Wednesday, 10 June 2015

"It's Not Wise To Upset A Wookie."

"Laugh it up, Fuzzball."
This 28mm plastic model of Chewbacca is made by “Wizards Of The Coast” and is actually model number 23 Wookie Freedom Fighter from the Alliance and Empire expansion from the manufacturer’s Star Wars Miniatures Game.

In order to ‘cover-up’ the miniature’s somewhat light brown pre-paint colour scheme I initially undercoated the entire figure with a couple of layers of “Vallejo” Charred Brown before washing the wookie with “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade. I then repeatedly dry-brushed the model using “Vallejo” Charred Brown, and then some Heavy Sienna, with an old “Royal & Langnickel” round brush in order to try and bring out the co-pilot’s hairy detail.
Chewbacca WIPs - "Citadel" Dark Flesh and Ironbreaker were used on the ammunition belt
As I wanted to replicate some of the smuggler’s darker fur patches I dabbed parts of the figure’s legs, feet, chest and arms with “Citadel” Nuln Oil and once that had dried, gave the areas another dry-brush of “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna. I painted the wookie’s ammunition belt with “Citadel” Dark Flesh and used some “Vallejo” Heavy Brown for his pouches. I then applied some more Strong Tone Quickshade by “The Army Painter” over both of these areas. Finally I picked out all the rebel’s belt buckles and ammo clips with the “Citadel” Layer Ironbreaker before giving them a wash of Badab Black.
Re-basing The Undead - "Copplestone Castings" Future Wars Code FW4 Plague Zombies
Having played several games of “Guillotine Games” outstanding board game “Zombicide” recently I have been sorely tempted to start painting the seemingly endless plastic undead figures from its boxed set. But having trawled through some dusty old boxes of miniatures I painted aeons ago, I have instead decided, for now at least, to simply re-base a number of these zombies made by “Copplestone Castings”.

Indeed having rooted around in my lead pile I have found that I have quite a few more yet to paint, so once I have finished removing these metal miniatures from their ‘old’ two penny pieces I’ll still be able to add to their number if need be.

14 comments:

  1. The Wookie does look a little miffed I've gotta admit.

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    1. Its a cracking sculpt Ray - which is why I've got two :-)

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  2. You're right, it's not wise to upset a Wookie! Yours looks seriously peed off. I like him.

    Those Copplestone zombies are so old. I can remember when I first bought mine. It took me ages before I got round to painting them! There is certainly no reason not to use them in Zombicide. Lovely work on all of the figures you've shown here.

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    1. Thanks Bryan. Its a cracking wookie model. I'm a huge fan of "Copplestone Castings" zombies and delighted to be giving these fellows a new lease on life. They'll be plenty of these re-basing posts in the weeks to come.

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  3. Top stuff. I love the skin colour of the zombies.

    Oh, and...

    “WAGRRRRWWGAHHHHWWWRRGGAWWWWWWRR.”
    That's a Chewbacca quote from The Empire Strikes Back, supposedly ; )

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    1. Cheers Roy. I was actually going to go with that quote from "The Empire Strikes Back" as my post's header ;-)

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  4. The wookie looks very cool. Chewie on the Warpath for sure!

    Have you seen that there is a new Zombiecide: Black Plague fantasy version of the game being Kickstarted right now? Looks great and I'm so happy my hobby funds are at zero right now!

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    1. Thanks Dai. I'm well committed to "Black Plague", and even managed to scrape some funds together to get the "Thrud The Barbarian" special survivor boxed set :-)

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  5. I see you've slipped off onto another project already! what did I say yesterday, really sometimes I don't know why I bother!

    Nice zombies gotta love Mark C's work.

    Two wookies (what is the collective term for wookies) a howling? nice job on him anyway.

    Cheers Roger,

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    1. Cheers Roger, though to be fair Chewie was a figure I started a couple of weeks ago, and all I've done is finish off some bits and pieces, varnish and base him. I'm still beavering away on my "Guild Ball" stuff...

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  6. I've never really understood the Copplestone zombies. Most of their figures are excellent sculpts, but these - not so much, I think :-( . Still, that's an excellent paint job on all of them !

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    1. Thanks C6. I think the paint-jobs on the zombies are starting to show their age now - and I certainly believe most of the paints are now OOP. Still hopefully with the rebasing they'll get a second lease on life :-)

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  7. Oh know, I feel another diversion coming on! Star Wars was such a big part of my childhood, that I find myself still drawn to anything related to it. Love what you've done with the Wookie.

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    1. Sorry Michael ;-) And I have his smuggling partner close to completion as well...

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