|Krynoid WIPs - These plant-zombies have all been under-coated, washed and dry-brushed|
With ‘Zomtober2015’ starting this week I have packed away most of my side-projects in order to predominantly concentrate upon this month’s undead-related challenge. As I wanted my entries to have a single theme I’ve decided to glue together, base and start painting a number of models by “Crooked Dice Game Design Studio” in order to try and replicate the 1976 British Science Fiction television serial “Doctor Who and the Seeds of Doom”.
|Stages 2 to 4 - Green wash, brown wash and then a dry-brush of more green paint|
This six-parter was essentially about an alien plant monster, the Krynoid, infecting humans and essentially turning them into leaf-covered zombies. As a result for my first couple of submissions I plan to paint up eight of the company’s Spawn miniatures as the ‘humanoid’ variant of the carnivorous alien plants. Currently “Crooked Dice” sell two different models of their “single-celled organisms” so I’ve already undercoated them all green and having haphazardly splattered them with various inks, given them all a dry-brush in order to bring out their wonderfully sculpted detail.
|Stages 5 to 7 - Black outline, various blobs, growths and splotches 'picked out' and then more washes|
As I usually do when I approach painting a group of the same (or similar figures), I have concentrated on a test model first and foremost, and have thus managed to work out which areas of the plant-zombies I plan to ‘pick out’ with a variety of greens, browns and dark red. Hopefully I’ll be able to make each of my murderous creatures unique-looking as a result.
In addition to painting up my ‘roamers’ I have also started work undercoating my three main protagonists for this project. As my ultimate aim at the end of Zomtober 2015 is to use these models as Survivors for a game of “Zombicide” by “Guillotine Games” I’ve gone with three of the programme’s most memorable characters of the period, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Sarah Jane Smith and of course, the Doctor.
|Doctor Who WIPs - Early days yet for these undercoated "Zombicide" Survivors|
Admittedly the leader of U.N.I.T. wasn’t actually in “The Seeds of Doom”, as he was temporarily replaced by Major Beresford, and by this stage of the show Tom Baker was playing the Timelord, not (the Third Doctor) Jon Pertwee. But these terrific sculpts of General Gordon and Hugo Solomon are the only miniatures “Crooked Dice” currently sell which bare any sort of resemblance to the period I’m trying to recreate, so I have gone with them.