609: Lock It Down

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Turning Point

In fiction, battles tend to go back and forth a few times, and then the good guys win in the end after some big, dramatic turning point. This can come in a lot of different flavors. Sometimes one member of the home team pulls off a risky maneuver. Or maybe a loved member of our heroes is injured or killed, spurring everyone else into action to revenge them. Or the bad guys make a bumbling error, allowing the other side to take advantage. Whatever the cause, victory is only achieved after a dramatic turning point.

While zombie stories aren’t exactly war stories, they do have a fair bit of common ground. Fighting zombies might not involve the same tactics as, say, the German infantry, but it’s still a fight, which means we still have plenty of need and opportunity for a big reversal.

Oh, and this can always work the other way around as well. The heroes might be doing well for a while, but a fatal flaw in their plan or idiotic infighting can be just the thing to tilt the battle in favor of the walking dead.

About this Episode:

I kept Barb off screen while she dispatched the other zombies for a reason: she’s armed with a shotgun, but there’s no good way for her to hold it with both hands. Rather than have her ridiculously firing a 12 gauge one-handed, I figured it would look better to have the firing off screen, allowing us to focus more on the results.

Discussion Question: Basements

How feasible are basements, in general, as zombie emergency shelters? They generally only have a single point of entry (although some also offer walk-outs), which makes them much easier to secure. Modern basements also tend to have larger windows, allow a potential avenue of escape, while at the same time becoming another point that needs to be secured. Many people have basement pantries, and some basements are plumbed. Of course, stocks can only last so long, at which point people need to escape, which might not be easy from a basement. So what do you think, are they worthwhile in a zombie survival scenario?



Typo Alert: ” pulls of a risky” of–>off 😀

“Modern basement also tend” basement–>basements 😉

Not too bad today, not as weird as Friday’s typos! 😀


As for the comic, it looks a lot like the zombies got shot from behind the head, when they would have had to be shot from in front of the head, meaning a lot less blood spatter would have been needed. Bullet wounds don’t tend to spray blood out from the entry point of the wound quite as much, and it would be a more narrow spray with larger drops than if it was from the bullet exiting the front of the zombie. However, since this is zombie fiction and we’re seeing the zombies getting taken out of the picture rather rapidly, it balances out nicely.

Also, what kind of shot is in the gun that Barb’s using? If she’s using large single slugs it would mean more blood spatter at ranges closer than three feet, and scalloped wounds if it was pellet shot from around that distance.

I’m no expert on guns, but based on the fact that she was off-screen, she had be using large single slugs, and not pellet shot. Although, it depends on what Ted and whoever they picked their current weaponry up from had loaded into the guns previously. 😉


Barb is likely using 12 gauge slugs with her Spas 12 combat shotgun, and Dave is probably trying to re-create the fact that a 12 gauge will literally blow a person’s head off with the outward splatter.


To be honest, I hadn’t given a lot of thought to the load in Barb’s gun. Offhandedly, I would just say 00 Buck, but I honestly don’t know enough about ammunition nor am I as good at affects for this to make too much of a difference.


I’ll have to check that out when I’m not in the office. Looking forward to it.


I’ve had to give a lot of thought to holding rifles in my own story. In the end, I didn’t need to do it, but I was giving thought to how the left arm might be detached at the shoulder and turned, and the rest taken care of with the angle of the shot.


It really surprises me that no 3rd party customizer has come up with arm molds that allow characters to hold long guns. I’d buy a few.


A basement seems to be an ideal shelter against zombies, I mean, if they are good for tornadoes, they would be great against some weak shamblers, right? Wrong. Think about where you live. Is it prone to flooding, mudslides, or even do you live near a river and its spring? If the water comes pouring in or even trickling in, you deal with the immediate problem of having to bail out the basement while being besieged by ghouls, and then the aftermath of hygiene problems brought about by festering water. Cold Storages nowadays hold mostly old furniture and sports equipment, and maybe a few tins of spam that you bought for Y2K. An attic is a much more attractive option, being “high and dry” and with an excellent vision of the surrounding neighbourhood/farmland as well as being warm (if insulated) and with easy roof access if you need to get down for food.


Another point to pile on here. In Michigan, most of us have sump pumps (submersible water pumps to ensure the basement doesn’t flood). When the power goes out, you’re going to have problems.


Score! How do you call a triple zombie execution? I suggest a Zurkey.


Lets see you worry about the realism of one handed shotgun shooting and what kind of round was used but the objects and walls are still pristine. Dave you do a wonderful job with what you have to work with. Keep it and concentrate on the story and character development. Everything else will take care of itself.


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