Good evening folks.
IRO here your friendly, weirdy-beardy (well stubble) from down under? How’s it crackin?
The other day our good old hobby god Alex from Lead Balloony put up his FEMBRUARY challenge. See here –
I didn’t realise that this was going to be an annual event but I’m glad it is. I don’t take part in many challenges but this one I get stuck in to. Here’s what I offered up last year –
I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge last year because it got me searching and thinking outside the square a bit.
This year I just so happened to have a few female minis that came to mind straight away. I also had today alllllllllll to myself, a rare thing indeed, so got to work on my FEMBRUARY submission.
As Alex explained on his page he will be collating all the entries and putting up a post to coincide and celebrate international woman’s day. So that, combined with the challenge, made me start thinking about the ladies in my life. Last year I talked about my Mum but this year I thought I’d dedicate this post and my entry to my three beautiful daughters.
The eldest (15) is a real daddy’s girl and always will be. She clings to my every word. She values my thoughts and opinions more than anyone else’s and she’s constantly trying to impress me. What she doesn’t realise is, is that I was impressed from the day she was born and I always will be. When she first opened her eyes she looked straight into mine and I had tears streaming down my cheeks. From that day onwards I knew my life would be better forever!
The middle one (11) came along five years later and had the umbilical cord around her neck. Scary stuff. We sorted that out though and she’s been non-stop ever since. This kid could bottle her energy and sell it to third world countries. She’s a bit like me when it comes to hobbies and doesn’t like to be idle for too long. She’s wild and nuts like me too but, funnily enough, it’s her I have deep and meaningful chats with. We’ve even shared a few quiet tears together when we lost a friend a couple of years ago.
The younger one (5) is an angel. She’s a mummy’s girl that’s why hehe. She is sensitive but not a sook. She’s not fussy when it comes to food. She is super organised, again like her mum, and even makes her bed, tidys her room and pours herself milk all on her own hehe. Like her big sisters she is beautiful but also the polar opposite. The big girls have dark hair and dark eyes. The youngen has blonde ringlets and big blue eyes.
So, as you can tell, I have great girls so what better way to celebrate that fact than doing a zombie apocalypse diorama haha. BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE YOUTUbE MOVIE AT THE END because both me and my eldest daughter along with one of my best mates did the some of the voices hehe 👍🏼
I call this piece…
“BRING IT ON” and yes it is a bit of a piss take of the cheerleader movie of the same name.
Rosie (eldest and not my actual daughters name)
Blue (middle and not my actual daughters name)
Belle (youngest and not actually my daughters name)
Some thoughts and insights into the diorama…
Firstly and most importantly I thoroughly enjoyed putting it together. I bloody love zombies and secretly hope there will be a zombie apocalypse because it will be my time to shine haha. I have a zombie killing machete and everything!
I had the car from my German Ork (WIP) collection but was never 100% happy with the scale. It’s a little big here too but works ok because the miniatures are all kids. They’re from Hasslefree if you’re interested.
Im a big fan of Dawn of the dead (2004) and in that movie they write “HELP” on the roof of the shopping centre (Mall) they’re hold up in. So I paid homage by adding some help signs to the car.
Like any good zombie movie there’s lots of blood but I didn’t want to go tooooo crazy. Wudugast taught me years ago that less is more when it comes to blood spatters and, of course, I had to include a bloody handprint hehe.
My first idea was going to have the three girls cornered in an alleyway with brick walls and graffiti etc but then I remembered the car and thought hell yes! That lead me to making the base into a road. It took me a while to find the right position for the car and then I decided to have it literally hanging off one edge.
This project is the first time I’ve used “flowers”. I added them, along with the shrubs, to try and convey the passing of time. In my mind, the apocalypse is, at least, in its third or fourth year. The survivors have accepted reality but still venture out of safety in search of food. The chicks on the roof are young but they are veterans when it comes to killing Z’s.
It was fun coming up with placement for the zombies and when I added the one coming up through the back broken window of the VW I think a little bit of wee came out I was so excited haha.
I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone else submits.
If you like zombie movie why not check this one out –