Yep, back to the Zombies today. There’s a reason I’ve been calling these catch-up posts “December of Zombies”, after all – and after the aberration of those little D&D critters, we’re back to the Undeads.
I did enjoy these models a lot more than the typical zombies – having these slightly more characterful sculpts with only a few of each meant I put a bit more time/effort/care into doing them and had some fun with (most) of them. These first four doctor/nurse miniatures I decided to paint up in a variety of colours of scrubs, which got me thinking… so, yes, I painted one of them as Carla and another as Elliot. It was also an opportunity to get in some reps in painting pastel (and pastel-ish) clothing using combinations of Contrast, GSW Dipping Inks and of course regular hobby acrylics.
Next up we have the four “Goths” (no, it’s not Emo, Mom!) Kinda hard to tell in these final photos, but I used these as a chance to practise painting different kinds of black. A bit (ok, a lot) of the subtlety was lost in the varnishing, but these are in the end boardgame modesl destined for a lot of handling, even if we don’t eat greasy, powdery snacks and such when playing – so the varnish is pretty required. The one on the far left, with the green hair was found (oh-so-lucky) a couple of weeks after I finished the first three, so he got done later in the mad, final sprint to get all of my VIP Zombies finished before 2022 was done. As such, he actually fits into Dave’s latest painting challenge – Paint what You Got challenge as it started on December 26th. More on that in upcoming posts, though.
And finally for this set, we have the kitchen hands, or cooks, or diner guys. You get the idea. I went with the scheme in ther CMoN artwork, and figure that they look like they could easily work in the Hospital cafeteria alongside the ladies in their scrubs. Again, a chance to play with pastel colours and Contrast+ to achieve some nicer effects.
Across all of these models, I continued with the bluish-glowing eyes and blue car park road markings on all of their bases to distinguish them as VIP Walkers on the table without going so far as to give them more immersion-breaking (to me, anyway) coloured base rims. I prefer to make these sorts of things blend in on my painted models if I can.
In the end I did get all of the VIP Walker Zombies finished, though I was indeed painting them right up to and on December 31st! I’ll have one more VIP post with the final batch of them up shortly!