed with their separate heads. They were a trifle oversized and a little too cartoony for my tastes, although I loved the rest of the minis as well as the actual plug-in head system.
As an aside, I rather like the fact that each of the figures is effectively a conversion since it’s the modeller’s choice as to which head he or she wants to use with which body – and at which angle and inclination they wish it to be glued. The shot at the head of this blog shows a representative group of these zombies (I call the civilian and Russian zombies with missing torso sections my “shark-bite specials”, though what a shark might have been doing on a battlefield I haven’t the faintest clue).
[Also from zO there are a couple of long out of production Scarecrows, and lovely they are too.]
Other Buddle sculpts co-opted into the horde include a clutch of his highly-detailed zombies (including the creepy zombie-girl he produced and a version of the fat-man that never saw general release) and two tiny little Imps from a Chaos Champion he sculpted for CMON. Two nude Succubi are also part of the Horde, one with wings and one without, because in my humble opinion you just can’t beat Steve’s mastery of the female form.
On the non-Buddle front there are several entries. The first is a Killer Klown figure from an unknown company which I modified by giving him a hand on a cane (his original hand was long gone but I seem to recall it held a pistol, a look which I never particularly cared for) and a better set of fingers holding the wickedly dangerous cream-pie.
There are three 25mm killer-robot types produced by Ground Zero Games known as Boomers (BU55 Combat Boomers if you want the full nomenclature). These guys were the antagonists from one of my favourite Japanese Animes, “Bubble-Gum Crisis” and captured my imagination as soon as I saw the show (I’ve been chasing after a 1/6th scale vinyl/resin version of one for years, but have had no joy as yet). These figures date back to the 1980s and formed part of the only authorised range from the animation – I’ve no idea whether they’re still available anywhere, but after so long I rather doubt it. I trimmed them off their bases and also extended/resculpted the lower legs of two of them (shown by the little red arrows) as they stood a bit short next to modern 28mm figures.
A handful of old GW figures now grace the Horde too. There’s a Shambling Mound that looks not a million miles away from the old Swamp Thing comic character, something that could have been a clay-golem (well that’s what it is now) and an old ghoul mini with a sickle. There’s also what looks suspiciously like The Hunchback of Notre-Dame – he was a chaos thug armed with a club which I planned to replace with a bell from the Empire Flagellants set, but in the end I decided I preferred an empty hand.
The final, and perhaps most notable addition, is the Rackham Zombie Werewolf conversion from Blog 008.
Some more Steve Buddle sculpts made an appearance in this category including a Buffy-esque co-ed with a stake, the current Dr Who (Matt Smith, just in case it changes while I’m sleeping) and two venerable looking monks of very different styles.
Foundry do several sets of thinly-veiled characters from the “Dad’s Army” TV series under the banner of Home-Guard Heroes. I don’t have many of them – just Mr Yeatman the Verger, Warden Hodges, Mrs Fox and Private Frazer dressed as a nun – but they are wonderfully characterful little sculpts and were a joy to paint.