#1 Edited by SmasheControllers (2544 posts) -

My friend and I were having an super dumb argument about the effectiveness of a Ghillie Suit made of Bodies in a Zombie Apocalypse. If YOU saw a pile of dead bodies would your first instinct be to shoot it or look through it? I personally think if it came to it that making a suit of bodies would be an effective way of moving around in the Zombie Apocalypse.

What's everyone's thoughts on the matter?

#2 Posted by SexyToad (2760 posts) -

If I have to be walking near them I would probably shoot a bullet, if I see more movement shoot some more. If I don't have to be more than 4 feet way I won't

#3 Posted by SmasheControllers (2544 posts) -

@SexyToad: So you would use a bullet to check? This is the apocalypse, ammo is scarce.

#4 Posted by SexyToad (2760 posts) -

How big is the pile? Is there some hidden in the middle?

#5 Posted by SmasheControllers (2544 posts) -

@SexyToad: It's two situations, Your passing a pile of bodies and the other is you are using the pile to hide.

#6 Posted by Sweep (8817 posts) -

It all depends on how the zombies are hunting I guess. In the walking dead (Comics) they smear themselves with blood and zombie entrails to hide their smell, and that works fine. In Sean Of The Dead they just have to shamble about a little to blend in. But in 28 days later the infected seem to be able to differentiate based on sight, too.

There's a lot of things to consider, when fighting zombies.

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#7 Edited by SexyToad (2760 posts) -

Okay so, I'll risk the bullet to check, better safe than sorry. Also the first place I would go in apocalypse is a weapon store and I would not be using the pile to hide. If I have any cuts their blood can infect me.

#8 Edited by Xymox (2063 posts) -

Depends on what kind of zombie lore we're talking about. If they can hear you, Gunshots are not a good idea because you'll call the horde. Most likely, using a body suit is probably a bad idea. What if you scratch your head or something and that's enough for the virus/blood to make contact with your blood? And if we're talking voodoo zombies, I doubt they'd care much if you're wearing corpses, they'd know you aren't one, because magic. I would stay as far away from corpse-piles as I could. I wouldn't even burn them, because in some zombie movies that makes it worse and the entire cemetairy starts rising back up from the graves.

#9 Posted by SmasheControllers (2544 posts) -

The infection wouldn't transmit through the blood. Only way of infection is being bite, so hide in the pile is safe.

#10 Posted by Scooper (7882 posts) -

I can't believe that no one has brought up the point that yo, human bodies are really fucking heavy. You picked up a leg recently? It would be pretty near impossible to carry 1 body around for any length of time let alone several. Also, dead bodies has kind of a lot of diseases manifesting in them. You want to wear that? I'd rather have mobility and hygiene on my side than less zombie attention.

#11 Posted by Grissefar (2842 posts) -

@SmasheControllers said:

My friend and I were having an super dumb argument about the effectiveness of a Ghillie Suit made of Bodies in a Zombie Apocalypse. If YOU saw a pile of dead bodies would your first instinct be to shoot it or look through it? I personally think if it came to it that making a suit of bodies would be an effective way of moving around in the Zombie Apocalypse.

What's everyone's thoughts on the matter?

Wow, aren't you the guy who was sad about the lack of a rename feature? I thought Dave had added that, or perhaps you are happy with it the way it is.

Now about the ghillie suit, there are several problems:

  • Having dead bodies on you would be rather heavy. Would you even be able to move, go up the stairs or through the door? That sort of ruins the running around aspect.
  • A moving pile of dead men would probably raise suspicion.
  • Having dead bodies on you would be rather unhealthy. Dead bodies smell bad and they probably carry more diseases than you'd like.
  • Looters would probably be more than happy to search your pile for goods.

Overall, I'd say hiding in a mall is probably a better idea.

#12 Posted by SmasheControllers (2544 posts) -

@Grissefar: God that was so long ago, I had forgotten.

#13 Posted by Brodehouse (9576 posts) -

I want a modern zombie apocalypse where the zombies are controlled by a necromancer, not a disease.

#14 Posted by Xymox (2063 posts) -

With that (not transmitting through blood) being established, a suit of dead bodies might be a viable solution... but a nasty one. Also, as pointed out, it's potentially a big risk of other diseases. You can probably hollow the skin out and wear that, if you're concerned about being slowed you down if your cover is blown (such as by rain, in WD) so that'll make it easier to get away if shit hits any kind of fan within close proximity to where you're at. Or? Also, what kind of equipment do I have? What is the corpse-pile composed of? Do I have a chance at a jackpot - like there's a few dead soldiers with guns and ammo in there, or do I just not know? Like I can't tell from where I'm at, or such?

#15 Posted by believer258 (11629 posts) -

If ever there is a zombie apocalypse, it might be best to go into the spot that's furthest away from civilization and live off the land for a month. Then the shambling bodies will have rotted away in the sunlight and won't be able to move anymore. Sure, the flesh might still be "alive" in that it can move, but a zombie that has fallen apart isn't much of a threat.

#16 Posted by cyraxible (682 posts) -

Sounds like a pretty good album name.

