Or Drybrushing Zombies For Fun And ProfitI have something of a love/hate relationship with my zombies. On the one hand, the models are characterful, amusing and, given the fact that zombies have a Weapon Skill of 1, you have carte blanche to play about with them as much as you like. For example:
|One armed zombies.*|
|Back to front zombies.**|
|Still coming out the ground zombies.***|
**: This was intentional. You can't see it too well in the photo, sadly.
***: I am quite excessively pleased with this one.
But, the buggers are only worth 3 points each and, despite this, take just as long (or longer) than skellies to paint. Plus you need at least 20 zombies just to field a legal unit. Worse still, you'll realistically want 30-40 per unit. That's a lot of painting. As a consequence, I've developed a pretty brutal production line approach to zombies. It goes like this...
Undercoat and Base
Permit me a brief digression on Stirland Mud for a moment. Stirland Mud is a "texture" paint. It's a pre-prepared mix of "sand" and paint. It's a lot quicker than the PVA glue -> sand -> paint approach, which is good, but it's also a lot less impressive. If I cared about my models looking good, I'd say go for the glue. I don't though, and texture paint saves at least 30 minutes drying time, so rock on Stirland Mud!
|Looking a little skeletal.|
Pallid Wytch Flesh
|Pale and Interesting|
Now, Andy Lawhammer has a Nulner army on the go, who wear mostly black. I reckon at this stage I could give my zombies a quick wash with Drakenhoff Nightshade and pretend they were dirty, resurrected Nulners. In fact, I may well do that for the next twenty of the buggers, but since we can have them in more colourful clothes with just another couple of drybrushes, the first unit are going to be wearing leathers and red jerkins. (My army colours are red and green, in as much as I have army colours.)
Mournfang Brown and Mephiston Red
|Now with actual colours.|
Agrax Earthshade and Flock
And In The End...
|70 points of brain eating, foe crunching, shambling horde.|
Previous Points Painted: 265
20 zombies (inc standard bearer and musician): 70
New Points Painted Total: 335