Friday, 31 October 2014

Party Time!

Zomtober 2014 - post#7

Just time for one final 'Zomtober' post to mark All Hallows' Eve and what could be more apt than some zombified fancy dress, party goers?  These wonderfully bizarre creations are from 'Grekwood Miniatures' and were part of the very pack that made an appearance this time last year.  


Although not the same level of sophistication of sculpting as say the 'Zombicide' miniatures, they have a wonderful charm to them and as such are not reliant on over the top details.  Consequently I was able to get them done before the end of the month, which certainly rates as a plus in my book. 


Although originally slotta based miniatures, I removed these and pinned them to some 'Fenris Games' resin to tie them into the others in my fledgling horde.  However, in my usual heavy handed manner, I managed to wrench off the French Maid's arm!*  After a brief moment of remorse, I considered the possibility of surgery to stitch the offending appendage back on, but went for the considerably easier 'just severed look'; some carefully positioned Bostik Glue and lashings of Tamiya Clear Red completing the illusion.  


*not a statement that I envisaged writing when I awoke this morning! 

One final trick was gleaned from Kieron of 'Cheaphammer!!!' fame who, when painting a Catwoman miniature, used inks to give a shiny quality to the feline felon's PVC suit.  Rather than ink, I opted for gloss varnish painted on the the Witch's gloves and boots - wonderfully tacky! 


I couldn't resist posting a group shot of all my efforts from this month, some of which are standing on a rather nifty 'Warbases' zombie movement tray.  'Zomtober' has been just the tonic that I needed to get me back into painting and I've thoroughly enjoying wielding the paintbrush again after a month of self imposed abstinence.  All that remains to say is a huge thank you to Simon 'Brummie' Quinton for coordinating this year's event, well done Sir.






52 comments:

  1. They really are great. I like the severed arm, very gruesome indeed. Excellent job mate I do really like them.

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  2. The whole collection is great, you must have a fair number now

    Ian

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    1. Thank you Ian, certainly worth a stock take soon.

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  3. Excellent finale! Nice work.

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    1. Thank you Paul, I was surprised how many I managed to get through this month.

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  5. Nice party. Zombies are people too.

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    1. The undead enjoy a dance as much as next person!

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  6. Cool party. Nice to see the dead dudes getting on down with their bad selves. The horde is shaping up nicely from a hordette into something more terrifying.

    I'm interested in your gore recipe (read: want to nick it wholesale). Can you talk me through it?

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    1. Thank you Herbert, now as for the gore recipe the secret is very simple - Tamiya Clear Red. It is a wonderfully sticky, gloss paint probably created for model aeroplane builders or the like. I find that mixed with a little black it has the perfect consistency for blood, but maintains its sheen when dry - fabulous stuff!

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    2. Fab, thanks - mixed with clear black or straight black paint?

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    3. Just normal black Vallejo paint, but you need only the smallest amount.

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  7. Nice additions! The group shot is excellent.

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  8. wonderful!
    the idea of the arm is great and you created a perfect illusion with that "blood"!
    happy halloween!
    bye

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    1. I want to know how he did that!

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    2. Thank you both, the blood recipe is posted above in response to Herbert's enquiry. The trick to get it to flow like that was the Bostik glue. It has a rubber like consistency so can be pulled and stretched, then when dry I simply painted it with the clear red adding a few drips for effect.

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  9. I think you should call these "party gores" I like that witches green hair and that blood effect is fantastic.

    Great looking horde Michael!

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    1. Thank you so much Anne, great pun! I've posted the recipe above, defiantly worth a go.

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  10. Well done Michael, thats gruesome indeed. A bit surprised you didn't place the dismembered arm on the base, but then I began to think you may have something else planned for it. Nice end for Zomtober!

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    1. Thank you Terry, the sad truth is that I have now misplaced it; it was last seen flying across the table!

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  11. Well done with the final additions and Zomtober overall. :)

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    1. Thank you so much, I was really pleased with what I managed to get done this month.

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  12. That poor French Maid came to a sticky end! ;-) OK, I'll get my coat...

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  13. Top job Michael.
    The glue and TCR is a great effect and again those flesh tones dude!

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    1. Thank you Bob, the severed arm was great fun to do.

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  14. Lovely stuff. Not overly enamoured with the sculpting of the witch but the maid is excellent; though purely because of your glue, blood splatter and top notch paint job. great posting Michael :-)

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    1. Thank you so much, they are certainly quite simple in their design, but all the more charming for that. Great, fun additions to the horde.

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  15. Top work my good man, the blood effect is quite excellent!

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  16. Helluva good Zomtober! Normally, I'd go for a French Maid but not this one. She'll make more of a mess than she can clean up!

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    1. Thank you Monty and you're not wrong. I foolishly tapped in 'zombie French maid' into a search engine; all I can say is that I'm glad the Saintly Mrs. Awdry wasn't around!

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  17. Yes, I love the blood effect! Happy Halloween!

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    1. Thank you Cory and a Happy Halloween to you too.

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  18. When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. When life hands you a one-armed zombie, reach for the Tamiya Clear Red.

    Great improvisation. Love the gout-of-blood effect.

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    1. Thank you kind Sir, pleased it work, just wish I could now find the missing arm!

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  19. Great way to finish off the challenge

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  20. What a colorful bunch - they do have a festive look about them. And to think zombies have bad skin color :)!

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  21. Very, very effective Michael and very appropriate.

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  22. Very nice horde done and dusted! Glad you're back into painting!

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