Sunday, October 15, 2017

Zomtober Week 3 - And What, Post #100??!!


First and foremost, I can't even believe that this is blog post #100!? Madness! And it's even crazier to think I actually have people following the madness, so a huge thank you to everyone who has  subscribed, followed, commented, or stopped by the  blog - it's extremely humbling to say the least.


Mid-week I was feeling good about getting some painting done, so after I got my Universal Monsters all based up I got ambitious and grabbed the last 4 zombies from TWDAOW Prelude to Woodbury starter set and got them ready to get primed.


After watching a few more episodes of The Walking Dead (in a desperate attempt to catch up for the season 8 premier next Sunday, just finished season 4 today) I have decided that I am no where near the right skin tone for these zombies or any of the ones I've already completed. I primed these 4 with the AP Necrotic Flesh again, but I tried for a more gray or ash like color with thinned down gray paint and failed miserably.


The other huge problem I'm really having is "dressing" the figures. I can't pick clothing colors to save my life! Everything just ends up some kind of muddy brown earth color.


Maybe I need to look at a clothing catalog or something to try and find good matching color schemes for tops and bottoms. These two I tried a purple like color and a green color.


I will say the little details on these figures is amazing. The figure above for example has a broken leg and the bone is literally sticking out below her knee?! And each figure has also managed to lose a shoe along the way somewhere as well.


And a close up of the three new walkers, with one of my new police cars all weathered up. I got several police cars off Ebay for super cheap so I thought it'd be fun to get some abandoned cars on the table.



I added leaves from JTT Scenery to give it a bit more narrative. So overall happy to get three more figures completed, not happy with the skin tones at all though. I guess we'll just keep at it, maybe I'll get lucky eventually and find the right paint mixture.


I also threw together a pack of the 4Ground pallet sets.


These went together super fast and super easy.


The set comes with 3 large and 3 small pallets. Highly recommended for scatter terrain and back alley fodder.


Honestly I didn't think I'd get as much done as I did all things considered. Saturday has really been my main day to get up to the studio, I usually can get about 12 hours up there. But not this weekend. Saturday we had a party to go to for one of my wife's clients and then immediately after had to get the horses and trailer ready for her to take them to train for four days in Pennsylvania. The club we were at for the party had this really neat stone bridge over a stream and the whole time I'm there all I can think about is gaming scenarios with a stone bridge as an objective.

We got back to the barn late and got everything ready for the trip and had brought the dogs out with us.  Always leave it to the little one to find a blanket so sleep on no matter what - you can see it makes zero difference that it's a horse blanket.

Until next time, thanks for looking! And again, much thanks for following along through 100 posts.
Ivor

24 comments:

  1. Congratulations on the 100 posts! And that police car looks awesome with that weathering. My favourite recipes for deathly skin are Vallejo Deck Tan or Neutral Grey with a flesh wash over the top. I don't seem to have any useful pictures tough. You can just see the Neutral Grey effect on the Bounty hunter here: https://preacherbyday.blogspot.com/2015/12/mechanicum-bounty-hunter.html

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    1. Thanks my friend, I really appreciate it! Yeah, super happy with the police car - probably should have gone into more detail on how I got it to look like that. I'm definitely going to try your recipe out, I like that color look!

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  2. Well done on hitting 100 posts. :)

    The latest Walkers and the police car look excelent - great stuff. :)

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    1. Appreciate it very much! I'm not sure what's more impressive, the 100 posts or that I have people actually following the posts!?

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  3. Fashion conscious zombies now that is madness lol, well done on reaching the ton make & the reason people come to your blog Ivor is because it well worth coming to.

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    1. Ha! I'll have the first runway and trend conscious zombies :)
      Thanks for the kind words Frank, very humbling!

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  4. Congratulations Ivor and here's to the next 100 :-)
    I feel your pain with the grey skin tone since it's also one of my grails - a quest I've failed with so far, so I'll be trying Preacher's recipe too!
    Great job on those zeds, and you've got me looking at the 'Woodbury' sets on ebay again (Oh, and you're ahead of me with TWD - I'm halfway through season 3) ;-)
    The weathering on the patrol car is inspiring as well, so if you feel like giving us a tutorial when you get the chance, I for one would be REALLY interested!

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    1. Thank you! Hopefully Bill's recipe will be what I'm looking for.
      Check Amazon too, I got mine there for $20.00 and free shipping.
      Yeah, I probably should have taken more photos of the car weathering process since that's the kind of stuff I'm better at. I have several more police cars so I'll definitely do a post specific to them in the future here.

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  5. Looking good. I just placed another order for some Empress Miniatures to paint up for next Historicon.

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    1. Thanks my friend! Empress Miniatures huh, ...I've got another idea for Historicon I'll throw at you on your blog :)

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    1. Thanks a lot! As I mentioned above, I probably should have taken more photos and talked about the process a bit more since I'm better at that than painting figures - honestly, I like the car WAY better than the 3 figures!

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  7. lol ... I'm terrible at picking out clothes. I'd just go with all their clothes are dirty and unkept ... everything looks grey when you've been a wandering Zombie for months/years :-) Great to see you are making steady progress!

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    1. Right!!?? It's probably because I have an awful fashion sense with my own clothes. Baby steps for progress, tortoise-like even :)

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  8. Way to go with the 100 posts, Ivor. So glad I found your blog :-) You are seriously taking your zed painting to unheard of heights if you're perusing clothing catalogues in order to get their clothing just right. Brillant dedication :-)

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    1. Very much appreciated! I think I just need reference something to find colors that look right together instead of always defaulting to my blue/browns all the time :)

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  9. Congrats on 100! I am seeing more people using those clear bases, may have to look at those myself in the future as it saves time doing the bases for sure! Excellent work on the police car, I snagged a bunch in Walmart & like you have been weathering them.

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    1. Thanks a lot! Yeah, I'm a huge fan of the clear bases - who knows, had I tried clear bases a lot sooner maybe even my Bolt Action figures would be on clear bases. Super happy with the end results on the police car, nothing more fun to model than an abandoned/dilapidated vehicle :)

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  10. Some of these figures look oddly familiar. They look really really good.

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    1. Indeed they do! Appreciate the kind words but I think everyone is being extremely generous with the praise, I think the car looks better than the zombies lol!

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  11. Congratulations on your milestone.
    Great minis and the car looks smashing. Regarding colour matching... remember who are going to play... probably you and other guys who know nothing of fashion :-D I've given up on that.

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    1. Thanks Joakim! Very much appreciated :) That's a valid point about who is going to be playing - and honestly it's probably going to be a lot of just me by myself using the solo rules and event deck.

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    2. Case closed, then. Long live muddy brown earth colours :D

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    3. LOL! Huzzah for muddy brown earth colors :)

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