Welcome to my little corner of preparations for All Things Zombie. Here you'll find my progress of painting miniatures and preparing terrain, as well as any other little nerdiness that may sprout up. Enjoy, and please comment.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Populating Mayhem City 12 (Bobby Jackson's Gangsta Thugs)

Welcome back, and it's time to introduce a few miniatures from a great line:  Bobby Jackson's Thugs.  This crew is a set of great sculpts, totally nailing the gangsta feel.  Let's look at what I have painted so far.

On the far right you have my favourite of the entire line, who I have named Tyrone.   Tyrone fits to role perfectly.  He is intimidating, muscled, draped in gold and holding his pistol in the dreaded 'kill shot' angle.   Once again I made a small attempt at checkered/plaid clothing as this lad's boxer shorts are exposed.  
Second in line is the duo of Sammy and Little Walter (names stolen from a book I just read).   Now while most of this line is clearly meant to be made up of mean thugs, I like to view this figure a little differently.  Sure, it is possible that the sculptor intended this figure to be a trashy mom bringing her baby along to a gun fight, but I prefer to view it more as a desperate mother fighting to keep her child alive.  Perfect for the zombie apocalypse, where I am certain this figure will find many uses.  I tried painting her up in a motherly colours rather than a tough girl set (where I probably would have used some black colouring).  The yellow shoes look a little goofy, so I may try to add some blue there as well.  Clearly her base needs to be touched up as well, but that is a simple task.

Last in line, and wielding dual pistols is Billy Z.  Veteran street thug in his early 20s, he's been in enough shootouts to recognize the benefit of some kevlar body armour.  Dressed all in black because he is certain it makes him look tougher, Billy Z is a perfect addition for street gang games or zombie apocalypse.

There's nothing not to like about this set of figures, and would be a must have set for anyone in a modern, urban setting (whether there are zombies or not). Every figure in the set has a dynamic pose that looks like it comes right out of a rap video.   I plan on using most of these figures as rival gangers in ATZ, but some can fit the role as a survivor as well.   All will also work as a gang in any modern conflict, such as could be used with the Flying Lead ruleset.

That's all for this week, all comments are appreciated.


  1. Great looking figures!! I've painted these figs and a few other for Fran,(The Angry Lurker). For his zombie games. They're great figures to paint up and are very animated, I always liked the figure on the left with the gold cross around his neck, a great figure!!!

  2. I love this range of figures! They so characterful and your paintjobs have done them proud. Ray's right about how well animated they are.

  3. I too love what you're doing, Adam. I just wish there was a little more fill light from the front in your photographs so we could see your minis better. Keep up the great work!

  4. Thanks for the nice comments guys. These are great figures that are easy to make look good.

    Ambassador, I am not much of a photographer. I will try to get better lighting to see if I can improve my shots.

  5. You did a great job on these, you cant go wrong with Bobby Jackson thugz, awesome miniatures, I did a set of these back in Dec 2010, on my blog they are under the label gang members, in case you want to check them out, keep up the great work.

  6. Very cool Adam. I'm waiting for these to come back in stock at EM4.

    Great painjobs and great mini's keep up the good work.

  7. You did a good job Extraordinarii, I always like seeing what others have done with the same miniatures I am working with. Well done.

    Brummie, can't wait to see how you do with these guys. They are great sculpts, and so much character that you can't not enjoy painting them.

  8. The mom in the center is my preferite figure, but all are very well painted! :D

  9. Beautiful paintwork on those little guys!