Sunday, 23 October 2016

And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!

Zomtober 2016 - post#5
Having finally made it to the half term break it has been wonderful to find the time just to sit down and put the finishing touches to this latest 'Zomtober' post.  With The Walking Dead due to return to our television screens tomorrow* it seemed appropriate to mark the occasion with a couple of 'not' characters from 'Studio Miniatures'.  These, then, are Andy and Chandler and could perhaps pass for a certain father and son, as portrayed in the hit television series.
*I shall need to avoid the internet chatter in the morning as the programme with have already aired in America!

I am a big fan of the 'Studio Miniatures' range and have backed far too many of their Kickstarters, the most recent, Monster Madness, finishing only last week.  These latest examples mark a move away from the comic book characters and have taken a more rugged, survivor feel, perhaps more akin to the television characters.  
I couldn't resist digging out the earlier versions of the same characters that I painted back in 2013, under the title, 'A Post Apocalyptic Family'.  Again from 'Studio Miniatures' you can see what I mean about having a more comic book feel to them, especially the 'not' Carl Grimes.  Of course it, hopefully, won't be too long before I have another version of America's favourite post-zombie apocalypse father and son team to paint when my pledge for 'Mantic Games' The Walking Dead:All Out War game arrives!


82 comments:

  1. Outstanding stuff Sir Awdry. I'm just starting to get acquainted with "Syudio Miniatures" on account of their kickstarters. These minis really show off their sculpting and are absolute corkers imho!!

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    1. Thank you Simon, they are certainly a company that is going from strength to strength although how they are skirting around those in intellectual property laws is a mystery. Not that i'm complaining as they produce a great product.

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  2. They are really cool Michael. Great stuff!

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  3. Lovely work on them both. You have certainly captured them with your brush skills. I have them both primed in white staring at me now from paint table...........Like the older versions you did as well I have mine painted as well though not as nicely as yours. I think to the strip pot at some point!

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    1. Tank you Simon, it was interesting going back and seeing what I had done before.

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  4. That sort of figure would (if I wasn´t so stuck on 1/72nd) get me into 28mm Zombie stuff..the sculpting is great and added to which your brushwork it has a realistic look.
    PS... I haven´t seen one ep of the series, so what is the big cone thingy on the Boys gun? Silencer? or a blunderbus type of thingy ?

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    1. Thank you Paul, I certainly think the sculpting has stepped up another level on this range, great fun to paint too. As for the cone, it is a homemade silence, I think from a child's aluminium baseball bat. His dad had one made from a Maglite, all very improbable, but great fun.

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  5. Lovely work as always Michael, I'm afraid I can't comment on how accurate they are as I too have watched the program either.

    I'm sure they are spot on though knowing you.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Thank you Roger, I tried to get them pretty close to the television show.

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  6. Hola
    Guauuuu que buenas,igual que en la serie
    buena semana
    un saludo

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  7. Excellent work and great to see your earlier pieces

    Ian

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  8. Whilst Sudio Minis (imo) make the best looking zeds around, their original survivors were far less desirable. Their new sculpts however are excellent and are far more worthy of the care you've takenbringing them to life.

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    1. Thank you Joe and I couldn't agree more, they seem to really have improved their survivor sculpts of late.

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  9. Wonderful job as always, what a gun!

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    1. Thank you Phil, it is certainly unique.

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  10. Never go out of the house, Chandler. Really nice work on the skin.

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  11. I like how the change in sculpting between the two sets shows the wear and tear of the intervening years of surviving the zombies. Great painting on both!

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    1. That's a really good point, definitely looking more worn these days.

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  12. I think I recognise evey single one of those fine fellows. More so I suspect I will see them on TV tomorrow night!

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    1. Thank you Clint and I wonder if both of them will make it past the next episode?

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  13. Now those are cool. It's been a while since I've perused the Studio site and so I've not seen these before. Looks like I need to go and have another look.

    Cracking work sir!

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    1. Thank you Kieron, definitely worth a look, lots of lovely shiny things on show!

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  14. Stunning brushwork on them all!

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  15. Great work on these Michael. They really match up well with the not-TV characters.

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    1. Thank you Luca, they is a 'not' Lori somewhere too.

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  17. Superb! All four of them look great but the new ones have the edge!

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    1. Thank you Gordon and I think I agree with you, they just have a little more character.

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  18. Very nice painting on both sets! Like them a lot!

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  19. Lovely painting on those minis Michael, new and old. :)

    In terms of sculpting style, I prefer the newer ones, but you have done an excellent job as always on all of them. :)

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    1. Thank you so much, I have to say that the newer ones are my favourite too.

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  20. Great looking figures Michael, really like the way the colours have been used. Top quality.

    Cheers, Ross

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    1. Thank you Ross, the colours were pretty much stolen from the company's website if I'm honest.

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  21. Studio make such lovely "not" figs these are great examples Michael

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    1. They certainly do and I seem to have must of them, I am such a sucker for a television or movie tie in.

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  22. "I shall need to avoid..." The system is rigged, Michael.

    I truly do like the work your happy paint brushes put out from post-to-post.

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    1. Thank you so much Jay, here's to avoidance! :)

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  23. Great stuff Michael! I have been sorely tempted by those two and you have done them credit.

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    1. Thank you Mike, there are plenty more on the site to tempt you, be warned. :)

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  24. Absolutely brilliant painting, Michael. I lost track of the Walking Dead towards the end of season 2 - I really need to catch up.

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    1. Thank you Giles, it's up to its seven series now and just getting grittier and darker.

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  25. I'm not so keen on the original little boy, but the others are all fine figures. The new version of the father looks especially haggard, I think!

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    1. Thank you so much and you are absolutely right, the first 'not' Carl is very comic book like, but the others are pretty good sculpts.

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  26. Great bit of painting, Michael. Love the haggered Rick look you've done. Having just painted the old versions its interesting to see them next to the new.

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  27. Outstanding miniatures Michael, so finely detailed! The fellow with the Colt & shotgun reminds me of Ewan McGregor in his Kenobi years.. :) Cheers!

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    1. Thank you kind Sir, I can see what you mean.

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  28. lovely stuff. Even though I have fallen away from TWD (so long, so excessive, so dark), I admire the figures as painted very much.

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    1. Thank you so much Michael, the Walking Dead just keeps getting darker, but having invested so much time in it I feel the need to keep going!

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  29. Excellent finish, just curious but what do you use to paint the flesh tones (as those figures are spot on)?

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    1. Thank you Matt, the colours are Vallejo Game Colour and start with Tan, then Dwarf Flesh and finally Elf Flesh.

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    2. Thanks for the info. I'm going to have to invest in some new paints.

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  30. Well done Michael! Just as I trying to limit my Kickstart's you go & show me more fantastic miniatures with the added bonus of your painting! I don't believe I have delved into the Studio Miniatures realm as of yet, though I may need too. But Oh yes I did get in on Mantic's Walking Dead!

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    1. Thank you Terry, but be warned the Studio Miniatures are very tempting.

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  31. Really nice work, Michael. As for 'The walking Dead' I'm just about to start season 6 so don't tell too much about 7. Unfortunately Germany is way behind USA and UK...

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    1. Thank you Stefan, I promise not to spoil it for you.

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  32. Amazing work Michael! The zombie killing family has definitely evolved since the previous painted edition you've done.

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  33. Lovely job on these Michael.

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  34. Excellent work Michael! You've captured the characters very well and I definitely agree on them beeing an improvement on the more comical ones.

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    1. in terms of sculpting that is, of course. Your painting on both versions is exquisite I may add.

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  35. Nicely done Michael. And choice of colours look fantastic!

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