I'm gonna stick with the corpse policy I use every day. Steer clear, of course.

#17 Posted by John1912 (1827 posts) -

Well lets be honest. Youd be wearing food, and putting a target on your back for anyone looking to shoot a zombie. Sounds like a awful idea.

#18 Posted by SamStrife (1282 posts) -

So it's a zombie apocalypse and you're going to make it appear that a pile of dead bodies is crawling along the floor?

There isn't a single party involved in that scenario that wouldn't attack that pile.

#19 Posted by stinky (1543 posts) -

worked in The Walking Dead, tv series.

depends on what rules you want to make for your zombies, everyone has slightly different ones.

#20 Posted by buft (3301 posts) -

@Sweep said:

It all depends on how the zombies are hunting I guess. In the walking dead (Comics) they smear themselves with blood and zombie entrails to hide their smell, and that works fine. In Sean Of The Dead they just have to shamble about a little to blend in. But in 28 days later the infected seem to be able to differentiate based on sight, too.

There's a lot of things to consider, when fighting zombies.

strangely in depth post about zombie invasion there sweep

#21 Posted by SharkEthic (1004 posts) -

What if one of the dead bodies is an infected that just hasn't turned yet?

#22 Posted by Sweep (8817 posts) -

@buft said:

@Sweep said:

It all depends on how the zombies are hunting I guess. In the walking dead (Comics) they smear themselves with blood and zombie entrails to hide their smell, and that works fine. In Sean Of The Dead they just have to shamble about a little to blend in. But in 28 days later the infected seem to be able to differentiate based on sight, too.

There's a lot of things to consider, when fighting zombies.

strangely in depth post about zombie invasion there sweep

You don't want to know how deep that rabbit hole goes.

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#23 Posted by Ramone (2959 posts) -

Can the zombies smell you? If not, I'd just go for a traditional ghillie suit.

#24 Posted by Arbie (1449 posts) -

Why would there be a pile of dead bodies? Like a zombie store room or something?

Anyway, I wouldn't shoot it. But I might take a really long, strong stick and poke 'em a bit. See if I hear or see anything that looks like a decent weapon or ammo, or just something cool.

As for wearing a suit made of bodies, that sounds like something nightmares are made out of! Also, I'm not the strongest of people and so the comment someone made about how heavy human bodies are makes it seem impossible anyway.

No, I don't expect I'd survive a zombie apocalypse . . .

#26 Posted by JDW519 (148 posts) -

Wouldn't the Zombies try to eat the bodies? You'd be like the caramel center in a Meaty Cadbury egg

#27 Posted by Subjugation (4718 posts) -

@Scooper said:

I can't believe that no one has brought up the point that yo, human bodies are really fucking heavy. You picked up a leg recently? It would be pretty near impossible to carry 1 body around for any length of time let alone several. Also, dead bodies has kind of a lot of diseases manifesting in them. You want to wear that? I'd rather have mobility and hygiene on my side than less zombie attention.

How come you're the only one that has touched on this? An adult human body isn't something you could effectively "wear" because just one would be heavy enough. Several? I'll lean toward impossible. Unless the apocalypse turns you into the Hulk, you aren't going to be walking around carrying hundreds of pounds of human to cover yourself.

#28 Posted by Village_Guy (2491 posts) -

Looking past the issue on whether it would work or not, it doesn't really seem feasible to carry around a pile of bodies so you can hide under it.

#29 Posted by BraveToaster (12590 posts) -

Okay, the zombie virus may not be transmited by blood, but what about other diseases?

#30 Posted by flufflogic (289 posts) -

@JDW519 said:

Wouldn't the Zombies try to eat the bodies? You'd be like the caramel center in a Meaty Cadbury egg

THIS.

#31 Posted by c0l0nelp0c0rn1 (1803 posts) -

I think it would be too heavy and unwieldy.

#32 Posted by NegativeCero (2976 posts) -

Maybe if you take cut off pieces of the zombie and cover yourself in it. I agree that it would probably be heavy otherwise.

#33 Posted by ajamafalous (11845 posts) -

I don't understand. Zombies would try to eat the bodies; another survivor would attack the bodies. In what situation is this keeping you safe?

#34 Posted by Grimhild (721 posts) -

@Subjugation said:

@Scooper said:

I can't believe that no one has brought up the point that yo, human bodies are really fucking heavy. You picked up a leg recently? It would be pretty near impossible to carry 1 body around for any length of time let alone several. Also, dead bodies has kind of a lot of diseases manifesting in them. You want to wear that? I'd rather have mobility and hygiene on my side than less zombie attention.

How come you're the only one that has touched on this? An adult human body isn't something you could effectively "wear" because just one would be heavy enough. Several? I'll lean toward impossible. Unless the apocalypse turns you into the Hulk, you aren't going to be walking around carrying hundreds of pounds of human to cover yourself.

Yup. First thing I though of.

Actually, the first thing I thought of was a ghillie suit made of flesh ribbons and stitching, which seems like it would be ineffective. And then I saw you were talking about whole bodies that you would "hide under." And I was like, nah.