My go-to models for Azazel’s Neglected Model Challenges are my hideously neglected* poxwalkers, and this lucky fellow (?) is number fourteen of twenty.
Painted him a lot like the others, predictably, though I decided to go easy on the blood/ooze/pus/etc. this time and not turn him into a somewhat juicy mess like his messmate below. Perhaps his cocktail of diseases included a touch of desiccation and a pleasing whitening of the flesh?
I used Pallid Witch Flesh for the white and then some Skull White over that. For the rims of the open sores I used various flesh tones, but finished with the lightest I have (without mixing paints), Kislev Flesh. I used Nurgle’s Rot to give them a little shine. I was originally going to go for, as I said, the dry look, but I decided upon reflection he did need a touch of satin.
I tried an experiment with texture pastes on his air tank, which didn’t work out well at all. I scrapped most of the paste off, though it turns out the stuff can be stubborn so I left a veneer, which I think came out alright. (Thank goodness I didn’t try this experiment with someone, who is more fastidious, like say a Khorne Berserker or anything Slaanesh.)
I ended up, as I so often do, splotching random inks and such on the tank until it seemed advisable to call it a day. Finally, I wanted to give the it a little metallic shine, but I didn’t want to lighten the tank up too much, so I drybrushed on a little Vallejo Gunmetal Grey (70.863) instead of the usual steel colors.
This mob is characterized by the innovation that all of the zombies with reddish skin are wearing yellow and the green ones are wearing orange.** These two are wearing identical, reversible jumpsuits, as you can see. Even the web gear is reversible.
I am looking forward to trying out the new (to me) basing video on my nascent Blood Bowl team. If I like how it turns out, I might do something like it for my desert bases, instead of going the simple route of just slapping some sand on it and calling it a day. For now though, I’m going to continue as I began with my zombies because I want them all to more or less match.
Speaking of Blood Bowl, I did get a little more priming done, but it is back to cold, wet, and humid so that’s on hold for awhile. I did get them all based, and my experiment with priming before affixing the models to bases went well in that I decided I liked affixing then priming better than priming then affixing.***
I also green stuffed a made-between-two-combs-that-my-husband-hopefully-isn’t-using-anymore tentacle to that bloater I was talking about before, where I put the model together out of order and had a horrendous gap I had to do something about. I’ll show him next time, when I post some pictures of my friend, Dave’s, Blood Bowl dwarves he recently painted and was kind enough to let me play against him in a game against his orks. After that hopefully I’ll have a rotter or two to show you.
* “Hideously neglected” might be a bit of an overstatement since the Dark Imperium box came out in June 2017, so I’ve only been working on my Death Guard zombies for less than a year now, which isn’t bad for a squad of twenty by my standards. Frightfully neglected, perhaps?
** In case I’m insane enough to try and paint another mob of these guys in accordance with my original, crazy plan of eventually running a zombie horde once I get back to playing 40K again. “Horde” for the sized games I generally play(ed) would be about 80 to 100 bodies, which would include extras for (hopefully) turning some enemy infantry into more poxwalkers.
*** For one, I didn’t like having to either scrape or tape the bottoms of the feet so I could use cement. I could use super glue, of course, but I sometimes drop my miniatures and with super glue most of the time the miniature (at best) comes off the base or (at worst) explodes into its constituent parts like my friend, Dave’s, poor metal Blood Bowl troll. Still, it is superior in some ways, such as getting those sometimes hard-to-reach nether regions and if you want to spray the base a different color than the miniature.