Sunday, 14 July 2013

Here come the Girls!



After what seems like an age, I am delighted to reveal the first members of my 'St. Trinians' zombie hunters!  In order to get the team underway there had to be some serious decision making with regards to uniform, basing and even names.   It seemed the best way to do this was to start with a couple of miniatures that didn't require any conversion and the obvious choices had to be Misty, the Zombie Hunter from 'Crooked Dice' and 'Fantascape's' Zeta the Zombie Slayer.



Both these miniatures were great fun to work with and having decided to go for a 'St. Trinians' look, painted up rather easily; Misty (who is now known as Nikki) causing some concern as I tried to figure out how to paint tights!  Although both great sculpts there is a concern with the scale of the 'Zeta' figure, not to put it too finely, she is a giant of a lady and wielding the style of stick my Grandfather would have been more akin to using.  Still as Hockey Captain, I think I can get away with it!


I knew I wanted to link the girls by something other than just the uniform, if for no other reason than the possible addition of staff members later on that obviously wouldn't be as identifiable by what they were wearing.  In the end I decided to do this with the basing and using some precast floorboards from 'Fenris Games' tried to sell the illusion of the school gymnasium with its confusing array of multicoloured lines.


On the whole, I'm pretty pleased with these tentative first steps and now have to turn my attention to the Fourth Form that are proving a tad unruly on the painting table!






80 comments:

  1. Great work Michael, I would be interested to hear how you paint white? I always find it a challenging bugger to get right.

    Re scale between these two figures, I think they look fine together, think of it this way some women are 5 feet tall, and others are 6 foot 2 (and up)

    looks great mate.

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    1. I managed to stick my reply in the wrong place! Recipe for white just below.

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  2. Thank you Mr. Smillie that is very kind of you, as for the white, I know exactly what you mean! Because I was using a lot of blue and perhaps to hint at the slightly unruly nature of the girls I went for greys rather than pure white; in the this case the base was 'London Grey', followed by 'Sky Grey' and with a highlight of 'Silver Grey'. Where I did use pure white it was for the sharpest of highlights, prominent creases, collars that sort of thing. I should add that I was using Vallejo Model Colour, hope this helps.

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  3. Cool figures and paintjob.
    Hope these girls doesn't exist in the real world, hahahaha

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    1. Thank you Remco, but I think they probably did!

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  4. Lol, excellent work Michael, bloody frightening bitches!

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    1. They most certainly are, watch your shins my good man!

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  5. Great work as always Michael
    Cheers .

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  6. What lovely young ladies they are! Fantastic work Michael!

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    1. St. Trinaian's finest! Thank you Rodger.

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  7. Guess those prep-schools really do help you get a-head!
    (rim-shot).. i'll get my hat.

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  8. Just brilliant, Michael! If this is just the hockey team, I'm terrified even thinking what the PE teacher will look like.

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    1. Thank you Sir, now funnily enough there is a fledging idea for the PE maestro!

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  9. Fabtastic work, sir. I´m reading the "Walking Dead" comic, and looking at my own unpainted zombie hunters...

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    1. Thank you Juan, I do hope that I'm not leading you astray.

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  10. Brilliant work! I think Zeta was the school rowdy before all these Z's messed it all up.

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    1. Thank you Sir, I think you might be right, she certainly looks a disruptive sort of girl.

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  11. Gives the phrase "Jolly hockeysticks" a new meaning!

    Another high standard addition to your Zombie Apocalypse collection. Keep it up!

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    1. Thank you my good man, I shall endeavour to do my best.

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  12. Very nice young ladies except if you were a zombie, then I'd suggest to keep out.

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  13. Sump superb as ever sir. Great idea on the basing

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    1. Thank you Dave, just been working on the next batch and the bases are really starting to tie in nicely.

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  14. Very nice all of it and great idea on the basing!

    Christopher

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  15. I honestly don't mind a little variation in height. Seems more realistic to me. I think they look great together and you did a bang-up job on them. I like that basing too!
    Rod

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    1. Thank you Rod, as you say a little variety always helps! ;)

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  16. The "head girll"...very good :-D They look great. I like the Springer Stiefel on the Team captain.
    Together they look fine. I wouldn´t have noticed the height difference being an issue, Just looking at the pics and before i read your post, I assumed they were from the same maker and thought "Great!t someone has got wise and deliberately made figs with a height difference within the same set."
    The St trins Girls are all different heights and sizes anyway :-D
    http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_md6cuqC8PV1rxvqfko1_1280.jpg

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    1. Thank you Paul, although I have to admit I did have to look up Springer Stiefel! They certainly do come in all shapes an sizes!

