Saturday, 30 May 2015

"Across The Dead Earth" - WIP - Part Four

Cod Wars WIPs - I've repainted their boots a darker brown and started their blue slacks
Having recently finished my 'Queenie and her Peelers' State gang for the post-apocalyptic skirmish wargame “Across The Dead Earth” by "Dead Earth Games", I have spent some time basing, undercoating and painting some of the other models from "West Wind Productions" which I plan to use with the rules. These models are from the "Empire Of The Dead" boxed set EOTD-15 Nemo And The Crew Of The Nautilus and will be the humble beginnings of a rival force based upon Captain Clarence Birdseye and his Icelanders; a group of salty seadogs holed up in a frozen food supermarket located close to the Thames docklands.
More "EotD" WIPs - Two more seadogs for Captain Birdseye and an alternative Queenie
Since starting work on the 'advertising mascot' and his cronies, I've subsequently based another two of the models from his boxed set, and a second figure of Queen Victoria. This particular model doesn't carry the formidable rail-gun Andy Cooper has sculpted the other version with. But I thought Her Majesty might make a nice objective marker or something nonetheless.
Long Dead WIPs - A green wash over a "Vallejo" Heavy Warmgrey undercoat
Lastly, inspired by the "AtDE" expansion "From Sea To Poisoned Sea" and "the terrifying Sollus - the soulless and unknowing dead" I have also started to test paint some of the miniatures from the boxed set EOTD-05 Victorian Zombies. For now I just wanted to see how some old 'out of production' pots of "Citadel" Thrakka Green worked as an undead flesh shade over a pink undercoat... clearly the wash needs to be watered down somewhat.

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  1. Great idea for a faction mate!

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    1. Cheers Simon. I like a decent backstory as I find it motivates me to paint the minis up without getting too distracted by some of my other projects.

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  2. Hehe nice one. I like your take on it. And those Victorian zombies are quite cool!

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    1. Thanks Lord Siwoc. Glad you approve. The Victorian Zombies are a bit of a mixed bunch to be honest. With some having lots of detail and others just being a bag of decaying flesh in trousers. Still once I've got my two boxes painted there should be plenty of variety :-)

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  3. Nice progress Bk. Superb idea for a gang. I notice your AtDE has a very Victorian theme, any particular reason for this direction?
    The zombie's skin tone looks rather good as is.

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    1. Cheers Bob. The basic reason was that I had a whole box full of "West Wind Productions" "Empire Of The Dead" minis from their kickstarter and still hadn't painted any. But when I started thinking about people ransacking Madame Tussauds and fortifying Icelands it all fell into place. Even the zombies will fit in as there's loads of Victorian cementarys around the Thames area.

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  4. Lots of lovely eye candy there, Simon. Obviously, the Victorian zombies grabbed my attention immediately. I'm liking your paint scheme for them. Whilst I have no immediate use for Victorian zombies I reckon they wouldn't look out of place in a Weird Wild West setting, which is something I want to do in the future.

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    1. Thanks Bryan. The Victorian zeds are well worthy of attention. I don't have anything WIld West - though have been sorely tempted by some of Roy's stuff. But I like the idea of Weird West very much. Perhaps once I get few of the undead painted... ;-)

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  5. I love those zombies. The greenwash works a treat

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    1. Cheers Roy... nice and simple too, which is always good in my books.

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  6. I'm almost thinking that you have an obsession with models of Queen Victoria :-) .

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    1. Thanks C6 LOL. Perhap you're right as "West Wind" have now produced a third version of her, riding in a carriage, which I plan to get once I've started painting up my other wagons.

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  7. Nice work Simon, That wash over the Victorian zombies really caught my eye though, they look like they're going to be one of your best immediately!

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Cheers Roger. I was going to hold back posting them until after I've actually put some proper paint on them. But now I'm glad I didn't as everyone seems to be pretty positive about how they look with the wash etc.

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  8. Lots of absolutely wonderful stuff going on here, might have to try your zombie flash recipe too.

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    1. You know me Michael. Always like to have lots of stuff on the table :-)

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  9. Looking forward to seeing how they all turn out, especially the long dead. :)

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    1. Thanks Pulpcitizen. Early days yet for most of these minis but hopefully they shouldn't take too long to finish.

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  10. Looking good. The zombies are off to a great start.

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    1. Cheers Finch. I'm tempted to base some more of the zeds now and batch paint a few of them.

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  11. Don't think the green looks all that bad to be honest. But then green zedheads were always my fav.

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    1. Cheers Dai. I'll water the final ink washes down a little. But everyone seems to like the green-look so I'll stick with it.

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