The last six figures I have to paint for Zombicide really come down to the models I didn’t want to paint for one reason or another. Well, I should clarify that these aren’t necessarily the last six models, but the last six characters (There are still some dogs and helpers left after this). I won’t even go out on a limb and say they’re the last that I’ll ever paint for the game, as I’ve learned from painting my Tyranid army that there’s really no such thing as ‘the last model I’ll ever paint…
As for why these particular models got pushed to the end, I don’t know… maybe they were ugly or time consuming or boring?
Cathy falls into the boring category. There’s nothing offensive about her, but there’s nothing particularly exciting about her either. As a whole, I pushed her off because she just failed to excite me. As a finished model, I’m very happy with the way she turned out. Something about her shirt and her hair makes it seem like I didn’t paint this model though. The stark contrast in the shades on her shirt isn’t my style, but I really like how it turned out.
Her hair though is a shining gem. I’m not sure why I decided to take more time on this particular model’s hair, but I did. Perhaps it reminded me of a girl from high school who had all sorts of colors in her hair? Or maybe it was because the model had depth of color in the artwork and the sculpt just didn’t lend itself to painting with washes?
Yup, now that I think about it, that was it. Oh well, I’m really glad it didn’t, because it gave me a chance to build up the yellow with layers and layers of strokes. Sure, it flies in the face of painting them quickly, but I managed to put in about five layers of different color strokes for her hair, and I think it turned out great. In fact, I think she might be in the running for my favorite paint job from the set!
Adam got delayed because of those paints and that tattoo. As both are fairly amorphic, I didn’t think either would be exceedingly difficult, but honestly they proved to be amazingly easy. The only camo I’ve painted before has been for my space marine scouts (I’ve been really remiss about getting pictures of my space marines on the blog–I’ll have to fix that one day, but you can see some pics of the scouts’ cloaks here). Anywho, in my normal pattern, I have a fairly distinct way of painting the scheme, but this was just bubonic brown with a reddish wash, and clumps of other paint on top, and I think he came out fantastic.
As for the tattoo, I just mixed some red, yellow, and blue with the flesh tone and painted it on his arm. Not quite as successful as the camo, but not a bad end result either.
Jeff reminds me of a cross between Miami Vice and Ken Jeong from “The Hangover.” Oddly enough, when painted up, the figure lost all sense of Asian ancestry and looks like a boring white guy (with overdone white-rimmed glasses–I mentioned before that my skill on them lacks any subtlety). He looks ok for what it’s worth, but neither the art or the model inspired me, so I didn’t do a particular good job on him.
And then there were three. Are you as excited as I am?