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  17. Great painted girls! But I think they never get married this way! :-D

    Greetings
    Peter

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    1. I'm not sure there is much left to marry now that the zombie apocolypse has got hold; thank you though Peter.

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  18. Nice painting, Mr. Awdry. Looks like the ladies are going out for a night out on the town...might be going down to the old rink to lop off some Zed-head!

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  19. Very nice paintjob, love the faces and the poses...looking great!

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    1. Thank you Phil, they are wonderful sculpts.

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  20. Lovely work Michael !!!

    The last polaroid picture was a greate addition !

    best regards Michael

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    1. Thank you Michael, the Polaroid seemed to fit with the era nicely and I'm hoping to do one for each addition.

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  21. I was going to comment about the excellent bases and the school gym floor thing. Then I got to the end of your writing and lo and behold you mentioned it yourself. A really good ide and both the bases and the figures look brilliant. Very VERY nice indeed.

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    1. Thank you Clint, they were great fun to do and it was great to get them off the table!

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    2. having trouble Emailing you. But just to say the Crocs arrived this morning so I shall get them painted up in the next week or so and blogged shortly after.

      Once again thank you very much.

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  22. They look great, I can't wait to see the rest of the team.

    COlKG

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  23. Outstanding! You're really on a tear here!

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    1. Thank you Monty, really enjoying the project at the moment.

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  24. Superb work the bases really set the pair of nicely.

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    1. Thank you Andrew, really pleased with how they turned out.

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  25. Nice job, the size difference isn't that much by the looks of it. As for the old school hockey stick have it as her grandma's lucky hockey stick handed down to her.

    I've been umming over the zeta figure for a while. Will defo have to pick her up I think.

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    1. Thank you Simon, that is very kind of you. As for Zeta, she is a great sculpt, but my word she is expensive!

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    2. I think thats what me a but ummm about her.

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  26. Hah, very good, but Zeta looks a bit of a masculine sculpt. Makes her scarier though!

    Really like the basing and your grubby white is lovely.

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    1. Thank you Sir, she is certainly a tough old bird!

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  27. You have a perfect selection of zombie hunting school girls here, I recall how violent the girls on the hockey field where in my school. They would be the obvious choice for zombie hunting companions. I love the white of the shirts and your brilliant bases.

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    1. Thank you Robert, I too can testify to the ruthlessness of the ladies' game as the Saintly Mrs. Awdry is a keen exponent!

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  28. I say they look amazing and the base finishes them off. Once again your painting skills show through. Top Draw Old Chap

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  29. What else can one say but "jolly Hockey-sticks!" - great work Michael :-)

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  30. Some excellent brushwork Sir M!

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  31. Hi Michael,

    as always great work!

    Cheers
    Stefan

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  32. Those damn Zombies don’t have a chance with these two girls; nice Michael.

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    1. Now if a zombie could think, he might well do it twice with these two! Thank you Jan.

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  33. 'Head Girl' indeed. In fact Zeta looks like she has a bit too much testosterone flowing through her veins. And is that a faint 5 0'clock shadow I see on her. Perhaps she should be named 'Lola' ;)

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  34. ...but gorgeous work as usual, Michael. (I particularly like your idea of the gym-patterned hardwood to tie them together)

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    1. Now you've got me wondering if that shadow was subconscious on not, but there is no mistaking it now! :D

      Thank you all the same, Fourth Form up next!

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  35. Michael,

    As always, very entertaining post coupled with superb painting. I need a laugh, so could you invite me round the next time you get the names Nikki and Misty mixed up - I'll bring the camera to document the bloodshed!

    Pip pip

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    1. Now for some obscure reason your post was sent to the spam folder, safely reinstated now. I have shin pads and mouth guard on standby!

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    2. There are some who say that's where all my posts should be sent to!!!

      Pip pip

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  36. Your subjects are certainly varied Michael, no rank upon rank of Naps for you.
    Wonderful painting as always,
    Pat.

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    1. Thank you Pat, who knows where this hobby will lead me next?

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    2. Well if I had my way it would lead you to row upon row of Napoleonics - followed by more hoplites!

      Pip pip

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  37. Oi! Those bints from St. Trinian's are the dog's ...! Fantastic work, old son.

    I have one of the 'not' Shaun of the Deads around here somewhere. But no one else wants to zombie game, so he sits unpainted in a box somewhere.

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  38. Hola
    JAJAJA
    Que buenas y el encarte también
    un saludo

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