Zombies – Left 4 Dead Miniatures – Infected
After a short hiatus I am back with an update to my Zombie project. This time around I have a new batch of special infected (aka boss zombies) from the Left 4 Dead video game series. This combines three of my favorite things together in one place: miniatures games, video games and zombies. Oh my. If you aren’t familiar with the Left 4 Dead (L4D) series you can get the basics here, here, and here. In short L4D is a four on four player co-op games that has players acting as both survivors and special infected zombies. This post with cover the special infected while a later post will cover the survivors.
In L4D, and the sequel L4D2, there are a total of eight different types of special infected zombies. The Tank, Boomer, Smoker, Hunter, and Witch are from L4D with L4D2 adding the Charger, Spitter and Jockey. Each type has a special ability, either ranged attacks, area of effect attacks, extra speed, etc. I currently have four types represented, the Hunter, Charger, Tank and Witch. Here are their respective descriptions from Wikipedia.
The Hunter is an agile foe that can jump and pounce on a survivor, and then tear at his victim until he is knocked off, kills his prey or is killed. A hunter emits animal like screeches or light roars when close by, and a snarling growl can be heard when in close proximity. The Hunter is signaled by a startling high pitched piano cue.
The Charger is an male Infected with an enormous right arm,and can charge into the Survivors and separate one Survivor from the others whilst pummeling them into the ground, rendering the Survivor helpless until one of their teammates helps them.
The Tank is a gigantic muscular infected that has the ability to swipe at survivors, knocking them off their feet and incapacitating them; it can also throw rocks and knock cars and other debris into the survivors. The Tank is the most durable of all the special infected, and requires the full support of all of the survivors in order to be killed. The Tank is accompanied by a booming orchestral score to signal his appearance.
The Witch is a female infected with long claws that stays crying in one spot. Survivors can often avoid the Witch but if they disturb her with light, loud noises or gunfire, she will become aggressive and charge at the one who “startled” her. Along with crying, an eerie choir tune plays when she is near. The Witch has the strongest attack of the infected in the game; able to kill a survivor outright with one blow on the hardest difficulty. As such she is not playable by human players in Versus mode.
Above is a group shot all eight special infected from L4D in left to right order: Charger, Hunter, Spitter, Jockey, Tank, Witch, Boomer, and Smoker.
Below is a group shot of the four special infect I have so far: Hunter, Charger, three Tanks, Witch and two Hunters. These are a mix of miniatures from different manufacturers that I will cover later.
Next are the Charger and Witch. Both or from Hasslefree Miniatures Undead and Mutant line. The Charger is Mutant Grant and the Witch is Zombie Suzi. For those of you who are familiar with L4D, Louis is closing in for the Cr0wnd Achievement. Good Luck Louis. For the curious a complete list of achievements can be found here for L4D and L4D2.
That’s all for now. Next time I hope to have the survivors from Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2. Until then, cheers.