In the biz, part 4

December 27, 2010

Yet another of my miniatures was put into production by Black Orc Games. This time, however, I was in for a surprise. You see, this is what I sent them:

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It’s my entry for the 2009 FU-UK! sculpting competition. The zombie is supposed to be lying down like that, fat and naked. Actually his entire left side has been left flat and un-detailed for that reason. You can imagine my amusement, when I saw him on the Black Orc site:

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I commented on the subject on TMP, and was promptly contacted by the painter at Blue Moose Arts. Apparently the people at Black Orc didn’t know whether the model was supposed to be standing up or lying down, so they added a slotta tab to his feet. They also didn’t know for sure whether it was clothed or not, so told the painter he was. The final interpretation is a bit different from what I had in mind, but hey, who’s counting?

I have to point out, that I’m not annoyed or anything. The painter (Ken @ Blue Moose Arts) was working with the specs given to him, and was very courteous in his communication. If there’s a bit of blame to be handed out, I don’t think it would’ve been too much trouble for the people at Black Orc to chuck an email my way to ask for a few clarifications.

It’s also worth mentioning that on the shopping cart page for the mini it says: “The slotta can be removed and the fig has a flat area on the side to steady if you prefer it lying down.” Once I get one, I’ll send them a painted example with the mini flat as intended.

If any one of you decides to buy it, take my word: the fatty is much nicer lying down, so off with the slotta! You can get the model for $1 here.

As usual, first five to comment will get freebies! Well worth it, I think this is my best effort yet. It should be, as it’s from 2009 vs. the others from 2005.


  1. First came to notice this one on TMP, and I have to admit that I think it’s a funny story. Shows how different people see one and the same thing in different ways, especially with the naked/dressed point :-).
    Now back to the struggle of convincing my friends to start zombie gaming in 28mm…


    • Thanks for the comment, it’s indeed quite a story 😀

      Keep trying, they will collapse eventually, and you’ll have a 28mm apocalypse in your hands.


  2. Yet again, nice work. Man… wish I had an actual use for zombies not of the far future war -type. At the moment I’m converting Nurgle Plague Zombies out of Warhammer Fantasy Battle Zombies and Warhammer 40.000 Catachans.


  3. Cool to see that you are getting an entire Dawn of the Lead miniatures range to go with your blog Mikko. Keep it up.

    I quite like the track suit Blue Moose Arts painted, even if that wasnt the intention for the figure. I dont doubt that the figure would look better painted on its side.

    I would be happy to add the fatty to my zombie queue if you have one to spare.


    • Thanks Paul! I’ll be happy to send one your way. I actually complimented Ken on the painting, it’s a nice paintjob and the track suit thing is growing on me as well. Which sounded quite creepy.


  4. Very nice either way, good work.


    • Thanks! I’ll chuck one your way if you’d like.


  5. It’s always interesting to see how other people perceive something that you have your own clear picture of. The zombie actually works quite well in a standing position, but it’s been said before; There is to few miniature zombies in a lying position. Good job!


    • Thanks for the comment! I’m slowly warming to the standing up zombie as well. I’ll send you one, too!


  6. Thank you Mikko. I wish you a Happy New Year with lots of zombie goodness!


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