Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Khurasan Zombies... Tutorial!

I recently painted up the first 8 of my Khurasan miniatures zombies. These are really nice, animated looking zombies in modern clothes. The clothing is nondescript enough that you could use them for pretty much any period without trouble.
In a break from tradition, I remembered to take some pictures as I worked this time, as I was trying a new method of painting again. This was something of an experiment, but I'm happy with the (very fast) results.


Step 1
Undercoat
I used some very cheap light grey hobby acrylic to undercoat these minis. I more commonly use black as an undercoat, and I think that would work well for these figures, but I wanted to try a faster wash based method.



Step 2
Block colors
 I painted on all the color areas at once. The key thing here is Citadel Rotting Flesh for the zombie skin. They don't look like much at this stage. Also note that I used quite light colors in general.


Step 3
Wash 
I hit them all over with Reikland Fleshshade. Ogryn flesh wash would work well also, but I was saving that for the gore areas. Up to this point I'd spent about 2 hours. I left them overnight for the washes to dry properly.


Step 4
Highlights 
I went back and highlighted the zombies with the original colors, then a second highlight with a little bone color mixed in to lighten them. The eyes got a white dot and when dry, a few areas were pin washed with various colors to define edges of clothes and eye sockets. I washed the bases with Nuln oil, then drybrushed it up to the undercoat color before adding some tufts. All in all, this took about another hour and a half.


There were 20 different zombies in the bag, so I still have 12 to go. I think I'll get another batch to the wash stage tonight as I'm too tired for "proper" painting... Although I might prep some survivors. 

I am very impressed with these zombie sculpts... I'd say they are about the best on the market for 15mm at the moment. Now I'll have to strip my old Zeds to match the flesh tone. Grrr.

Thanks for looking!

18 comments:

  1. REALLY COOL! I need to try it.

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    1. Looking forward to your results Fjodin!

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  2. Hi, Jacker: Nice looking paint work on the Zeds. I'm not Zed oriented...but, seeing Khurasan's sculpts painted by you is starting to bend my will towards getting some. Thanks...I think.

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    1. They are excellent miniatures Jay. You never know what aliens might slip into moonshine everyone is so fond of...

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    2. Dang! I'm sold!! You baited your hook well...I hit it and took off to the store!

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  3. Great looking zombies dude. I did my mantic zombies in a similar way. But mixed a little codex grey into the rotting flesh basecoat for the skin then washed with Ogryn flesh.

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    1. I'd do this a little differently in 28mm, but it sure is a fast technique :)

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  4. This is what I like- a tutorial so I don't have to do the work, well, apart from ripping off your colour schemes, techniques, etc. I f it wasn't for you, I'd have to think for myself, and I would be struggling- thanks SJ, you're the man!!

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    1. Thanks Ferret, this really is a low pressure, relaxing technique :)

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  6. As usual, amazing :) And your method will probably scale well to doing a bunch more if you like. I agree that these are really good sculpts, and their wild poses are suited to either slow shambling Z's, or fast ones.

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    1. Thanks Allison! I did another 5 tonight and also painted the faces and hands of my GZG colonist zombie conversions... It's getting addictive...

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  7. So does the grey undercoat act as a primer?

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    1. Yes. Grey primer means most colors only require one coat before the wash, hence the increased speed.

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