Sunday, 16 October 2016

"We're Outnumbered A Hundred To One!"

"Get back-up here now!"
This 28mm multi-part zombie is made from component parts manufactured by both "Mongoose Publishing", as part of their October 2012 "Judge Dredd Miniatures Game: Block War" kickstarter, and "Mantic Games", and represents one of the many unfortunate citizens of Mega-City One who died during "Necropolis" and later rose from their graves so as to taste Justice Department flesh in "Judgement Day". The brain-eating cadaver is really nicely sculpted, apart from an overly large amphibian-like left hand, and undoubtedly wears it's recognisably futuristic knee-pad with pride.

Having assembled the model using some of the metal Zombie Horde Conversion Pack 'bitz' now sold by "Warlord Games", the walking cadaver was undercoated with “Vallejo” Iraqi Sand and haphazardly washed with “Citadel” Thrakka Green. As I wanted the walking corpse to be as colourful as possible I then painted his clothes using "Vallejo" Heavy Ochre, Heavy Blue and Heavy Orange. These areas were washed with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade, "Citadel" Asurmen Blue and Reikland Fleshshade respectively. Finally the zed's rancid body was made to look even more repulsively bloody courtesy of some “Vallejo” Heavy Red and “Citadel” Carroburg Crimson.
Mega-City One Undead WIPs - This unlucky blue mohawk adorned citizen will forever wear pink
With the third of my Zomtober 2016 submissions completed, I have made some steady progress on the next of my “Judge Dredd” zeds. One of the aspects of this mini-project I'm especially enjoying is trying to use as many brightly coloured paints as I own in order to try and replicate the garish nature of Mega-City raiment. As a result I have found myself opening some long-sealed "Vallejo" pots of Squid Pink and Verdigris, as well as feverishly dipping my paintbrush tip into such oft-forgotten pigmented hues like Heavy Orange and Turquoise.

A somewhat new company to recently capture my imagination is "Wargames Terrain Workshop". A predominantly scenery-focused company which offers "a range of highly durable, finely detailed modular terrain gaming boards and resin cast scatter scenery", they caught my eye with their current new line of stone gargoyles. Designed to "keep the spirits at bay", I have already super-glued all four the the sculpts from their Graveyard Scenery range on to my usual thin-lipped 40mm circular 'objective' bases and busied myself undercoating, washing and dry-brushing them with a combination of "Citadel" Adeptus Battlegrey and Nuln Oil.
Gargoyle WIPs - The four different statues just require some final highlights before being finished
The somewhat rough-hewn pieces of masonry still require an extra lighter highlight and proper basing, but have already encouraged me to purchase a few more items from the Gloucestershire-based manufacturer's webstore. These 'very necessary' additions to my collection includes one of their wonderfully foreboding statues of the Grim Reaper, as well as a number of cemetery walls and posts which should help complete all the items I require in order to finally game last year's Zomtober project "Doctor Who And The Seeds Of Doom"...

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  1. Cracking work on the zombies Simon, very juicy! Now off to investigate gargoyles of all things.

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    1. Thanks Michael. The pink zombie is now finished and will be posted next Sunday. Glad you;re tempted by the gargoyles. They're great imho.

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  2. As you have discovered, Simon, the beauty of painting Mega City One citizens (human or zombie) is that you can let your imagination run riot in regard to colour schemes. Basically, anything goes. I'm painting a bunch of MC1 civilians myself but have opted for more drab colours.

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    1. "I'm painting a bunch of MC1 civilians myself" - and I'm looking forward to seeing them immensely, Bryan :-)

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  3. Go bright with your colours mate, it's what I've loved about my Bushido pirates, a chance to use the pinks etc in my paint range!

    The gargoyles look tops!

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    1. Thanks Andy, its the first time I've tried the pink. But it certainly won't be the last!! Glad you like the gargoyles. They're all finished now and just waiting for some flock before posting.

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  4. Lovely work dude. I much prefer brighter colours on most things I paint these days they stand out better. :)

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    1. "they stand out better" - indeed they do Simon, and I'm certainly planning on trying to get these zeds as colourful as possible for Zomtober :-)

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  5. Great work Simon, those Zoms have a real 2000AD feel to them, and those Gargoyles are excellent too might have to go and have a look now at them over at WTW.

    Oh and the title of this post made me laugh as it reminds me of the number of posts of yours I'll have to read trough for my top ten, compared to mine for you to read!

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Many thanks Roger. I'd certainly recommend "Wargames Terrain Workshop" and their cemetery scenery. Glad you liked the title, and as you say, its especially relevant to just how many articles we'll both need to go through for one another's Top Ten of the year ;-)

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  6. Great stuff! Shall have to check out Wargames Terrain Workshop...the gargoyles look brilliant!

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    1. Cheers Gordon. I'm very happy with the gargoyles, and certainly close to picking up some more in the near future.

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  7. He's a definite futsie candidate too!

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    1. Cheers Clint. I'm slowly plugging away at them.

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  9. Nice to see how you're making the zombies fit different themes and settings.

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    1. Many thanks Kieron. I do like to have the right genre of zombies for my games. Probably some sort of zed OCD or something :-)

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  10. A nice addition to your growing Mega City Zombie horde. Great stuff Simon. :)

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    1. Cheers Leon. Not sure three is quite a horde just yet. But I'm slowly getting there thanks :-)

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  11. Zeds certainly look good. Once more you'r collection gets better and prettier.

    Gargoyles you say? I shall go look into these!

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    1. Thanks Dai. My Mega-City undead continues to to grow slowly... I've now finished painting my gargoyles and I definitely recommend them!!

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  12. Hmm, with the knee and shoulder pads, they have a touch of Blood Bowl about them. Fantasy football zombies might make another good source of zombified citizens.

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    1. "They have a touch of Blood Bowl about them." - Indeed they do Jez, and that's a good idea Ref fantasy footballers. Currently though I'm trying to be as good as I can and just stick to the zeds I own... and I still have a few to get through [blush].

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  13. Looking good, Simon.

    I applaud your use of squid pink. A great color. If you're feeling adventurous, try mixing it with a neutral grey.

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    1. Most kind, Finch. I'll give that recipe a go on one of my remaining zeds and see what happens. Is there a particular wash you recommend?

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    2. I might go with Citadel Carrolsburg Crimson with some of their Greenshade mixed in to take the edge off it. I think that's what I did here: https://minisbyfinch.blogspot.com/2013/10/problem-child.html#comment-form
      If I recall, Reaper's Moldy Skin was used on the highlights.

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    3. Outstanding stuff Finch, I'll give it a try. Many thanks :-)

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  14. I do like those statues! But maybe they're not really statues after all :-) ?

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    1. The finished versions of the statues should be posted up soon, Hugh, and I'll certainly be buying a few more of them in the future; both as objectives/scenery and as actual gargoyle monsters :-)

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