Zombies... And Other Creepy Crawlies...

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Hints on Zombie Minis

Hints On Converting CMG Minis
-- I am probably not the original source of these, just passing on my knowledge.
1. Removing From Base: put mini in freezer for about 10 minutes and most will easily snap off their base. Thin minis may break at weak spots (ex: thin ankles) though.
2. Base Coat: I like to use Rustoleum's Black Cammo with a non-reflective finish as it works well on plastic or metal. This makes your other paint "hold" on to the minis much better.
3. Pinning: using a small pin (ex: a thin paper clip or thin metal wire) will help your mini retain its shape or parts to stay on better when glued.

Cons to CMG Minis:
1. Bendy: arms and other original appendages want to go back to their original pose. I've tried the repeated heating and freezing method, but they still move back over time. Pinning with cutting and gluing also helps.
2. Details: some are better than others, but their faces and other parts can be nondescript.
3. Scale: the minis can vary widely. The Matron Mother one is tiny with its head being smaller than the fist of the Brain Eater.


This is a Wizkids Brain Eater rookie. To bring your rookie with head and base removed, the head is replaced with a GW zombie head.

Wizkids Horrorclix Insect Man (Rookie) with GW zombie arms and head. The guy could fit in as a prisoner from the Umbrella Corp.

Wizkids Horrorclix Frothweiler (rookie) -- I call him my "Rotted-weiler". I cut off the annoying boney spikes and tail and trimmed the ears. Again, this could be a lab dog or security dog for the Umbrella Corp. I know this was not the greatest zombie flick ever, but it had great zombie content from in miniatures/customization standpoint.

The CMG rookie clix stuff is great for making zombies with, and it's cheap! The Horrorclix listed above go from $0.14 - $1.09 on Ebay each. Prices are usually like that for the others, except for the Corp Response guys and their Zombies that go in the $2.26 - $9.99 range (cheapest)! Really wish they were more common, as they are really nice looking in the pics.