My brother in law visited and we had a bit of a hobby session. Speed painting his Spess Mareenz got me nicely warmed up to painting again, and I decided to have a bit of a retro paint session last night to use that positive energy. I decided to paint to completion something from right back at the start of my collection, and the first thing that leapt out where zombies... Lots of zombies! Well, ten of them.
The first three finished where two of Kev Adam's brilliantly characterful zombies, and one of the highly sought after oriental undead, 'li-chee' which is a classic example of eighties pun names and racially insensitive humour. His pose reminds me of Tommy Cooper.
Compared to my old batch of these zombie figures from when I started this blog, these figs really highlighted to me how much brighter, crisper and richer my painting style is these days. It feels more retro to me, and much more aligned to the reason I started this blog... the enjoyment of eighties miniatures.
The bases where an experiment with cheap Jo Sonja's Hooker's green and moss green craft paint. I diluted them with windex in pots, which gave me really nice dark mossy results that reminded me of Fraser Grey's base work. Instant love!
Fraser used enamels, and formed his bases from found objects inserted into plastecene clay, covered with a shell of two part epoxy resin and grit. I tried it once, and found it cracked too easily, stank and you could get better results with cork and superglue.
I do like how the deeper mossy green makes for a background for the minis own colors to pop out. The cooler, less yellow moss highlight also will work well set against my goblin skin... One of the reasons I started to venture away from my forrest green basing colors.
Kev made the best citadel zombies. After his tenure, the zombies where replaced by dull, stiff, flat posed, weightless shat knocked out under the 'paid per mini' system that wreaked havoc on the nineties, culminating in the worst miniature of all time, metal Nagash.
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